Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
|Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$25,314,215|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||General Statutes of Connecticut, 277-16-1(b),2|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
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|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Comptroller•Commissioner of Education•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Energy & Environmental Protection Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Utilities Regulatory Authority|
Michael Caron is the current director of PURA. He was appointed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) in July 2012 and he must be confirmed in the 2013 session of the General Assembly. The current chairman is Arthur House and John Betkoski, III is Vice Chairman.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 277-16-1(b),2
There shall be a Department of Public Utility Control. The department head shall be the chairperson of the Public Utilities Control Authority; There shall continue to be a Public Utilities Control Authority, which shall consist of five electors of this state, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of both houses of the General Assembly.
According to Chapter 277, Section 16-2(e), to qualify for service one must have "three or more years of experience in one or more of the following fields: Economics, engineering, law, accounting, finance, utility regulation, public or government administration, consumer advocacy, business management, and environmental management."
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority are appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the state legislature. The authority serves at the governor's pleasure for four year terms beginning on the first day of March in the year of his appointment.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 277-16-2(a),(b)
There shall continue to be a Public Utilities Control Authority, which shall consist of five electors of this state, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of both houses of the General Assembly. Not more than three members of said authority in office at any one time shall be members of any one political party. On or before July 1, 1983, and quadrennially thereafter, the Governor shall appoint three members to the authority and on or before July 1, 1985, and quadrennially thereafter, the Governor shall appoint two members. All such members shall serve for a term of four years. ... The authority shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson each June for one-year terms starting on July first of the same year. The vice-chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson in his absence.
There are no term limits associated with the office.
As with all state appointive offices, vacancies in the offices of Public Utilities Regulatory Authority are filled by the governor and approved by a majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. If a vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next legislative session.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority is responsible for regulating the rates and services of the state's investor owned electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state’s cable television companies.
- Division of Consumer Counsel
- Division of Adjudication
The budget for the Department of Public Utility Control in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $25,314,215.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Their salary is determined by law.
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- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, "Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Launched," July 1, 2011
- Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority," Michael Caron - Director," accessed May 22, 2013
- New Haven Register, "Malloy names new member of Connecticut's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority," July 12, 2012
- PURA, "About us," accessed July 4, 2012
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "277-16-2," accessed February 21, 2012
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-6," accessed February 21, 2012
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-7," accessed February 21, 2012
- Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, " About us," accessed January 4, 2013
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents, "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013