Kentucky Public Service Commission

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Kentucky Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $15,827,600
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kentucky Revised Statutes 278.040
Leadership:  David Armstrong
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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The Kentucky Public Service Commission is a three-member board in the Kentucky state government that regulates utilities.

Utilities under the commission's purview include investor-owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, certain water and sewage utilities, electric cooperatives and telephone cooperatives, and water districts and associations. The PSC does not have authority over utilities subject to the control of cities, political subdivisions or those served by the Tennessee Valley Authority.[1]

Current officeholders

The current chairman is David Armstrong. James Gardner serves as Vice Chair and Linda K. Breathitt is commissioner.

Authority

The Public Service Commission is established in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Kentucky Revised Statutes 278.040:

(1) The Public Service Commission shall regulate utilities and enforce the provisions of this chapter. The commission shall be a body corporate, with power to sue and be sued in its corporate name.

Qualifications

The Kentucky Revised Statutes set out the following qualifications for commissioners:[2]

  • Resident and qualified voter of the state
  • At least 25 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Have resided in the state for at least three years prior to appointment
  • Cannot hold any official relationship to any utility or own any stock or bonds thereof, or have any pecuniary interest therein
  • Cannot be a member of any political party committee

Appointments

Kentucky state government organizational chart

Public service commissioners are appointed to four year terms by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The governor appoints one of the commissioners to act as chairman and one to act as vice chairman.[3]

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a new commissioner to serve out the rest of the unexpired term.[3]

Duties

The Public Service Commission regulates "intrastate rates and services of investor-owned electric, natural gas, telephone, water and sewage utilities, customer-owned electric and telephone cooperatives, water districts and associations, and certain aspects of gas pipelines." The PSC's regulatory responsibilities include the following:[4]

  • Rate increase or reduction
  • Expansion or reduction of utility service boundaries
  • Construction and operation of utility facilities
  • Meter accuracy
  • Operating conditions of a utility
  • Management audits
  • Valuation of utility property
  • Natural gas and coal purchasing practices
  • Issuance or assumption of securities by a utility
  • Consumer complaints
  • Compliance with service and safety regulations

Divisions

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State budget

The Kentucky Public Service Commission's budget for fiscal year 2013 was $15,827,600. [5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the commissioners each received a salary of $127,260. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]

2012

In 2012, the Kentucky Public Service Commissioners were paid an estimated $127,260 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Kentucky Public Service Commission
P.O. Box 615
211 Sower Boulevard
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602-0615
Phone: (502) 564-3940
Fax: (502) 564-3460
Hotline: 1-800-772-4636
Email: psc.info@ky.gov (Public Information Officer)

See also

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