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The current Chairman of the commission is [[Thomas Welch]]. He was appointed in April 2011, with his term ending in March 2017.
 
The current Chairman of the commission is [[Thomas Welch]]. He was appointed in April 2011, with his term ending in March 2017.
 
Commissioners include [[Vendean Vafiades]] and [[David Littell]].
 
Commissioners include [[Vendean Vafiades]] and [[David Littell]].
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The Maine Revised Statutes address the public utilities commission in '''Title 35-A, Chapter 1, §101.'''<ref name="statutes">[http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/Statutes/35-A/title35-Asec101.html ''Maine Revised Statutes'' "Title 35-A, Chapter 1, §101," Accessed December 19, 2012]</ref>
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''The purpose of this Title is to ensure that there is a regulatory system for public utilities in the State and for other entities subject to this Title that is consistent with the public interest and with other requirements of law and to provide for reasonable licensing requirements for competitive electricity providers. The basic purpose of this regulatory system as it applies to public utilities subject to service regulation under this Title is to ensure safe, reasonable and adequate service and to ensure that the rates of public utilities subject to rate regulation are just and reasonable to customers and public utilities.''
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==Appointments==
 
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They serve six year staggered terms.  
 
They serve six year staggered terms.  
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The public utilities commission regulates utilities in the state of Maine and ensure that consumers have access to safe, adequate and reliable service and that rates are reasonable.<ref>[http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/about/index.shtml ''Office of the Maine Public Utilities Commission'' "About MPUC," Accessed December 19, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, Maine Public Utilities Commissioners were paid an estimated $117,104 according to the [[Council of State Governments]].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 23, 2011]</ref>
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In 2012, Maine Public Utilities Commissioners were paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$117,104]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
  
 
==Contact information==
 
==Contact information==

Revision as of 12:14, 19 December 2012

Maine

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Public Utilities Commission
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is a regulatory board in the Maine state government. The commission is responsible for regulating electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities in Maine. It was created by the Legislature in 1913.[1]

Current officeholder

The current Chairman of the commission is Thomas Welch. He was appointed in April 2011, with his term ending in March 2017. Commissioners include Vendean Vafiades and David Littell.

Authority

The Maine Revised Statutes address the public utilities commission in Title 35-A, Chapter 1, §101.[2]

The purpose of this Title is to ensure that there is a regulatory system for public utilities in the State and for other entities subject to this Title that is consistent with the public interest and with other requirements of law and to provide for reasonable licensing requirements for competitive electricity providers. The basic purpose of this regulatory system as it applies to public utilities subject to service regulation under this Title is to ensure safe, reasonable and adequate service and to ensure that the rates of public utilities subject to rate regulation are just and reasonable to customers and public utilities.

Appointments

The three commissioners are appointed by the Governor of Maine and subject to review by the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and confirmation by the Legislature.[1]

They serve six year staggered terms.

Duties

The public utilities commission regulates utilities in the state of Maine and ensure that consumers have access to safe, adequate and reliable service and that rates are reasonable.[3]

Compensation

In 2012, Maine Public Utilities Commissioners were paid an estimated $117,104. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact information

Physical Address:
101 Second St.
Hallowell, ME 04347

Postal Address:
18 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0018

Main Telephone No: (207) 287-3831
TTY Relay: 1(800) 437-1220
Consumer Assistance Hotline: 1 (800) 452-4699
FAX: (207) 287-1039
Email: maine.puc@maine.gov

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