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{{Maine SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Maine Chairman of Public Utilities''' is a state executive position in the Maine state government.
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Maine|Governor]] • [[Maine Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Maine Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[Maine Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Maine Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Maine Commissioner of Education|Commissioner of Education]] • [[Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry|Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner]] • [[Maine Superintendent of Insurance|Superintendent of Insurance]] • [[Maine Commissioner of Labor|Labor Commissioner]] • [[Maine Public Utilities Commission|Public Utilities Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}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 [[Maine State Legislature|Legislature]] in 1913.<ref name="how">[http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/about/how_commission_works.shtml ''Maine Public Utilities Commission,'' "How does the commission work?" accessed September 17, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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==Current officeholder==
The current officeholder is [[Thomas Welch]]. He was appointed in April 2011, with his term ending in March 2017.
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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.
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Commissioners include [[Mark Vannoy]] and [[David Littell]].<ref> [http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/about/commissioners/index.shtml ''Maine Public Utilities Commission,'' " Commissioners,"  accessed January 12, 2013] </ref>
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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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The three commissioners are appointed by the [[Governor of Maine]] and subject to review by the Legislature's [[Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Maine State Legislature|Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee]] and confirmation by the [[Maine State Legislature|Legislature]].<ref name="how"/>
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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>
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In 2010, the Maine Chairman of Public Utilities was 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 2013, the commissioners' salary remained at $117,104.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 24, 2014]</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]].
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Revision as of 15:56, 24 January 2014

Maine Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, Chapter 1, §101
Leadership:  Thomas L. Welch
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor, subject to review by the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and confirmation by the State Legislature
Other Maine Executive Offices
GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of EducationAgriculture, Conservation and Forestry CommissionerSuperintendent of InsuranceLabor CommissionerPublic 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 Mark Vannoy and David Littell.[2]

Authority

The Maine Revised Statutes address the public utilities commission in Title 35-A, Chapter 1, §101.[3]

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.

Qualifications

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that establishes the requirements necessary to qualify for a state executive office. That information for the Maine Public Utilities Commission has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Appointments

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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.

Vacancies

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Maine Public Utilities Commission has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

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.[4]

Divisions

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Compensation

2013

In 2013, the commissioners' salary remained at $117,104.[5]

2012

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

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Maine Public Utilities Commission has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

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All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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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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