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Revision as of 09:08, 5 July 2013

Maryland Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $16,976,952
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   5 years
Authority:  Maryland Annotated Code, § 2-101
Leadership:  W. Kevin Hughes
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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The Maryland Public Service Commission is an independent agency in the executive branch of the Maryland state government. Established in 1910, the Commission regulates all public utilities and transportation companies. It consists of five appointed members.[1]

Current officeholders

The current chairman is W. Kevin Hughes. He was appointed to the position in August 2011 and named as chair in 2013.[2]

He serves alongside commissioners Harold D. Williams, Lawrence Brenner, and Kelly Speakes-Backman.

There is currently one vacancy following Douglas R. M. Nazarian's appointment to Maryland's Court of Special Appeals.[3]


The Maryland Public Service Commission was established as an independent unit in the Executive Branch of state government in Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1910. It is currently in § 2-101 of the Maryland Annotated Code.[4]


The following qualifications are required in order to serve on the MPSC:

  • Be a registered voter of the state
  • Devote full time to the duties of the office

Additionally, per state law the commission must be broadly representative in geographic and demographic diversity and composed of individuals with diverse training and experience.[5]


The five members of the Public Service Commission are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Governor also names the chair of the commission.


In the event of a vacancy, a commissioner is appointed to serve the rest of the term and until a successor qualifies. The governor can remove a Commissioner for incompetence or misconduct.[5]


The mission statement of the Maryland Public Service Commission is to ensure safe, reliable, and economic public utility and transportation service to the citizens of Maryland.[6]

The following is a list of specific duties:

  • Ensure that rates, terms, and conditions established for public service companies are just, reasonable, and transparent.
  • Adopt and enforce regulations that are in the public interest and ensure that public service companies comply with established regulations.
  • Create standards and policies that protect the safety of the public.
  • Explore innovation that will encourage the efficient delivery of public utility services.
  • Consider the economic and environmental impacts of all matters before the Commission.
  • Encourage the conservation of natural resources and environmental preservation.
  • Ensure effective methods of communicating the Commission’s areas of regulation and jurisdiction, decisions, and their impact on the public.
  • Develop and promote activities that encourage public trust and confidence.
  • Serve the public interest through a commitment to professionalism, diversity, mutual respect, and ethical conduct.


Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Maryland PSC Organizational Chart as of January 2013.

The MSPS is composed of the following divisions:[1]

  • Office of External Relations
  • Public Utility Law Judge Division
  • Office of Executive Director
    • Accounting Investigations Division
    • Electricity Division
    • Energy Analysis and Planning Division
    • Engineering Division
    • Staff Attorney Division
    • Telecommunications, Gas and Water Division
    • Transportation [Common Carrier Investigations] Division
  • Office of Executive Secretary

State budget

The Public Service Commission's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $16,976,952.[7]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2012, the public service commissioners were paid an estimated $150,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Maryland Public Service Commissioners were paid an estimated $150,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

William Donald Schaefer Tower
6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 767-8000
MD Toll Free: 1-800-492-0474
TTY: 1-800-201-7165

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