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Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $16,243,234
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Two are appointed for a term coterminous with that of the governor, and one is appointed for a term of 4 years
Authority:  Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts
Leadership:  Ann Berwick
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
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The Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission is a three member board that regulates electric power, natural gas, and water utilities in Massachusetts.[1]

The Commission supervises and controls the Department of Public Utilities.

Current officeholder

The current chair is Ann Berwick. She was appointed to the position in 2010. Jolette Westbrook and Kate McKeever serve as commissioners.

Authority

The Public Utilities Commission is established by Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts:

The department shall be under the supervision and control of the commonwealth utilities commission, in this chapter called the commission, which shall consist of 3 members...

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications for this office, although the General Laws of Massachusetts state that all members of the public utilities commission are required to have a "background or expertise in electricity or natural gas matters."[2]

Appointments

Massachusetts state government organizational chart

In accordance with Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, all three members are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Two are appointed for a term coterminous with that of the governor, and one is appointed for a term of 4 years.

The Secretary designates one commissioner to serve as chairman for a period of two years, with the possibility of reappointment, subject to the approval of the governor.[2]

Term limits

Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs and the sitting governor, and can be reappointed for unlimited number of terms.[2]

Vacancies

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Duties

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Divisions

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State budget

The Department of Public Utilities's budget for the 2013 fiscal year was $16,243,234.[3]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, Massachusetts Public Utilities Commissioner were paid an estimated $133,900.[4]

2010

In 2010, Massachusetts Public Utilities Commissioners were paid an estimated $159,137 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Historical officeholders

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See also

Contact information

Department of Public Utilities
One South Station
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-305-3500

External links

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