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...Not more than three commissioners shall belong to the same political party. At least one commissioner must have been domiciled at the time of appointment outside the seven-county metropolitan area. If the membership of the commission after July 31, 1986, does not consist of at least one member domiciled at the time of appointment outside the seven-county metropolitan area, the membership shall conform to this requirement following normal attrition of the present commissioners. The governor when selecting commissioners shall give consideration to persons learned in the law or persons who have engaged in the profession of engineering, public accounting, property and utility valuation, finance, physical or natural sciences, production agriculture, or natural resources as well as being representative of the general public.
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For purposes of this subdivision, "seven-county metropolitan area" means Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.<ref>[https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=216A.03 ''Minnesota Statutes,'' "Chapter 216A, Section 03, Subdivision 1," accessed July 31, 2013]</ref>
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* no more than three commissioners of the same political party.
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* at least one must live outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.
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* have knowledge or work experience with the law, engineering, public accounting, property and utility valuation, finance, physical or natural sciences, production agriculture, or natural resources.
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Revision as of 08:49, 31 July 2013

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $6,457,000
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Minnesota Statutes 216A.03
Leadership:  Beverly Jones Heydinger
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is a five member board that regulates the electric, natural gas and telephones industries in Minnesota.

The mission of the commission is "to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, reliable and efficient utility services at fair and reasonable rates."[1]

Current officeholder

The current chair is Beverly Jones Heydinger. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her chair of the Commission on July 2, 2012.[2] Commissioners include:[3]

Authority

The Minnesota Public Utilities' powers are derived from Chapter 216A of the Minnesota Statutes.

Chapter 216A , Section 01:

...The Public Utilities Commission shall have and possess all of the rights and powers and perform all of the duties vested in it by this chapter and those formerly vested by law in the Railroad and Warehouse Commission.[4]

Qualifications

Chapter 216A, Section 03 of the Minnesota Statutes establishes the qualifications of the commission:

...Not more than three commissioners shall belong to the same political party. At least one commissioner must have been domiciled at the time of appointment outside the seven-county metropolitan area. If the membership of the commission after July 31, 1986, does not consist of at least one member domiciled at the time of appointment outside the seven-county metropolitan area, the membership shall conform to this requirement following normal attrition of the present commissioners. The governor when selecting commissioners shall give consideration to persons learned in the law or persons who have engaged in the profession of engineering, public accounting, property and utility valuation, finance, physical or natural sciences, production agriculture, or natural resources as well as being representative of the general public. For purposes of this subdivision, "seven-county metropolitan area" means Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties.[5]

  • no more than three commissioners of the same political party.
  • at least one must live outside of the seven-county metropolitan area.
  • have knowledge or work experience with the law, engineering, public accounting, property and utility valuation, finance, physical or natural sciences, production agriculture, or natural resources.
  • representative of the general public.

Appointments

Per 216A.03 of the Minnesota Statutes, the governor appoints the public utilities commissioners to six year terms with the advice and consent of the Senate. No more than three commissioner can belong to the same party, and at least one must reside outside of the county metropolitan area.[6]

Vacancies

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Duties

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates three cornerstone service industries in Minnesota's economy, i.e., electricity, natural gas and telephone.[7]

Divisions

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State budget

The Public Utilities Commission's budget for 2014 is $6,457,000.[8]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the commissioner were paid an estimated $88,448. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, Minnesota Commissioners of Public Utilities were paid an estimated $88,448 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place E., Suite 350
Saint Paul, MN 55101-2147
Consumer Assistance: 651.296.0406
Administration: 651.296.7124
Toll Free: 800.657.3782
Fax: 651.297.7073
Email: consumer.puc@state.mn.us

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