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|Minnesota Public Utilities Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013-2014 FY Budget:||$6,457,000|
|Length of term:||6 years|
|Authority:||Minnesota Statutes 216A.03|
|Leadership:||Beverly Jones Heydinger|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Other Minnesota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Commerce Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission|
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."
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.|
...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.
- 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.
Commissioners can be removed from office for cause, for which there must be a notice and hearing. They can also be removed after missing three consecutive meetings. A vacancy can also be created by a members death, retirement, etc. These vacancies can be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term of the former officer by a gubernatorial appointment with the advice and consent of the senate.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulates three cornerstone service industries in Minnesota's economy, i.e., electricity, natural gas and telephone.
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The Public Utilities Commission's budget for 2014 is $6,457,000.
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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission
121 7th Place E., Suite 350
Saint Paul, MN 55101-2147
Consumer Assistance: 651.296.0406
Toll Free: 800.657.3782
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, "About us," accessed October 1, 2011
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission "About Us" Accessed October 20, 2012
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission "Commissioners" Accessed December 20, 2012
- Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 216A, Section 01," accessed July 31, 2013
- Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 216A, Section 03, Subdivision 1," accessed July 31, 2013
- Minnesota Statutes, "216A.03 PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION," accessed October 1, 2011
- [https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=15.0575#stat.15.0575 Minnesota Statutes, "Chapter 15, Section 0575, Subdivision 4," accessed July 31, 2013/
- Minnesota Public Utilities Commission "About Us" Accessed December 20, 2012
- The Office of the Revisor of Statutes, "Chapter 85--H.F.No. 729," Section 14, accessed June 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved August 12, 2011