New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission

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New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $26,732,515
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  New Hampshire Statutes, Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1
Leadership:  Amy L. Ignatius
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Other New Hampshire Executive Offices
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The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is an appointed three-member board in the New Hampshire state government.

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Amy L. Ignatius. She was appointed to the position in October 2001.

Commissioners include Michael D. Harrington and Robert R. Scott.

Authority

Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1 of the New Hampshire Statutes:[1]

There shall be a public utilities commission, composed of 3 commissioners who shall be full-time employees and who shall engage in no other gainful employment during their terms as members.

Qualifications

The three-member commission must include one attorney and member of the New Hampshire Bar and one with background or experience in engineering, economics, accounting or finance.[1] Additionally, commissioners cannot be employed by or have any pecuniary interest in any public utility, or affiliates, in the state.[2]

Appointments

Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1 and Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:3 of the New Hampshire Statutes, the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, appoints one commissioner every odd numbered year to take office on July 1 of that year. Commissioners serve six-year terms.[1][3]

Vacancies

Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:3 of the New Hampshire Statutes, the governor, vacancies for unexpired terms are filled by the governor with the advice and consent of the council, in the same manner as regular appointments.[3]

Duties

The commissioners are charged with general jurisdiction over electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and sewer utilities. Their stated mission is "to ensure that customers of regulated utilities receive safe, adequate and reliable service at just and reasonable rates."[4]

Divisions

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the New Hampshire PUC Organizational Chart as of 2009.

The Public Utilities Commission are divided into the following divisions: [5]

  • Legal Division
  • Administration Division
  • Consumer Affairs Division
  • Safety Division
  • Electric Division
  • Telecommunications Division
  • Gas and Water Division
  • Audit Division
  • Sustainable Energy Division

State budget

The budget for the Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $26,732,515.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commissioners was paid an estimated $110,036. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, N.H. 03301-2429

Phone: (603) 271-2431
Fax: (603) 271-3878
TDD Access - Relay NH: 1-800-735-2964
Consumer Assistance: 1-800-852-3793

E-mail: puc@puc.nh.gov

See also

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