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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
The general duties of the Public Utility Commission are:
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The Public Utility Commission is responsible for regulating Pennsylvania's public utility industries and protecting consumers. The commission works to ensure safe and reliable services, educate consumers about their utility options, and promote new technologies and markets.<ref>[http://www.puc.state.pa.us/Home.aspx ''Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission website'', Retrieved June 15, 2011]</ref>
*ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates
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*protect the public interest
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Specifically, the commission:
*educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices
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*regulates approximately 6,000 electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water/wastewater, and transportation utilities
*further economic development
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*regulates electric, gas, and water distribution rates
*foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner<ref>[http://www.puc.state.pa.us/Home.aspx ''Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission website'', Retrieved June 15, 2011]</ref>
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*regulates motor carries
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*inspects more than 40,000 miles of natural gas pipelines
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*inspects motor vehicles and railroad facilities
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*works to make high-speed Internet service more readily available<ref>[http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/pdf/PUC_History.pdf ''Public Utility History'', "A history of the Pennsylvania public utility commission (Pages 2-3)," Retrieved June 15, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Divisions of the office==
 
==Divisions of the office==

Revision as of 08:42, 15 June 2011

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The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is a five person state executive board in the Pennsylvania state government. The current chairman is Robert Powelson. The vice chairman is John F. Coleman. They serve alongside Tyrone Christy, Wayne Gardner, and James Cawley.

Current officeholder

Authority

Qualifications

Elections

Vacancies

Duties

The Public Utility Commission is responsible for regulating Pennsylvania's public utility industries and protecting consumers. The commission works to ensure safe and reliable services, educate consumers about their utility options, and promote new technologies and markets.[1]

Specifically, the commission:

  • regulates approximately 6,000 electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water/wastewater, and transportation utilities
  • regulates electric, gas, and water distribution rates
  • regulates motor carries
  • inspects more than 40,000 miles of natural gas pipelines
  • inspects motor vehicles and railroad facilities
  • works to make high-speed Internet service more readily available[2]

Divisions of the office

Compensation

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioners was paid an estimated $135,434 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Former officeholders

Coming soon

Contact information

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Street Address:
400 North Street
Keystone Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 1-800-692-7380

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3265
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265

Department address listing
Staff telephone directory

See also

External links

References


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