Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
|State executive officials|
All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.
There are no specific qualifications to serve on the Public Utility Commission.
Public Utility Commissioners are not elected in Pennsylvania. The Governor nominates candidates for approval by the state senate, and the senate confirms the nominations by a two-thirds majority before the candidates assume office. Commissioners serve staggered, five-year terms.
Article IV, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution grants the governor the power to appoint officers to fill vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor nominates a successor. This nomination must be made to the commonwealth senate within 90 days of the vacancy. The senate must then take action (confirming or not confirming the nomination) within 25 legislative days.
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.
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
Divisions of the office
- Coming soon
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
P.O. Box 3265
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
- Public Utility History, "A history of the Pennsylvania public utility commission (Pages 2-3)," Retrieved June 15, 2011
- Pennsylvania State Legislature, "Executive branch," June 1, 2011
- Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission website, Retrieved June 15, 2011
- The Council of State Governments Book of the States, Chapter 4, Table 4.11, Retrieved June 14, 2011