Maine Chairman Discusses Infrastructure Challenges as Part of National Panel

Hallowell, Maine – (RealEstateRama) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) announced today that Chairman Mark Vannoy recently participated as part of a nationally-recognized panel representing the state commission perspective on infrastructure challenges facing the nation.

In an opening session of the gas committee at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC’s) 128th Annual Meeting on November 14, former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark and Maine’s Chairman Mark Vannoy along with developers and financial sector representatives discussed the country’s energy infrastructure challenges. Clark noted that at the same time gas pipeline and electric transmission infrastructure needs remain critical, the regulatory approval process has increased in uncertainty. Vannoy discussed the challenges facing both Maine and New England citing significant seasonal constraints which have led to major impacts to both residential consumers and businesses in the region. The NARUC annual meeting had strong attendance including regulators, industry, NGO’s and others.

In March 2016, NARUC President Kavulla appointed Chairman Mark Vannoy to NARUC’s Board of Directors. Vannoy’s board term will end October 31, 2018. “Chairman Vannoy is a well-respected leader whose knowledge and breadth of experience make him an excellent addition to the NARUC Board,” said President Kavulla. Vannoy serves on NARUC’s Committee for Critical Infrastructure, and the Committee on Water.

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The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, telephone, water and gas utilities to ensure that Maine citizens have access to safe and reliable utility service at rates that are just and reasonable for all ratepayers. Commission programs include Maine Enhanced 911 Service, and Dig Safe.

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