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Entries in MPUC (21)

Wednesday
Jan272016

Maine Supreme Judicial Court Affirms MPUC’s Finding that Smart Meters Pose No Credible Health or Safety Threat

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s decision that Central Maine Power Company’s advanced metering infrastructure (“AMI”) system (aka “smart meters”) pose no credible threat to the health and safety of Central Maine Power Company (“CMP”) customers. Friedman v. PUC, 2016 ME 19, — A.3d —. In a lengthy legal battle spanning more than five years, Ed Friedman and other CMP customers, challenged the use of smart meters on health and safety grounds.

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Friday
Jan082016

MPUC Approves Northern Utilities’ Targeted Area Build-Out Program

Northern Utilities (d/b/a Unitil) recently received Maine Public Utilities Commission approval for a pilot Targeted Area Build-Out (TAB) program in Saco, Maine. The purpose of Unitil’s TAB program is to remove the barrier of large contribution in aid of construction (CIAC) payments that new gas customers face when converting to natural gas and allow Unitil to build out its gas distribution network incrementally in targeted areas to serve new customers that are located off the main gas line.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

PUC Regulation: Headed in the Right Direction?

Friday
Jan092015

Governor Nominates Carlisle McLean to Be MPUC Commissioner

Yesterday, Governor LePage nominated Carlisle McLean of Cumberland, Maine, to serve as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Thomas Welch.  If confirmed, Ms. McLean would fill the remaining two years of Welch’s six-year term.

Since 2013, Carlisle McLean has served as Chief Counsel and has previously served as General Counsel and Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor in the Office of the Governor.

Prior to joining the LePage administration, McLean was in private practice from 2005 to 2011 handling matters ranging from permitting and compliance of energy and development permits, to obtaining LURC rezoning and development permits, to handling negotiations and settlements at Superfund Sites throughout New England and nationally.

Previously, McLean worked with the Yale Center for Environmental Policy, Trustees for Alaska, the New York State Office of Attorney General, the Pace Land Use Law Center and Freehills Law Firm in Sydney, Australia.

McLean has been an active member of the Maine and American Bar Associations since 2005 and has held leadership positions with both organizations. She earned a law degree from Pace University School of Law and a Master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University School of Forestry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College.

McLean will appear at her confirmation hearing before the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology in the upcoming weeks. A date has not yet been scheduled.

Learn more about Ms. McLean from her resume here.

Friday
Jun282013

Energy News Roundup: June 22-June 28

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Wednesday
May152013

Mark Vannoy Re-Appointed as MPUC Commissioner and Timothy Schneider Confirmed as Maine Public Advocate 

Commissioner Mark Vannoy, P.E. was recently re-appointed to a six-year term as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.  Mr. Vannoy was originally appointed to the Commission by Governor Paul LePage in June 2012, to complete the remainder of Vendean Vafiades’s term.  With approximately one year of service on the Commission under Mr. Vannoy’s belt, Chairman Tom Welch, commented that “Commissioner Vannoy is a knowledgeable and effective Commissioner and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”  The Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee unanimously approved Mr. Vannoy’s re-appointment on May 1, and the Maine Senate approved his appointment on May 7.

The Maine Senate also confirmed Governor LePage’s nomination of Timothy Schneider as Maine’s next Public Advocate on May 7 (following unanimous approval of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee).  Since 2008, Mr. Schneider has represented electric and gas utilities before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. During that time, Mr. Schneider has been involved in several complex issues before the Commission, including the inquiry into Maine’s continued participation in ISO New England and the permitting of Central Maine Power Company’s Maine Power Reliability Program.

According to the Governor’s Energy Office Director, Patrick Woodcock, both “Commissioner Vannoy and Public Advocate Schneider will bring critical experience and integrity to these offices, ensuring that our state’s policies are advancing on behalf of average Mainers, who are struggling with excessive energy costs.” 

 

Friday
Jan252013

Energy News Roundup: January 19-January 25

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