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11/19/2014 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar Elected NARUC President


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Public Service Commissioner Lisa Edgar today officially became President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She is the first Florida Commissioner to lead the national association representing State utility regulators across the country.

At the conclusion of NARUC’s 126th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Florida PSC Commissioner Julie Imanuel Brown nominated her fellow Commissioner, and the more than 160 State commissioners attending elected Commissioner Edgar as President of the Association for a one-year term. She succeeds NARUC President Colette Honorable of Arkansas, whose term expired today. 

“I’m honored to be elected president of this distinguished organization, and I look forward to working with my fellow State Commissioners on policies that benefit the public interest we serve,” said Commissioner Edgar. “NARUC’s continuing leadership is vital, as we work together to meet consumers' needs, increase stakeholder participation, and remain flexible, but firm, when communicating State needs to pertinent federal agencies.”

Commissioner Edgar was first appointed to the PSC in January 2005 and was recently reappointed to a third four-year term, having now served under three different governors.  From January 2006 to January 2008, she served as Chairman and participated as a member of the Florida Energy Commission and the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. 

She served as NARUC’s First and Second Vice President and is a member of NARUC’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Commissioner Edgar also serves on the NARUC Committees on Electricity, Consumer Affairs, and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. She recently was appointed to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council, advising on research in electric generation, delivery, and use for the public’s benefit. She has also served on the Federal Communications Commission Universal Service Joint Board, working for efficient, accountable, and fiscally responsible use of universal service funds.

As NARUC President, Commissioner Edgar will generally oversee the Association, which represents State public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation.  In this role, Commissioner Edgar will serve as the primary voice of the Association, leading NARUC before Congress, the courts, and administrative agencies.  She will also designate members to the NARUC Board of Directors, committee leadership positions, and other Association appointments as necessary.

About NARUC

NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  NARUC’s member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.  For more information, visit www.naruc.org.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

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