National Report on Natural Gas Access and Expansion Released by Task Force Co-Chaired by PUC Commissioner Coleman
November 29, 2017
HARRISBURG – A national Task Force on Natural Gas Access and Expansion, co-chaired by Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Commissioner John F. Coleman Jr., has issued a new report detailing best practices and recommendations regarding natural gas service for underserved and unserved areas of the country.
The task force, created by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), was guided by PUC Commissioner Coleman and his fellow co-chair, Mississippi Commissioner Brandon Presley, along with North Dakota Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, who served as vice-chair. The group’s review included:
“It was enlightening to see how much work is being done across the country to help residents, small businesses and industries benefit from home-grown and low-cost energy resources,” said Commissioner Coleman. “While there is no single ‘silver bullet’ that can be applied everywhere, there are numerous opportunities to move the process forward – and I am proud to note that many of those ‘best practices’ are already being used in Pennsylvania.”
The task force report includes eight recommended mechanisms and best practices for state public utility/service commissions, including:
The task force included the following state commissioners: Stephen Michael Bloom, Oregon Public Utility Commission; Julie I. Brown, Florida Public Service Commission; Robert Hayden, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities; Kimberly A. O’Guinn, Arkansas Public Service Commission; Lon Roberts, Wisconsin Public Service Commission; Norman J. Saari, Michigan Public Service Commission; Dianne Solomon, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Nick Wagner, Iowa Utilities Board; and Dallas Winslow, Delaware Public Service Commission.
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