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Electric/Natural Gas
Electric & Natural Gas

The Commission is responsible for ensuring that the utilities we regulate offer safe and reliable energy at reasonable rates and for promoting the development of competitive markets. The Electric and Natural Gas section seeks accomplish these goals by implementing programs designed to:
  • Set the rates charged to homes and businesses.
  • Promote price and service competition, where appropriate, so that utilities and their customers can shop for the cheapest supplies and get services tailored to their needs.
  • Set and enforce price and service rules that protect consumers.
  • Establish regulatory policies that induce utilities to secure the mix of new resources, including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources that will meet customer needs at the lowest cost and risk.
  • Ensure that pipelines, power lines, transformer stations and other energy facilities operate safely and reliably, through inspections, emergency preparedness and response, and performance standards.
The Commission evaluates many components of cost—such as the costs of labor, purchased energy and the cost of capital—to determine how much of these costs should be included in customer rates. The Commission also decides both the share of utilities’ total costs assigned to different groups of customers and the structure of customer rates.
Electric and Natural Gas contains two divisions:
            Energy Rates, Finance and Audit Division – Marc Hellman is the Division Administrator; and
            Energy Resources and Planning Division – John Crider is the Division Administrator