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Oregon Senate Confirms Commissioner Savage Reappointment


April 30, 2013 (2013-03)
Contacts:  Susan Ackerman, Chair, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962 

Salem, OR.  Today the Oregon Senate confirmed the appointment of Commissioner John Savage to another four-year term on the Oregon Public Utility Commission. His new term ends March 31, 2017.

Savage was appointed to the Oregon Public Utility Commission in September 2003, after serving as Director of the agency’s regulatory staff.  Before joining the Commission, Savage was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy for eight years.
Commissioner Savage serves on groups.  He chairs the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body on mandatory reliability standards; the Electricity Committee of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners; the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation – a joint committee of the Western Interstate Energy Board and the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners; and the State-Provincial Steering Committee. The Steering Committee advises the Western Electricity Coordinating Council on its regional transmission plan. 
The three-member Commission regulates customer rates and services of the state's investor-owned electric, natural gas, telephone utilities; and certain water companies.
These include:  
·          Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, Idaho Power  
·          NW Natural Gas, Cascade Natural Gas and Avista Natural Gas
·          CenturyLink (formerly Qwest), Frontier Communications and nearly 80 water companies