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Ackerman Chosen for Leadership Position with National Organization



November 20, 2013 (2013-13)

  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.  Oregon Public Utility Commissioner Susan Ackerman was elected by her peers as Second Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) today in Orlando, Florida.
Second Vice President Ackerman of Oregon serves as Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. She was first appointed to the agency in March 2010. Within NARUC, Commissioner Ackerman serves on the Board of Directors and is a Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Electricity. She was also a member for the Association’s former Smart Grid Working Group. In addition, Chair Ackerman is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council and co-chairs the Residential Retrofit Working Group of the public-private SEE Action group.
 “NARUC has no shortage of interesting challenges that I look forward to finding solutions for including improving broadband, cyber security and numerous smart grid issues”, Commissioner Ackerman said. “This also provides a national forum to share innovative things that we are doing in Oregon.”
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) members also elected Commissioners Lisa Edgar of Florida as First Vice President; each will also serve one-year terms. Arkansas Commissioner Colette Honorable was elected president to succeed Philip Jones of Washington.
“I want to congratulate First Vice President Edgar and Second Vice President Ackerman on their elections; I look forward to working with them, along with my colleagues on the NARUC Executive Committee, our Board, and all of our members. I also want to thank President Jones for his leadership over the past year. Our team is stronger than ever thanks to his service.”
NARUC, based in Washington D.C., is the national association representing the State utility economic regulators who regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation.