(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber has named Susan Ackerman Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
“Susan has demonstrated steady leadership since her appointment to the Commission in 2010," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Her experience working with diverse energy providers and agencies is a valuable asset, as is her exceptional commitment to ensuring Oregonians have access to safe, reliable and high-quality services at reasonable rates.”
Ms. Ackerman thanked the Governor for the appointment. “The Oregon Public Utility Commission plays an important role in the delivery of quality energy, telecommunications, and water services to Oregonians and the Oregon economy. The Commission is committed to delivering these services in a way that is consistent with Oregonians’ quality of life.”
Ms. Ackerman is one of three commissioners on the Oregon Public Utility Commission, along with Commissioners John Savage and Stephen Bloom. She is just starting her second four-year term as Commissioner, which will expire in 2016.
Prior to her service on the OPUC, Ms. Ackerman practiced law, with an emphasis in electricity and natural gas regulatory matters, including electric and natural gas rate cases, pipeline and wholesale power rate cases, transmission matters and contracts, wholesale power sales and contracts, natural gas contracting, competitive procurement, and integrated resource planning. Her clients included public preference customers of a federal power marketing agency, independent power producers, a local natural gas distributor, and the Bonneville Power Administration. She has represented clients before the OPUC, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the National Energy Board of Canada.
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