Committee endorses LePage’s Public Utilities Commission nominee

Posted May 14, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s nominee to fill a vacant seat on the Maine Public Utilities Commission has been endorsed by a legislative committee.

The Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on Monday voted to recommend Senate confirmation of Mark Vannoy to the commission.

Vannoy, an engineer from Waldoboro, currently works as associate vice president of Wright-Pierce engineering firm.

If confirmed by the Senate, Vannoy would serve through March 2013 to complete the term of Vendean Vafiades. Vafiades has retired from state service after five years on the commission.

The Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities.

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