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Gov. LePage announces PUC public advocate nominee

Posted April 01, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage today nominated Timothy Schneider of Portland to serve as the Public Advocate representing the interests of Maine ratepayers in proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, including issues regarding electricity and natural gas prices. The Office of the Public Advocate also supports Mainers on matters related to telecommunications, including accessibility to broadband internet.

Since 2008, Schneider has specialized in electricity and natural gas as an attorney at Pierce Atwood LLP. He has worked with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and has been involved in some of the most complex issues before the PUC in recent years, including the inquiry into Maine’s continued participation in ISO-New England, consideration of the largest transmission upgrade in Maine history, as well as the PUC’s investigation into its electric utilities’ transmission planning standards and many issues relating to natural gas pricing and infrastructure.

Schneider earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and was awarded the Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award for his contribution to public service. He earned his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

“We must find ways to make Maine more competitive, and part of that includes expanding access to broadband and lowering electricity prices. Today, Mainers are burdened with some of the highest energy prices in the nation, and the cost of doing business in Maine is a huge jobs killer,” said Gov. LePage. “We must have a strong advocate who is working toward opportunities that will enable Maine to compete in the global market.”

Richard Davies has served as the Public Advocate since 2007. His term expired Feb. 1, 2013.

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