April 21, 2019
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LePage nominates Waldoboro engineer as PUC commissioner

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Gov. Paul LePage speaks in Rockland in March 2012.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has nominated an engineer from Waldoboro to serve as a commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Mark Vannoy, an engineer with Wright-Pierce of Topsham, would fill the seat that recently was vacated by Vendean Vafiades, who resigned earlier this year.

Vannoy still needs to be confirmed by two-thirds of the Senate. He likely will appear before the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee in the next two weeks.

If confirmed, Vannoy would serve through March 31, 2013, to complete Vafiades’ term.

The PUC’s board of commissioners has just three members but is responsible for making regulatory rulings and recommendations to the Legislature on electricity, natural gas, water utilities and telecommunications.

The commission also regulates water taxis and ferries in Casco Bay and promotes safe digging through the “Dig Safe” underground utility damage prevention program.

The other commissioners are David Littell, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. John Baldacci, and Tom Welch, who was chairman of the commission from 1993-2005 and returned in 2011.

Littell’s term expires in 2015; Welch’s in 2017.

Vannoy is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served on active duty from 1993 to 1999 and is still a commander in the Navy Reserve. He also has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Cornell University.

Correction: An early version of this story requires clarification. Mark Vannoy’s confirmation to the Maine Public Utilities Commission requires two-thirds vote from the Maine Senate, not Legislature.

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