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July 12, 2010

Federal and State Energy Regulators to Meet in Vermont

Montpelier, VT - The National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR www.napsr.org), a non-profit organization that serves to promote natural gas and propane safety, will hold its Eastern Regional Meeting in Essex Junction on July 14, 2010. State and federal regulators will be joined by Vermont energy executives to discuss a variety of emerging issues, according to Hans Mertens, Director of Engineering Services at the Vermont Department of Public Service and current NAPSR Chairman.

The keynote address will be delivered by Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner David Coen, who serves as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC www.naruc.org ). NARUC represents the State public service commissioners that regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation. Mr. Coen will focus on NARUC and the industry, with an emphasis on the state-federal partnership.

Mr. Coen said, “With Congress and the Administration debating profound changes to our utility landscape, our role as State regulators will be critical to ensuring consumer protection and reliable service. We as a nation are facing changing times, and regulators must remain focused on the public interest.”

Mr. Coen’s service to the utility industry and to Vermont was recognized with a special presentation made on behalf of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Mr. Coen is an active NARUC member, as demonstrated through his participation on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and his service as a Vice Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, Chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors, and a member of NARUC’s Electricity, Gas, and Finance and Technology committees. President Coen also serves on the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal and the Task Force on Climate Policy. Mr. Coen has served as a PSB commissioner since 1995.

Also speaking on the 14th is the Chair of the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Kevin Del Gobbo. He will present an analysis of the February 2010 Kleen Energy Generation Plant explosion. This incident has had a profound impact on the industry. Six people were killed and more than 30 were injured as a result of a natural gas explosion that severely damaged a nearly completed $1 billion facility.

For more information about the conference, please contact Hans Mertens, Vermont Department of Public Service, 802-828-4007.

Source: Department of Public Service
Last Updated at: July 12, 2010 12:05:05