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January 30, 2015

Maine Senate confirms PUC nominee

Gov. Paul LePage's pick for the Maine Public Utilities Commission was confirmed by the Maine Senate on Thursday.

The Associated Press reported that Carlisle McLean, LePage's chief legal counsel, was voted in unanimously as the PUC's new member, replacing longtime member and former Chairman Tom Welch. Welch spoke with Mainebiz in an extended interview published earlier this month.

McLean has said that the PUC should be driven by legislative and regulatory directives and that it shouldn't make its own policies. With the PUC's decisions impacting all residents in Maine, she said the commission has a "huge responsibility."

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