Oshie to leave UTC

After two six-year terms, Patrick Oshie will step down as a commissioner at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC).

Oshie was appointed to the UTC by Gov. Gary Locke in 2001 and reappointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2006. Oshie has accepted an offer to join the Western Electricity Coordinating Council as its associate general counsel.

In his 11 years as a commissioner, Oshie helped steer the commission through the development of the first conservation plans under Initiative 937, the Energy Independence Act, helping make Washington a leader in energy conservation. Oshie also helped investor-owned utilities avoid economic peril in the challenging economic times after the California energy crisis and relaxed regulation on telecommunications companies as markets became more competitive. 

“It was a very difficult decision to leave the commission and the many skilled, hard-working and caring individuals who work here,” Oshie said. “I look forward to the challenges I will face in my new career.”

Before joining the commission, Oshie was a partner in a Yakima law firm specializing in federal Indian and environmental law. In his career, Oshie has served as an assistant city attorney representing Seattle City Light and as an assistant attorney general in Utah. In 1986, he served as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Utah’s College of Law.

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