UTC Commissioner Jones elected to national regulatory panel

Olympia, Wash., November 17, 2010 — Washington Utilities and Transportation Commissioner (UTC) Philip Jones has been appointed to a leadership position in the national association representing state utility regulators.

Jones was elected second vice president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners at the annual meeting in Atlanta. He will serve a one-year term.

“I am delighted to be elected to this position by my colleagues around the country,” Commissioner Jones said. “NARUC is a well-respected and influential organization in helping state utility officials set policy across all utility sectors. I look forward to working with my state and federal colleagues on these matters, as it is vitally important to have a strong federal-state partnership. NARUC is an important association in building stronger ties and connecting these various infrastructures together. Closer to home, NARUC provides great help to the UTC here in Washington in areas such as enhancing a cleaner electricity future, and facilitating more deployment of high-speed broadband services to rural Washington.

Jones was elected to this position by his fellow public service commissioners from around the country. As second vice president, Jones will serve on the NARUC board of directors, the executive committee, and assist the president in providing general oversight of the association.

NARUC is the national association representing the state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, telecommunications and water. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just, and reasonable rates.

Jones was appointed to the UTC in early 2005. He is an active NARUC member, serving on the association’s international and telecommunications committees. He is co-chairman of NARUC’s Washington action committee, and also serves as chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s board of directors.

Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years. Before that he served as senior legislative assistant to former Washington Sen. Daniel J. Evans, and staffed him on energy policy issues and for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as international trade policy.

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