The Role of a PUC Commissioner

I often say when I speak to groups that 99 out of 100 South Dakotans probably can’t explain what the Public Utilities Commission does. That elicits a chuckle from the audience indicating I’m pretty close to accurate with that number. That doesn’t mean folks don’t pay attention to state government but rather that the role of the PUC is not one that is often in the news or top of mind. Similarly the role of a PUC commissioner is often misunderstood.

Nick Lowrey, writer for the Pierre Capital Journal, did a nice job explaining the role of a public utilities commissioner in an article he wrote last week.