Skrmetta elected Public Service Commission chairman, named to other regional boards

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:00 am, The St. Tammany News

In addition to being elected chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission last month, District 1 Commissioner Eric Skrmetta has been named to a number of boards and committees that will enhance his service and the role of the LPSC.

Skrmetta will serve on the Entergy Regional State Committee, a five-person, four-state board established in 2009 to consider how expansion and upgrades to Entergy’s transmission will impact communities and ratepayers. He will also serve on the Board of Directors of the Organization of MISO States, an advisory board to the Midwestern Independent Service Organization, which will take control of the states’ transmission systems at the end of this year. Skrmetta was also appointed by the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners to serve on the national Electricity Committee.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow commissioners to serve as the Chairman of the Commission,” Skrmetta said. “I will work to set an agenda that will stabilize utility costs for consumers and ensure that regulated companies maintain high standards for their infrastructure systems so consumers can enjoy maximum reliable service.

“My appointment to the Entergy Regional State Committee will allow me to continue developing a strategy that will bring Louisiana into a regional system of managing electricity,” Skrmetta added. “Through NARUC, I will have the ability to interact with commissioners of other states that will help me better understand electricity issues and trends so I may develop strategies for Louisiana to help protect our consumers.”