On Tuesday, Governor Janet Mills swore in Patrick Scully as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) following his unanimous confirmation vote by the Maine State Senate.
Scully, 64, is the former CEO of Bernstein Shur and is one of Maine’s most knowledgeable attorneys in municipal, energy and utility regulations, with significant experience in the state’s burgeoning renewable energy sector, issues facing Maine ratepayers, and the important regulatory responsibilities of the PUC. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College in biology and environmental studies and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Scully lives in Naples with his wife, Tory Ryden.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities to ensure Maine consumers have safe, adequate and reliable services and rates that are just and reasonable for consumers and utilities.
The PUC’s three full-time Commissioners serve staggered terms of 6 years and make all final Commission decisions by public vote or action of the majority.
This is Governor Mills’ second appointment to the PUC. In May 2019, she nominated Phil Bartlett, former Chair of the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, to serve as Chair of the PUC, who was also confirmed by the Senate.
Scully replaces former PUC member R. Bruce Williamson, whose term ended in March.