A state commission, also sometimes called Public Service Commission, that regulates all types of utilities, including electricity generators. State PUCs have jurisdiction over intrastate trade of electricity, regulate retail rates for customers, approve sites for generation facilities, and issue State environmental regulations.
A state government agency responsible for the regulation of public utilities within a state or region. A state legislature oversees the PUC by reviewing changes to utility laws, rules and regulations and approving the PUC's budget. The commission usually has five Commissioners appointed by the governor or legislature. The PUC focuses on adequate, safe, universal utility service at reasonable rates while also trying to balance the interests of consumers, environmentalists, utilities, and stockholders.
A commission at the state level that is comprised of either state-elected or appointed officials who regulate utilities such as electric and telephone utilities. The name for this regulatory may differ slightly between states. Public Service Commission is another common name.
Each state has a regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the public utilities, such as electricity, gas, water, and transportation services. They also regulate telecommunication services, including cable franchises and local telephone carriers. In some states they are called the Public Services Commission or Regulatory Authority. Members of the commission are appointed by the governor in most states, though in about a dozen they are publicly elected. Members serve terms of varying length, with varying salaries.