IURC News Release

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission                                                        

302 West Washington Street, Room 306                                                                    

Indianapolis Indiana  46204                                                                        

317.232.2297 office

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Contact:  Mary Beth Fisher

For Immediate Release                                                                                    

November 15, 2001





The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission today established a committee to recommend minimum training standards and skills for workers who operate or maintain electric utilities in Indiana. 


Resolution 98, which empowers the IURC to create the committee, passed both houses in the First Regular Session of the 112th General Assembly in 2001.  The goal is to set standards designed to maintain the high quality and reliability of electric service that Hoosiers have come to expect.


The resolution designates that Anne Becker, the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor, serve as the non-voting chair of the committee.  However, she may make a final recommendation on proposed standards or qualifications that are not agreed on by a simple majority of the voting members on the committee.


The committee will issue recommendations to the IURC no later than January 1, 2003.  The legislature encourages the IURC to adopt rules based on the committee’s recommendations.


The committee is comprised of management and non-management representatives from public utilities, rural electric memberships corporations, municipally owned utilities, and non-utility owned electric generation and transmission companies. 


The committee members who represent management from utilities include:  John Sampson of Indianapolis; Boyd Huff of Richmond; Dave Creech of Crawfordsville; Kenneth Foley of Merrillville; DeWayne Todd of Newburg.


The committee members who represent non-management employees include:  David Chlebek of LaPorte; Gary Woodall of Indianapolis; Kevin McGann of Mishawaka, Fred Jones of Indianapolis and Matt Hemmenway of Boonville.