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For Immediate Release: March 5, 2009
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC Thanks Reid for Reaching Out, Consulting on Transmission Bill

WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Frederick Butler of New Jersey issued the following statement in response to the introduction of Sen. Harry Reid's Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act:

"While we are still analyzing the details of the legislation, we want to thank Senate Majority Leader Reid and his staff for reaching out and consulting us as he drafted this proposal. Sen. Reid is to be commended for bringing this issue to Congress' attention, and we are optimistic that our continued dialogue will produce a better outcome for consumers and the environment. NARUC is initiating a discussion with its membership to determine the best way to respond to Sen. Reid’s innovative proposal.

We look forward to conversations with the Majority Leader and the appropriate Senate committees so we can bring about a mutually acceptable outcome."

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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