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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

Honorable Taps S.C.'s Hall to Chair Utility Marketplace Panel

WASHINGTON—National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Colette Honorable of Arkansas named Commissioner Nikki Hall of South Carolina as Chair of the Association’s Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access.
Chair Hall, who served as a Vice Chair of the subcommittee, replaces Commissioner Harold Williams of Maryland, whose term as chair expired.
Established in 2010, the Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access promotes inclusion and the utilization of prudent and competitive procurement practices in the utility industry. UMA’s aim is to open the gate of opportunity for women, minority and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses in utility supply markets and strengthen relationships that provide mutual economic benefits for ratepayers, investors, and DBEs.
“I am honored to appoint Commissioner Hall as the new chair of the Utility Marketplace Access subcommittee,” President Honorable said. “UMA’s important mission helps open doors for new and diverse suppliers in the utility sector. Commissioner Hall brings a strong enthusiasm to this position and will serve our members well. I also would like to thank Commissioner Williams for his steadfast support for the Subcommittee. Without his tireless leadership, UMA would never have gotten off the ground. We are all better off because of his service to NARUC.”
“I am grateful for and humbled by this opportunity,” UMA Subcommittee Chair Hall said. “Electricity markets are changing almost by the day. Ensuring that we have an open market of diverse providers is essential and beneficial to consumers. I look forward to working with President Honorable and UMA members as we continue our work. Like President Honorable, I am also grateful for Commissioner Williams. He is leaving a huge void, but thanks to his efforts, we have the pieces in place to succeed.”
Commissioner Hall was elected to the South Carolina Public Service Commission in June 2010 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the agency. Within NARUC, she served as Co-Chair of the NARUC Washington Action Program and is a member of the Association’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment.
Prior to her PSC election, Commissioner Hall served as a magistrate in Richland County, S.C. She began her law career clerking for the Honorable Casey Manning, circuit court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina. Following her clerkship, Commissioner Hall served as a prosecutor in the Fifth Judicial Circuit prosecuting felonies, managing appeals and participating in many major trials.

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