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For Immediate Release: January 17, 2014
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

State Utility Regulators Acknowledge Dr. King Holiday as a 'Day of Utility Service'

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement in recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday as a “Day of Utility Service:”

“Almost six years ago, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners declared the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday a ‘Day of Utility Service.’ Since 2008, NARUC has initiated numerous campaigns to inform people across the country on ways to both give back to the community and become more energy efficient. We’ve engaged with poets and songwriters, we’ve pitted families all over the U.S. in a friendly competition to encourage energy conservation, and we’ve asked our members to volunteer at various home-building projects in their States.

“With this year being our 125th Anniversary, we are emphasizing the term ‘public service’ to acknowledge Dr. King’s life and legacy. At our 125th Annual Meeting last November, our members assembled more than 500 packages containing everyday essentials like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and razors. These packages were delivered to those in need around the Orlando area. For our upcoming Winter Committee Meetings next month, we are asking guests to donate shampoo and other hygiene essentials to the Clean the World Foundation, Inc. Clean the World works with the hospitality industry by collecting hygiene products discarded from hotels and distributing them to those less fortunate.”

“In addition, we are continuing to ask that our members pursue public-service programs such as scheduling volunteer days at local Habitat for Humanity build sites. Last year, State commission employees in Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, and elsewhere gave up valuable time and participated in service days. We are proud of our commitment to this important initiative and look forward to finding new ways to honor Dr. King and his legacy.”
--NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas and Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve Chair Robert S. Kenney of Missouri


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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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