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NARUC Observes Dr. King Holiday as a National Day of Utility Service

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For Immediate Release: January 13, 2017 

Contact: Regina L. Davis, 202-898-9382,


WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) joins state commissions in its observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2017. The NARUC Board of Directors recognizes that Dr. King’s birthday is celebrated nationally as a day of service. In honor of that legacy, the NARUC Board passed a resolution in 2008 designating the holiday as a Day of Utility Service.

In recognition of this day, NARUC issues the following statement:

“In honor of Dr. King’s legacy of public service, NARUC encourages all Americans to engage in acts of utility service on this important holiday. Utility customers can do this by adjusting thermostats, weatherizing homes, installing energy efficient lightbulbs, and generally taking steps to conserve. NARUC’s ‘Anybody Can Serve, So Let’s Conserve’ campaign provides several examples of simple lifestyle changes that can go a long way in reshaping our future.”
—NARUC President Robert R. Powelson of Pennsylvania

NARUC adopted the resolution designating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Utility Day of Service at the Winter Committee Meetings in Washington, D.C., on February 20, 2008. The resolution can be viewed on NARUC's website by clicking here.



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.