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Jennifer M. Murphy Joins NARUC as Assistant General Counsel


For Immediate Release: May 21, 2015
Contact: Regina L. Davis, 202-898-9382,


WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has hired Jennifer M. Murphy as its new Assistant General Counsel. Her first day was May 18.

Murphy, a former counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, will be responsible for NARUC’s legal relations on energy matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the federal courts, and elsewhere as necessary. She will also assist in the development and implementation of NARUC’s Washington Action Program and will primarily serve the Association’s committees on Consumer Affairs; Electricity; Energy Resources and the Environment; and Gas.

”We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Murphy to the NARUC team, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this challenging position. Her regulatory commission experience provides the necessary background to help us serve the best interests of our members,” said NARUC President Lisa Edgar.

For the past five years, Murphy worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, first as a Hearing Officer and then as Counsel for the Division of Regional and Federal Affairs. As a Hearing Officer, she developed regulations; managed dockets involving electricity, gas and water rates; and served as the public records officer for the Department. As Counsel, she represented the Department in proceedings before FERC and in the New England Power Pool stakeholder process, primarily at the Markets Committee, Planning Advisory Committee, and the Reliability Committee.

Murphy served as a law clerk to Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima of the Connecticut Appellate Court. Before attending law school, Murphy was an international affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; served as a research associate for a non-profit organization focusing on science, economics and the environment; and was a NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for the Committee on Resources of the U.S. House of Representatives.

She earned her Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School, graduating magna cum laude. She also holds a Master of Marine Affairs and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) from Tufts University.


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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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