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Bar News - July 17, 2009

Amy Ignatius Chosen as New Public Utilities Commissioner

Amy Ignatius, formerly the director of the NH State Office of Energy and Planning, has been nominated by Gov. John Lynch and confirmed by the Executive Council to replace Graham Morrison as Public Utilities Commissioner.

According to an article in the Concord Monitor (Chelsea Conaboy, June 3), friends and fellow workers said they could not think of anybody better qualified to fill the position. Ignatius has been described as having "an excellent legal mind" and is considered particularly knowledgeable in utility law.

"I am tremendously honored to be returning to the PUC as a Commissioner," said Ignatius. "My only regret is leaving a top-notch team at OEP, who are doing exciting work in land use planning and energy."

While at the Office of Energy and Planning, Ignatius was in the midst of a huge organizational effort to bring federal monies into the state as part of the economic stimulus plan for New Hampshire. She has worked to assure that the funds will be available during the allotted time period of three years.

Ignatius was general counsel to the Utilities Commission from 1991-98, and thereafter served for six years as executive director of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners. She returned to the commission as general counsel in 2003, where she continued to deepen her knowledge of energy and telecommunication issues.

Her expertise will be especially appreciated at a time when the state is still experiencing difficulties because of the FairPoint Communications takeover of the state’s landline network. Ignatius was counsel when the commission was hearing cases regarding the relationship between Verizon, seller, and FairPoint, buyer, of the system. Her knowledge of the history of the change-over is considered invaluable.

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