Commissioner Carolene Mays of Indiana will be the new chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) committee on critical infrastructure, effective August 1.
Appointed by NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington, Mays will replace former chair Terry Jarrett of Missouri, who is leaving regulation. Jones also appointed commissioners Jeanne Fox of New Jersey and Swain Whitfield of South Carolina as co-vice chairs of the committee.
First established after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, the committee on critical infrastructure gives state regulators a forum to identify, study and propose solutions to utility infrastructure security and delivery concerns. The issues pending before the committee include cybersecurity, in particular, and energy assurance, EMP and geomagnetic storms, emergency communications and system resiliency.
“Our nation’s economic and physical well-being depends on reliable utility service,” Jones said. “The NARUC Critical Infrastructure Committee is addressing some of the biggest challenges the utility sector is facing, with cyber security leading the way. Mays is well-versed in these issues and I am proud and grateful that she is willing to serve in this capacity. I’d also like to salute Commissioner Jarrett for his tireless leadership. He has raised the profile of this committee and helped lead our focus on cybersecurity. I thank him for his service.”
Mays was appointed to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2010. Before joining the commission, she served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008.
Within NARUC, Mays was vice chair of the critical infrastructure committee. She also is president of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference.
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 represents the interests of state public utility commissions before the three branches of the federal government.