Maine Senate confirms Public Utilities Commission nominee

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Paul LePage's pick for the Public Utilities Commission.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted unanimously in favor of Carlie McLean's nomination to the board on Thursday. She was unanimously endorsed by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee last week.

The three-member PUC is in charge of regulating electric and natural gas utilities, as well as Casco Bay water taxis.

McClean has served as LePage's general counsel since 2013. Prior to that, she served as the governor's senior natural resources policy adviser.

She's replacing former Chairman Thomas Welch, who resigned before his term ended in 2017.

Commissioner Mark Vannoy will now serve as chairman. The third commissioner is David Littell, who was nominated by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. Littell's term is up in March.

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