HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced the appointment of Richard A. Kanaskie as Director of the Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E).
Currently serving as the Deputy Chief Prosecutor in the PUC’s Bureau of I&E, Kanaskie replaces Johnnie Simms, who retired recently.
“During his service at the Commission, Richard has been an integral part of our prosecution and investigation processes,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. “His knowledge of utility investigation and enforcement issues and Commission operations will suit him well in his new position.”
Kanaskie began his career with the Commission in March 2001 as a Prosecutor in the former PUC’s Office of Trial Staff, later advancing to Senior Prosecutor. His responsibilities have included directing and overseeing prosecutions and investigations. Kanaskie also has significant experience in utilizing litigation, mediation, settlements and other problem solving solutions.
Kanaskie received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bucknell University, and his law degree from Widener University of Law. He also is a 2012 graduate of the PUC’s Emerging Leaders program.
The Bureau of I&E serves as the PUC's indedepent prosecutory bureau for purposes of representing the public interest in ratemaking matters. The Bureau also prosecutes service matters before the Office of Administrative Law Judge, and enforces regulatory compliance with the state and federal motor carrier safety, electric safety, and gas pipeline safety laws and regulations. The Bureau handles rail safety enforcement proceedings and investigates referrals from other Bureaus. The Bureau also prepares administrative reports for the Commission.
The PUC balances the needs consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.
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