Politics & Government

Beshear appoints Linda Breathitt to Public Service Commission

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear appointed longtime energy regulator Linda Breathitt on Friday to the state Public Service Commission.

Breathitt, of Lexington, has worked in the energy sector for years in state and federal positions.

She replaces Charlie Borders, who resigned in December from the agency that oversees utilities in the state. Her term will begin May 21.

"Linda has a broad range of experience in the energy sector that few can match," Beshear said in a statement. "Her vision and expertise in this field will serve our entire state well."

Breathitt serves as federal representative to the Southern States Energy Board, where she represents the U.S. Department of Energy.

She also has worked as a senior energy and regulatory advisor at a law firm in Washington, D.C. She was appointed in 1997 as commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in which she provided regulatory oversight of the electric transmission system, energy markets, natural gas pipelines, oil pipelines and hydro-electric licensing.

Prior to her federal work, Breathitt was a commissioner and chairwoman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

"I am thrilled to be appointed to the PSC again and look forward to working with my colleagues on the challenging and exciting issues we face in energy and regulation today," said Breathitt, daughter of the late Gov. Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt Jr.

The PSC is charged with regulating the intrastate rates and services of more than 1,500 utility companies throughout the state.

Utilities under PSC jurisdiction are investor-owned electric, gas, telecommunications, certain water and sewer utilities, rural electric and telephone cooperatives and water districts and associations.