|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2003
|For More Information, Please Contact:
Chrys Wilson, Manager
Office of External Relations
Commissioner Gail C. McDonald
Elected President Of
Mid-Atlantic Conference Of
Regulatory Utilities Commissioners
Baltimore, MD - The Maryland Public Service Commission congratulates Commissioner Gail C. McDonald on her election to President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners ("MACRUC").
MACRUC is an organization consisting of state public utility commissions which promotes the region-wide advancement of public utility regulation and the related regulatory, legislative, and policy interests. Members exchange information with other regional state public utility commissions, federal regulatory commissions and departments that are represented in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners ("NARUC") regarding regulatory, policy and administrative issues. MACRUC further promotes uniform regulations and competitive regulatory initiatives through coordinated efforts with state and federal regulatory commissions and departments, as well as trade associations supporting the goals and programs of the organization.
Commissioner McDonald has a long history of public service at both the State and Federal level, including presidential appointments. In 1995, President William J. Clinton appointed McDonald as the first female Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to that appointment, President Clinton appointed Commissioner McDonald to serve as Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission ("ICC"). This followed her appointment by President George Bush to serve as a Commissioner on the ICC in 1990.
McDonald has been in the forefront of electric issues, participating in the Regulator's Roundtable on Renewable Energy in Cairo, Egypt in 2002. She presently serves as Chairperson of the New Delhi, India/Maryland Public Service Commission Electric Regulatory Partnership. The partnership exchange program is operated by the United States Energy Administration (USEA) and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Commissioner McDonald is a resident of Prince George's County.