On Monday, April 15, the Missouri Public Service Commission celebrated its 100 years of service with remarks and exhibits at the Truman Office Building in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Legislation creating the PSC took effect on April 13, 1913.

BSE shareholders William (Trip) England, Dean Cooper, Diana Carter and Brian McCartney were in attendance along with current and formar commissioners, PSC staff members, representatives from the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel and others.

The Commission stated as follows in its press release concerning the event –

“Today the Commission regulates investor-owned electric, natural gas, steam, telephone, and water and sewer utilities in the state.  In addition, the Commission regulates the operational safety of the state’s rural electric cooperatives and municipally owned natural gas utilities.  The Commission also regulates manufacturers and dealers of manufactured homes and modular units.

‘Most of the citizens in our state receive some form of utility service from an investor-owned public utility company that is under the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission,’ said Kenney.  ‘While regulatory issues and the challenges associated with them are different today than 100 years ago, our mission remains the same as it was in 1913.  The Commission continues to work diligently to ensure that Missourians receive safe and adequate service at just and reasonable rates.’”

BSE has represented clients in diverse and complex matters before the Missouri Public Service Commission for many years. The firm serves the telecommunications, electric, gas, sewer and water industries, including municipal utilities and water districts.

BSE attorneys James C. Swearengen, William R. (Trip) England, III, Gary W. Duffy, Paul A. Boudreau, Dean L. Cooper, and L. Russell Mitten have been selected by their peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Energy Law.  Trip England is also listed in the field of Communications Law.