- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission is leaving his post two years early.

Tom Welch, chairman of the three-member panel, will retire in December. His term on the commission was supposed to run through March 2017.

Welch tells the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (https://bit.ly/1sqMPZZ ) that he feels some “twinges of guilt” because he’s leaving while the commission struggles with important issues, like expanding a natural gas pipeline in Maine, telephone regulation and modernizing the electric grid.

Another commissioner will also be leaving shortly. David Littell’s term ends next March.

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