- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) - The Maine Public Utilities Commission is going to be operating with only two commissioners.

The panel announced Friday the departure of Commissioner Carlisle McLean, who extended her tenure after her term ended on March 31.

McLean called it a “wonderfully epic and humbling challenge.” She said that she sought to independently consider each decision “with the public interest and the Maine ratepayer front of mind” and that she’ll cherish the experience.

McLean was the governor’s former legal counsel and senior natural resources policy adviser before he appointed her to the commission.

Her departure Friday leaves Chairman Mark Vannoy and Bruce Williamson, and there’s no word on a nominee to replace her. A PUC spokesman said the situation isn’t unusual and the panel has operated with two commissioners in the past.

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