Former state senator Dan Clodfelter among Gov. Cooper’s appointments to utilities commission

T he North Carolina Utilities Commission is a bit of an odd bird. It originally oversaw trains, steam boats and telegraph companies, but in the 21st century is responsible for regulating public utilities — energy companies, pay phones (the few that exist), water, buses, even household moving companies and ferryboats.

Today Gov. Roy Cooper announced three appointments to the seven-member commission to fill seats that will expire in June.


(Photo: NC Utilities Commission)

ToNola D. Brown-Bland, has been nominated for reappointment. She started on the commission in 2009, appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she received her law degree from Duke. From Greensboro, She is a past president of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.



(Photo: Parker Poe law firm)

Daniel Clodfelter served in the state senate from 1999-2014 and mayor of Charlotte from 2014-2015. He replaces Don Bailey, a McCrory appointee. A Democrat, Sen. Clodfelter supported the renewable energy tax credit, the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, among many environmental bills. He received an award from the League of Conservation Voters in 2014 for his leadership on conservation issues. He is currently an attorney at Parker Poe law firm in Charlotte.



(Photo from Charlotte Mitchell law firm website)

Charlotte Mitchell has been nominated to replace Bryan Beatty, an appointee of both Govs. Mike Easley and Perdue. He was also the secretary of the state department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the director of the SBI.
Mitchell, a Raleigh attorney, represents clients in rate cases, regulatory compliance and complaint proceedings before the commission. Her clients include renewable energy companies, but also private water companies such as Aqua NC, in requests for rate increases. A graduate of UNC School of Law and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Mitchell also served on the NC Mining and Energy Commission from 2012-2015

Cooper’s nominees must be confirmed by the House and Senate before officially taking office.

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