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01/09/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

Isilio Arriaga Sworn In as PSC Commissioner


TALLAHASSEE — Isilio Arriaga was sworn in today as a commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) by the Honorable Catalina M. Avalos, Broward County Court, 17th Judicial District. Former Governor Jeb Bush reappointed Commissioner Arriaga in September to serve a four year term beginning January 2007. Governor Bush first appointed Commissioner Arriaga to the PSC in October 2005, to complete a term ending January 2007.

"It is with great conviction and inspiration that I begin a new term as Commissioner, enthusiastically embracing the challenges that lie ahead in the coming four years," said Commissioner Arriaga.

Prior to his appointment, Arriaga was an independent management consultant for the global firm, Ferrell Schultz Consulting, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce as well as the Council of the Bi-National Chambers of America (CBCA), and is a trustee member and former president of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.  Arriaga served as a congressman in the Republic of Venezuela from 1988 until 1993, where he co-sponsored the first privatization law in the nation. As an international consultant, Arriaga was a strong advocate of the promotion of U.S. enterprises in Latin America.

Arriaga received a master’s degree in industrial engineering from New York University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute. He currently serves on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Electricity and Committee on International Relations as well as the Department of Energy/NARUC Utilities Market Access Partnership (UMAP) Board of Directors.

“Commissioner Arriaga has distinguished himself during his prior service and will continue to bring relevant knowledge and experience to the Commission,” said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.  “His commitment will serve the PSC well as we strive to make Florida an even better place for us to live.”

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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