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05/03/2007 Contact: 850-413-6482

NATHAN A. SKOP CONFIRMED AS FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER


TALLAHASSEE — Nathan A. Skop was unanimously confirmed by the Florida Senate today as a new commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). Governor Charlie Crist appointed Commissioner Skop to serve a four-year term effective May 2, 2007.

“I am extremely honored to be afforded the privilege of serving the people of Florida in the capacity of Public Service Commissioner,” said Commissioner Skop.  “I share Governor Crist’s commitment to public service and consumer advocacy and look forward to protecting the interests of Florida’s consumers as a member of the Commission.”

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Skop managed renewable wind energy projects located in Altamont Pass, California, worked as a specialist engineer for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, and worked as a senior engineer for General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut.  Commissioner Skop’s extensive power generation experience includes renewable energy (wind and solar), fossil fuel (combined cycle, gas turbine, co-generation, and coal), and nuclear power.

Commissioner Skop graduated from the University of Florida in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.  In 1996, he received a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He also earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006.  Commissioner Skop is a member of the Florida Bar.  Additionally, Commissioner Skop also holds a graduate level certificate in environmental management from the Hartford Graduate Center, and attended an executive education program focusing on mergers and acquisitions at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Commissioner Skop was raised in Sanford, Florida. Before relocating to Tallahassee to serve in his current position, Commissioner Skop previously lived in Gainesville, Florida and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

  "We welcome the opportunity to work with Commissioner Skop, “ said PSC Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.   "His experience and educational background bring diverse expertise as the Commission continues our work to ensure that Florida consumers receive utility services that are safe and reliable at fair prices."

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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