Timothy Schneider Approved by Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to Serve as Public Advocate

May 1, 2013

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 1
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today congratulated Timothy Schneider of Portland to serve as the Public Advocate. On Wednesday, the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee voted unanimously to approve Schneider’s nomination.

Maine’s Public Advocate represents the interests of Maine ratepayers in proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission, including issues regarding electricity and natural gas prices. The Office of the Public Advocate also supports Mainers mattes related to telecommunications, including accessibility to broadband internet. Schneider now goes before the Senate for a confirmation vote. A date has not yet been set.

One of Schneider’s first involvements with electricity and telecommunications issues was while working for the Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society in Cherryfield, Maine. He saw a lack of internet-based infrastructure in rural areas, which affected Maine students and their educational opportunities. The experience led to his interest in telecommunications and regulatory policy.

Since 2008, Schneider has specialized in electricity and natural gas utilities as an attorney at Pierce Atwood LLP. He has worked with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and has been involved in some of the most complex issues before the Commission in recent years, including the inquiry into Maine’s continued participation in ISO-NE, consideration of the largest transmission upgrade in Maine history, as well as the Commission’s investigation into its electric utilities’ transmission planning standards and many issues relating to Northern Utilities’ arrival in Maine.

Schneider earned a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University and was awarded the Stride Rite Senior Recognition Award for his contribution to public service. He earned his Juris Doctor in 2008 from New York University School of Law.

Richard Davies is the current Public Advocate. Davies’s term expired Feb. 1, 2013.