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Governor Nominates Kurt Adams to Public Utilities Commission

April 7, 2005

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AUGUSTA - Governor John Baldacci today announced the nomination of his Chief Legal Counsel, Kurt Adams, to serve as a member of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Since taking office, Governor Baldacci has promoted long term energy conservation and alternative energy solutions.

“I am extremely pleased that Kurt Adams has agreed to serve as a member of the PUC,” said Governor Baldacci. “He brings to the position extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of energy, utility and telecommunications policy and a strong record of negotiating agreements for the benefit of the public good. I am confident of Kurt’s ability to contribute to this vital commission.”

As Chief Legal Counsel, Adams led the Governor’s team that successfully negotiated the preservation of paper mills in the State. He worked with Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature to save these jobs. Adams’s work helped preserve 1300 jobs in Penobscot County with a total annual payroll of $3 million dollars.

Adams serves as Governor Baldacci’s representative on the New England State Committee on Energy, a regional organization of Governor’s representatives charged with fighting for lower rates for electricity consumers.

Most recently, Adams developed the Governor’s Connect Maine initiative unveiled by the Governor in his State of the State address in January. Connect Maine is Maine’s first comprehensive telecommunications strategy.

“Kurt will be a strong advocate for consumers,” said Governor Baldacci. “The telecommunications industry is undergoing rapid change and oil and electricity prices are projected for record highs. Maine’s economic recovery cannot afford major increases in energy prices. Maine needs a strong advocate at the PUC to fight for Maine’s interests in regional (ISO-NE) and national (FERC) bodies.”

Adams was born in Maine. Originally from Kittery, his family owns Kittery Trading Post. He earned a BA in Government from Skidmore College; an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University; and a Juris Doctor, from the University of Maine School of Law.

Prior to serving in the Administration, Adams practiced law as a partner in the Portland firm Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson. In this capacity, he developed his expertise in energy law and represented private clients before regional and federal bodies.

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