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Vermont Department of Public Service names John Beling Director of Public Advocacy

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has named John Beling as its new Director of Public Advocacy and Consumer Affairs. Mr. Beling, who has served as Special Counsel for DPS during the past year, will head the Department’s staff of attorneys who represent ratepayers in all public service company proceedings before the Public Service Board and in all other venues where those interests are at stake, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Beling will advise the Commissioner and DPS regarding the public interest and will help guide the long-term interest of all Vermonters in reliable, environmentally sustainable, and economically sound provision of utility services.  He will also oversee the Department’s Consumer Affairs division which reviews and investigates consumer complaints regarding regulated utility services.‘John has done excellent work for the Department this past year,’ said Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, ‘and has deep experience in environmental litigation. He is the right person for this position. The Department of Public Service is delighted to welcome him as Director.’Before joining DPS, Beling worked at the Vermont Attorney General’s office on environmental matters and served as enforcement counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Boston.  Beling started his career in the Torts Branch of the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney focusing on asbestos and environmental tort litigation.  Beling has a BA, cum laude, in English and History from Tufts University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.When not at work, John serves as a lecturer for the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He also serves as a mock trial judge for Vermont Law School and enjoys coaching youth sports and instructing adaptive skiing.‘I look forward to helping to craft the policies that will balance the needs of progress and the needs of the consumer to enhance the superb quality of life that we enjoy here in Vermont,’ commented Beling.The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater. Source: DPS. 7.7.11last_img

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