Florida Public Service Commissioner (PSC) Julie Brown has been appointed to the Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership (NGIMP) between the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Because of Commissioner Brown’s work on the national level and state regulatory experience, NARUC President John Betkoski III appointed her to the NGIMP. She will assist State Commissions’ efforts in exploring investments in natural gas infrastructure modernization and improving the U.S. natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
“As we continue to do in Florida, it is imperative to identify new technologies and cost-effective practices for enhancing pipeline safety, efficiency, and deliverability,” said Commissioner Brown. “I look forward to the opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy to further strengthen the public interest in natural gas regulation.”
Commissioner Brown was reappointed to the PSC by Governor Rick Scott for a four-year term beginning January 2, 2015 and ending January 1, 2019. She served as Commission Chairman from January 2016-January 2018. She was first appointed to the Commission by Governor Charlie Crist and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a four-year term beginning January 2, 2011.
Commissioner Brown serves on NARUC’s Committee on Gas, Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues–Waste Disposal, and its Presidential Natural Gas Access and Expansion Task Force to help expand natural gas service in neglected and rural areas. She previously served on NARUC’s Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment.
Before being appointed to the PSC, she was Associate Legal Counsel of First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she handled a variety of legal issues in the Eastern, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions, including corporate compliance with regulatory authorities. Previously an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tampa, Commissioner Brown specialized in contract, regulatory and administrative law while acting as legal advisor to the City of Tampa for wastewater, stormwater, land development coordination, and other matters. She also worked as a corporate attorney at Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP in Tampa, Florida, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and securities law.