Nelson to serve second term on South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

Published on January 06, 2017 by Daily Energy Insider Reports

South Dakota Public Utilities Commissioner Chris Nelson was sworn into his second term this week at the State Capitol in Pierre, South Dakota.

“I am grateful to the people of South Dakota for the trust they have placed in me to serve as their commissioner for the next six years,” Nelson said. “Taking the oath of office today formalizes my commitment to upholding the law and the
constitution as I carry out my duties on the commission.”

Nelson said that expanding broadband Internet access to rural areas will be his primary goal during his new term. He also
said he will try to keep utility rates as low as possible.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed Nelson to first serve on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in January 2011 to fill a vacancy. In November 2012, he was elected to complete the remaining four years of the term and was reelected for a full, six-year term in November 2016. Nelson also served as PUC chairman in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Nelson is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and serves as the chairman for the organization’s Committee on Telecommunications. He represents NARUC on the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service.

Before serving on the PUC, Nelson held the position of South Dakota’s Secretary of State. He also worked as the state election supervisor and the uniform commercial code supervisor.