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West Virginia Governor Justice defends appointment of Raney to Public Service Commission

By Joselyn King, The Weirton Daily Times

WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday defended his appointment of retired West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney to the State Public Service Commission.

The commission’s mission is to “ensure fair and prompt regulation of public utilities; to provide for adequate, economical and reliable utility services throughout the state; and to appraise and balance the interests of current and future utility service customers with the general interest of the state’s economy and the interests of the utilities,” according to its website.

Justice termed Raney “a great man” and a great choice to be on the commission.

“Bill has served this state in every way,” he said. “He worked hand and hand and led the charge with the Coal Association for years and years. He will absolutely be sworn in in the coming weeks, and I know he will do a tremendous job.

“He loves our state beyond good sense — just like I do. I think the world of him. He is so qualified and so well-versed it’s unbelievable.”

To read more: https://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/local-news/2021/08/justice-defends-appointment-of-raney-to-public-service-commission/

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