Arizona Utility Regulator to Join Trump Administration

PHOENIX (AP) — A member of the state commission that regulates utilities is resigning to take a job with the Trump Administration in Washington.

Commissioner Doug Little announced Wednesday that he has accepted a job with the U.S. Department of Energy and will step down Sept. 29.

Little is one of five Republicans on the Arizona Corporation Commission. The panel regulates and sets rates for electricity, water and other firms granted monopolies by the state.

The commission has been embroiled in controversy in recent years because of acknowledged or suspected political spending by the state’s largest electric utility, Arizona Public Service.

Little was elected in 2014. Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to complete his four-year term.

Little will serve as the Energy Department’s deputy assistant secretary for intergovernmental and external affairs.

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