Freeman Is New TRA Chair

TRA news release:
Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) Directors elected Director Mary Freeman to serve as Chairman of the Agency for the upcoming fiscal year. With this election, Director Freeman becomes the first African-American woman to serve as Chairman of the Agency whose mission is to promote the public interest by balancing the interest of utility consumers and providers.
Beginning July 1st, Director Freeman will serve as the TRA’s chief administrative officer, responsible for all administrative and fiscal operations of the Agency.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Tennessee as TRA Chairman for the next year. The role of the TRA is vitally important to consumers and the utilities we regulate”, said Freeman. “This agency prides itself on operating efficiently and orderly, and I will ensure that we continue to do so.”
Director Kenneth Hill, who seconded the motion to elect Freeman, stated “I believe Director Freeman has the skill, the intelligence, and the vitality to lead this agency. I know that Director Freeman is a strong advocate for consumer rights, and I believe that Tennesseans will benefit from her leadership.”
A joint appointment of Governor Phil Bredesen, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh, Director Freeman, a Memphis native, began her term on July 1, 2008. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and Committee on Consumer Affairs; Board of Directors for the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI); and a member of the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC). She also serves on the Executive Committee for United Ways of Tennessee and as Chairman of the state’s 2-1-1 Advisory Council.
The TRA has jurisdiction over privately-owned utilities including electric, telephone, water and wastewater, natural gas and methane gas. The TRA is also responsible for safety inspections of the state’s natural gas pipelines and several programs that assist Tennesseans through the Consumer Services Division, including the Telecommunications Devices Access Program (TDAP), the Lifeline and Link-up telephone assistance program, and the Tennessee Do Not Call program.
The mission of the TRA is to promote the public interest by balancing the interests of utility consumers and providers. For more information on the TRA, visit online at

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