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FEATURE

OGA Pipeline Spotlight:

PUCO Chair
Asim Z. Haque

Asim Z. Haque was sworn in as Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) chairman
May 25, 2016. Governor John R. Kasich first appointed Haque to the Commission in 2013 and
reappointed him to a second term. As PUCO chairman, Haque leads the agency responsible
for overseeing regulation of the state's natural gas, electric, telecommunications, water and
commercial transportation companies. He also chairs the Ohio Power Siting Board, which
review, evaluates and approves the siting of natural gas and electric transmission lines and
electric generating stations.
Haque, an attorney, began his professional career at a large general practice firm in
Columbus, representing a broad spectrum of clients in energy and utility matters. He went on
to serve as internal legal counsel for a global auto manufacturer, a role he held immediately
prior to his appointment to the Commission.
Haque has represented Ohio's interests in energy and utility matters within the state,
nationally and internationally. He has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly,
the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has educated regulators abroad through
formal partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of
Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is the president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC)
for the 2015-2016 term, and serves on the MACRUC board of directors.
Haque is a Case Western Reserve University graduate, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry and political science. He received his juris
doctorate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and received the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from Moritz in 2015. He
resides in Columbus with his wife, Dr. Huma Ansari Haque, and their son, Laith.

Q: You have been promoted
to Chairman after having
served a previous term as a
Commissioner. How is this previous Commission experience
helping you in executing your
new leadership responsibilities?
A: First and foremost, I understand the
issues and PUCO processes. I think it would
be very difficult to join the Commission
without any substantive experience, or
experience with our regulatory process.
Second, I know the strengths of my staff
very well, having worked with them for
three years prior to my appointment as
chairman. We're not taking time to learn
each other; rather, we're diving right in.
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Q: In your view, what are the
Commission's most important
responsibilities?
A: The PUCO is charged, primarily, with
ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable and
cost-effective services to the consumers
of Ohio. This continues to be the thrust of
what we do.

Q: What has been the biggest
surprise in your service on the
Commission? Based on your
experience, what elements of
the position ran most counter to
your initial expectations?
A: I am an attorney, and I represented clients before the Commission in my past

life. As a decision-maker, I am surprised
about how gray the law can be sometimes.
I thought I would be mostly a judge. I am
a judge, but I am also a policy-maker.
Another surprise is that we have Pepsi
vending machines, and not Coke. I am
a Coke fan, and thus, I have been utterly
shocked by this.

Q: What do you see as the major
current issues facing Ohio's residential customers and the natural gas utilities that serve them?
A: We have had a few safety issues over
the past couple of years, one resulting
in a high profile home explosion. Safety
is key. The PUCO has been supportive
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OGA Pipeline 2016

President’s Corner
Executive Roundtable
Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - President’s Corner
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Executive Roundtable
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Generation to Generation: Ohio Family-Owned Gas Utilities Survive and Thrive
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - OGA Members Work to Refill the Jobs Pipeline in Response to Pending Retirements
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Using New Approaches to Proclaim the Call Before Digging Safety Message
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Vacuum Excavation Delivers Safer, More Precise Digging, Expediting Restoration, Reducing Costs
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Practicing the Art of Safety: Protecting Employees Helps Protect Companies
OGA Pipeline 2016 - Pipeline Spotlight: PUCO Chair Asim Z. Haque
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Affiliate, Associate and Corporate Members Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - 2016 OGA Executive Board and Committee Listings
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OGA Pipeline 2016 - Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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