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Baton Rouge surgeon elected to Public Service Commission

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Craig Greene, a Baton Rouge-based orthopedic surgeon, has won election to the Public Service Commission's District 2.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Greene had taken 54 percent of the vote, or more than 40,500 ballots cast.

Greene was vying for the job against interim Commissioner Damon Baldone and Lenar Whitney, both former state representatives.

Baldone, a Houma lawyer with additional business in housing and oil and gas, had taken in 25 percent. Whitney, also of Houma, where she works in sales, took in 21 percent.

All three candidates are Republican, although Baldone switched from Democrat to Republican shortly before qualifying.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards had appointed Baldone to fill the role after Scott Angelle left to oversee the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement under the Trump administration.

Angelle had held the role since 2013.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission consists of five elected commissioners who regulate public utilities, like electricity and telecommunications, along with intrastate carriers.

The District 2 Public Service Commissioner represents Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, and East and West Feliciana Parishes, along with parts of Iberia, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston and West Baton Rouge Parishes.

According to a report from The Advocate, the PSC will be making decisions in the coming year that will significantly impact monthly bills. The utility companies want to replace their aging fleets with ones using newer technology. For consumers, that means electricity that costs less to make and can be produced in a way that produces less air pollution. But it also means the $1 billion or so these new plants cost will be added to the bills.

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