Helping Maine's Public Utilities Commission explore ethical fitness
Madison, WI: Last week IGE Master Trainer, Martin Taylor, facilitated back-to-back Ethical
Fitness® Seminars for the staff and commissioners of
Maine's Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
The PUC is responsible for making impartial, unbiased decisions in a transparent
manner to ensure safe, reasonable and adequate utility service at regulated
rates that are just and reasonable to consumers and public utilities.
While PUC attorneys attend annual ethics training, the Commission chose
to include all of its employees.
"My goal was to provide the PUC staff with IGE's unrivaled tools
and techniques for thinking through those tough decisions where laws and
standards do not readily exist or do not provide a clear answer for what
to do," said Taylor. "During our time together participants
were asked to practice analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas as a stepping
off point for developing what we call 'ethical fitness'—which,
like physical fitness, keeps you in mental and moral shape to recognize
and address ethical dilemmas."
The Maine Public Utilities Commission regulates electric, natural gas,
telecommunications and water. The Commission oversees emerging competitive
markets for some of these services. The Commission also regulates water
taxis and ferries in Casco Bay, and promotes safe digging through the
Dig Safe underground utility damage prevention program.
About IGE: Founded in 1990 with offices in New York City, Rockport, Maine and headquartered
in Madison, Wisconsin the Institute for Global Ethics in is an independent,
nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated
to promoting practical action in a global context. (