January 9, 2007
GENERAL GANSLER ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF PEOPLE’S COUNSEL
Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today the appointment
of Assistant Attorney General Paula M.
as People’s Counsel. Ms. Carmody served as an Assistant People’s
Counsel at the Office of People’s Counsel for almost fifteen
years before joining the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland
Attorney General in 2004.
Assistant People’s Counsel, Ms. Carmody represented
the interests of residential consumers of utility services in state
and federal regulatory agency proceedings. During her 15 years
at the Office of People’s Counsel, Carmody regularly appeared
before the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. Ms. Carmody represented the Office in
utility mergers and bankruptcy proceedings, electric and gas industry
proceedings, and other administrative proceedings. She worked extensively
on legislative matters, including the Electric Restructuring Act,
the Natural Gas Supplier Licensing and Consumer Protection Act
of 2000, and energy efficiency, renewable energy and low-income
Ms. Carmody has particular expertise in issues relating to regulations and
policies necessary to protect consumers in a deregulated energy market. She
has appeared as a speaker, a panelist and an instructor at a variety of conferences,
forums and community meetings regarding the utility and energy industries.
In addition, she developed consumer education materials for consumers and service
providers, and worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations
on matters affecting low and moderate income consumers. Ms.Carmody has more
than 25 years of litigation and legal experience.
“Appointing Paula Carmody as People’s Counsel makes
perfect sense. I am confident she will be a diligent and relentless
advocate for the residential consumers of Maryland. Paula also
has a keen understanding of the interplay between regulating the
utility industry and protecting our air and water. Her dedication,
her knowledge of the issues confronting the People’s Counsel
and her extensive prior experience make her uniquely qualified
and the ideal selection for this position,” Attorney General
Carmody’s appointment is effective
January 17, 2007.