Meet Our Chairman and Commissioners

Chairman Lane

Chairman Lane

Charlotte R. Lane was appointed to the Public Service Commission and as Chairman on July 1, 2019. She previously served on the Commission from 1985-1989 and 1997-2003, serving as Chairman from 1997-2001. She has a long career of public service in addition to her prior work on the Commission, having been elected to three terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates (1979-1980, 1991-1992 and 2017-2018). She served on the U.S. International Trade Commission from 2003-2011, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. She has practiced law in State and Federal Courts in West Virginia for many years and has been admitted to practice in the Third and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Chairman Lane has served as President of the West Virginia Bar Association, the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) and the Charleston Rotary Club. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Rotary Foundation of Washington, D.C.; the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC); the Charleston Chamber of Commerce; on the Board of Governors of the West Virginia State Bar and as a member of the West Virginia University College of Law Visiting Committee.

Chairman Lane graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the West Virginia University College of Law. She has been awarded the Justitia Officium Award from the WVU College of Law, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marshall University and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the West Virginia Bar Foundation.

She currently resides in Charleston. She has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren living in South Carolina.

Commissioner Larrick

Commissioner Larrick

Renee A. Larrick was appointed to the Commission in July 2017 to a full term ending June 30, 2023. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Water Committee and recently moderated a panel on Wholesale and Retail Power Markets, Grid Transformation and Regulatory Policies at the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) Annual Education Conference.

Prior to joining the Commission, she served as the Business Manager for a private law firm in Beckley. She has also taught on the college and high school levels in Raleigh County.

Commissioner Larrick has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southern West Virginia and is the past President of the Raleigh County Garden Council, the Woodcliff Garden Club and the Black Knight Country Club Ladies Golf Association.

Commissioner Larrick is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics with a concentration in Finance. She and her husband live in Daniels, West Virginia.


Commissioner Raney

Commissioner Raney

William B. Raney “Bill” was appointed to the Public Service Commission in August 2021 to a term ending June 30, 2027. Bill had recently retired as President of the West Virginia Coal Association, a position he held for over 28 years. He has also worked for the West Virginia Mining and Reclamation Association and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Division of Reclamation.

Bill has served as Chairman of the West Virginia National Guard Foundation and the West Virginia Business & Industry Council. He has also served as a member of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee, West Virginia Special Reclamation Advisory Council, Coal Resource Road Transportation Committee, the WVU School of Engineering Mining Program Visiting Committee, the Youth Leadership Association’s Youth in Government Program and the West Virginia Kids Count Fund.

Bill is also a former Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston and a retired Colonel in the West Virginia Army National Guard. A few of the many awards and recognitions he has earned include the Distinguished West Virginian, Who’s Who in West Virginia Business, Most Loyal Alumni at WVU, inductee in the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, First Tee West Virginia Coal Miners Hall of Fame and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hope Award.

Bill was born and raised in Mercer County. He earned a Bachelor degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from West Virginia University. He lives in Morgantown with his wife Pam. They have two children and four grandchildren.


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