Meet Monica Tranel
Fighting for our future
“I’m running to be Public Service Commissioner to make Montana an energy leader in today’s economy,” said Monica. “We can generate millions of dollars of new investment and good-paying jobs in our communities. We can optimize our tremendous resources and move into tomorrow with our energy, our power and our ability to stand at the front of a transition that will make our children proud.”
In addition to two decades of experience working directly with the PSC, Monica served as a staff attorney for the PSC from 2001 to 2005 and worked for the Consumer Counsel from 2014 to 2016. She currently runs the Tranel Law Firm which is focused on regulatory issues before the PSC, water and property rights, and represents clients who want to invest in clean energy projects.
If elected, Monica wants to restore the Commission to focus on preventing Montanans’ household bills from increasing by holding utility providers accountable and creating an environment that allows for investment in Montana communities.
“Right now the commissioners’ hyper-partisanship is resulting in a direct economic blow to Montana’s rural schools, roads and emergency responders,” Monica continued. “Montanans shouldn’t feel the impacts of a dysfunctional PSC in their pocketbooks or on their monthly bills. It’s inexcusable to hold Montana hostage to last century’s technology and shareholder profits
About the Public Service Commission and PSC District 4
The Public Service Commission is one of the smallest agencies in Montana state government. It’s stated goal is to ensure that ratepayers have continued access to utility services that are affordable, reliable, and sustainable for the long-term. The PSC regulates the rates and service quality for investor owned electric, natural gas, water, waste-water, and legacy telecommunication companies. Though they differ in form and function, companies in these industries all have one thing in common—they are monopolies with a captive set of customers. It’s the job of the PSC to balance the interests of ratepayers with the need to maintain a financially sound utility that is capable of providing reliable service. These key functions of the PSC have been abandoned by the current commission, and I am committed to making the PSC once again work for the people of Montana first.
PSC District 4 includes Lincoln, Sanders, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Granite and Ravalli counties. With over 100k residents in the district, the key to future stability, from climate to business, is a fair representative on the commission who understands the intricacies of the legal landscape and the utility business, and can sift through the chaff offered up to obfuscate the true costs to provide service.
An Olympic-level of focus
Monica Tranel was raised in eastern Montana on a ranch with her nine siblings. Tranel is an alumna of Gonzaga University, where she attended the Gonzaga-in-Florence program. She is also a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law.
Tranel worked as a law clerk at the state and federal levels and also served as legislative counsel in the U.S. Senate. Tranel was a 2003 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Service for the State of Montana.
Tranel served as a Trustee for the Montana State Bar Association and has been a board member of the Helena Symphony as well as the Missoula Youth Homes. She is married and has three daughters.
Tranel began rowing at Gonzaga University and went on to compete in two Olympic Games, rowing with the women’s eight in 1996 and the single scull in 2000. She won five world championship rowing medals including gold at the 1995 World Rowing Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Tranel is the only woman to row the eight and the single for the United States in the Olympic Games.
The future can’t wait.
The future is now.
Monica knows we can no longer stand by the wayside and hope that our leaders will do the right thing. She’s running because she knows the industries the PSC regulates, and knows that Montanans need someone on the side of the people to lead us into a better future.
The PSC exists to protect the public from the monopolies, not to protect the profits of monopolies.
Dedicated to change.
“Right now the commissioners’ hyper-partisanship is resulting in a direct economic blow to Montana’s rural schools, roads and emergency responders,” Monica continued. “Montanans shouldn’t feel the impacts of a dysfunctional PSC in their pocketbooks or on their monthly bills. It’s inexcusable to hold Montana hostage to last century’s technology and shareholder profits.”