Lornizo Joyner, an 11-year veteran of the NC Utilities Commission, is retiring at the end of year, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.
"I decided it was just time," said Joyner, who has worked for the state for 37 years, including a stint with the state’s utility customer advocate, the Public Staff of the Commission, the Business Journal reported.
Her one regret, she told the Journal, is that she will not be a part of the final decision on Duke Energy’s pending $26 billion merger with Progress Energy. "That’s a fascinating case,” she told the newspaper. "But there’s always going to be an interesting case. You just have to pick your time and go."
News of her departure came as the final public hearing for Duke Energy’s now 7.2% rate increase started Monday.