The Missouri official responsible for representing consumer interests before utility regulators will lead a state division tasked with developing an energy plan.

Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that the Energy Division of the Department of Economic Development will work to develop the state plan.  The division will hold public meetings and gather information from consumers, businesses, utilities, renewable energy companies and others.

Public Counsel Lewis Mills will lead the Energy Division. The public counsel represents consumers before the Public Service Commission, and Mills has led that office since 2005.  Before that, Mills was deputy chief regulatory law judge for the Public Service Commission in 1998.

Nixon also named his office's deputy legislative director, Kristy Manning, to be the Energy Division's deputy director of policy.