Energy Projects Director Robinson retires from FERC; Wright named

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the director of its Office of Energy Projects, Mark Robinson, is retiring from federal service. FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff appointed OEP Deputy Director Jeff Wright the office’s new director.

Robinson is retiring from the commission following 32 years of service, effective June 1, 2009. Robinson became OEP director in 2001.

Wright has 30 years of experience in projects. He has held a number of senior management positions within OEP, including that of deputy director to Robinson.

Berne Mosley, director of the Division of Pipeline Certificates, now becomes Wright’s deputy.

“Under their management, I am confident that OEP will remain the highly professional and respected organization that it is today,” Wellinghoff said May 21.

OEP fosters economic and environmental benefits through the approval and oversight of hydroelectric and natural gas pipeline energy projects. The office focuses on: project siting and development; balancing environmental and other concerns; ensuring compliance; and safeguarding the public.

OEP consists of five divisions: Hydropower Licensing; Hydropower Administration & Compliance; Dam Safety & Inspections; Pipeline Certificates; and Gas-Environment & Engineering.

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