FERC nominee Norris touts hydropower

John R. Norris, President Obama’s nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), told congressional lawmakers Aug. 6, 2009, that new hydropower projects will be crucial to meeting the nation’s demand for clean, renewable power.

Norris, a Democrat, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will vote on Norris’ nomination when Congress reconvenes in September.

“Investments in such capital-intensive industries as electric generation and transmission, hydroelectric power, natural gas infrastructure and more are jeopardized by an uncertain future,” Norris told committee members. “There is a need to address such concerns.”

Norris, former chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board, was nominated by Obama on June 11, 2009, to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of former FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher, a Republican.

If Congress approves Norris’ nomination, it would give Democrats three seats on the five-member commission. The Republicans on the commission are Philip Moeller of Washington and Marc Spitzer of Arizona.

Norris is a 1995 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, after receiving an undergraduate degree from Simpson College in Iowa. He served as chief of staff to Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, from 1997-1998, and from 1989-2003 owned a restaurant in Iowa.

Norris was co-chairman of the National Electricity Delivery Forum of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, president of the Organization of Midwest Independent System Operator States, and has held other regulatory agency memberships and positions.

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