FERC update: Hill retires, Honorable resigns, new commissioners being considered

Jennifer Hill has resigned from her position as director of the Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Collette Honorable has resigned her commissioner position, leaving FERC with just one commissioner.

Hill’s retirement was effective at the end of June after more than 28 years with FERC.

As director of DHAC, Hill promoted the outreach and inspection program and worked toward reducing the regulatory burden.

Hill started with FERC in 1989 as a fisheries biologist and held several managerial positions in hydropower licensing, including aquatics section chief and Northwest branch chief. She worked through the Class of 1993 hydropower licensing peak and led the first alternative licensing process, first integrated licensing process and first original marine and hydrokinetic energy project.

During her career, she led the pumped storage and small hydro groups that established websites to support industry and stakeholders. She worked on numerous interagency initiatives, such as the Interagency Hydropower Committee, Interagency Task Force and Annex IV IEA Ocean Energy effort. Hill also represented FERC on the Federal Ocean Energy Working Group and Inland Hydropower Working Group.

Honorable’s final day was June 30. She joined FERC as a commissioner Jan. 5, 2015, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In a message addressing her departure, Honorable said “My team and I have accomplished a great deal in our two-and-a-half years at the Commission; I am proud of our collective efforts to ensure that consumers continue to receive reliable, efficient, clean, and affordable energy.”

She pointed to some key efforts, including development of the Clean Power Plan and work to improve analyses of wholesale energy markets.

Honorable’s departure leaves FERC with a single commissioner, Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur.

On June 28, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Richard Glick of Virginia to be a member of FERC for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2022. Glick is General Counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and formerly was vice president, government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electricity and gas utility, and natural gas storage business in the U.S. He also previously was director of government affairs for PPM Energy and director, government affairs for PacifiCorp.

Additionally, on May 25, Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a nomination hearing to become FERC members. Chatterjee was nominated to replace Anthony T. Clark, with a term to expire June 30, 2021. Powelson was nominated to replace Philip D. Moeller, with a term to expire June 30, 2020.


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