Commissioner Spitzer leaves Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

WASHINGTON 12/21/11 (PennWell) — Commissioner Marc Spitzer left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Dec. 14, six months after his term officially expired in June.

Spitzer, a Republican lawyer from Arizona, was able to remain in office until his successor was appointed, but announced his departure prior to the last commission meeting of the year, Dec. 15. President Obama has not nominated a successor.

“At this time I pause to reflect upon FERC’s many accomplishments during the past five years on behalf of America’s ratepayers,” Spitzer said. “I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of the employees of this agency to ensure a reliable supply of energy to the people of our nation at just and reasonable rates. I also owe a debt of gratitude to my commissioner colleagues, present and former, for their kindness, cooperation, and good will.”

During his tenure on the commission, Spitzer said hydropower would continue to be an important component of the nation’s energy mix.

“I believe that hydropower is an essential part of the U.S.’s energy mix, is essential to the reliability of the electric grid, and supports competitive electric markets by providing low-cost energy reserves and ancillary services,” Spitzer said in remarks to Hydro Review magazine.

Spitzer was nominated to the commission in 2006. Before that, he was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2000. He previously served as an Arizona state senator and was a tax attorney with KPMG Peat Marwick. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

No more than three members of the same party may serve on the five-member commission. The remaining Republican on the panel is Commissioner Philip Moeller, whose term expires in 2015. The three Democrats on the commission are Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, whose term expires in 2012, and Commissioners John Norris and Cheryl LaFleur, whose terms expire in 2012 and 2014.

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