FERC staff changes continue, hydroelectric power capacity increases through 2016

Staff changes continue at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where last week Commissioner Norman Bay announced his resignation following the appointment of Cheryl LaFleur to acting chair by President Donald Trump.

Personnel changes announced by LaFleur include:

  • Max Minzer, who is leaving FERC after having served in the agency’s Office of Enforcement, as an advisor to Bay and as General Counsel;
  • David Morenoff, who was named General Counsel after most recently serving as Deputy General Counsel;
  • Ann Miles, who will retire after a 30-year career at FERC effective February 18. Miles serves as Director of the Office of Energy Projects;
  • Jamie Simler, who returns to Director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation after serving as Chief of Staff for Bay;
  • Terry Turpin, who replaces Miles as Director of OEP after previously serving as the office’s Deputy Director;
  • Steven Wellner, who was named Acting Chief of Staff after being a legal advisor for LeFleaur since 2014; and
  • John Wood, who replaces Turpin as Acting Deputy Director of OEP after serving as the Director of the Division of Pipeline Certificates.

Meanwhile, data released as part of a recent FERC Energy Infrastructure Update shows a significant increase in hydroelectric new build and expansion capacity from the past year.

According to FERC, the cumulative new generation, in-service capacity in 2015 equaled 161 MW produced by 23 generating units. 2016 saw an increase to a cumulative 314 MW frm 30 new units.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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