Hill appointed to direct FERC Division of Hydropower Administration, Compliance

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has named Jennifer Hill director of the Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance in FERC’s Office of Energy Projects.

Hill, who served as chief of the Northwest Branch in FERC’s Division of Hydropower Licensing since 2002, succeeds Edward Abrams, who served as DHAC director since 2010.

In January, FERC named Ann Miles director of the Office of Energy Projects succeeding Jeff Wright.

Joining FERC as a fisheries biologist, Hill has served the commission in various positions for 26 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s in fisheries biology and a doctorate in fish ecology.

Hill is to manage 50 interdisciplinary staff in post-licensing tracking and in administering license requirements. DHAC inspects site conditions, investigates compliance issues, and assesses penalties. The division also is responsible for processing license amendment, transfer, and surrender applications.

Last year, Hill took part in a HydroVision International 2014 session that received an Attendee Choice Award, “Looking to 2020: Is there a New Normal in Relicensing in the U.S.?” moderated by Nancy Skancke, NJS Law PLC.

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