Kelly declines nomination to FERC

Declining President Obama’s nomination, New Mexico Democrat Suedeen Kelly has decided not to seek a new term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“During my tenure at FERC, the commission has accomplished many important things,” Kelly said. “It is time for me to move on and pursue opportunities to advance these objectives in the private sector.”

Although Kelly’s current term expired in June, she will continue to serve on the commission until the Senate confirms a replacement. Obama renominated Kelly for a new five-year term in August 2009. (HydroWorld 8/3/09)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said Kelly played a major role in shaping U.S. energy policy.

“Suedeen’s service for nearly six years has earned her praise and support from just about everyone involved with energy policy,” Bingaman said. “I appreciate her many contributions at this transformational time for the utility industry.”

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