Senate confirms FERC nominees Moeller, LaFleur

The Senate confirmed the nominations June 22 of Philip D. Moeller and Cheryl A. LaFleur to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In voice votes, the full Senate confirmed President Obama’s renomination of Commissioner Moeller, a Republican, and the nomination of utility executive LaFleur, a Democrat. Obama made the nominations to the five-member panel in March. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recommended confirmation May 6. (HydroWorld 5/7/10)

LaFleur, of Massachusetts, was named to succeed Commissioner Suedeen Kelly, a New Mexico Democrat. (HydroWorld 9/22/09) Her term expires in 2014.

“I would like to thank President Obama for nominating me, and Sen. (Harry) Reid, Chairman (Jeff) Bingaman, Sen. (Lisa) Murkowski, and all the members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for their support,” LaFleur said. “I look forward to working with them, with my new FERC colleagues, and with other federal and state officials from all regions of the country.”

Moeller, of Washington, was named to the commission by President George W. Bush in 2006. His new term expires in 2015.

“I am honored to serve on FERC at a time when implementing energy policy is of such critical importance to our nation’s future,” Moeller said.

The nominees testified April 27 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (HydroWorld 5/4/10)

Prior to joining the commission, Moeller worked in Washington, D.C., for Alliant Energy Corp. and Calpine Corp. From 1997-2000, he was energy policy adviser to Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.

LaFleur has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the New England electricity and gas industries, retiring in 2007 as executive vice president and acting chief executive of National Grid USA.

No more than three members of the same political party may serve on the five-member commission. Democrats include Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, LaFleur, and John R. Norris of Iowa, who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in January. (HydroWorld 1/4/10) Republicans include Moeller and Marc Spitzer of Arizona.

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