The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate procedures and schedules at the federal and state levels for development of hydrokinetic energy projects off the California coast.
According to a FERC news release, FERC and California have agreed to the following:
President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Cheryl A. LaFleur as the Commissioner of FERC and reappoint Philip D. Moeller for another term.
If confirmed by the Senate, LaFleur would fill the position left vacant after Suedeen Kelly left the Commission earlier this year.
According to the White House,
The Senate, last Thursday, confirmed John Norris to be the newest member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Norris is currently serving as chief of staff for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He served as the chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board from 2005 to 2009. He has also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where he was the Co-Chair of the 2009 National Electricity Delivery Forum.
There is still one vacant seat at the five-member Commission, after Suedeen Kelly recently left the Commission.