President Obama Nominates John Norris to FERC Commissioner

President Obama has nominated John R. Norris, Chief of Staff for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, to serve as the Commissioner at FERC.

Norris served as the Chairman of Iowa Utilities Board for five years prior to serving as Secretary Vilsack’s Chief of Staff. As a member of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) he worked on the Electricity Committee and was Co-Chair of the 2009 National Electricity Delivery Forum. Norris has also served as a member of the Demand Response Collaborative between FERC and NARUC.


FERC and Washington Sign MoU on Development of Hydrokinetic Projects

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between FERC and the State of Washington to streamline the regulatory structure for development of hydrokinetic projects in Washington.

Under the MoU, among other things, FERC and Washington will notify each other when one becomes aware of a potential hydrokinetic project in the state and establish a schedule for reviewing and processing applications. The two entities will also coordinate environmental review of any proposed project.


FERC and MMS Clarify Jurisdictional Issues

After months of row between FERC and Mineral Management Services (MMS) under the Department of Interior over jurisdiction over renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday that clarifies each agency's roles and responsibilities.Under the agreement, FERC will have the authority to issue licenses or exemptions to hydrokinetic projects on the OCS while MMS will be responsible for issuing leases, easements, and rights-of-way for such projects.


HRC and National Hydropower Association Congratulate Salazar and Wellinghoff on Commitment to Resolve Jurisdictional Dispute

The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Hydropower Association sent a letter this week to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff congratulating them for committing to resolve the jurisdictional dispute over the siting and licensing of ocean energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.Find the joint press release and the

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