LaFleur is President Obama’s Pick for FERC Commissioner

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,


More Transparency Needed in Green Pricing Programs

A recent study by the HRC has revealed lack of transparency in green-pricing programs offered by utilities around the country.

In 2008, about 850 electric utilities, a quarter of the electric utilities in the United States, offered green-pricing programs and the trend is growing. However, participants in green-pricing programs, including utilities and marketers are reluctant to disclose information about hydropower projects that  are supported by these programs.


John Norris to Join FERC

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.

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