Commissioner Kelly To Leave FERC

FERC Commissioner Suedeen Kelly will not be seeking a third term at FERC. President Obama had recently nominated Kelly to her third term but her nomination was pending in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Kelly will continue to serve in the Commission until her replacement is chosen.

Currently on her second term, Kelly has been a FERC Commissioner since December 2004. Kelly is a former law professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and a former chair of the New Mexico Public Service Commission.

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FERC and MMS Provide Further Clarification

Following a Memorandum of Understanding in April 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Minerals Management Services (MMS) have issued a guidance document that clarifies a lot of the process and jurisdictional questions regarding development of hydrokinetic projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).Per the MOU, MMS will issue leases for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) projects in the OCS,

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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.