NERC general counsel announces plans to step down in March; replacement search begin

WASHINGTON, DC – David Cook, senior vice president and general counsel at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, today announced plans to step down from those duties on March 31.

Cook joined NERC in 1999, where he led NERC’s efforts to secure passage of reliability legislation as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Following passage of the legislation, Cook worked with industry stakeholders to gain certification of NERC as the “electric reliability organization” under the new section 215 of the Federal Power Act. As general counsel, he forged the rules and procedures for developing and enforcing mandatory reliability standards that are the core of this organization.

Prior to joining NERC, Cook spent 20 years with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the last ten as deputy general counsel, where he was heavily involved in FERC’s restructuring efforts for the natural gas and electric industries.

“David’s contributions to NERC are numerous and have shaped the electric industry for many years, first at FERC and more recently at NERC. He has guided NERC’s growth and development as the electric reliability organization with an unyielding commitment to an open, transparent stakeholder process,” said Gerry Cauley, president and chief executive officer at NERC. “David’s keen intellect, absolute integrity and careful legal scholarship have been a tremendous asset to NERC and the entire industry.”

Cook will assist with the transition to a new general counsel, and stay on at NERC in a part-time capacity.