Honorable confirmed to FERC by Senate

The U.S. Senate on Dec. 16 confirmed Colette Honorable by a vote of 65-to-28 to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Honorable has recently served as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission. She has also been president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC),

Her confirmation drew quick praise from both NARUC and the America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA).

“Ms. Honorable brings to the commission extensive knowledge and a long record as a leader in solving complex energy issues,” said Frank Macchiarola, executive vice president for government affairs for ANGA. Honorable “clearly understands the need for responsible development of our nation’s natural gas resource and for a robust, safe and reliable infrastructure that can transport natural gas where and when it is needed,” Macchiarola added.

“On behalf of the nation’s State utility regulators, I want to offer my congratulations to Chairman Honorable and my sincere thanks to the Senate. This is great news for consumers across the country,” said NARUC President Lisa Edgar of Florida.

“Throughout her tenure at NARUC, Chairman Honorable was a fair and impartial regulator,” Edgar said. “She led our Association with grace and determination, sharpening our focus on the safety and diversity of our nation’s electricity system. We know she will be a tremendous asset at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. At the same time, she leaves NARUC with big shoes for us to fill,” Edgar added.

Other FERC members include Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur; Commissioner Norman C. Bay (who is scheduled to take over as chairman in April); Commissioner Philip D. Moeller, and Commissioner Tony Clark.

The five commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Commissioners serve five-year terms, and have an equal vote on regulatory matters.


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