FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, during the commission’s Sept. 22 meeting, said that his “official separation date from the commission” will be Sept. 30.
“As I was looking about for what the right date to actually leave the commission, it dawned on me that Sept. 30 is the end of a week, end of the pay period, end of a quarter, end of the federal fiscal year, and I thought this may be God’s way of telling me that that’s probably the right date to move on,” he said.
While the bulk of his time left at the commission will be spent on “closing up the office and getting everything boxed” up, Clark said that “to the degree that I’m needed for any quorum issues or anything like that, I will be available until then.”
As TransmissionHub reported, Clark on Aug. 4 said on Twitter that the commission’s September meeting will be his last meeting. He noted that since June 30, he has “been serving in an expired term (as allowed by law) and had previously announced I wouldn’t request reappointment.”
As noted on FERC’s website, Clark is serving his first term on the commission, having been nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in on June 15, 2012. Clark, a Republican, formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC), most recently as chairman of the commission, the website said.
While at the PSC, Clark held the PSC portfolio on electric generation and transmission and was active in state and regional efforts to develop North Dakota’s vast energy exporting potential, as well as to provide affordable and reliable energy to consumers, according to the website. At the PSC, Clark oversaw regulatory proceedings that permitted more than $5.5bn in new investment in North Dakota through expanded wind, coal and oil and gas infrastructure, the website said.
In November 2010, Clark was elected to serve a one-year term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), according to the website. He is a past chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee and has testified multiple times before Congress on matters related to telecommunications and energy, the website said.
Prior to his election to the PSC, Clark was North Dakota’s Labor Commissioner, serving in the cabinet of former Gov. Ed Schafer, the website said. Clark represented Fargo as a legislator in the state House of Representatives from 1994 to 1997, according to the website.
During the Sept. 22 meeting, Clark thanked his family, fellow current and former FERC commissioners, FERC staff and others for their support. He also thanked “the president for nominating me a little over four years ago,” as well as “Sen. McConnell for forwarding my name to the White House to be considered about five years ago,” and his “home state congressional delegation of North Dakota.”
Clark said that working at FERC “has been a tremendous honor. It is still a thrill for me when I am coming into work to see that first glimpse of the Washington Monument [and] the Lincoln Memorial.”
He added, “[I]t’s a thrill to me, it’s never lost, [and] it’s sort of novelty in terms of understanding and feeling that you’re really able to contribute to the life of our nation in a job like this, so thank all of you for the opportunity to do that and the opportunity to be of service.”
His fellow commissioners thanked Clark for his service and presented him with parting gifts. Chairman Norman Bay, for instance, said: “I know that every place you’ve gone to, you have made better with your thoughtfulness, your encyclopedic knowledge of policy, your reasonableness and your collegiality. You truly have been a great colleague and a joy to work with. We’re going to miss you, but we also know that you’re headed off to great things.”