FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable on April 28 said that she has decided not to pursue another term at FERC.
“After much prayer and consideration I’ve decided not to pursue another term at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,” she said in a statement. “I am especially grateful to President Obama for appointing me to this post. I’m also grateful for the support I’ve received from Minority Leader Schumer and Ranking Member Cantwell, as well as Chairman Murkowski and Arkansas Senator Boozman. I appreciate the strong bipartisan support I’ve enjoyed over the years and look forward to continuing this important work after leaving the commission.”
According to FERC’s website, Honorable, an attorney, was nominated to FERC by former President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014, for a term that expires in June.
According to the site, before going to FERC, Honorable had served at the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) since October 2007, and led the APSC as chairman from January 2011 to January 2015.
Honorable is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, according to the site, which also noted that prior to joining the APSC, Honorable served as chief of staff to then Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe, as well as a member of the governor’s cabinet as executive director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.
Of Honorable’s April 28 announcement, FERC Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur on April 28 shared on Twitter: “I will be very sad to say goodbye to a wonderful colleague and friend.”
As TransmissionHub reported, FERC on Feb. 3 said that it has issued an order delegating additional authority to agency staff to continue certain agency operations in the absence of a quorum of commissioners.
Former FERC Chairman Norman Bay, in a Jan. 26 letter to President Donald Trump, said he is resigning his appointment from FERC, effective as of Feb. 3, and, as noted in a Jan. 26 FERC statement, Trump named LaFleur acting chairman.
Prior to Bay’s resignation, there were already two vacancies at FERC, following the departures of former Commissioners Philip Moeller and Tony Clark. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a quorum for the transaction of business consists of at least three members present.
FERC said in its Feb. 3 statement that the delegation order, which took effect on Feb. 4, also affirms that all pre-existing delegations of authority by FERC to its staff continue to be effective. The additional authority granted to agency staff will last until FERC again has a quorum and moves to lift the delegation order, FERC said, adding that the delegation period will not extend beyond 14 days following the date a quorum is re-established.
A FERC spokesperson on May 1 confirmed to TransmissionHub that if someone is not appointed to serve on the commission before Honorable leaves, it will be the first time in FERC’s history that the commission has only one commissioner – in this case, LaFleur.
FERC “lacks a quorum so it currently cannot act on matters that require a vote of the commissioners,” the spokesperson said.