FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur on Jan. 31 announced that she is “no longer seeking a third term at FERC, and will be leaving the commission later in 2019.”
LaFleur continued: “While this is not the outcome I had hoped for, I feel very lucky to have served on FERC for more than eight years (and counting). I plan to stay at FERC at least through the end of my term on June 30, and probably longer, depending on my future plans and the possible appointment of a successor. It has been a high honor to serve at the commission, and I love working here. I have many people to thank for the opportunities I’ve had, and will certainly have more to say as I get closer to actually leaving.”
FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, in a Jan. 31 Twitter post, told LaFleur: “It has been a pleasure getting to know [and] work [with] you [at] FERC. I congratulate you on a successful tenure here at the commission. While we will miss you, we thank you for your service [and] look forward to serving alongside you through the remainder of your time at” FERC.
In a statement posted on Jan. 31 on Twitter, FERC Commissioner Richard Glick said that he is saddened that “LaFleur has decided not to seek another term on” FERC.
He continued, in part: “She epitomizes what public service is all about. For nearly nine years, Commissioner LaFleur has dug into the details of the matters before the commission, deciding each based solely on her view of what the law and public interest require. It is no exaggeration to say that she is one of the leading experts in our field. In addition, Commissioner LaFleur demonstrated great leadership serving twice as the commission’s chairman, including during the difficult no-quorum period in 2017.”
As noted on FERC’s website, LaFleur was first nominated by President Barack Obama to FERC in 2010, and was confirmed for a second term by the Senate in 2014. She served as acting chairman of the commission from November 2013 to July 2014, as well as from January to August 2017, and as chairman from July 2014 until April 2015, according to the site.
The site noted that since she joined the commission, LaFleur’s priorities have included reliability and grid security, supporting the development and evolution of robust competitive markets, promoting regional transmission planning, as well as supporting a clean and diverse power supply.
Prior to joining the commission, LaFleur had more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry, including as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, according to the site. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor, New England Electric System, included COO, president of the New England distribution companies, and general counsel, the site noted.
Among other things, the site noted that LaFleur began her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston, and that she has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, as well as an A.B. from Princeton University.