On June 1, 2016, former Troutman Sanders LLP attorney Lisa Hardie began her term as Chair of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Ms. Hardie was appointed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate in May of 2016. Until her appointment, Ms. Hardie was a member of Troutman Sanders’ Energy Practice.
Continue Reading Troutman Sanders Attorney Named Chair of Oregon Public Utility Commission

On October 6, 2015, FERC Commissioner Philip D. Moeller announced his intention to leave the Commission at the end of October.  Commissioner Moeller has been with the Commission since 2006, when he was appointed by former President George W. Bush.  In 2010, Commissioner Moeller was re-appointed by President Obama for a five-year term that expired on June 30, 2015; however, he was permitted to remain at the agency until Congress adjourns, unless a replacement was confirmed and sworn in.  At this time, no one has been nominated to replace Commissioner Moeller.
Continue Reading Commissioner Moeller Announces Intention to Leave FERC

On September 1, 2015, FERC announced that Chairman Norman Bay had named Max Minzner as general counsel to the Commission.  Prior to being named general counsel, Mr. Minzner served as a staff advisor to Chairman Bay.  Prior to joining FERC, Mr. Minzner was a professor at the University of New Mexico School Of Law and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  Mr. Minzner is a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
Continue Reading FERC Announces New General Counsel and Deputy Chief ALJ

On January 5, 2015, Colette Honorable was sworn in as a FERC Commissioner.  Commissioner Honorable’s nomination was approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on December 11, 2014 (see December 15, 2014 edition of the WER), and confirmed by the Senate on December 16, 2014 (see December 22, 2014 edition of the WER).
Continue Reading Colette Honorable Sworn in as FERC Commissioner

On December 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Colette Honorable to serve as a FERC Commissioner (see December 15, 2014 edition of the WER).  Ms. Honorable is the current Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and immediate past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. 

On December 4, 2014, FERC Nominee Colette Honorable, who has been nominated to fill the vacancy left by former Commissioner John Norris, testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (“Committee”).  Currently, Ms. Honorable serves as the Chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission.
Continue Reading FERC Nominee Colette Honorable Testifies before Senate Energy Committee; Nomination Advanced to Full Senate