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Ron Binz Nominated as New US FERC Chair

President Barack Obama nominated Ron Binz to serve as the next chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee. If Binz is approved by the Senate, he will replace FERC's current chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who announced his intent to step down when a successor is found in late May 2013.

Binz is described in media reports as a Democrat and an advocate for renewable energy. Binz is currently the head of a regulatory consulting firm called Public Policy Consulting. He served as chair of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 2007 to 2011.

Furthermore, Binz works as a senior policy adviser for the Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy, an institution headed by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, a fellow Democrat.

Jim Robo, the CEO of NextEra Energy, said in a statement that Binz is an excellent choice to lead one of the utility industry's most important regulatory bodies. 

"President Obama has made a superb choice in nominating Ron Binz as the next chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ron is a proven leader who recognizes the need for diversity in the U.S. electricity supply and understands our country needs smart policies to modernize the grid to match up with today's changing energy mix," Robo said.

Rob Gramlich, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) senior vice president for public policy, agreed. "Ron Binz has the temperament and experience needed to lead FERC and continue the agency's important initiatives to expand and modernize the nation's electricity infrastructure," he said.

Binz would assume control of FERC at a critical time in the electric utility industry's history, Robo said, when decisions on issues such as grid reliability, cybersecurity and severe weather hardening loom large.

"Strong leadership at FERC will help our industry meet these challenges. Our company looks forward to working with Ron should the United States Senate confirm his nomination," he said.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, leading Republican at the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement that the Binz nomination process requires careful scrutiny.

“FERC’s decisions have a direct effect on whether our nation’s energy is abundant, affordable, and secure,” she said. “During the confirmation process, I will carefully consider the nominee’s qualifications and fitness to serve  — not only as commissioner, but also as chair.”

A California native and ex-Nevada regulator, Wellinghoff has led FERC since January 20, 2009. He is FERC's 13th chairman.

This article was originally published on Electric Light & Power and was republished with permission.

Lead image: US Capitol via Shutterstock

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