OBAMA'S NEW ENERGY REGULATOR - WILLIAM YEATMAN
Globalwarming.org: Can FERC Chair Nominee Norman Bay Be Trusted To Keep the Lights on?
America’s electric grid is undergoing unprecedented changes that could threaten reliability in discrete markets. The challenges facing the grid are many. This was the take-away lesson from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s annual reliability conference in Washington, D.C. Tuesday.
Into this milieu will be thrust FERC’s next chair to succeed Jon Wellinghoff, whose term ended last November. The President’s first pick for the job was Ron Binz, whose nomination was scuttled by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee when it became apparent that he was an opponent of all forms of conventional energy. For his second pick, the President chose Norman Bay.
I want to highlight Bay’s evident absence of experience and also his apparent willingness to buy into EPA’s flawed reliability analyses. These qualities would serve poorly any FERC chair. Yet they are especially inappropriate characteristics for a FERC chair in the midst of unprecedented change within the electric sector. > Read more
See also: Either Norman Bay or a Former FERC General Counsel Is Lying, and the Senate Should Find Out before It Proceeds with Bay’s Nomination to Chair FERC
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