CEI Today: Obama's FERC nominee, a reg reform commission, and union official time

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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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


>Interview William Yeatman




Regulatory Improvement Commission

One of my favorite regulatory reform ideas is an independent commission tasked with combing the 175,000-page Code of Federal Regulations and giving Congress a package of obsolete, redundant, or harmful regulations to repeal in one fell swoop. That idea is now captured in a bi-partisan bill in Congress.
> Read more

> Interview Ryan Young


Workplacechoice.org: Survey of Federal Employees: Union Official Time Wastes Taxpayer Funds

As often stated on this blog, union official time is a wasteful, massive subsidy to federal-employee unions. And somewhat surprisingly, according to FedSmith.com survey many federal employees feel the same way. >Read More
>Interview Trey Kovacs


Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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