Senate confirms FERC commissioners

The U.S. Senate on May 24, 2012 confirmed the nominations of Commissioner John Norris and Tony Clark to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

“I am honored to be confirmed for a full term as a Commissioner at FERC and thank President Obama and the U.S. Senate for the opportunity to continue serving the American people,” said Norris. “The energy issues we work on at FERC are critical to our nation’s economy and to the safety and well-being of our citizens.”

FERC is made of up to five commissioners who are appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commissioners serve five-year terms, and have an equal vote on regulatory matters.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of which Clark is the former president, applauded the Senate for confirming the nominations.

“Immediate Past President Clark and Commissioner Norris are dedicated public servants,” a statement from the non-profit said. “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is a stronger agency today."

FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects.

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