Former UNM law professor named chair of regulatory panel

 Former UNM law professor named chair of regulatory panel

Caption: Norman Bay

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former University of New Mexico law professor and federal prosecutor is taking over as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Norman Bay as a commissioner last summer. Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation announced Wednesday that he will serve as the panel's chairman.

Bay previously served as director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC, a position he had held since 2009.

Sen. Martin Heinrich says energy is at the heart of almost every issue in the country and it's a cornerstone of New Mexico's economy. He says he's certain Bay will support regulations aimed at building a strong energy industry.

The commission is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil.

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