Amy Harder, who covers energy policy for the Wall Street Journals, says President Obama will nominate Colette Honorable, chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The possibility of that appointment has been circulating for some time.
Honorable was reappointed to a six-year PSC term and designated chairman in 2011 by Gov. Mike Beebe. She’d worked on his staff when he was attorney general.
The White House reportedly has made the announcement now. She’ll have to face Senate confirmation hearings.
The defeat of an earlier appointment — Ron Binz, another Little Rock native — paved the way for Honorable’s appointment. Binz, a Colorado regulator, was seen by some in the industry as too friendly to renewable energy. He insisted he wasn’t opposed to use of coal to generate electricity. Honorable has presided over the expansion of coal generation in Arkansas.
Sen. Mark Pryor commented:
There is no one more qualified for this position than Colette Honorable, and I strongly support her nomination. Colette is a long-time advocate for clean energy and an avid supporter of consumer protection. When I served as Arkansas’s Attorney General, I brought her on as a leading assistant attorney general because of her strong commitment to protecting Arkansans. She has built on this experience with notable leadership at the Arkansas Public Service Commission, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and National Petroleum Council. As a FERC Commissioner, these qualities will serve our nation well as demand for efficient, reliable and affordable energy services continues to rise.