Ex-FERC official tapped to lead grid group

Source: By Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019

WIRES, the lobby for greater transmission investment, today named former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official Larry Gasteiger as its new executive director.

He succeeds Jim Hoecker, a previous FERC chairman, who founded the trade group in 2005.

In naming Gasteiger, WIRES President Brian Gemmell of National Grid cited his “extensive federal regulatory leadership with nearly two decades at FERC.”

Of late, Gasteiger has been chief of federal regulatory policy at Public Service Enterprise Group, the New Jersey-based investor-owned utility, where he focused on transmission and wholesale market policy issues.

While at FERC, he served as chief of staff to Chairman Norman Bay, acting director of the Office of Enforcement and director of the Division of Tariffs and Market Development-East in the Office of Energy Market Regulation.

He was also legal adviser to Chairman Joseph Kelliher.

“A major focus of WIRES’ efforts will be on educating and engaging decisionmakers on policies and proposals to meet the transmission needs of a transforming economy that is increasingly dependent on a clean, reliable and affordable supply of electricity,” Gasteiger said.