FERC’s Moeller to step down this month

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Philip Moeller, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced today that he plans to leave the agency at the end of the month.

Moeller in a statement posted to the agency’s website said he had thanked Presidents Obama and George W. Bush for nominating him as a commissioner and that he plans to pursue “other opportunities” in the energy field.

“I thank my colleagues for all of their hard work in improving the energy industry, members of the public who help inform our decisions, and the staff at FERC for their dedication and support throughout my two terms, especially the members of my office team,” Moeller said. “FERC is an amazing agency, and I have been honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve our nation as a FERC Commissioner.”

Moeller’s rumored replacement is Patrick McCormick, senior counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who has deep ties in the energy world. But the White House has yet to nominate a candidate, leaving many FERC watchers wondering whether Republicans are considering a different contender.

Moeller, nominated to the agency by Bush in 2006 and renominated by Obama in 2010, first announced in May that he was leaving the agency and said he would serve the remainder of his term through June 30 — or until his replacement is confirmed (EnergyWire, May 13).

The commissioner has been outspoken about the need for federal regulators and the electric industry to coordinate as U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan takes effect and has joined his Republican colleague on the panel, Tony Clark, in calling for the commission to have a more formal advisory role.