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May 21, 2014

Lawmakers Scrutinize Nominee to Head Federal Electricity Regulator

By AMY HARDER, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-05-21 06:43:52

The Obama administration’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission faced congressional scrutiny on Tuesday for his role in the commission’s push to hold Wall Street firms and traders accountable for alleged manipulation of electricity prices. As FERC’s enforcement director, Norman Bay worked with former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff to put more muscle in the commission’s enforcement program, seeking substantial fines from financial firms such as J.P. Morgan Chase and Barclays [ read more … ]

Obama nominee faces tough questions from GOP senators

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-21 06:44:13

Norman Bay, President Obama’s pick to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, faced sharp criticism today from Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee bristling over enforcement complaints. But Bay also appeared to have found critical allies on the panel of 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asked Bay, a former New Mexico prosecutor, to address recent criticism that FERC’s Office of Enforcement — which Bay has led since 2009 — has handed out excessive fines.
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Action on warming likely in short term, some Republicans say

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-05-21 06:44:29

Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and head of U.S. EPA under President George W. Bush, and Bob Inglis, former congressman from South Carolina, said they see the politics of climate change beginning to shift. “The two things that really drive Republicans are fiscal growth, economic growth and national security,” Whitman said at the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference, a gathering of businesses, environmentalists and state and federal officials. “Climate change runs smack headlong into both of those.” [ read more … ]

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