Senate committee to weigh FERC pick Dec. 4

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Colette Honorable, President Obama’s nominee to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on Dec. 4.

Honorable’s confirmation was put on hold in September because of the sudden death of her husband, but Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), the panel’s chairwoman, said she wanted to push forward with a confirmation hearing.

Honorable, the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, who is known for being an evenhanded regulator, is seen as a popular choice among FERC watchers.

If confirmed by the Senate, Honorable would replace FERC Commissioner John Norris, who resigned earlier this month to take a position with the Department of Agriculture in Rome after accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of blocking his bid for the chairmanship.

Her term would expire June 30, 2017.