FERC Chief Nominee Won't Get Key GOP Senator's Vote

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT) -- Former Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz’s bid to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission suffered a setback Tuesday when the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources said she wouldn’t support his nomination, questioning his ability to keep the agency free from outside political influence.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she was troubled by a series of FERC emails that showed that a clean energy advocacy group had hired a public relations outfit to push for Binz’s confirmation, even though he had...
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