FERC Won't Shrink Amid Partisan Scrutiny, Ex-Chair Says

Law360, New York (December 20, 2013, 4:58 PM ET) -- Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff bemoaned the polarized political climate in Washington that helped torpedo the nomination of his proposed replacement, ex-Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz, but told Law360 that it shouldn't distract the commission from its primary goal: maintaining efficient and robust markets that provide energy to consumers at reasonable prices.

Binz, President Barack Obama's original nominee to replace Wellinghoff, withdrew his name from consideration in September amid heavy opposition from Senate Republicans and lawmakers aligned with the coal industry. Obama elevated...
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