Downfall Of Obama FERC Pick Shows Agency's Growing Clout

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT) -- Although the collapse of Ron Binz's bid to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission surprised longtime commission watchers, they say the political firestorm that engulfed his nomination reflects the once-sleepy agency's growing clout as an energy regulator now known for its efforts to crack down on market manipulation and embrace renewable energy.

Amid heavy opposition from U.S. Senate Republicans and lawmakers aligned with the coal industry, Binz, a former utility regulator in Colorado, said Tuesday that he had withdrawn his name from consideration to serve as...
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