NEC Statement on Re-nomination of FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur

Business organization applauds President for re-nominating New England native

BOSTON (May 2, 2014) – New England Council President & CEO James T. Brett made the following statement today regarding the re-nomination of Acting Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur – a Massachusetts native – to a second terms as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

“We are pleased to learn that President Obama will re-nominate Acting Chairman LaFleur to a second term as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Commissioner LaFleur has extensive experience in the energy industry here in New England and a deep understanding of our region’s unique energy challenges.  Her continued service on the Commission will ensure that New England’s interests are well represented, and we comment the President for his decision to nominate her to a second term.”

LaFleur was first nominated to FERC and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 for a term that expires in June 2014.  She has served as the Acting Chairman since November 2013.  FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. The New England Council sent a letter to President Obama last month urging him to re-nominate LaFleur.  Similar letters were sent by members of the New England House and Senate delegations.

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.  The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England.  The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange.  For more information, please visit: www.newenglandcouncil.com.

 

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