Thursday, December 19, 2013

Arkansas PSC Chair Colette Honorable emerges as potential FERC leader

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge COLETTE HONORABLE: Mentioned for federal commission.
  • COLETTE HONORABLE: Mentioned for federal commission.
I'd  mentioned some weeks ago that the name of Colette Honorable, chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, had been floated as a potential appointee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Her name is floating again as a top contender now that a previous choice by the president, Ron Binz, has been rejected by Congress as being too "anti-coal."

Here's the National Journal report. It says she's the pragmatic sort that might fit the bill.

“Everything I’ve seen from her record shows that she would be a fairly impartial judge, and [she] has a track record already in Arkansas of someone who takes the role seriously,” said Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, one of the groups that helped scuttle the confirmation of Ron Binz to the FERC. “[She] listens to both sides and tries to adjudicate as opposed to legislate.”

Honorable, recently named president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, is an appointee and former employee of Gov. Mike Beebe and naturally he sings her praises.

"If you want somebody who's fair, somebody who's not a polarizing figure, somebody that brings people together and will weigh all the evidence ... she'd be hard to beat," said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, who appointed Honorable to her current post. Honorable previously served as his chief of staff. "Her integrity is unquestionable. She's honest and fair and takes that role very seriously. She listens to all sides."

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