White House to Nominate Norman Bay as New Head of FERC

President Barack Obama, Brady Press Room Briefing
National Journal
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Clare Foran
Jan. 30, 2014, 12:18 p.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama plans to nom­in­ate Nor­man Bay, the cur­rent dir­ect­or of the Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion’s Of­fice of En­force­ment, as chair­man of the agency.

Bay has worked as the com­mis­sion’s dir­ect­or of en­force­ment since 2009. He has also served as a law pro­fess­or at the Uni­versity of New Mex­ico School of Law and an as­sist­ant U.S. At­tor­ney for the state of New Mex­ico and the Dis­trict of Columbia.

The news comes after months of spec­u­la­tion over who the White House would name as the suc­cessor to Jon Welling­hoff, the agency’s former chair­man. Welling­hoff stepped down in Novem­ber and was re­placed by Cheryl LaFleur, who cur­rently serves as act­ing chair of the body.

It also fol­lows the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s un­su­cess­ful at­tempt to in­stall Ron Binz as head of the agency. Binz with­draw his nom­in­a­tion in Oc­to­ber after fa­cing sig­ni­fic­ant head­winds from fossil fuel in­dustry groups.