Beebe Praises Potential FERC Nominee

Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairwoman Colette Honorable.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 8, 2013, 11:11 a.m.

Arkan­sas Gov. Mike Beebe had high praise Tues­day for a state reg­u­lat­or who may be in line to head the Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion. Colette Hon­or­able, Beebe’s former chief of staff, is “hon­est and fair,” he said, prais­ing her work as chair of the Arkan­sas Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

“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,” Beebe said.

Hon­or­able’s even­han­ded ap­proach has some men­tion­ing her as a po­ten­tial FERC chair­wo­man after the nom­in­a­tion of Ron Binz, a Col­or­ado en­ergy reg­u­lat­or, was dropped. Binz with­drew after a con­ten­tious Sen­ate hear­ing that in­cluded ac­cus­a­tions that he was anti-coal; he main­tained par­tis­an in­terest groups had got­ten too in­volved in the con­firm­a­tion pro­cess and sunk his chances.

Hon­or­able was work­ing at the state at­tor­ney gen­er­al’s of­fice when Beebe took the helm in 2003. He later made her his chief of staff, where she stayed as he transitioned to the gov­ernor’s of­fice in 2007. Later that year Beebe ap­poin­ted Hon­or­able to the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.


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