Federal Energy Regulatory Commission leadership affects quorum actions

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FERC acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur. (photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.0
FERC acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur. (photo courtesy of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not have a quorum to address any actions that require a majority vote. FERC authorized agency staff to continue certain agency operations in the interim.

President Donald Trump appointed existing Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur as Chairman of FERC on January 25. With the appointment of LaFleur as chairman, Commissioner Norman Bay resigned effective February 3. The Commission currently consists of only Chairman LaFluer and Commissioner Colette Honorable.

A quorum of at least three commissioners is necessary for FERC to take any action. Because commissioners appointed by the President require U.S. Senate confirmation, any actions requiring a majority vote cannot take place until another commissioner is appointed and confirmed. In response to this situation, FERC issued an order delegating additional authority to agency staff to continue certain agency operations. The order also affirms that all pre-existing delegations of authority by the commission to its staff continue to be effective.

Additional FERC hydropower staff changes

Director of the Office of Energy Projects Ann Miles announced her retirement effective February 18, prior to the change of Chairman of FERC. The Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Projects Terry Turpin will replace Miles following her retirement. John Wood has been named Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Projects.

Heather Campbell is the new Senior Policy Advisor, Hydropower in the Office of the Director. Previously she served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Administration & Compliance. CarLisa Linton-Peters was appointed to replace her as Deputy Director of the Division of Administration & Compliance.

With the recent retirement of Bill Allerton as the Director of Dam Safety & Inspections, the Deputy Director David Capka has become acting Director of the Division.

For more information view the current OEP organization chart.


Shawn Puzen

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Shawn Puzen is the FERC Compliance and Licensing Manager for Mead & Hunt. He has a unique blend of experience as a utility industry environmental consultant well-respected by the regulatory agencies with a solid record of performance in fulfilling federal, state and local regulatory and resource requirements. He serves as the president of the Midwest Hydro Users Group and was on the Steering Committee for the 2016 HydroVision International Conference.

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