Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Obama Nominates Cheryl LaFleur & Phil Moeller for FERC

President Obama has nominated Cheryl LaFleur and Phil Moeller to serve as commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Phil Moeller has been nominated for a second term and Cheryl LaFleur is up for her first term. The Center supports the nominations.

Cheryl A. LaFleur, left, has more than 20 years experience as a leader in the electric and gas industry. She retired in 2007 as Executive Vice President and acting CEO of National Grid USA responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. Since retiring from National Grid, LaFleur has been active on the boards of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and numerous other organizations. During 2008, she served as President and CEO of the Steppingstone Foundation, an educational nonprofit in Boston. Before joining National Grid in 1986, LaFleur was a lawyer at Ropes and Gray in Boston from 1978 to 1986. She has an A.B. with high honors from Princeton University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Commissioner Philip D. Moeller, right, was nominated by President Bush, and sworn into office on July 24, 2006 for a term expiring June 30, 2010. From 1997 through 2000, Mr. Moeller served as an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-Washington) where he worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy and water appropriations and other energy legislation. Prior to joining Senator Gorton's staff, he served as the Staff Coordinator for the Washington State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications. Before becoming a Commissioner, Mr. Moeller headed the Washington, D.C., office of Alliant Energy Corporation. Prior to Alliant Energy, Mr. Moeller worked in the Washington office of Calpine Corporation. Mr. Moeller was born in Chicago, and grew up on a ranch near Spokane, Washington. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

(The White House, FERC, GridWise Alliance)

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