- FERC chief Kelliher to step down;
- Energy Regulator Resigns;
- Top Energy Regulator's Exit Is Chance for Obama to Reverse Deregulation Fiasco, Put Families Over Power Company Profits.
Update January 14, 2008
Blumenthal Applauds FERC Commissioner's Resignation
"This resignation starts dismantling a fatally flawed FERC -- leadership that is deservedly doomed as we welcome a new and promising administration," Blumenthal, a Democrat, said in a statement.
Under Kelliher's leadership, FERC has been "on a lawless and mindless mission to nearly obliterate state rights, and approve virtually all energy projects at any cost to the environment and ordinary citizens," Blumenthal said.
Kelliher, a Republican, will initially remain as one of five commissioners of the agency, which oversees power grid reliability and wholesale natural gas markets."
"This resignation marks a moment that enables President-elect Obama's administration to restore FERC's true mission: protecting consumers from exploitation by energy companies that provide a basic necessity of modern life," Blumenthal said. "FERC must finally defend consumers from unwise and unjust energy policies that favor industry interests over public interests."
Update January 20, 2008
Although he announced his intent two weeks ago to step down as chairman of FERC on Jan. 20, Chairman
Joseph Kellihersaid Jan. 21 that he plans to stay on in his post until President Barack Obama names a successor.