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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2013
Contact: Rob Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

State Utility Regulators Congratulate Binz on FERC Nomination

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements after President Obama nominated former Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chair Ron Binz to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

“On behalf of my State regulatory colleagues, I would like to congratulate Commissioner Binz on his nomination. Ron served NARUC well during his tenure on the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. As a former State regulator, he knows how the decisions made in Washington impact ratepayers across the country. A strong federal-State partnership is essential as our nation confronts the numerous challenges ahead, and we are confident Ron, if confirmed, will maintain such a dialogue.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

“I wish to second President Jones’ sentiments. I worked with Ron for several years when he was a member of NARUC. With all the issues pending before FERC—from transmission planning to gas and electricity interdependencies—the agency has a full plate. State and federal regulators share the same goal: assuring the safe and reliable delivery of essential utility services. Ron is well-versed in these issues. I look forward to working with him when and if he is confirmed.”
--NARUC First Vice President Colette Honorable of Arkansas

“I add my congratulations to Commissioner Binz for this nomination. I also want to thank President Obama for appointing another former State regulator to the commission. If he is confirmed, Ron would join Commissioners John Norris and Tony Clark as three former State regulators at the agency. As all three can attest, electricity issues—even at the wholesale level—effect all Americans across the board. This is why having a strong State presence at FERC is so important.”
--NARUC Committee on Electricity Chair David Boyd of Minnesota

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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