FERC boss resigns

by John M. Powers, online editor

Tulsa, OK, Jan. 7, 2009 — Joseph T. Kelliher announced his intention to resign his post as the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to “explore other career opportunities.” Kelliher made the announcement in a letter to President Bush, thanking the president for appointing him to the post and hailing the administrations work on a “sound energy policy,” and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in particular.

In a separate statement posted on FERC’s website, Kelliher noted that his term does not officially end until 2012 but that his resignation would be effective January 20, 2009.

Kelliher was named chairman of FERC in 2005. His main duty since being named to the top post at FERC has been the implementation and enforcement of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The full text of Kelliher’s statement and letter to the president can be read in full at www.ferc.gov.

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