Moler Mum on DOE Post; Richardson Mentioned
Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Moler declined to comment last
week on whether she's being seriously considered as a successor to
Energy Secretary Federico Pena, who plans to leave at the end of
June. "I don't know," she said abruptly. Another name being
mentioned for the job is Bill Richardson, currently U.S.
Representative to the United Nations
In a speech to the National Energy Resources Organization, Moler
said the Clinton administration intends to follow up its recent
"principles" on electricity restructuring with more detailed
legislation, but refused to give more specifics.
"I cannot give you an exact date" when the legislation will be
submitted to Congress, she said. A day before, Rep. Albert Wynn
(D-MD), a member of House energy and power subcommittee, also
predicted that the administration "will come back with something
that's more specific."
Industry reaction to news that the administration still plans to
craft its own retail-choice bill was less than enthusiastic. "Good
luck. They had a hard enough time with just getting the principles
out," remarked a gas producer source.
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