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FERC's Larcamp on Convergence

FERC's Larcamp on Convergence

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been putting some meat on the bones of its FERC First restructuring efforts, following up the announcement of a new director, with that of a new deputy director of the merged Office of Markets, Tariffs and Rates (OMTR) and a new Office of Energy Projects (OEP).

The new OEP will encompass hydroelectric project licensing and the engineering and environmental aspects of new gas pipeline projects. "Energy Projects will focus on another set of key Commission Goals - project siting and development, balancing environmental and other concerns and safeguarding the public," Chairman James Hoecker said in announcing the new office. He said it would be about equal in size to OMTR and labeled the work of the two divisions "our economic and non-economic regulatory efforts." Hydropower licensing and the pipeline certificate processes have much in common, including the need for detailed environmental evaluations and the fact that they deal with long-term projects that can be in effect for decades.

In OMTR, Kevin Madden, former director of the Office of Pipeline Regulation (OPR), has been named deputy director to assist new OMTR Director Daniel Larcamp, a former advisor to Chairman James Hoecker who was named to head the new division just a few weeks ago. The director of the Office of Electric Power Regulation, Shelton M. Cannon, his deputy, Kevin A. Kelly, the Director of the Office of Economic Policy Richard P. O'Neill and Robert J. Cupina, deputy director of OPR, have been named to a leadership team aimed at making a smooth transition of their departments into the new OMTR. Larcamp, who joined Hoecker in announcing Madden's appointment, said he hoped it was clear there could be other deputies in addition to Madden. "There is some significant talent at the tops of existing organizations and among those a level or two below the top ranks," Larcamp told NGI.

FERC First is rolling toward a scheduled completion by March, 2000. Larcamp stressed the "open architecture" of the newly organized Commission will provide more flexibility. " There is a misapprehension that pursuit of teams means they will be thrust into an inflexible working environment. The converse is what is true. Team roles and responsibilities may be less important for certain projects than others." The convergence of the offices of natural gas and electric regulation mirrors what is going on in the industry, Larcamp said. He acknowledged the fact that pooling gas and oil pipeline and electric regulation expertise may involve education for those taking on new areas, but he pointed to the benefits of having the opportunity and incentive for transferring ideas and practices to new areas.

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