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Eight weeks after resigning as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (see Daily GPI, March 10), Joseph Kelliher has landed with FPL Group Inc. in a newly created position to lead its federal regulatory team. Kelliher, who had been a FERC commissioner from November 2003 until mid-March 2009 and chairman from July 2005 until January 2009, has joined FPL as executive vice president, federal regulatory affairs, overseeing all aspects of the company's federal energy regulatory policy. Kelliher will report to FPL CEO Lewis Hay III. "Federal regulatory issues are increasingly complex and affect the company in new ways as we have grown to encompass energy operations in 27 states," Hay said. "As America's most forward-looking energy company, we feel an obligation to provide leadership and a strong point of view to the shaping of federal energy policy while also demonstrating our commitment to compliance and strong governance. There are few who can match the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that Joe will bring to this role." Juno Beach, FL-based FPL has approximately 39,000 MW of generating capacity and more than 15,000 employees in 27 states and Canada. The company's principal subsidiaries are NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun; and Florida Power & Light Co., which serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country.

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