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.

Susan Parker

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