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Elizabeth Anne "Betsy" Moler, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is leaving the public sector for private practice at a major law firm. Moler will become a partner and serve as co-chair of Vinson &amp Elkins LLP's electric power practice. At Vinson &amp Elkins, Moler will focus on the restructuring of the North American power industry and on the increasing role of competition in the gas business, both areas where she has played a major role while in government. "I hope to put my 30 years of government experience to good use advising private sector clients as they chart a course through the challenges posed by an increasingly competitive business environment. Virtually all of my professional experience has been in the energy area, so Vinson &amp Elkins, with its large and varied energy practice, seems like a perfect fit for me." Moler played a significant role in FERC's development and implementation of Order No. 636 and was chair of the FERC when it issued its Order No. 888, which opened the nation's electric transmission grid. Vinson &amp Elkins has 580 lawyers with more than 175 involved in various aspects of its energy practice. The firm has offices in Austin, TX; Beijing, Dallas, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.

The National Energy Services Association (NESA), a Houston-based organization with over 2,200 natural gas and electric industry members, elected Ronald Ford 1998-99 chairman.

P. Chrisman "Chris" Iribe, president and COO of U.S. Generating Co. was re-elected chairman of the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA).

Van Ness Feldman, a Washington D.C.-based law firm, announced that Patricia Godley will represent clients in the oil and gas and electric utility industries in domestic and international business transactions, regulatory compliance matters, and federal policy initiatives. Godley was formerly the assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy, where she directed the sale of the Elk Hills oil and gas field in California to Occidental Petroleum in January.

David A. Arledge, CEO of The Coastal Corp., was named first vice chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), replacing Paul. M. Anderson, who recently departed Duke Energy to head BHP Ltd. in Australia.

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