Former Arizona regulator Marc Spitzer was sworn in as a new FERC commissioner on Friday, and ex-Alliant Energy executive Philip Moeller was sworn in Monday, according to an agency spokesman.
Spitzer “was convinced to be less formally sworn in on Friday so the Commission would have a quorum” in case a vote occurred, said FERC spokesman Bryan Lee. Spitzer, a former member of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and one-time state senator, was to take the oath of office in a more formal ceremony in Phoenix, AZ, Monday. Judge Hercules Dellas of the Maryvale Justice Court administered the oath in the ACC Phoenix office.
“Upon taking his oath of office as a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Spitzer will submit his formal resignation as an ACC commissioner to the Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer and Gov. Janet Napolitano,” an ACC spokesperson said. “The governor may then appoint an interim commissioner to fill the rest of Spitzer’s term” at the ACC. His term expires Jan. 1.
Spitzer, a Republican, succeeds former Commissioner Nora Mead Brownell, who has left the agency. His term as a FERC commissioner will expire June 30, 2011.
Moeller, who most recently was head of Wisconsin-based utility Alliant Energy’s Washington, DC office, was sworn in Monday by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts. A Republican, Moeller assumes former FERC Chairman Pat Wood’s seat on the Commission. His term would expire June 30, 2010.
Jon Wellinghoff, an attorney with the Nevada-based law firm of Beckley Singleton, is expected to be sworn in by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on Aug. 1, Lee said. Wellinghoff will take former Commissioner William Massey’s seat with a term expiring on June 30, 2008.
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