Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey sent a letter to Energy Department inspector general Gregory H. Friedman asking some hard questions about FERC's enforcement office and requesting an "examination."
The Philly Inquirer wants to inquire why Senator Casey voted for Norman Bay before sending his letter:
Except, shouldn't the investigation come before a guy's promoted?
The guys at FERC Litigation have posted a bunch of new news stories and documents. It appears that their battle continues.
Our friends at RTO Insider published an in-depth look at the "lingering uncertainty" at this federal agency, with information about some interesting questions that were asked in private conversations before a recent FERC open meeting:
How assertive will Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur be as a lame duck? And will she remain for her five-year term after she has to relinquish the gavel?
With Commissioner John Norris openly musing about his post-FERC future, who will replace him and how soon?
How will Bay resolve the investigation into Powhatan Energy Fund, whose principals have been running a public relations campaign accusing FERC of heavy-handed enforcement tactics?
Although my understanding and consumer's perspective of FERC probably differs from Johnston's, it seems that his nose works just fine. Something stinks here!
Regulator, regulated, regulator, regulated, regulator, regulated, regulator, regulated.... the door is spinning! Johnston gets right to the root of the problem:
FERC commissioners, however, disregard the just and reasonable standard, routinely ignore evidence and act more as agents of utilities than fair-minded regulators.
Absent from the commission is anyone who represents the rights of consumers.
I think perhaps FERC needs some public relations polishing. Maybe these guys would be willing to help?