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Former FERC Commissioner comments on Biden pick to head Dept of Energy

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With the announced selection of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as Energy Secretary, and with the earlier appointments of John Kerry and Gina McCarthy, the Biden Administration has assembled its team directing key energy and environmental policy issues.

Former FERC Commissioner Bernard L. McNamee, a partner at law firm McGuireWoods and a senior advisor with the firm’s consulting arm, comments: “With emissions from the transportation sector being the next big push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, President Biden’s intention to nominate former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is an indication that the Biden Administration wants someone who can help work with the major automakers to transition America to electric vehicles,” said Mr. McNamee.

During his time on FERC, McNamee was recognised as a leader on a number of important energy issues and participated in more than 1700 published orders on issues related to wholesale electricity markets, natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities, oil pipeline rates, hydro facilities, reliability standards, and ratemaking.

He also testified before Congress and was invited to speak before energy organisations throughout the country. McNamee assists clients with high-stakes and complex issues involving the Federal Power Act (FPA), Natural Gas Act (NGA), Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), Interstate Commerce Act (ICA), Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

He also played an integral role advising clients during implementation of the 2007 Virginia Electric Utility Regulation Act, which returned the state’s utilities to a modified cost-of-service regulatory model.

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