Kelliher succeeds Wood as FERC chair

US President George W. Bush has named Joseph T. Kelliher to replace Patrick H. Wood as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Kelliher, who has been a member of the commission since Nov. 20, 2003, previously served as senior energy advisor to Department of Energy Sec. Spencer Abraham and as part of the transition team following Bush’s election to his first term in 2000.More of his background is in electricity than in oil and gas. Citing a federal court ruling from more than 30 years ago that FERC’s main task is to safeguard consumers from exploitation by noncompetitive electricity suppliers, Kelliher said following Bush’s announcement, “Our task rema...

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