President Donald Trump has chosen Cheryl LaFleur as Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“It is an honor to again be asked to serve as Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and I thank President Trump for the opportunity,” LaFleur said. “While I recognize that FERC is in a state of transition as we await nominations to fill vacant seats at the agency, it is important that FERC’s work on the nation’s energy markets and infrastructure move forward. I would particularly like to thank Chairman Norman Bay for his leadership of the Commission over the past two years, and I look forward to working with him, Commissioner Colette Honorable, the terrific staff throughout the agency, and future colleagues at FERC to continue to address the important energy issues facing our nation.”
LaFleur’s appointment was met with praise from one pipeline organization.
“We look forward to working with Chairwoman LaFleur and the rest of the commission, ” INGAA spokeswoman Cathy Landry said. “We will continue to stress the importance of moving pipeline certificate applications on a timely basis.”
Acting Chairman LaFleur has been a member of the Commission since 2010. She served as Acting Chairman of the Commission from November 2013 to July 2014 and as Chairman from July 2014 until April 2015.
Before joining the Commission, Acting Chairman Lafleur worked for more than 20 years in leadership positions in the electric and natural gas industry. She served as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor New England Electric System included chief operating officer, president of the New England distribution companies, and general counsel. Acting Chairman LaFleur commenced her career as an attorney at Ropes and Gray in Boston. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Princeton University.