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U.S. Senate confirms LaFleur to second term on FERC

By Bob Downing Published: July 17, 2014

From the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:

Senate Votes to Confirm Cheryl LaFleur to Second Term at FERC

The United States Senate has confirmed Cheryl LaFleur to a second term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). LaFleur, who has been Acting Chairman of the Commission since November 2013, will now serve a term that expires in 2019.

“I want to thank President Obama and the Senate for giving me the opportunity to serve another term,” Acting Chairman LaFleur said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to maintain a reliable and secure grid and help ensure our energy markets and infrastructure adapt to the nation’s changing resource mix.”

Since she joined the Commission in 2010, Acting Chairman LaFleur’s priorities have included reliability and grid security, promoting efficient and effective markets, and supporting a clean and diverse power supply. She serves as the FERC liaison to the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committees on Electricity and Critical Infrastructure and was co-chair of the FERC/NARUC Forum on Reliability and the Environment.

Acting Chairman LaFleur has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in the electric and natural gas industry, serving 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. In various positions at National Grid USA and its predecessor New England Electric System, she led major efforts to improve reliability and employee safety, and was responsible for leading award-winning conservation and demand response programs for customers. Acting Chairman LaFleur practiced law at Ropes & Gray in Boston earlier in her career.

A native of Massachusetts, Acting Chairman LaFleur is married to William A. Kuncik, a retired attorney, and they are the parents of two grown children.

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