Arkansas Public Service Commission chair headed to FERC

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to place Arkansas Public Service Commission chair Colette Honorable on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The White House issued a press release Thursday announcing Obama’s intention to nominate several individuals to key administration posts - including Honorable.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” Obama said.

Honorable has served on the PSC since 2007 and has been chair since 2011. She also currently serves as chairman of the board and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

FERC is an independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. It also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects, according to the FERC website.

Obama must submit Honorable’s nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., issued a statement supporting Honorable as a FERC commissioner.

“There is no one more qualified,” he said.