We talked with FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, who has said he will not seek a second term.
Commissioner Clark is serving his first term at FERC, having been nominated by President Obama and sworn in on June 15, 2012. He is likely serving for a few months beyond the term's technical expiration of June 30, 2016.
Commissioner Clark formerly served as a member of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, most recently as chairman. The office is a statewide elective office, and Commissioner Clark was first elected to the PSC in 2000. In November 2010, Commissioner Clark was elected president of NARUC.
He was interviewed by Pat McMurray, who has a long background in the energy business. She's an experienced public relations consultant, writer and editor and serves as vice president of the Natural Gas Roundtable.
PUF's Pat McMurray: When does your term as a FERC commissioner end?
Commissioner Clark: In all likelihood I'll leave before December. But there is no specific date that's set. Technically, my term expires June 30. The law says I can stay in an expired term and continue to participate until a successor is confirmed.
That's unlikely this year, given all the dynamics in play, or until Congress adjourns for the year. Whichever comes first.
I don't expect it will be quite that long. But I don't have a particular date I've chosen or a landing spot.