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A Few More Questions for Ron Binz

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#tfisher">Travis Fisher</a> -- September 17, 2013

The nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairmanship Ron Binz will have plenty of potential questions to answer today at his confirmation hearing (9:30am ET), including these posted by the Institute for Energy Research.

The importance of the Binz nomination stems in roughly equal parts from:

(1) The growing significance of FERC as an agency with new and expanded authority,

(2) The context and timing of the nomination, which comes as part of an aggressive (Congress-and-voters-be-damned) climate action plan, and

(3) The details of Ron Binz’s history as a radical (pro-renewable) regulator and energy “expert.”

To complement today’s questions posed by members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, university economist and electricity specialist Robert Michaels would ask the nominee the following questions:…