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Federal Agencies Extend MOU for Hydropower Development

The Departments of the Interior and Energy and the Department of the Army for Civil Works (Army Corps of Engineers) announced that they have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The new agreement is an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower the three agencies signed in 2010.

In the new agreement- termed an Action Plan- the agencies commit to working toward the following:

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Colette Honorable of Arkansas to Join FERC as its Newest Commissioner

The US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Colette Honorable of Arkansas to be a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Ms. Honorable was endorsed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on December 11.

Honorable has served on the Arkansas Public Service Commission for seven years, including as chairwoman for four years. She is also a past president of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

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LaFleur and Bay Confirmed by Senate to be FERC Commissioners

On July 15, the US Senate confirmed two members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Current Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, who has served as acting chair since November 2013, was confirmed by a 90-7 vote. Norman Bay, who is currently the head of the Office of Enforcement was confirmed by a narrower 52-45 vote. He was nominated by the President to serve as the Chair.

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