Philip D. Moeller, the longest-serving of the five commissioners who currently are seated on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has confirmed his intention to leave his post at the end of October.
Moeller, who has served two five-year terms at FERC, announced last May that he would not seek a third appointment on the commission – and that he would continue serving until a new commissioner had been confirmed. There is no word yet on a successor.
FERC commissioners are appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate. Moeller was first nominated to FERC by President George W. Bush in 2006 and was re-nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010.
He has worked in the energy industry – at Alliant Energy and Calpine directly prior to FERC – as well as in state and federal government positions. From 1997 through 2000, Moeller served as an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-Washington), for whom worked on electricity policy, electric system reliability, hydropower, energy efficiency, nuclear waste, energy and water appropriations, and other energy legislation. Prior to joining Senator Gorton’s staff, he served as the staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Telecommunications, where he was responsible for a wide range of policy areas that included energy, telecommunications, conservation, water, and nuclear waste.
In announcing his departure, Moeller thanked each POTUS, as well as his associates at FERC. “I express my gratitude to both President Obama and President Bush for nominating me as commissioner and to the members of the U.S. Senate who confirmed me,” he said, adding, “I thank my colleagues for all of their hard work in improving the energy industry, members of the public who help inform our decisions, and the staff at FERC for their dedication and support throughout my two terms, especially the members of my office team.”
He has not revealed where his next professional assignment will be. “FERC is an amazing agency, and I have been honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve our nation as a FERC commissioner. After leaving the commission, I plan to pursue other opportunities in the energy field.”