Senators Udall, Heinrich Praise Confirmation of N.M.’s Norman C. Bay to Lead Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined the Senate in voting to confirm Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Bay has served as the Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009 and is slated to be named chairman of the commission. Bay was confirmed by a vote of 52 to 45.

Senator Udall issued the following statement after the confirmation vote:

“Norman Bay is a dedicated public servant with demonstrated expertise in the field of energy markets, and I was proud to support his confirmation to address energy challenges in New Mexico and throughout the nation. America needs a ‘do it all, do it right’ energy policy. We need to seize opportunities to build a clean energy economy and create good-paying jobs of the future, especially in New Mexico where we are blessed with vast and diverse energy resources. FERC plays a vital role in ensuring fair competition in energy markets, and I am confident Norman has the experience to take on the challenges posed by today’s energy markets. I look forward to working with him to safeguard our energy security, which is critical to create jobs and strengthen the economy in New Mexico and across the nation.”

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrichreleased the following statement today after voting to confirm Norman C. Bay:

“Norman Bay is an outstanding public servant with extensive experience to address our energy challenges in New Mexico and around the nation. I am confident he will judiciously implement the laws focused on FERC’s statutory responsibilities of energy infrastructure, competitive markets, and reliability. Energy is at the heart of almost every issue across the country and a cornerstone of New Mexico’s economy. I am certain Mr. Bay will serve with distinction and support regulations that build a strong and vibrant energy industry and help create good jobs in New Mexico.”