WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined former senator Pete Domenici in introducing New Mexico native and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chair nominee Norman C. Bay before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
"I had the pleasure of meeting in my office with Mr. Bay and believe he will be fair, balanced, pragmatic, and consensus oriented," said Sen. Heinrich. "He will decide cases on the merits, based on the facts, the law, and record as they should be decided. Mr. Bay is an outstanding career public servant with extensive expertise in the field of energy markets. I am very confident he will judiciously implement the laws focused on FERC's statutory responsibilities of energy infrastructure, competitive markets, and reliability."
Following introductory remarks, Senator Heinrich also questioned Bay and FERC Commission nominee Cheryl LaFleur on how best to deliver New Mexico's energy resources to markets. He said, "New Mexico is fortunate to have an abundance supply of a number of energy resources, in particular natural gas, solar, and wind. However, without the infrastructure to deliver that energy to markets, these resources may never be fully developed."
Norman Bay has also received letters of support from former senator Jeff Bingaman and current New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.