AGA’s McCurdy Says Working with Collette Honorable Is “A Privilege”

News Release April 30, 2017

Washington, D.C. – American Gas Association President Dave McCurdy released the following statement regarding Colette Honorable’s announcement that she has decided not to seek re-nomination to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):

“I have the privilege of knowing and working closely with Colette Honorable in various positions for several years. Her last name is a fitting description of this true professional. She combines charm and keen intellect to earn the respect and trust of colleagues and the public. Colette has been a groundbreaker in her professional career and is a role model for many. She has served with distinction and will be missed at FERC but I suspect this is just an early chapter for a talented public servant.

“In February 2014, she was on the cover of American Gas magazine as is the tradition for the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). In my president’s message for that issue I wrote, ‘As chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, she has been a passionate advocate for access to affordable energy and its ability to move her state forward. As her interview demonstrates, she shares our goals of enhancing system integrity and reliability and supporting increased access to natural gas service for homes and businesses. I look forward to working with her and her colleagues in this effort.’

“I have appreciated the professional, intelligent and well-reasoned manner in which Commissioner Honorable has performed her work at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. We have always found her open to listening to the positions of all parties, encouraging stakeholder communication and collaboration, and have appreciated her ability to consider all the information and viewpoints in her decisions on the issues that have come before her.”

“Most recently, Commissioner Honorable was a speaker at AGA’s Second Annual Next Level Women’s Leadership Program in March where we talked about the challenges of filling the vacancies at FERC. The lack of a quorum since February has prevented FERC from making major decisions regarding applications for crucial infrastructure development and improvement across the energy sector. I have repeatedly called upon this administration to fill these vacancies and will continue to do so until FERC has the necessary commissioners in place to carry out the business of moving our industry and our nation forward.”

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 73 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 95 percent — more than 69 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.