- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has designated Jon Wellinghoff as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a position he has held on an acting basis since January.

Wellinghoff, a supporter of renewable energy development and energy conservation, is one of two Democrats on the five-member commission that oversees power grid reliability and wholesale natural gas markets.

Separately, the White House said Obama will nominate Commissioner Suedeen Kelly, the panel’s other Democrat, to a third term. Wellinghoff has been on the commission since 2006 and Kelly since 2003.

The Senate must confirm commission members, but the president may name its chairman without Senate action.

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