Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur has been named acting chairwoman of U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency said on Monday.
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The previous chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, left FERC on Sunday.
LaFleur joined the commission in 2010 after a long career in the electric and natural gas industry, including a stint as acting chief executive officer at the utility company National Grid USA, a subsidiary of National Grid Plc.
FERC regulates elements of the U.S. natural gas, electricity, oil and hydropower industries.