THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CURT HEBERT, JR. AS MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
The President today announced the nomination of Curt Hebert, Jr. as a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Hebert, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, is Commissioner of the Southern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Chairman of the Commission. He also serves on the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and is the President of the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Mr. Hebert is a former Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he served as Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee and Chairman of the Ways and Means Severance Subcommittee. Mr. Hebert holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a J.D. from the Mississippi College School of Law.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent commission that regulates the sales for resale and transmission of electric power and the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce, including the rates and terms and conditions of such services. The FERC is also responsible for the issuance and enforcement of licenses, permits, and exemptions for the development and operation of private hydroelectric projects on navigable waters of the United States. The siting and construction of natural gas pipelines are also among the Commission's responsibilities. In the past decade the Commission has taken the lead in restructuring the electric utilities and natural gas pipeline industries to promote competition and increased consumer benefits.