Colette Honorable



Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

 
Colette Honorable was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expires in June 2017. A lawyer, Commissioner Honorable came to FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where she served since October 2007, and led the Commission as Chairman since January 2011. Commissioner Honorable began her career at Legal Services, and worked as a consumer protection attorney, in civil litigation and as a Medicaid fraud special prosecutor before serving as chief of staff to then-Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe. As Chairman of the Arkansas PSC, Commissioner Honorable oversaw an agency charged with ensuring safe, reliable and affordable retail electric service. She participated in rate case proceedings, plant acquisitions, transmission buildout applications, regional transmission efforts and other transactions to ensure the reliability of the Arkansas grid and diversity in generation in the state. During Commissioner Honorable’s time at the PSC, Arkansas led the South and Southeast in comprehensive energy efficiency programs, and electric rates were consistently among the lowest in the nation. Honorable is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is known by her peers as a fair, pragmatic, moderate and hardworking leader who is able to build consensus across party lines for common goals. Honorable represented NARUC on an array of issues ranging from pipeline safety to reliability and resilience efforts, and diversity. She testified before Congress on multiple occasions and advocated for infrastructure development to ensure safety and efficiency, increased reliability and resilience efforts, and diversity of energy and the energy workforce. A native of Arkansas, Honorable is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.