Dalrymple Congratulates Clark on FERC Appointment
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today congratulated Tony Clark on his appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C. Clark, who served nearly 12 years on the North Dakota Public Service Commission, took the oath of office for the federal post during a ceremony at the state Capital.
“Tony is an outstanding public servant,” Dalrymple said. “He has served the people of North Dakota with honor and distinction and the nation is fortunate that his knowledge and leadership will now help guide the oversight of our country’s energy transmission.”
Clark’s resignation from the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) became effective the moment he took the oath today. He was elected to the PSC in 2000 and re-elected in 2006. While serving on the PSC, has overseen regulatory proceedings that have permitted more than $5.5 billion dollars in new investment in North Dakota through expanded wind, coal and oil and gas infrastructure.
In November 2010, Clark was elected to a one-year term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and formerly served as chairman of the NARUC Telecommunications Committee.
Prior to his election to the PSC, Clark served as labor commissioner in the cabinet of former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer. He also served as a state legislator in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1994 to 1997.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines. The commission also licenses hydropower projects.