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37 Infrastructure 1 (1997-1998)

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VOL. 37, NO. 1

FERC Chair James J. Hoecker
The future of the Federal Energy, Regulatoty Coininission
Designate(d by President Clinton to lead the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last
June, James Iloecker has served as a FERC
member since May 1993. In August 1995, he
was reconfirmed to a five-year term.
Iloecker is the first member of the FERC
and its first chair to have once served on
the Commission staff, where he was assis-
tant general counsel for gas and oil litiga-
tion, assistant general counsel for rulemak-
ing and legislative analysis, and a legal advi-
sor to two former commissioners.
His background also includes the private
practice of energy law. He has been of
counsel to the Washington office of Jones,
Day, Reavis & Pogue, and was a partner in
Keck, Mahin & Cate.
James J. Hocckcr                   IHoecker was raised in Eagle River,
Wisconsin, and has lived in northern
Virginia since 1979. lie received his B.A.
from Northland College,Ashland,Wisconsin; his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University
of Kentucky, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.
This interview was conducted by Katherine B. Edwards, a partner with Grammer
Kissel Robbins Skancke & Edwards. Ms. Edwards is the Section Vice Chair &
Secretar)y and a member of the Newsletter Committee of the ABA Section of Public
Utility Communications and Transportation Law.
There have been numerous shifis in the electric industry What further
changes do you see happening in the next few years?
The electric industry is getting more dynamic all the time and what was a relatively
sleepy area of Commission jurisdiction five years ago is now changing daily. I
expect certain developments to begin to become clear in the next year or two.
First, we will likely see a continued consolidation among the investor-owned utili-
ties, and between electric utilities and natural gas companies-the so-called conver-
gence mergers. One could reasonably expect a number of less formal, but no less
powerful, strategic alliances to form among companies engaged in the delivery of
energy in one form or another.
As a consequence of these new relationships, we will see new products and ser-
vices being developed, new kinds of transactions, and it will become a very differ-
ent marketplace for power than it has been. Some people believe that there will
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Welcome to
the new name
for our quarterly
Don't be confused, it's
the same great material,
just under a different
It's no longer News, now
it's Infrastructure.
N PCS Licenses and
the Specter
of Bankruptcy
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FALL 1997

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