Last night President Obama nominated Ron Binz, former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, to be the new head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Mr. Binz is a well-known expert on ratemaking, transmission and market challenges associated with integration of clean energy and distributed generation into the existing grid system.  For insights on how Mr. Binz might approach the new role, here is a 2012 CERES report Mr. Binz authored last year title “Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know”.  With EPA slated to propose GHG emission standards for existing power plants by this time next year, it will be important to watch how that rule coordinates with FERC and navigates the split between state and federal energy regulatory jurisdiction under the Federal Power Act.