President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated the former head of Colorado's Public Utilities Commission to chair the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Ronald Binz sat on Colorado's utilities commission from 2007 to 2011 and helped oversee efforts to reduce Colorado's reliance on coal-fired utility plants and increase the state's use of renewable energy.
He previously served as the state's advocate for energy consumers. He now works as a consultant and is affiliated with a Colorado renewable energy institute headed by former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter.
On the Colorado commission, Binz oversaw implementation of regulations requiring utilities to increase the amount of renewable energy they use to generate electricity. He also was instrumental in a controversial measure that gave utilities extra incentives to close coal-fired plants to reduce air pollution.
A quick Google search doesn't turn up anything overtly anti-nuclear. He seems to be a smart guy, although a bit of a renewable energy zealot.