Colette D. Honorable
Partner at Reed Smith
Colette leads the firm’s Energy Regulatory group and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. She is also a member of the firm’s ESG group and is resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Colette is a highly regarded thought leader and strategist in domestic and international energy sectors. Colette recently served as Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, serving from January 2015 until her term expired in June 2017. At the firm, Colette is a trusted advisor and counselor to several Fortune 500 energy companies, investor- owned utilities, renewable energy and technology companies. In this capacity, she provides strategic advice and counsel in a number of areas, including ratemaking matters, clean energy integration, performance-based ratemaking, achieving ESG goals and environmental justice issues. In her work, Colette supports clients working to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and also advises clients on the development and execution of inclusion strategies. At FERC, Honorable focused on reliability oversight of the bulk power system, cyber and physical security, oversight of wholesale markets, transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations, gas-electric coordination, renewables integration, energy storage integration and valuation, ratemaking, infrastructure development and enforcement matters. Colette joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC), where she began her service in October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011 to January 2015.