Cheryl LaFleur will give up her gavel next month after a short, tumultuous run at the helm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In her 17 months as chairwoman, grass-roots grumbling over natural gas infrastructure erupted into protests with demonstrators disrupting commission meetings and blocking doors to the agency headquarters. U.S. EPA's draft Clean Power Plan sparked an explosive debate over whether FERC will protect the grid. A fight brewed over a capacity auction in her native New England with a call for her resignation. And there was a Capitol Hill battle over how long she should lead the commission. "My time as chair," the understated LaFleur says, "has not been really standard."