FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable on June 26 said on Twitter that her last day as a commissioner would be June 30.
“Parting is such sweet sorrow!” Honorable wrote on Twitter. “My last day as a FERC commissioner will be this Friday. It has been an honor. Thank you!”
As TransmissionHub reported, Honorable on April 28 said that she has decided not to pursue another term at FERC. Former FERC Chairman Norman Bay resigned, effective as of Feb. 3, and prior to his resignation, there were already two vacancies at FERC, following the departures of former Commissioners Philip Moeller and Tony Clark. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a quorum for the transaction of business consists of at least three members present. FERC in February issued an order delegating additional authority to agency staff to continue certain agency operations in the absence of a quorum of commissioners.
A FERC spokesperson on May 1 confirmed to TransmissionHub that if someone is not appointed to serve on the commission before Honorable leaves, it will be the first time in FERC’s history that the commission has only one commissioner – in this case, Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur.
FERC “lacks a quorum so it currently cannot act on matters that require a vote of the commissioners,” the spokesperson said.
LaFleur on June 30 posted a photo on Twitter of herself and Honorable, and wrote: “Very sad to say goodbye to [Honorable], a wonderful colleague who has meant so much to [FERC]. Godspeed, my friend.”
According to a June 6 U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources statement posted under “Republican News,” the committee has advanced four nominees to the Senate floor, including two to be members of FERC: Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson.
According to a June 28 press release from the White House, which was posted on FERC’s website, President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Richard Glick of Virginia to be a member of FERC for the remainder of a five-year term expiring on June 30, 2022.
According to the statement, Glick is general counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and prior to joining the committee staff in February 2016, he was vice president, government affairs, for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electric and gas utility, and natural gas storage businesses in the United States. He previously served as a director of government affairs for PPM Energy, and prior to that, he was a director, government affairs, for PacifiCorp, the statement noted. Among other things, the statement also noted that between 1998 and 2001, Glick served as a senior policy advisor to Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.