FERC said recently that it will resume its monthly open meeting schedule in September, with a meeting set for Sept. 20, in the Commission Meeting Room at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.
Chatterjee, a senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2021, FERC said in its Aug. 4 statement, adding that Powelson, a member and former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission since 2008, and current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2020.
FERC Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur said in that statement: “I am very pleased to welcome Neil and Rob to the commission, and I look forward to working with them. They each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the important issues we are facing. With a quorum restored, our first order of business is the backlog of orders and issues that are awaiting commission consideration.”
According to FERC’s Aug. 10 statement, without a quorum, FERC staff has been acting under limited delegated authority; that delegation period, which began Feb. 4, ends 14 days following the date that the quorum is reestablished.
According to a separate Aug. 10 FERC statement, President Donald Trump has named Chatterjee to be chairman of FERC until Kevin McIntyre is confirmed.
According to an earlier statement from the White House, several nominations were sent to the Senate on Aug. 2, including McIntyre, of Virginia, to be a member of FERC for the term expiring June 30, 2023, and Richard Glick, of Virginia, to be a member of FERC for the term expiring June 30, 2022.