The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nominations of Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick to join FERC, with McIntyre to serve as commission chairman, FERC said on Nov. 2.
McIntyre, co-leader of the global Energy Practice at the law firm Jones Day, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends June 2018, and a full term that ends June 2023, while Glick, general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2022, FERC said.
As TransmissionHub reported, FERC on Aug. 4 said that the Senate confirmed the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to join the commission.
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 at the time, 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.
Before those confirmations, FERC had been with only one member, LaFleur, following the June 30 departure of former FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable.
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.
Current FERC Chairman Chatterjee congratulated McIntyre and Glick on their confirmations, saying in FERC’s Nov. 2 statement, in part, “Both Kevin and Rich bring years of experience and knowledge to the significant issues before the commission and, importantly, their arrival restores the commission to full strength.”