New chairman designated at FERC; McIntyre remains as commissioner

Citing “a more serious health setback” that he recently experienced, FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre, in an Oct. 22 letter to President Donald Trump, proposed to step aside from his position of chairman in an effort to commit himself fully to his “work as commissioner, while undergoing the treatment necessary to address my health issues.”

McIntyre noted that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in summer 2017. After surgery and subsequent treatment, he “was able to hit the ground running as chairman and commissioner upon taking office in December” 2017, he said.

He added, in part, “I have at all times endeavored to perform the extensive duties of chairman – above and beyond those duties shared by all commissioners – with full attention and vigor, despite facing some health challenges along the way, including compression fractures in multiple vertebrae this summer.”

Among other things, he said, “I have devoted my entire professional life to the energy industry and remain committed to the mission of FERC and to my service as commissioner, and I look forward to supporting the next FERC chairman through any transition and throughout my tenure.”

As noted on FERC’s website, McIntyre was previously sworn in on Dec. 7, 2017, with a term expiring on June 30; he was sworn in for the new term on July 1, with a term expiring on June 30, 2023.

According to a White House statement issued on Oct. 24, Trump has designated Neil Chatterjee to be chair of FERC.

In an Oct. 24 FERC statement, Chatterjee said, in part: “It is with a heavy heart that I step into this role while my friend and colleague, Kevin McIntyre, focuses on what’s most important: his recovery and his family. I am confident that the commission will continue to benefit from his consummate knowledge of the law and of energy policy through his service as commissioner. On behalf of the entire FERC community, I wish Kevin and the McIntyre family continued strength and resolve at this challenging time.”

FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, in a separate Oct. 24 statement, said, in part: “I am very sorry to hear about Chairman McIntyre’s decision to step down as chairman. I want to extend my warm wishes to him for his recovery, and I look forward to continuing to work with him. He and his family are very much in my thoughts during this time. I also look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Chatterjee in his new role. This is a time for close cooperation among everyone at the commission, and I will work as hard as I can to keep our work moving forward.”

FERC Commissioner Richard Glick, in a separate Oct. 24 statement, said, in part: My thoughts are with Kevin and the McIntyre family. It is far more important that Kevin focuses his efforts on recovery than on the additional executive responsibilities of the FERC Chairman. I look forward to continuing our close working relationship. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the commission’s important responsibilities.”

FERC currently has four members; as TransmissionHub reported, former FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson in June said that he would leave his position at the commission in mid-August.

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