President Donald Trump on July 27 announced his intent to nominate Mark Christie, chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and Allison Clements, founder and president of Goodgrid, LLC, to be members of FERC, according to a statement from the White House.
As noted in the statement, Christie was elected president of the Organization of PJM States Inc., and served on the board for more than a decade; he was also elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of State Utility Regulators. Christie is a graduate of Wake Forest University, received his law degree from Georgetown, has taught as an adjunct for 20 years, and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, the statement noted.
Prior to working two years as director of the energy markets program at Energy Foundation, Clements worked for a decade at Natural Resources Defense Council in New York as the organization’s corporate counsel and then as director of the Sustainable FERC Project, the statement noted. Clements, who has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School, also worked in private legal practice with the energy regulatory group at Troutman Sanders LLP, now Troutman Pepper, as well as with the project finance and infrastructure group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, now Norton Rose Fulbright, according to the statement.
FERC spokesperson Craig Cano on July 29 told TransmissionHub: “There is one vacant seat. In addition, Commissioner [Bernard] McNamee’s term expired June 30, but he has continued to serve – the law allows for a commissioner with an expired term to remain on the commission until a successor is sworn in or the end of the current session of the Congress, whichever comes first.”
As noted in the transcript of FERC’s June open meeting, McNamee, who earlier this year said he would not seek reappointment to the commission, said, in part: “As there are many important issues confronting the commission, the energy sector, and the country, I intend to continue serving as a commissioner for the foreseeable future. The challenges facing the energy sector during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been unprecedented, and the appropriate handling of these challenges has been vital to the provision of safe and reliable energy in the United States.”
As noted on FERC’s website, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee’s term expires on June 30, 2021; Commissioner Richard Glick’s term expires on June 30, 2022; and Commissioner James Danly’s term expires on June 30, 2023.