President Donald Trump will nominate Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC Commissioners, the White House announced on Monday.
Chatterjee has been the energy policy adviser to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell since 2012. Prior to that, Chatterjee worked as a lobbyist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Powelson has served as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (“Pennsylvania PUC”) since 2008 and was Chairman of the Pennsylvania PUC for four years. Powelson is also currently serving a one-year term as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
If Chatterjee and Powelson are confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in, FERC will no longer be without a quorum (see February 21, 2017 edition of the WER).
A copy of the White House’s announcement may be found here.