On June 28, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Richard Glick, a Democrat from Virginia, to be a FERC Commissioner for a five-year term ending June 30, 2022.  In addition, on June 30, 2017, Commissioner Colette Honorable announced that June 30, 2017 was her final day as a FERC Commissioner and that she would not be staying past her term (see May 9, 2017 edition of the WER).

Since February 2016, Glick has served as General Counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  Prior to that, Glick was Vice President, Government Affairs for Iberdrola USA.  Glick has also served as Director of Government Affairs for PPM Energy, Director of Government Affairs for PacifiCorp, Senior Policy Advisor to former Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, and Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to former Democratic Senator Dale Bumpers of Arkansas.

If Glick, Neil Chaterjee, and Robert Powelson are all eventually confirmed by the Senate and sworn in, FERC will have two Democratic Commissioners (Glick, along with Acting Chairman LaFleur) and two Republican Commissioners (Nominees Chaterjee and Powelson).  With four Commissioners, FERC would have the three-Commissioner quorum required to conduct normal business (see June 13, 2017 edition of the WER).

A copy of the White House’s press release is available here.  A copy of Commissioner Honorable’s statement is available here.