On December 6, 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Bernard L. McNamee as a FERC Commissioner.  President Donald Trump nominated McNamee to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Robert Powelson following Powelson’s August 2018 resignation from FERC to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies (see October 9, 2018 edition of the WER).  McNamee was sworn in on December 11, 2018, returning FERC to its full five-member complement.

McNamee will serve the remainder of Powelson’s term at FERC, which expires on June 30, 2020.  In a statement, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee congratulated McNamee on his confirmation and noted he looks forward to working with McNamee on the important matters before the Commission.