On January 3, 2023, President Joe Biden named Willie Phillips acting chairman of FERC. Chairman Phillips first joined the Commission in December 2021 after being nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate. His term expires June 30, 2026.
Prior to joining the Commission, Chairman Phillips served as chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia where he focused on grid modernization, clean energy and climate goals, and environmental justice and equity issues.
In a statement made after his naming, Chairman Phillips stated, “It is an honor to be chosen by President Biden to lead FERC at such a pivotal moment . . . . The work we do here at FERC is crucial to ensuring consumers have access to reliable, safe, secure and efficient energy services at reasonable cost. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow Commissioners and the FERC staff, as well as to prioritize public engagement, in pursuit of our important mission.”
More at FERC’s press release here.