The U.S. Senate late Thursday confirmed by voice votes Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick to FERC, filling the two seats that had sat empty for months and bringing the Commission to its maximum five commissioners.
"Both Kevin and Rich bring years of experience and knowledge to the significant issues before the Commission and, importantly, their arrival restores the Commission to full strength," said Neil Chatterjee, who has been acting chairman since his swearing in three months ago. McIntyre is set to serve as chairman, with Chatterjee remaining a commissioner.
McIntyre, an attorney with Jones Day who currently serves as co-head of the global energy practice, was nominated by President Trump to a term at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that expires next June 30, and an additional term expiring June 30, 2023.
Glick, who has been general counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2022.
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) was among those welcoming McIntyre and Glick to FERC.
"The Commission faces critical issues in approving infrastructure for getting natural gas to markets," said IPAA CEO Barry Russell. "With a full slate of commissioners, these approvals will be even stronger to withstand opposition from those who fight to keep natural gas in the ground.
"A Commission at full strength also will be needed to handle to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking advanced by the Department of Energy on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing. This proceeding has far-reaching implications for electricity markets and for the energy markets fueling generators and deserves the input of all five commissioners."
The Natural Gas Supply Association said it looked forward to working with McIntyre and Glick. "Together, they bring a wealth of experience in different regulatory aspects of the energy industry," said CEO Dena Wiggins.
The confirmation votes came nearly a month after being stalled by an objection by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK).