Richard Glick, a Democrat who joined FERC in 2017, was named chairman of the Commission by President Biden on Thursday.

Richard Glick

“This is an important moment to make significant progress on the transition to a clean energy future. I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle the many challenges ahead,” said Glick, who was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by former President Trump in August 2017 and confirmed by the Senate in November that year.

Glick, whose five-year term expires in June 2022, took over the chairman’s reins from Republican James Danly, who will continue to serve as a commissioner.

As the senior Democrat on the Commission when Biden took office, Glick was widely believed to be the most likely pick to lead FERC under the new...