While a few technical items must still be addressed, Chairman Neil Chatterjee on Thursday declared the backlog of cases that built up during FERC’s recent no-quorum period cleared following the unanimous approval of a lengthy consent agenda.
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FERC’s new — and temporary — Chairman, Neil Chatterjee, is confident that the work done by a skeleton crew during the Commission’s months without a quorum will help him, former Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur and Commissioner Robert Powelson to quickly begin to address a backlog of applications.
Former Pennsylvania state utility commissioner Robert Powelson was officially sworn in as the third commissioner — and the quorum-maker — at FERC Thursday, earlier than some agency onlookers were expecting.
Wasting no time following the Senate’s confirmation Thursday of FERC nominees Robert Powelson and Neil Chatterjee, Nexus Gas Transmission LLC on Friday requested immediate action on its project application now that the Commission’s quorum has been restored.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a Sept. 7 hearing to consider the nominations of Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre to be members of FERC.
The Senate will need to approve the Trump administration’s FERC nominees soon, or else it could put the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) natural gas project schedule at risk, management for NextEra Energy Inc. said Wednesday.
President Trump intends to nominate Kevin McIntyre, an attorney with the law firm Jones Day who currently serves as co-head of the global energy practice, to FERC and install him as chairman, the White House said late Thursday.
More than two dozen associations, including some representing the natural gas industry, are pressing the Senate to confirm President Trump’s nominations to FERC, nominally a five-member commission, currently in limbo with only one commissioner.
Friday will be Colette Honorable’s final day at FERC, she said Tuesday, a departure that will leave the already quorumless panel with a single member, and a pair of Trump administration nominees remain on the sidelines awaiting Senate votes.
The White House announced late Monday that President Trump will nominate Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to FERC, with each to complete the incomplete terms of former commissioners, in a move that would reconstitute a quorum at the regulatory panel.