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Oct262018

White House sends FERC nomination to U.S. Senate, designates Chatterjee as FERC Chairman after McIntyre steps aside

Update: On December 6, the US Senate approved the nomination of Bernie McNamee to serve as a FERC commissioner by a 50-49 vote. Commissioner McNamee was sworn in on December 11 to fill a term through June 2020. McNamee’s confirmation returns FERC to a full five commissioners.

Update: On November 27, the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee (ENR) approved the White House’s nomination of Bernard McNamee to serve on the FERC, advancing the nomination to the full Senate.

On October 5, President Trump formally nominated Bernard McNamee to fill a vacant seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The open seat was created by the departure of former commissioner Robert Powelson, who served one year on the Commission. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider McNamee’s nomination at a hearing scheduled for November 15. If confirmed, McNamee, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, will serve out the remainder of Powelson’s term, which expires June 2020. 

In a letter to the President on October 22, Chairman Kevin McIntyre announced that health issues are forcing him to step aside as chairman of FERC, but stated that he remains fully committed to maintaining a role as a commissioner. In response, the White House designated commissioner Neal Chatterjee as chairman of the Commission, a role Chatterjee held for several months in 2017.

ISO New England’s External Affairs team closely tracks federal energy policy initiatives and posts updates on ISO Newswire.