Utility Dive – As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) takes on several major dockets, the third Republican commissioner on the five-member commission surprised the energy industry by announcing his imminent departure.
Commissioner Robert Powelson's statement on Thursday said he will leave FERC, effective mid-August, in order to serve as president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, a trade association for the private water service sector.
Powelson's announcement came following recent 3-2 decisions on new natural gas pipeline certifications wherein his vote was seen by FERC observers as decisive for the commission's approval. FERC has opened up a review of its natural gas pipeline permitting process, accepting comments until July 25. It also has opened a docket to address grid resiliency, and is considering a range of comments received in the wake of the Trump administration's attempts to prop up coal and nuclear plants.
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