Trump’s FERC Nominees: A Republican Energy Strategist and a Pro-Natural-Gas Utility Regulator

By [email protected] The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon have a quorum again — and one with a decidedly pro-fossil fuel energy stance.

President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Chatterjee, a long-time advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Rob Powelson, a Pennsylvania utility commissioner and strong supporter of natural gas development, to fill two of three vacant seats at FERC. Pending U.S. Senate approval, the two men will restore the agency’s power to rule on matters ranging from natural gas and transmission policy to how large-scale wind and solar is valued in interstate grid markets.

Powelson, who has served

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