With a Quorum, FERC Now Grapples With Distributed Energy Trends Outpacing Market Rules

By [email protected] Ladies and gentlemen, we have a quorum.

On Thursday evening, the U.S. Senate confirmed Robert Powelson, commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and current president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and Neil Chatterjee, energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as the newest members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Powelson and Chatterjee now join Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur on the five-member commission, which hasn’t had enough members to be able to make binding decisions since February. FERC is responsible for regulating wholesale electricity markets and the interstate commerce of natural gas.

LaFleur, a Democrat, tweeted Thursday:

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