The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) resumed normal business in August after more than six months without the three-commissioner quorum necessary to take significant actions and resolve contested proceedings. On August 8, Neil Chatterjee, most recently energy policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was sworn in, and on August 10 was elevated to Chairman. Also on August 10, Robert F. Powelson—formerly of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners—joined Chairman Chatterjee and remaining Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur in reconstituting the quorum lost on February 3, 2017. The Commission promptly began work on a substantial backlog of proceedings and issued its first orders on August 15. Chairman Chatterjee subsequently named James P. Danly, previously an attorney in private energy regulatory and litigation practice, to serve as FERC’s General Counsel. Monthly open Commission meetings will resume on Thursday, September 20, at 10:00 a.m., while proceedings to confirm two additional members to the five-member Commission are ongoing: nominees Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre both testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on September 7.
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