Glick ethics pledge lifted on Friday

Source: By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Trump administration ethics pledge that has kept Commissioner Richard Glick from participating in multiple FERC proceedings will ended on Friday, giving the agency a quorum to vote on a key issue for the PJM Interconnection. Glick said in September that he would sit out of the PJM case and others after erroneous guidance from FERC ethics officials led him to improperly participate in cases involving his former employer, utility Avangrid. But the pledge only applies for two years from his nomination on Nov. 29, 2017, meaning it will expire Friday.

Glick’s ability to participate will allow FERC to vote on its long-delayed and controversial rewrite of the PJM capacity market, which allocates power generation three years in the future for the 13-state mid-Atlantic region. The commission’s Republican majority is expected to overrule Glick, a Democrat, and approve a strict price floorin the market that will block renewable energy and nuclear plants from participating, boosting prices for fossil fuel generators. Though FERC is open on Nov. 29, it is unlikely to take action on that day — Black Friday — meaning an order could come next week.

CHATTERJEE EURO TRIPS: As FERC gears up to issue that controversial ruling, Chairman Neil Chatterjee will be out of town next week on a tour of four European nations and meeting with officials about their electricity markets. Chatterjee will be in Vienna on Dec. 3 and Warsaw on the next day. On the 5th, he will head to Prague and finish his trip in Budapest on Dec. 6, according to a FERC spokesperson. He’ll discuss best practices with top energy regulators on issues like cybersecurity, grid reliability, market monitoring, reducing congestion, decarbonization and LNG, the spokesperson added.