LaFleur profile on the rise at split FERC

Source: By Alex Guillén, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cheryl LaFleur won’t be wielding the gavel at FERC anytime soon, but she is about to become the commission’s most powerful member, Darius Dixon reports . The impending departure of Republican Robert Powelson will leave FERC evenly split along party lines, potentially throwing a wrench into the agenda for several months or longer until a fifth commissioner is confirmed. “In my personal experience at the FERC, a four-person commission can be very difficult,” said former FERC Chairman Jim Hoecker. “Agencies like this are odd numbers for a reason. It’s always important for the chairman to develop a workable majority when opinions are divided.”