Trump taps Democratic Senate aide for FERC seat

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

President Trump announced last night that he plans to nominate Democratic Senate aide Richard Glick to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Glick, currently the minority general counsel for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has also worked for the Department of Energy and in the private sector, including as a lobbyist for the wind industry.

If confirmed, he would replace Commissioner Colette Honorable, whose last day at the agency is tomorrow. Once Honorable leaves, the normally five-member body will be down to just one, acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur.

FERC has been without a quorum since February, when Chairman Norman Bay abruptly departed from his position.

The two other Republicans picked for the commission, Pennsylvania regulator Robert Powelson and Senate staffer Neil Chatterjee, were approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee weeks ago but are still waiting for a confirmation vote on the Senate floor before they can get to work.

Glick is likely to be paired with a third Republican FERC nominee, rumored to be Jones Day energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre (Greenwire, May 9).

Meanwhile, the continued absence of a quorum at FERC has left billions of dollars in infrastructure projects waiting for approval, to the frustration of developers.

This story also appears in Energywire.