President Trump Announces Intention to Nominate New FERC Commissioners

(P&GJ) — President Trump announced this week his intention to nominate two new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission which would restore the commission to five members. 

Mark Christie is the Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission and is one of the Nation’s longest-serving state utility regulators, having served for 16 years. Christie would assume the seat currently occupied by Commissioner Bernard McNamee, whose term expired June 30, 2020, but who is continuing as commissioner until either his replacement is confirmed and sworn in or the end of the current congressional session according to U.S. law.

Christie has served in several leadership roles in multi-state organizations of state utility regulators. He was elected president of the Organization of PJM States Inc., comprised of states in the PJM power markets region and served on the board for more than a decade. He was also elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of State Utility Regulators.

Allison Clements, of Ohio, would fill a seat left vacant in August 2019 with the departure of former Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur.

Clements has over two decades of public and private sector experience in Federal energy regulation. She is the founder and president of Goodgrid, LLC, an energy policy and strategy consulting firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Before founding Goodgrid, she spent 2 years as director of the energy markets program at the Energy Foundation. 

She previously spent 10 years at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, New York, as the organization’s corporate counsel and then as director of the Sustainable FERC Project.

Clements also spent several years in private legal practice with the energy regulatory group at Troutman Sanders LLP (now Troutman Pepper) and then with the project finance and infrastructure group at Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright).

Both members would need to be confirmed by the Senate before being sworn in. 

During the Trump administration, the time between the president’s announcement of intent to nominate and confirmation by the Senate has been about 3-4 months meaning there is a possibility the new members may not be confirmed before the next presidential election in November.

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