Names Mentioned for 3rd FERC Post, Incl. PA’s Powelson

Rob Powelson

Yesterday MDN brought you the exciting news that President Trump plans to nominate Jones Day attorney Kevin McIntyre as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and nominate Neil Chatterjee, senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as a Commission member (see Breaking: Kevin McIntyre, Neil Chatterjee are Trump Picks for FERC). However, there is a third open position on FERC. Lips are flapping around Washington and several names are being circulated as potential nominees. One of them REALLY excites us: Rob Powelson. Rob is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC). At one point, under then-Gov. Tom Corbett, Powelson was the PUC Chairman (see PA’s PUC Pro-Drilling Chairman Powelson Leads Mid-Atlantic Group). After Democrat Tom Wolf was elected as governor, he replaced Powelson with Gladys Brown as Chairwoman (see Anti-Drillers Cheer PA Gov Wolf’s New Appointment to Head PUC). However, Powelson remains on the PUC as a member. He’s one of the good guys–someone who supports shale energy. Rob’s stature and reputation went up again late last year when he elected as the new president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He’s serving a one-year term with NARUC. It’s not a full-time gig–he remains a commissioner with the PA PUC. Wouldn’t it be terrific if this Marcellus-loving regulator were the third new FERC commissioner appointed by Trump?…

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