Utility Dive – Commissioner Colette Honorable of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced Friday that she will step down when her term expires in June.
The Obama appointee's decision could leave FERC with only one commissioner — Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur — if the U.S. Senate does not confirm other regulators to the five-member agency. FERC requires at least three commissioners to make major policy decisions and a date for confirmations remains unclear.
President Trump is expected to nominate energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre, longtime Senate aide Neil Chatterjee, and Pennsylvania utility regulator Robert Powelson to serve on the commission. To replace Honorable, Trump would have to nominate a Democrat, since no more than three commissioners can be from one party.
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