The U.S. Senate on November 30 confirmed the two nominees for outstanding vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The two new commissioners are:
- Mark Christie, Republican, who has been a longtime member and most recently Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission
- Allision Clements, Democrat, now with the Energy Foundation and formerly with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
FERC will now have a full-complement of five commissioners, 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. The FERC Chairman, James Danley, a Republican, was named by President Trump to that position on November 5, replacing Neil Chatterjee. The Chairman of FERC serves at the pleasure of the President, so Danley will presumably be replaced as Chair by President-elect Biden after January 20 by a Democrat, expected to be Commissioner Richard Glick. The present term of Commissioner Chatterjee expires in June 2021, affording Mr. Biden the opportunity to replace him with a third Democrat.
Among issues that the new FERC Commissioners will be addressing will be consideration of the forthcoming restoration plan of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route, which is due to be filed with FERC by December 26.