WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed two of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Federal Vitality Regulatory Fee (FERC), in a transfer that would safe a Republican majority on the panel via June.
The Senate handed Mark Christie, a Republican, and Allison Clements, a Democrat, by voice vote to FERC, an unbiased panel of the Vitality Division. The panel regulates the transmission of electrical energy and pure gasoline throughout states and evaluations massive vitality tasks akin to liquefied pure gasoline (LNG) terminals.
The fee now has a full complement of 5 members and a 3-2 Republican majority.
President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, might shortly identify a Democratic chair of the panel after the Jan. 20 inauguration, who would possible decide what the panel considers and when.
However the panel might have extra Republicans than Democrats via June, 2021, when the time period of commissioner Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, ends.
Christie sits on the Virginia State Company Fee, which regulates utilities, railroads and state-chartered monetary establishments, the place he has served for 16 years.
Newly confirmed choose Clements is the founder and president of Goodgrid LLC, an vitality coverage and technique consulting firm based mostly in Utah.
Earlier than that she was for 2 years the director of the vitality markets program on the Vitality Basis non-profit and labored for a decade at Pure Assets Protection Council because the environmental group’s company counsel and as director of its Sustainable FERC Challenge.
(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Enhancing by Kenneth Maxwell)