There are reports Democrats have proposed Richard Glick to be named to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kallanish Energy learns.
Glick, a Democratic staffer on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a former wind power lobbyist, is the likely candidate, according to multiple media reports citing anonymous sources.
He would replace FERC commissioner Colette Honorable, who intends to step down on June 30, when her term expires. Glick would have to be nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate.
Glick formerly worked for Iberdrola Renwables (now Avangrid Renewables) and was a electricity advisor to Energy Secretary Bill Richardson in the Clinton White House.
At present, the five-member board has two members: Honorable and acting chairman Cheryl LaFleur. The confirmation process is under way for two Trump nominees: Neil Chatterjee of Kentucky and Robert Powelson of Pennsylvania.
A Senate committee has approved both men, and their nominations must go to the full Senate for confirmation.
Chatterjee is an energy adviser to Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, and Powelson is a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Chatterjee’s term would expire on June 30, 2021, and Powelson’s term would end on June 30, 2020, the White House said.
The appointments, once confirmed, would give FERC a quorum and the ability to again conduct business. The five-member board has had only two members since early February.
Trump is expected to fill the fifth, now-vacant spot very soon. Lawyer Kevin McIntyre is considered the most likely candidate.
FERC must have at least two Democratic commissioners.