Trump to name new FERC members

Trump to name new FERC membersImage courtesy of FERC

The United States president, Donald Trump intends to nominate new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

According to the statement from the White House, Trump intends to name Neil Chatterjee of Kentucky to be a member of FERC for the term expiring June 30, 2021.

Chatterjee is energy policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Prior to serving McConnell, he worked as a principal in government relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio. He began his career in Washington, DC, with the House Committee on Ways and Means.

In addition, Trump also plans to name Robert Powelson of Pennsylvania to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2020.

Powelson has served as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) since 2008. He was first nominated to the PUC on June 19, 2008, by governor Edward G. Rendell and appointed chairman by governor Tom Corbett in 2011.

Currently, Powelson serves as the president of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) based in Washington, DC. He also serves on the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Board (EPRI) as well as the Drexel University Board of Trustees.

From 1994 to 2008, Powelson served as the president and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry based in Malvern, PA. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellow to be a United States fellow in Singapore and Australia.

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