On August 10, 2017, Robert Powelson was officially sworn-in as a FERC Commissioner, restoring the three-Commissioner quorum necessary for FERC to resume regular business and vote on matters before it. Commissioner Powelson joins Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, who was sworn in on August 8, 2017, and Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur. On the same day as Commissioner Powelson’s swearing-in, President Trump named Commissioner Chatterjee to be Chairman until one of the remaining FERC Commissioner nominees, Kevin McIntyre, is confirmed by the Senate and sworn in. Continue Reading FERC Quorum Restored Following the Swearing-in of Commissioner Powelson; Commissioner Chatterjee Named Interim Chairman
On the evening of August 3, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson, two of President Donald Trump’s nominees to join Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur as FERC Commissioners. Once Chatterjee and Powelson are officially sworn in at the Commission, the quorum that has been lacking since former Chairman Norman Bay resigned earlier this year will be restored, enabling the Commission to vote on matters before it. On September 7, 2017, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources also is scheduled to consider the nominations of Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre—the final two nominees for the five-member Commission whose names the White House sent to the Senate in August. Continue Reading FERC Quorum Soon to Be Restored as Senate Confirms Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to Serve as Commissioners
On July 20, 2017, the D.C. Court of Appeals (the “Court”) upheld the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia’s (the “DCPSC”) approval of the merger between Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings, Inc. (“Applicants”). Specifically, the Court held that the DCPSC provided adequate notice to the public of hearings on the merger and the DCPSC adequately explained how its decisions were in the public interest. Continue Reading D.C. Court of Appeals Rejects Challenges to Exelon-Pepco Merger
On July 13, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Kevin McIntyre of Virginia to serve as a FERC Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2018, and an additional term expiring June 30, 2023. President Trump announced further that upon confirmation by the United States Senate, Mr. McIntyre will be designated Chairman of FERC. According to the White House press release announcing the intended nomination, Mr. McIntyre has spent most of his nearly 30-year legal career in private practice. Continue Reading President Trump Intends to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Commissioner and Designate as Chairman
On June 30, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (“DOER”) informed the Massachusetts Legislature of its adoption of a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies (“EDCs”) to procure “viable and cost-effective energy storage systems” within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DOER specified that the target is to be achieved by January 1, 2020, and would permit EDCs to identify the most cost-effective applications and the best locations for energy storage deployment, including both in front of the meter and behind the meter applications. Continue Reading Massachusetts Announces 200 MWh Energy Storage Procurement Target
On June 28, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Richard Glick, a Democrat from Virginia, to be a FERC Commissioner for a five-year term ending June 30, 2022. In addition, on June 30, 2017, Commissioner Colette Honorable announced that June 30, 2017 was her final day as a FERC Commissioner and that she would not be staying past her term (see May 9, 2017 edition of the WER). Continue Reading President Trump Plans to Nominate Richard Glick as FERC Commissioner; Commissioner Colette Honorable Departs FERC
On June 22, 2017, both chambers of the New York State Legislature unanimously passed legislation—Senate Bill 5190 and Assembly Bill 6571 (collectively, the “Bill”)—which would require the New York Public Service Commission (“NYPSC”) to commence a proceeding to establish an Energy Storage Deployment Program for the State of New York within ninety days of the Bill’s effective date. The Bill would also require that, no later than January 1, 2018, the NYPSC establish a target for the installation of energy storage systems through 2030, and programs that will enable the State of New York to meet those targets. The Bill now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for signature. Continue Reading New York Legislature Unanimously Passes Bill Directing NYPSC to Establish Energy Storage Target by January 1, 2018
On June 12, 2017, the United States House of Representatives passed a slate of ten energy-related bills. Notably, two of the passed bills seek to amend the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) and FERC’s attendant authority. Continue Reading House Passes Energy-Related Bills Seeking to Amend Federal Power Act
On June 6, 2017, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to advance the nominations of FERC Nominees Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Senate floor. The Committee approved both Nominee Chatterjee and Nominee Powelson by a vote of 20-3 each. The vote follows the Nominees’ public testimony before the Committee on May 25, 2017 (see May 31, 2017 edition of the WER).
If the Nominees are confirmed by the Senate and sworn in, FERC will have a three-Commissioner quorum that is required to conduct business under the Department of Energy Organization Act (see February 21, 2017 edition of the WER).
On May 25, 2017, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, marking their first joint appearance before the Committee since their nomination by President Trump (see May 9, 2017 edition of the WER). Continue Reading FERC Nominees Chatterjee and Powelson Testify before Senate Energy Committee