Trump FERC nominees bring certainty for pipeline development, less certainty for distributed energy


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon have a quorum again. President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Chatterjee, a long-time adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Rob Powelson, a Pennsylvania utility commissioner and strong supporter of natural-gas development, to fill two of three vacant seats at FERC. Pending U.S. Senate approval, the two men will restore the agency's power to rule on matters ranging from natural gas and transmission policy to how large-scale wind and solar are valued in interstate grid markets.