Kevin McIntyre was sworn in as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on December 7, simply greater than a month after his nomination to the put up was accredited by the Senate. He takes over from interim chair Neil Chatterjee, who will stay at FERC as a commissioner.
The company that regulates transmission and wholesale sale of electrical energy, together with pipelines and different interstate power commerce within the U.S., is again at its full complement of 5 members for the primary time since October 2015. Chatterjee had served as performing chairman since August of this 12 months. The earlier FERC chairman, Norman Bay, resigned in February after President Trump named Cheryl LaFleur as performing chairman in January. LaFleur, who remained a FERC commissioner after Chatterjee took over as performing chair, is the lone FERC member appointed to the company by President Barack Obama.
McIntyre, a Republican, has served as co-head of the worldwide power observe at Jones Day, the nation’s largest legislation agency. Jones Day additionally has served as President Trump’s authorized counsel.
McIntyre takes his put up simply days earlier than FERC is scheduled to take motion on its discover of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule, a measure to assist energy turbines—primarily coal and nuclear vegetation—get well prices for his or her operations. The NOPR, which has been pushed by Rick Perry, head of the Trump administration’s Department of Energy (DOE), would enable “for the restoration of prices of fuel-secure era items that make [the U.S. power grid] dependable and resilient,” in response to Perry. The price restoration plan would assist subsidize energy producing items that hold not less than a 90-day provide of gasoline onsite.
The proposed rule has been broadly criticized by those that view it as a technique to favor some types of energy era over others within the U.S. power market. Supporters say the rule would extra correctly worth U.S. baseload electrical energy era sources.
McIntyre has not publicly expressed an opinion on the NOPR. However, throughout his affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate earlier this 12 months, he mentioned “FERC will not be an entity whose position consists of selecting fuels for the era of electrical energy. FERC’s position, fairly, is to make sure that the markets for the electrical energy generated by these amenities proceed in accordance with legislation.”
FERC’s membership now consists of three Republicans—McIntyre, Chatterjee, and Robert Powelson—and two Democrats, LaFleur and Richard Glick.
Here is extra protection from POWER journal on latest happenings at FERC:
FERC’s Chatterjee Has Interim Plan to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Plants
What States Told FERC About the DOE’s Grid Resiliency Rule
Two Takes on Comments to FERC-DOE Resilence Proposal
Perry Hammered on FERC Order During House Subcommittee Hearing
Power Groups Unite to Block DOE Grid Resiliency Rule
—Darrell Proctor is a POWER affiliate editor (@DarrellProctor1, @POWERmagazine).
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