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Final two FERC commissioners confirmed by U.S. Senate

With the confirmation of the nominations of the final two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission commissioners by the U.S. Senate, the agency has a full slate of commissioners for the first time since August 2014.

Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick has been confirmed as FERC commissioners, and McIntyre will serve as chairman.

McIntyre is co-leader of the global energy practice at Jones Day. He will serve out the remainder of a term that ends June 2018, as well as serve a full term that ends in June 2023.

Glick is general counsel for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and will serve out the remainder of a term that ends in June 2022. He formerly was vice president, government affairs for Iberdrola’s renewable energy, electricity and gas utility, and natural gas storage business in the U.S.

“I am very pleased to welcome Kevin and Rich to the Commission, and I look forward to working with them on behalf of the American people,” said current FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee. “Both Kevin and Rich bring years of experience and knowledge to the significant issues before the commission and, importantly, their arrival restores the Commission to full strength.”

Chatterjee’s term expires in June 2021.

Chatterjee and Robert Powelson were confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017, and this action restored a quorum at FERC. Powelson’s term expires in June 2020. Four of the five commissioner seats had been vacant since Commissioner Collette Honorable resigned in July 2017.

The other FERC commissioner is Cheryl A. LaFleur, who has been in this position since July 2010 and is serving a term that ends in June 2019.

FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines, as well as licensing hydropower projects.

Recently, FERC issued a new policy on establishing licensing terms for hydroelectric projects located at non-federal dams, establishing a 40-year default license term for original and new licenses under FERC jurisdiction.