October 22, 2018

Nomination For Important Energy Post Delayed

As Connecting the Dots reported previously, President Donald Trump has nominated U.S. Department of Energy official Bernard McNamee to fill the vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) created in August by the resignation of Commissioner Robert Powelson. The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was scheduled to consider McNamee’s nomination at a hearing on Oct. 16, but that hearing was postponed until Nov. 15.

The delay gives senators only a few weeks before the end of the current Congress to consider the nomination. (If the Senate doesn’t consider McNamee’s nomination before the end of the 115thCongress, the president will have to resubmit the nomination to the 116thCongress when it convenes in January 2019.)

Filling the seat is especially important because, the four current members of the FERC are at a stalemate and that deadlock has created delays in several pipeline and liquified natural gas (LNG) project approvals.

As a reminder, in July the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) joined the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance to send a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to quickly fill the position left on the FERC by Powelson’s departure. The letter can be found here.

The EEIA is organizing letters to U.S. senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee urging them to support McNamee’s confirmation. MSCI members can find the names of the committee members here and the contact information for senators here if they wish to make their voice heard.