December 10, 2018

U.S. Senate Confirms Important Energy Nomination

Last week, U.S. senators voted 50-49 to confirm Bernard McNamee to fill the open fifth spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners. The Metals Service Center Institute’s partners at the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (FERC) fought for months for approval of McNamee’s nomination.

McNamee will fill the unexpired term of Robert Powelson who resigned in August.

Filling the seat was essential to FERC’s consideration of permit applications for numerous major natural gas pipelines and LNG export facilities, most of which are scheduled for final FERC action in 2019. Projects now or soon to be under FERC review include 19 natural gas pipelines that total 4,000 miles and more than $20 billion in capital investment and 13 U.S. LNG export projects with total capacity of 22 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

This past July, MSCI joined the EEIA in a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, calling for action to fill vacant positions on the FERC. Click here to read the letter.