By the time you read this, the United States Senate should have confirmed at least two nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—Robert Powelson and Neil Chatterjee—returning the five-member commission to a quorum level capable of discharging all of its jurisdictional powers. Since the resignation of Norman Bay in February, FERC has been operating at a significantly reduced capacity, with only two commissioners serving—Cheryl LaFleur and Colette Honorable—and Commissioner Honorable having already announced her intent not to pursue a second term with the agency. With its full voting powers restored, FERC can return to an area that has remained quiet for the last several months: policymaking.
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