President Biden Nominates Three FERC Commissioners

On February 29, 2024, President Biden nominated three new commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”). The nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and are subject to confirmation by the full Senate. If approved, the nominees will provide FERC with a full slate of five commissioners, including three Democrats and two Republicans.

Judy Chang is the Managing Principal of the Analysis Group in Boston and former Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. She is a Democrat and will succeed Commissioner Allison Clements with a term ending June 30, 2029. Commissioner Clements has announced that she would not serve a second term, but she may remain on FERC after June 30, 2024, until replaced or through December 31, 2024. Ms. Chang was the keynote speaker at Pierce Atwood’s 2022 Energy Infrastructure Symposium.

Lindsay See is the Solicitor General of the State of West Virginia. Ms. See is a Republican, recommended to the President by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and will succeed former Commissioner James Danly with a term ending June 30, 2028. Ms. See has represented West Virginia in many multi-state legal coalitions on a variety of national issues, including energy and environmental rules and policies.

David Rosner is a member of the FERC staff, an energy industry analyst who has been on loan to the majority staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is chaired by Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Mr. Rosner will succeed former Chairman Richard Glick with a term ending June 30, 2027.

All three nominations have been received by the Senate and referred to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will hold a hearing on each nominee. The Committee has not yet scheduled any hearings.

FERC Chairman Willie L. Phillips was designated as chairman on February 9, 2024. He was previously acting chairman. His term ends June 30, 2026. Commissioner Mark C. Christie’s term ends on June 30, 2025.

For questions regarding the FERC commissioners or other energy-related matters, please contact Randall Rich, Joseph Donovan, Andrew Kaplan, Merrill Kramer, or any member of Pierce Atwood’s Energy Practice Group.