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FERC Commissioner McNamee won’t seek another term

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Bernard McNamee on Jan. 23 announced that he will not seek another term at the Commission but said he would stay longer at the agency if needed.

McNamee, whose current term expires at the end of June, made the announcement at the Commission’s monthly open meeting at FERC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Senate in December 2018 confirmed McNamee to join FERC as a Commissioner. McNamee, a Republican, previously served in several high-level positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as at McGuireWoods LLP and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

McNamee filled the seat on the Commission vacated by Robert Powelson, a Republican, who left the Commission to become President and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies.

In November, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the nomination of James Danly to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by a vote of 12-8. Danly is currently the general counsel at FERC.

Danly, a Republican, would serve the remainder of the term left by the passing of FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre in early 2019. The White House has not yet renominated Danly, whose nomination was not considered by the full Senate in 2019.

Commissioner Richard Glick is a Democrat, while FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee is a Republican.

Cheryl LaFleur, who served as a Commissioner at FERC for nine years, departed the agency last summer and now serves as a member of the ISO New England Board of Directors.

With LaFleur’s departure, the other Democratic seat at FERC remains open.