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FERC’s Powelson to depart agency, head up water association

Robert Powelson, a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, on June 28 said that he will be leaving his position as a Commissioner in mid-August.

After leaving the Commission, he will become the President and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies, which represents the private water industry.

“I express my gratitude to President Trump for nominating me and to the members of the United States Senate who confirmed me,” Powelson said in a statement.

“I thank my colleagues for their steadfast commitment to FERC’s mission, members of the public who help inform our decisions, and the staff at FERC for their dedication and support throughout my time at the Commission, especially the members of my office. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve our great nation as a FERC Commissioner,” he said.

Powelson’s August departure means he will have served for one year of a term that was scheduled to run through mid-2020.

Powelson holds one of the Republican seats at the Commission. His departure will give President Trump an opportunity to nominate a new commissioner, who then must be confirmed by the Senate.

 He came to FERC from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. He joined the PUC in June 2008 and led the PUC as chairman from Feb. 24, 2011 to May 7, 2015.

Powelson is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where he also was a member of the Board of Directors.