The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Nov. 2 voted to advance the nomination of Willie Phillips, Jr. to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Phillips, a Democrat, is currently Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of the District of Columbia.
Phillips’ nomination will require confirmation by the Senate and, if confirmed, Phillips would return FERC to its full complement of five commissioners after the departure of Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on August 30, 2021.
He would also give Democrats a 3-2 majority on the Commission.
The committee approved moving the nomination of Phillips to the Senate floor by voice vote.