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Trump intends to nominate Va. utility regulator, energy consultant for FERC seats

President Trump on July 27 announced his intent to nominate Mark Christie and Allison Clements to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Christie is currently the Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Clements is an energy consultant whose previous experience includes a ten-year stint at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Christie would fill the Republican seat on the Commission that will be vacated by Commissioner Bernard McNamee. 

McNamee announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term on the Commission after his term expired on June 30, 2020. 

He is allowed to remain a Commissioner until a successor is confirmed or the end of the current Congress, and he said in June that he intends to remain on the Commission “for the foreseeable future.”

Clements would fill the Democratic seat that has been vacant since Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur departed the Commission in August 2019.

Both nominations would require confirmation by the Senate.

In late March, James Danly was sworn in as a member of FERC.

Danly, a Republican, filled the seat on the Commission vacated by Kevin McIntyre, who passed away in 2019.  Danly’s term will through June 30, 2023. Prior to being sworn in, Danly was FERC’s General Counsel.