Robert Powelson, a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) member from Chester county is reportedly in line to be nominated for a position on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) according to the Wall Street Journal.
Powelson would fill one of the three open seats on the five-member board.
Powelson was nominated to PUC by Governor Ed Rendell in 2008. He was reappointed by Governor Tom Corbett in 2014. He is currently the President of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
FERC is the federal agency that approves interstate energy transmission (i.e. pipeline) projects, but is unable to do so without the three appointments.
The PUC during Powelson’s tenure has been friendly to pipeline development and aligns with Trump’s position on energy.
Powelson is not commenting at this time.
Attorney Kevin McIntyre, and Neil Chatterjee an energy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are the reportedly the other names on the list.