"FERC Chair’s Renomination in Limbo, Raising Fears About Deadlock"

"Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick hasn’t yet secured Sen. Joe Manchin’s support to advance his nomination for another five-year term in Congress’ waning weeks, which risks pushing Glick’s confirmation into a post-election lame duck session.

But if Glick isn’t confirmed during a lame duck session, the regulator faces the prospect of a 2-2 commission deadlock as it’s set to play a pivotal role in shaping energy projects spurred by last year’s infrastructure bill and climate legislation passed in August. The potential for such a situation concerns energy watchers across the political divide.

Manchin, who called a hearing in March to castigate Glick and the Democratic majority’s move to scrutinize gas projects, hasn’t scheduled a confirmation hearing in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee that he chairs. The West Virginia Democrat is a key vote in a Senate split evenly between Democrats and Republicans."

Daniel Moore reports for Bloomberg Environment September 22, 2022.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 09/23/2022