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Politico Pro: Glick’s climate focus at FERC puts a target on his back

Posted by Catherine Morehouse on Mar 23, 2022
Politico Pro outlined what's at stake for federal energy policy as Glick's term nears its end, quoting AEE's Jeff Dennis on the need for a fully staffed commission. Read snippets below and the full story here.
 
The FERC chair may see his efforts to put climate change at the forefront of federal energy policy cost him his job.
 
President Joe Biden's struggles to deliver on his ambitious climate agenda are getting a big boost from the leader of one often overlooked agency who is scrutinizing the greenhouse gas emissions of energy infrastructure and the environmental harms facing low-income people and communities of color.

Now, that official, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Richard Glick, may see his efforts to put climate change at the forefront of federal energy policy cost him his job...

Even after Glick's term ends, the commission's rules allow him to stay until the end of the year.

Bipartisan cooperation is possible on some of the issues that come before the commission, but having a full complement of five commissioners is always preferable, said Jeff Dennis, a former FERC staffer and general counsel at the clean energy business group Advanced Energy Economy. And given the delays over nominating and confirming Phillips last year, he’s not optimistic that Glick could be quickly replaced.

“I think everyone in the industry is watching now very carefully,” Dennis said. Regardless of where industry officials stand on the issues, “a commission of less than five — and one that has some fundamental splits on some key issues — isn’t really good for anybody.”

Read the full article here.

Topics: Regulatory, Wholesale Markets, AEE In The News, Jeff Dennis