The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Mark Christie and Allison Clements to join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Nov. 30. The decision brings the commission to its full, five-member complement of commissioners for the first time in nearly two years. The confirmation came on a voice vote.
Christie, a Republican, is chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. He was confirmed to a term that ends in 2025.
Clements, a Democrat, is a policy consultant for The Energy Foundation. She was confirmed to a term that ends in 2024.
FERC commissioners serve five-year, staggered terms.
“I am delighted that our two new colleagues have been confirmed and I look forward to working with them,” FERC Chairman James Danly said.
Amy Andryszak, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), applauded the Senate’s confirmation.
“We thank the administration for nominating and the Senate for confirming Allison Clements and Mark Christie to serve as FERC commissioners, and we congratulate Ms. Clements and Mr. Christie on their confirmations,” Andryszak said. “As an independent regulatory agency, FERC plays a critical role in reviewing the energy infrastructure projects that provide Americans with safe and secure access to natural gas, delivering environmental benefits to our nation and affordable, reliable energy to consumers. We are pleased that FERC will now have a full complement of commissioners to undertake its important work on behalf of millions of Americans who depend on natural gas every day.
“INGAA looks forward to continuing its work with FERC and Congress to develop our nation’s energy infrastructure and put the benefits of natural gas to good use.”