DC Utility Regulator Nominated to be FERC Commissioner

By Renée Lani posted 8 days ago

Today, President Biden nominated Willie Phillips, Jr. to fill the vacant seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Phillips is currently the chair of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where he serves on the Board. He previously served as the assistant general counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and prior to that, he worked for a Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he advised clients on regulatory compliance and policy matters.

If confirmed, Phillips would provide a 3-2 majority of Democratic-nominated commissioners at FERC, taking the spot of Neil Chatterjee who left FERC last month after his term ended earlier this summer. Phillips’ nomination will have to be confirmed by the full Senate, whose process will include a hearing before the Energy & Natural Resources Committee.

APGA staff will continue to monitor the progress of the nomination and keep members updated.

For questions on this article, please contact Renée Lani of APGA staff by phone at 202-464-0836 or by email at rlani@apga.org.