Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission member Robert F. Powelson, a Kennett Square resident, is in line to be nominated by President Trump for one of three vacancies on a key federal agency that oversees energy projects, according to Washington media reports.
Powelson, 48, will be nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that approves interstate energy-transmission projects, including some of the most controversial natural-gas pipelines now under consideration, according to S&P Global Platts, a provider of energy and commodities information. The five-member commission has three vacancies, and is unable to advance projects without a quorum.
Trump also plans to nominate Jones Day attorney Kevin McIntyre as chairman of the commission and Neil Chatterjee, senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as a member, according to Bloomberg. The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.