In Search of a Quorum

An article in the Utility Dive Solar Newsletter for March 27, 2017, discusses how the potential nominees for the three open seats on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would bring deep business and energy backgrounds and possibly align the agency more closely with big business interests. All three of the people widely reported to be likely candidates fit well with the Republican agenda of reducing regulation, strengthening the nation’s infrastructure and providing support for the coal industry. After the recent resignation of Commissioner Norman Bay, FERC is without a quorum and is limited in what it can do, since without a quorum FERC cannot approve any applications or issue any rulings.