President Biden’s nomination for chairman, popular with renewable energy supporters, comes at a time when the commission is seeking to complete major reforms to its regional power planning and cost-sharing requirements.

The longest-serving chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and current chairman Richard Glick has been nominated by President Joe Biden for another term as one of the five FERC chairs. Originally appointed to this position on November 29, 2017, Glick was appointed Chairman of the FERC on January 21, 2021, and his initial term expired on June 30, 2022. Provided that Glick’s re-nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he will serve another 5- a summer term of some time in 2027.

Richard Glick

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News of the nomination was praised throughout the renewable energy landscape, largely due to Glick’s commitment to power transmission reform and recent FERC action to initiate a notice of proposed regulation to reform the Commission’s requirements for regional power transmission planning and cost allocation.

“At a critical time in our country’s transition to clean energy, when the exit from the pandemic, global conflict and extreme weather events are severely affecting energy costs and resource availability, Chairman Glick has secured sustainable leadership in FERC,” said Jeff Dennis., General Lawyer and Head of Advanced Energy Economy. “Chairman Glick understands that we need to better prepare the transmission network to provide the cost-effective advanced energy resources required by the state and customers. Glick’s continued leadership at FERC will also allow the agency to improve the way it uses distributed energy resources to power the grid of the future and meet the changing needs of customers. ”

In July 2021, more than two dozen organizations, including the American Renewable Energy Council (ACORE), sent a letter FERC commissioners who express their support for the large-scale transfer reform that led to Preliminary notification of the proposed regulation on regional transmission planning, cost allocation and connection of generators later this month. From this starting point and through the FERC decision of April 2021The agency is working with a number of consumer organizations and political organizations, including ACORE, to complete some of the world’s most anticipated energy reforms.

“Richard Glick has been exceptionally effective as chairman of FERC, and we are excited to see him re-nominated,” said Gregory Watston, President and CEO of ACORE. “He has a deep understanding of the regulatory barriers facing the transition to a 21st century network and pragmatic approaches to addressing them. We look forward to continuing to work with him on important reforms, such as the new FERC transfer regulation, which will help move the country forward on our path to a clean energy future. ”

The WATT coalition released similar praise and referred to Glick’s ongoing work on transfer planning, work that will be allowed to continue, provided the Senate confirms Glick’s renaming.

“The WATT Coalition congratulates Chairman Glick on his renaming to the post of Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory, announced today by President Biden,” said WATT Chairman Ted Bloch-Rubin. “Under Chairman Glick, FERC has made great strides in policy to improve the planning and operation of the transmission system in the United States, serving fair and reasonable tariffs for Americans. Chairman Glick replied to a letter from House Speaker Katie Castor and other members of Congress today on his progress in transfer issues, including networking technologies – a long list demonstrating his effectiveness as chair. Our coalition of technology vendors, renewable energy developers and energy transmission providers is urging the Senate to move quickly to reaffirm him in office so that this important work can continue. ”

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