What FERC Can — And Cannot — Do Without A Quorum

Law360, New York (February 9, 2017, 12:48 PM EST) -- David Schwartz

Michael Gergen

Pat Nevins The departure of Commissioner Norman C. Bay on Feb. 3, 2017, has left the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) without a quorum for the first time in the agency's history. Until the Senate confirms at least one new appointee, FERC's ability to issue orders is restricted to authorities delegated to commission staff that generally involve relatively common, uncontroversial matters.

As a result, matters such as contested mergers and authorizations to construct natural gas pipelines, among other things, are likely to be affected.

FERC's Composition

FERC is an independent regulatory commission within the U.S. Department of...

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