The U.S. Senate Thursday voted to confirm Public Utility Commission member Rob Powelson for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Senate also confirmed a second member for FERC restoring its quorum and allowing it to again conduct business.
FERC regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil and reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.
Gov. Wolf will now have the opportunity to fill Powelson’s vacancy on the PUC, subject to confirmation by the Pennsylvania Senate. Powelson’s seat has been traditionally held by a Republican.