Robert Powelson is a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He was nominated by President Donald Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017.
FERC is an independent agency overseeing the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.
Before joining FERC, Powelson served for nine years on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The five-member panel oversees Pennsylvania’s gas, electric, water and wastewater utilities. It also regulates telephone providers.
Powelson is also past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He was invited by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to serve on the state’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission in 2011. The panel provided the governor and state legislators with new policy recommendations which helped shape Act 13 of 2012, a major overhaul of the state’s oil and gas law.