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Rob Powelson

Background

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.

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Amid criticism, utility regulator walks back ‘jihad’ remark

One of Pennsylvania’s top utility regulators is walking back controversial remarks he made about pipeline opponents at a gas industry conference this week. Speaking at the Upstream PA conference Tuesday, state Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson said people opposing pipeline projects are engaged in a “jihad” to keep natural gas from reaching new markets. He now [...]

Utility regulator slams pipeline opponents

One of Pennsylvania’s top utility regulators says people opposing pipeline projects are engaged in a “jihad” to keep natural gas from reaching new markets. Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson was speaking to gas industry representatives Tuesday at the Upstream PA conference in State College. “The jihad has begun,” he told the audience. “At the [...]

Reports: Trump considers PUC Commissioner Powelson for federal post

Multiple news outlets are reporting President Donald Trump is considering tapping Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Robert F. Powelson for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The five member independent commission oversees the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. Since February it’s had three vacancies and is unable to advance projects without a quorum. Bloomberg also [...]

Wolf’s pick to head PUC will promote energy-saving policies, green groups say

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s pick as the new head of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is a sign that the new administration is serious about choosing key officials who can make a difference on energy efficiency and climate change, environmental campaigners said on Thursday. The Democratic governor named Gladys Brown, a current member of the [...]

Philadelphia Heat Supplier Shifts From Oil To Natural Gas

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman Rob Powelson cut the ribbon today on a $60 million upgrade to the power plant that runs the Center City steam loop. The century-old facility, which provides steam heat to 300 Philadelphia customers, has converted from fuel oil to natural gas. The Inquirer has more [...]

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