Manchin expects FERC nominations in the coming weeks

By Nico Portuondo | 02/28/2024 06:20 AM EST

The Energy and Natural Resources chair said as many as three picks for the shorthanded commission could be sent to the Senate soon.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could soon add new faces to its five-person commission after recent departures have left it shorthanded.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said the White House has informed him that the Senate should receive multiple FERC commissioner nominations in the near future.

“I think we’re supposed to get something here in a couple weeks. … I just hear from the White House we’re supposed to get a couple [of nominees],” Manchin told reporters Tuesday.


When asked if those would be two nominees of separate parties — a move widely expected by FERC watchers to up the chances of Senate confirmation — Manchin said the White House could send multiple nominees at once.