By Miranda Willson
“By removing a provision in the Federal Power Act that sets the director’s term at four years and prevents the FERC chair from firing them without cause, the bill would give the chair more sway over the office, said Tyson Slocum, director of the energy program at Public Citizen.
“In general, Congress understood that this role of coordinating assistance could sometimes come into political conflict with the leadership at FERC, so they wanted to have a little bit of independence there,” Slocum said. “If you remove that independence, you essentially just have a director that serves at the whim of whoever’s chair.”
With the infrastructure package having not yet been voted on by the full Senate or the House of Representatives, Slocum of Public Citizen said he is in touch with congressional staff to try to amend the language about the office.”