President Donald Trump is energizing local business boosters with an anticipated pick for his Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Robert F. Powelson, a former CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and a current Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner, is a likely nominee for one of three vacant seats on the agency that plays a key role in approving oil and gas pipelines across the country, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Andrew Maykuth.
Powelson of Kennett Square has sat on the PUC since his appointment in 2008 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell and subsequent reappointment by former Gov. Tom Corbett. He is also now serving as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Powelson’s move to Washington is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, and if confirmed, he would open up a Republican spot on the PUC for Gov. Tom Wolf to fill.
Read more about Powelson and Trump’s other presumptive nominees to the FERC in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.