The White House will nominate U.S. Department of Energy official Bernard McNamee to replace outgoing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Robert Powelson, Politico reported Aug. 8.
According to LinkedIn, McNamee has served since June as executive director of the DOE's office of policy and was the agency's deputy general counsel for energy policy between May 2017 and February 2018. McNamee also was chief of staff throughout 2015 for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Powelson, a Republican commissioner President Donald Trump nominated to FERC in 2017, will leave the agency this month to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies. His term was set to run through June 2020.
A FERC spokesperson referred inquiries on Powelson's replacement to the White House, which did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.