Biden taps Democrat on interstate energy commission as its interim chair
Willie Phillips will be named interim head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Biden (FERC). Phillips, whose tenure as a commissioner ends in 2026, will serve as interim commissioner until a permanent successor is chosen. FERC oversees interstate energy matters such as oil and gas pipelines. Phillips was approved to FERC by the Senate in a voice vote, which usually implies a lack of controversy. However, his record as a utility regulator has been questioned by environmentalists, who have accused him of being too sympathetic with utility firms.