FERC is back to full force–or at least a quorum. Eight months into the Trump administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is finally staffed enough to start working on approving new pipeline and electric grid projects after a voice vote on FERC confirmation and dozens of other open positions. Although little-known outside of industry circles, the commission plays an important oversight role for planned energy infrastructure projects. Normally a routine appointment, in today’s partisan environment, the commission became an inadvertent bone of political contention, delaying not only confirmation of the new commissioners, but also numerous energy projects.

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