Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur will not seek a third term at the agency and will depart later in 2019, she announced on Twitter Thursday.
LaFleur will serve out the remainder of her term until June 30, but could stay on the commission longer if the Senate does not confirm a successor by that time. Senate energy leaders said this month the White House had not yet floated potential replacements for LaFleur or former Commissioner Kevin McIntyre, who died Jan. 2.
LaFleur was confirmed to FERC in 2010 after being tapped by President Barack Obama and was named acting chairman of the commission at the beginning of the Trump administration. In recent years, however, she had taken a harder line on accounting for the climate change impacts of natural gas infrastructure and clashed with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over electricity policy.