Biden Nominates Phillips as a FERC Commissioner
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | Comments

President Joe Biden nominated Willie Phillips Jr. as a commissioner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

FERC regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, electricity and other energy projects, ensuring that consumers can access affordable, efficient, safe, reliable and secure energy services.

Phillips is a regulatory attorney who has nearly 20 years of legal expertise as utility regulator, in private practice and as an in-house counsel. He has an extensive background in the areas of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability and corporate governance. As chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC), Phillips was a leader in modernizing the energy grid, implementing the district’s aggressive clean energy and climate goals, and in protecting the district’s customers.

Prior to the DCPSC, Phillips served as assistant general counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a not-for-profit international regulatory authority charged with ensuring the security and reliability of the bulk power system in Washington, D.C. He also worked for two law firms, where he advised clients on regulatory compliance, litigation, and policy matters.

Phillips is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where he serves on the board of directors and chairs the Select Committee on Regulatory and Industry Diversity. He earned a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a bachelor’s of science from the University of Montevallo.

“This year’s natural disasters have highlighted the need to create a more resilient and efficient energy grid that utilizes clean, renewable power sources,” said Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Sheryl Osiene-Riggs. “With our friends and neighbors in Louisiana, Mississippi and New York still recovering from Hurricane Ida, Chairman Phillips’s nomination to FERC could not have come at a better time for the utility industry to work collaboratively on policy solutions that enhance our electrical grid’s resilience. As an experienced utility regulator in Washington D.C., Chairman Phillips is a perfect choice to help guide FERC’s decisions on cybersecurity standards, environmental justice and hardening of a distributed electricity, oil and gas network.”

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