Author: Rachel Frazin         Published: 11/16/21        THE HILL

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed by a voice vote President Biden’s pick to fill an open seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) — a body that regulates pipelines, electricity markets and other forms of interstate energy transmission.

The chamber voted to confirm Willie Phillips Jr. to the position, alongside a slate of other nominees.

Phillips has served as a utility regulator Washington, D.C. According to a White House announcement on his nomination, he has more than 20 years of legal expertise and has worked both as a regulator and in private.

Typically, voice votes signify that nominees are not controversial.

However, Phillips’s nomination did get some scrutiny from environmental activists who have raised concerns about whether he’s too supportive of utilities.

Testifying before Congress, Phillips said he would try to seek  “balance” between reliability, affordability and sustainability.