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More than two decades ago, Rich Glick contended with blackouts in California amid a severe drought, power plant outages, and market manipulation that squeezed electric utilities and became a political headache for him and his Energy Department colleagues.
Years later, Glick blamed other government entities—including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which he said didn’t do enough to keep consumer bills from skyrocketing.
Now that he’s FERC’s chairman, Glick, 59, seeks to avoid a similar situation as he stares down a sweltering, stormy summer and awaits a Senate decision to extend his tenure.
Glick also has been personally targeted. The pro-industry Institute for Energy Research raised questions about whether Glick was improperly influenced by the White House, releasing calendars showing biweekly meetings with Deputy White House National Climate Adviser Ali Zaidi.
Glick said the meetings were routine to discuss a range of issues that don’t violate commission ethics standards.
The commission declined to make Glick available for an interview. During public appearances, however, he has said the commission has no role in choosing the generation mix—the Federal Power Act clearly allows each state to set clean energy policies.
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