Willie L. Phillips has been sworn into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Nominated by President Joe Biden, Phillips’ unanimous Senate confirmation to FERC on Nov, 16, 2021, marks the first time a D.C. Commissioner was appointed to this position. Phillips is serving a five-year term that ends June 30, 2026. This historic appointment reflects Commissioner Phillips’ extraordinary dedication and service to D.C. residents and businesses, continuously exhibited while leading the Commission.
“I am very proud of Willie L. Phillips and his swearing-in as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has always shown prudent judgment, a keen understanding of the issues, and foresight when making tough decisions. I expect Commissioner Phillips to continue this with his appointment to FERC,” said Interim Chairman Emilie C. Thompson.
Phillips began his appointment as a D.C. Commissioner in 2014 and was re-appointed as chairman in 2018. Commissioner Phillips held leadership roles in various regulatory organizations and agencies, including National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Organization of PJM States, NARUC Select Committee of Regulatory and Industry Diversity, Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Council.
Commissioner Phillips brings a progressive vision anchored by his breadth of knowledge, experience, and skill to FERC, according to a release by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. The Commission said it appreciates Commissioner Phillips’ demonstration of excellence and commitment during his tenure there.