FERC Chairman Rich Glick made two senior staff announcements today that will take effect October 24, 2022.
Eric Vandenberg will join the FERC Office of Electric Reliability (OER) as Deputy Director. Vandenberg has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation (OEPI) since December 2019.
Prior to his appointment in OEPI, Vandenberg served as a Technical Advisor to former Chairman Neil Chatterjee from 2017 to 2019, with primary responsibility for wholesale electric market design, electric reliability and cybersecurity issues. Prior to joining Chairman Chatterjee, Mr. Vandenberg served in various positions throughout the Commission in the Office of Energy Market Regulation and OER, and as an Acting Advisor to Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur. Vandenberg joined FERC in 2009 as an Electrical Engineer in OER. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Master's Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University.
Michael McLaughlin is the new Deputy Director of OEPI. McLaughlin has served as Director of OEPI’s Division of Economic and Technical Analysis since July 2015, providing critical leadership on a range of market issues.
Prior to this appointment, he served as the Group 2 Manager in the same division as well as several roles in OEMR. Before joining the Commission in 2003, McLaughlin was a Senior Analyst in the PJM Interconnection LLC Market Monitoring Unit and as a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Goucher College and a Master of Science in Resources Economics from the University of Rhode Island.