President Joe Biden has nominated former board chairman of Tennessee Valley Authority to rejoin the panel, according to multiple outlets.
Huntsville, Alabama attorney Joe Ritch has been selected by Biden to return to the TVA board.
Ritch left the federal utility’s board in 2017. The departure came after the Senate did not confirm former President Barack Obama’s reappointment of Ritch and two others. Ritch was nominated to the board by Obama in 2012. The Senate confirmed him in 2013 and the board voted to make him chairman in 2014.
The current board consists of nine members and currently has four vacancies. This does not include the two sitting members who are still serving after their terms expired in May. The seats come with five-year terms.
Ritch would fill a vacant seat with a term expiring in May 2025. He joins five other Biden board picks awaiting Senate confirmation, as three of them were nominated in April 2021.The other nominees were nominated in June.
According to TVA, the utility has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2035.
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