At First Hearing, FERC Nominees Were Not the Focus

At First Hearing, FERC Nominees Were Not the Focus

May 26, 2017

by Margarita Fournier, Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

The Senate committee hearing on Trump nominees for energy agencies focused on topics unrelated to the nominations. According to The Hill.com, Senators of both parties used the Thursday hearing “to criticize the president’s policies and the delays in approvals by a federal agency. Members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee lodged few, if any, complaints against the three nominees before them: Dan Brouillette to be the deputy secretary at the Department of Energy (DOE), and Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the Energy Committee, said she supported the nominees, and her colleagues did little to disagree. Instead, the panel sought assurances that their states’ priorities would be protected if the nominees were confirmed.” Also, some “senators were concerned about whether FERC would try to exert more control over states’ electric grids.”

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