Lengthy FERC Confirmation Process Shows ‘New Normal’ for Infrastructure

By: Erin Mundahl, InsideSources

FERC is back to full force–or at least a quorum. Eight months into the Trump administration, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is finally staffed enough to start working on approving new pipeline and electric grid projects after a voice vote on FERC confirmation and dozens of other open positions…“This is a win for workers across the energy supply chain, and every American that benefits from access to affordable energy,” said Toby Mack, President and CEO of the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA), who called the FERC confirmation vote “a step in the right direction” to creating jobs and economic growth.

“We’re pleased to have played a leading roll to get these important officials confirmed so we can get moving again on job creation and building the modern energy infrastructure our country so desperately needs.”

Industry groups played an unusually large role in pushing for a confirmation vote this term. In late May, the EEIA sent a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and the committee’s senior Democratic member, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, urging them to move to vote on the nominees. About a month later, thirty other groups ranging from the American Chemical Society to the North America’s Building Trades Union sent a second letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders, also urging them to return FERC to a quorum… Read more

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