Influential US energy committee returns to full function

Influential US energy committee returns to full function

A quorum has been created on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The FERC has not had a quorum since February this year. It has been unable to authorise construction of new energy projects.

The two appointments are Neil Chatterjee, senior energy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Robert Powelson, a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

The FERC has been unable to authorise projects and it is estimated that there is a build up of projects worth around $50 billion.

The FERC Acting Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur said: “With a quorum restored, our first order of business is the backlog of orders and issues that are awaiting Commission consideration”.

There are over $12 billion of pipeline projects which require adjudication and $38 billion in other projects.

The Natural Gas Supply Association president and CEO Dena E. Wiggins said: “This vote restores the Commission to a quorum and enables progress to be made on projects and policies that have been sidelined for months”.

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