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AEE Statement on FERC Confirmation and Quorum

Posted by Advanced Energy Economy on Aug 3, 2017

Statement of Advanced Energy Economy on Confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Washington, D.C., August 3, 2017 — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson as commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

In a statement issued May 24, AEE declared its support for Chatterjee’s nomination. AEE also has a long-standing relationship with Powelson, in his roles as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, but he has not met with AEE as nominee, which would be necessary for a formal endorsement. 

Following today’s Senate confirmation, AEE’s VP of Federal Affairs, Arvin Ganesan, released the statement below:

“Advanced Energy Economy welcomes the confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. AEE is committed to an energy system that encourages innovation and allows all technologies to compete fairly in wholesale markets while also respecting the right of states to set policy goals of their own. We believe that market rules should not lock in old technologies at the expense of newer ones that can do more for less. With a quorum restored at FERC and two more nominations pending, we look forward to working with the commissioners to remove all barriers to advanced energy technologies competing in wholesale electricity markets.”

Background Materials: 

Why Advanced Energy Should Be Part of President Trump's 'America Fiirst Energy Plan'

AEE Urges FERC to Make Wholesale Electricity Markets More Competitive: Statement here. Filed comments here.

FERC Agrees with AEE: Let All Advanced Energy Technologies Compete in Regional Power Markets

A FERC challenge: Opening up Electricity Markets to Advanced Energy Technologies 

Advanced Energy Can Improve Reliability - If It’s Allowed to Compete

How Grid Governance Stands in the Way of Advanced Energy Progress

AEE and R Street Institute Say to Congress: Improving Competitive Power Markets Can Lower Costs and Take Advantage of Advanced Energy Benefits

Advanced Energy Economy Applauds FERC Inquiry on Barriers to Energy Storage, Calls for Electricity Market Participation of All Advanced Energy Technologies

Comments to FERC on Technology-Neutral Competition in Transmission Development  

About Advanced Energy Economy
Advanced Energy Economy is a national association of businesses that are making the energy we use secure, clean, and affordable. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy businesses. AEE and its State and Regional Partner organizations are active in 27 states across the country, representing more than 1,000 companies and organizations in the advanced energy industry. Visit AEE online at

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