August 03, 2017


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the Senate’s vote today to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson as Commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Global Energy Institute President and CEO Karen Harbert issued the following statement:

“For months, an increasing number of critical energy infrastructure projects have been stalled due to a lack of a quorum at FERC. We’re pleased that the Senate has finally acted to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson. Both nominees are exceptionally well qualified and will serve with distinction. While overdue, the Senate’s action will now allow American energy companies the ability to move forward with projects that will create jobs and improve our security.”

The U.S. Chamber led a coalition of over 90 business groups which sent a letter earlier today urging quicker action on nominees, and specifically objecting to forcing even non-controversial nominees through the cloture process, which is a departure from previous norms.