Environment & Energy Report

New FERC Chairman Says Politics Won’t Dictate Grid Action

Oct. 31, 2018, 6:47 PM

The nation’s top energy regulator said politics won’t play any role in whether his agency takes action to ensure grid resilience, after an earlier plan to prop up ailing coal and nuclear power plants was rejected.

“Whatever we do is going to be fact-based,” Neil Chatterjee, the new head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told reporters in Washington on Oct. 31. “This will not be a politically influenced decision.”

His appointment, following Kevin McIntyre’s resignation last week on health grounds, comes as President Donald Trump weighs a new plan to keep uneconomic coal and nuclear plants online. Chatterjee played...

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