SEIA Applauds Senate Energy Committee for Approving FERC Nominees

If approved by full Senate, Moeller and LaFleur will play key roles in future of transmission

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today applauded the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approving the nominations of Philip Moeller and Cheryl LaFleur to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Moeller has been a commissioner since 2006 and was nominated for a second term. LaFleur will be serving her first term. The nominations now go before the full U.S. Senate.
“We applaud Chairman Bingaman, Ranking Member Murkowski and the rest of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for endorsing Commissioner Moeller for a second term and Cheryl LaFleur to join the Commission,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “We encourage the U.S. Senate to move quickly to confirm these nominations. Their leadership is essential to FERC’s important work:  moving the U.S. to a modern, reliable electricity grid.”
“We would also like to congratulate the two nominees. FERC faces many important issues and we’re confident they are the right choices to help meet those challenges. Expanding our nation’s transmission grid is vital to deploying renewable energy sources like solar. The pipeline of utility-scale solar power has reached 22 gigawatts, enough to power 4.4 million homes. We need to upgrade our national electric grid to ensure that clean solar energy can reliably be transmitted from the sun-baked Southwest to population centers across the U.S.,” added Resch.
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