Although he’s “sympathetic” to the plight of electric customersin California, FERC Chairman Curt Hebert Jr. said last week hebelieves the Commission should stay clear of the state and let itsolve its own problems — at least for now.
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In the wake of spiraling heating oil prices, Commissioner CurtHebert Jr. last week challenged his FERC colleagues to follow inthe Clinton administration’s footsteps to help reduce theNortheast’s dependence on the higher-priced fuel. ATranscontinental Gas Pipe Line official made a similar pitch toremove regulatory roadblocks to new natural gas pipelineconstruction last week at a Senate hearing.
In the wake of the price spikes in heating oil, CommissionerCurt Hebert Jr. yesterday called on his FERC colleagues tocertificate the Northeast-bound gas pipeline projects that havebeen stalled at the Commission to reduce the region’s historicdependence on the higher priced heating fuel.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last weekreadily voted out the renomination of Commissioner Curt Hebert Jr.to a new five-year term at the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission. The reappointment is now headed to the full Senate,which could confirm it as early as this week.
Commissioner Curt Hebert met no resistance yesterday at hisreconfirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and NaturalResources Committee. The panel was scheduled to meet later in theday to approve his reconfirmation to a new five-year term at theFederal Energy Regulatory Commission, and then forward it to thefull Senate for a vote.
In response to some nudging from the Senate, the White House hasofficially renominated Commissioner Curt Hebert Jr. to a newfive-year term at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. It’sexpected the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee willhold a hearing and vote out his renomination possibly by the Augustrecess. Until then, Hebert – whose current term expired June 30th -will continue to serve at FERC under a grace period that ends withthe current session of Congress in late October.