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Senate Votes Against Nord Stream 2 Sanctions as Political Tensions and European Prices Continue to Rise

Senate Votes Against Nord Stream 2 Sanctions as Political Tensions and European Prices Continue to Rise

Russian aggression toward Ukraine continued to stress European alliances and global natural gas prices Friday following the defeat of sanctions for the 5.3 Bcf/d Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline in the Senate. The sanctions – brought by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday night as part of a deal with Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New…

January 14, 2022
FERC Back to Five Commissioners as Senate Confirms Phillips

FERC Back to Five Commissioners as Senate Confirms Phillips

Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Chairman Willie L. Phillips will officially serve as the next FERC commissioner after the Senate confirmed his nomination late Tuesday. Phillips, nominated by President Biden in September, will fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Neil Chatterjee for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Chatterjee, a former…

November 17, 2021
Colonial Pipeline CEO Apologizes for Paralyzing Fallout of Ransomware Attack

Colonial Pipeline CEO Apologizes for Paralyzing Fallout of Ransomware Attack

The chief executive of the pipeline operator that was temporarily crippled by a ransomware attack last month apologized to Americans. During testimony before a Senate panel on Tuesday, he acknowledged that Colonial Pipeline was susceptible to hackers and that it is still grappling with challenges caused by the infiltration. “We are deeply sorry for the…

June 8, 2021
DOE Secretary Designate Granholm Signals Support for U.S. LNG Exports

DOE Secretary Designate Granholm Signals Support for U.S. LNG Exports

The Senate and Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to advance the nomination of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the full Senate, where she’s expected to be confirmed as the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).  Granholm signaled in written responses to the committee ahead of her confirmation hearing last week that she wouldn’t…

February 3, 2021
FERC Back to Five Commissioners for First Time in Nearly Two Years as Senate Confirms Nominees

FERC Back to Five Commissioners for First Time in Nearly Two Years as Senate Confirms Nominees

FERC is set to return to a full complement of five commissioners following a Senate voice vote late Monday to confirm the nominations of Republican Mark Christie and Democrat Allison Clements. Christie, who’s been serving as chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, was confirmed to a term that ends in 2025. Clements, a policy…

December 1, 2020
James Danly Confirmed to FERC; Democrats Call for More Nominations from White House

James Danly Confirmed to FERC; Democrats Call for More Nominations from White House

The Senate voted 52-40 Thursday to confirm James Danly to be a member of the chronically short-handed FERC.

March 13, 2020
Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary

Senate Confirms Dan Brouillette as Energy Secretary

The U.S. Senate confirmed Dan Brouillette to become Secretary of Energy in a mostly bipartisan 70-15 vote late Monday.

December 3, 2019

Committee Votes FERC, DOE, DOI Nominations Through to Full Senate

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday voted through to the full Senate three Trump administration nominations for key roles in energy related departments.

November 19, 2019

Trump’s FERC, DOE, DOI Nominations Voted Through to Full Senate

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday voted through to the full Senate three Trump administration nominations for key roles in energy related departments.

November 19, 2019

Senate Confirms Bernard McNamee Nomination to FERC on Party Line Vote

Bernard McNamee, a Republican who is currently executive director of DOE’s Office of Policy, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate as a FERC Commissioner on a straight party-line vote of 50-49.

December 6, 2018
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