The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources conducted a confirmation hearing on May 25 for the recently nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson (see May 19 ABRA Update for background on nominees). The hearing also heard testimony from the nominee for Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan R. Brouillette , currently Senior Vice President and head of public policy for USAA, the financial services firm. During the hearing, several questions were posed regarding the increasing role of renewables in the fuel mix for meeting the nation’s energy needs. Both Chatterjee and Powelson spoke favorably of this trend. Natural gas issues were raised, including LNG exports, but natural gas pipelines were not brought up.
Copies of the opening statements made by participating Senators, the testimony of the nominees and a webcast of the two-hour hearing is available here.