Dem senators join call for FERC climate conference

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Six Democratic caucus senators led by Whitehouse urged FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee on Monday to accept a request from power providers to hold a workshop on carbon pricing.

A broad coalition of power generators and renewable energy groups petitioned FERC last month, asking regulators to convene a technical conference on how to integrate a carbon price into wholesale power markets. Grid operators in California, New England, the Mid-Atlantic and New York are considering carbon pricing proposals, and the senators called on FERC to “heed the call from a diverse set of energy stakeholders who want to develop long-term certainty in the energy market with policies that could deploy and incentivize reliable, low cost, and emissions free energy.”

The letter was also signed by Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Brian Schatz(Hawaii), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Angus King(Maine), an independent who caucuses with Democrats.