Meeting closed to public over virus fears

Source: By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2020

The meeting will go on with staff as well as accredited media.

Chairman Neil Chatterjee made the announcement on Twitter today, including posts that indicated FERC would be following Office of Personnel Management and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance as it relates to employee and operations plans.

“FERC continues to follow guidance re:coronavirus issued by federal agencies, including CDC, OPM & the White House Task Force. We’re closely monitoring the situation & are sharing with staff the most recent guidance issued by OPM,” Chatterjee said in the tweet.

FERC will conduct an “agency-wide telework *test* day on Tues., March 17,” Chatterjee added.

In any case, FERC “has protocols in place for a variety of situations that could impact day-to-day operations,” Chatterjee said, noting the commission would continue monitoring and ensuring reliable and secure operation of energy infrastructure.

The announcement follows the confirmation of new Republican Commissioner James Danly, who passed the Senate 52-40 today.