When Neil Chatterjee was appointed to the Federal Power Regulatory Fee by President Trump in 2017, stakeholders within the local weather and clear power area have been involved about what his agenda could be. Headlines dubbed him “McConnell’s coal man” and “fossil gas champion Chatterjee,” referring to his function as a former aide to Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 

However Chatterjee has confirmed to be far more than a “coal man,” regardless of his sympathies for struggling Kentucky coal communities. The Republican chief just lately voted in favor of guidelines supporting distributed power assets and carbon pricing, and views these selections as highly effective steps in advancing the power transition. 

His openness to supporting insurance policies that profit clear power might have value him his management place at FERC. President Trump demoted Chatterjee from the chairman function final month, though he stays on the fee and can serve alongside two new appointees confirmed by the Senate this week.

On this episode of Political Local weather, we communicate to FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee about a number of of the company’s current rulemakings, previous controversies and his outlook for the way forward for U.S. power coverage in at present’s shifting political panorama.

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