FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur encouraged State Energy Offices and State Utility Commissions to cooperate, as both look for ways to address emerging energy sector challenges.
Chairman LaFleur presented the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision’s perspective on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and the compliance support role the agency can play moving forward. Chairman LaFleur noted that collaboration between State Energy Offices and state utility commissions will help address challenges with emerging infrastructure, technological, and regulatory concerns. Chairman LaFleur also addressed the need to carefully balance reliability, cost, and environmental concerns. While FERC plays no official role in advising EPA on the Clean Power Plan, she noted the supportive role the agency will play through a concentration on infrastructure, market change, and convening stakeholders to participate in this ongoing discussion.