Hoeven Votes to Confirm Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Nominees

Senator Secured Commitments from Nominees to Support Affordability, Reliability of Electric Grid & Ensure Timely Energy Infrastructure Permitting

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today voted to confirm two nominees, Lindsay See and David Rosner, to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven serves as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, through which he conducts oversight of FERC and has worked to advance policies that support U.S. energy security. To this end, Hoeven secured commitments from See and Rosner during their confirmation process to:

  • Support the affordability and reliability of the electrical grid, including by:
    • Maintaining access to baseload powers sources like coal.
    • Addressing policies that distort energy markets and favor one fuel source over another.
  • Ensure the timely approval of permits for energy infrastructure, such as natural gas pipelines.

“FERC plays a critical role in permitting the development and transportation of our nation’s vast energy resources, and I appreciate Commissioners See and Rosner for their commitment to work with me toward making the U.S. energy secure,” said Hoeven. “The Green New Deal policies of the Biden administration undermine our ability to utilize America’s abundant coal and natural gas resources, resulting in higher prices and less resilient energy systems. Instead, we need to maintain access to baseload power sources that are available 24/7, regardless of weather, while enabling the cost-effective development of critical infrastructure to safely get energy to market. That’s exactly the kind of policies we’re working to advance at FERC, and why securing these commitments from Ms. See and Mr. Rosner is important as we continue our efforts.”

Hoeven’s efforts with the FERC nominees align with his broader efforts to ensure the U.S. can continue to utilize all of its abundant energy resources, including its vast oil, gas and coal reserves. Accordingly, Hoeven is working to:

  • Provide regulatory relief and streamline the federal permitting process. This includes:
    • Sponsoring legislation to streamline and set deadlines for multi-agency National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of natural gas pipeline and liquid natural gas (LNG) projects needed to get energy to market.
    • Leading a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to block the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule, which targets coal-fired electric power plants.
    • Working to prevent the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan 2.0, sector-wide regulations that would force states to change their fuel sources for electricity generation.
  • Support North Dakota’s leadership in advancing the future of the coal industry through carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies.