Can FERC Act As A Check On EPA’s Climate Rule?

July 29, 2014, 4:34 a.m.

8:30 a.m. — Con­ser­vat­ive law­makers are hop­ing that the Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion can lim­it the scope and im­pact of the pres­id­ent’s cli­mate rule. And the testi­mony by Cheryl LaFleur, the com­mis­sion’s act­ing chair­wo­man, pre­pared for a hear­ing con­vened by the House En­ergy and Com­merce En­ergy and Power Sub­com­mit­tee on Tues­day might give them hope. LaFleur says that “FERC can and should help the EPA un­der­stand the im­plic­a­tions that…reg­u­la­tions may have on elec­tric re­li­ab­il­ity.” LaFleur then de­scribes how the two agen­cies worked to­geth­er when EPA was en­for­cing an­oth­er air pol­lu­tion stand­ard. But, based on past pre­ced­ent, it seems more likely that FERC will of­fer as­sist­ance rather than push­back when it comes to EPA’s im­ple­ment­a­tion of the cli­mate rule. Read the testi­mony here. — Clare For­an