Losing Its Charge? Can Congress Keep Up with the Pace of FERC’s Regulation in Energy Policy?


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Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group for a focused discussion on how Congress makes energy policy and interacts with the agency responsible for the regulation of most of the sector. The Federal Power Act of 1935 and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978 provide a wide delegation of legislative authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a five-member independent regulatory commission whose officeholders exercise substantial control over American energy policy.

Few individuals know the dynamic between Congress and FERC better than the top staff of the committees of jurisdiction. Recent alumni of those committees join R Street’s Energy Policy Director, Travis Kavulla, a former utility regulator, in moderated discussion about how Congress can effectively legislate in this complex policy arena.

Panelists:
**Colin Hayes, Former Staff Director, U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Founding Partner, Lot Sixteen
**Tom Hassenboehler, Former Chief Counsel, Energy & Environment, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Partner, The Coefficient Group
**Travis Kavulla (moderator), Director, Energy & Environmental Policy, R Street Institute

Location

Capitol Visitor Center Room 209
Independence Ave and South Capitol Street SE
Washington District of Columbia 20016

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