Congress approves amendment to defund FERC
Jul 11, 2014 6:38 am
Joe Gentile is reporting in the Register Starf the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a joint amendment introduced by Representatives Chris Gibson and Sean Maloney to stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s new capacity zone for the Hudson Valley. The amendment, adopted Wed., July 9, as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, would prohibit funding for the zone. Proponents of the new capacity zone, which went into effect May 1, are hopeful it might spur the construction of more production plants below a bottleneck located slightly north of the Twin Counties where the delivery of electricity has become congested. The plan sparked outrage when it was learned it would increase residential electric bills. Congress has yet to vote on the full appropriations bill. Read the full story in the Register Star.