FERC:

Acting Chairman Wellinghoff makes case for giving commission authority on transmission siting

With President Obama laying out aggressive goals for renewable energy production, Congress is working quickly to solve some key transmission siting issues that could stall renewable energy distribution. Should the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) be given siting authority or should siting be left up to the states? During today's OnPoint, the acting chairman of FERC, Jon Wellinghoff, explains why the federal government should be granted this authority and how states will continue to play a role in the siting process even if FERC is given final authority. Wellinghoff also explains what FERC is doing to resolve standard and policy issues relating to "smart grid" technology.