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

  • SVC-209, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group on July 9 for a focused discussion two of the most pressing energy topics on the Hill: how to establish yourself as an impactful energy staffer, and how Congress makes energy policy by interacting 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 (FERC), 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 as well as what it takes to rise to the top energy staff positions on the Hill.

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