Government Reform Subcommittee Has Jurisdiction Over National Energy Policy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Will Play Major Role in Hydropower Issue in Western New York in 109th Congress
Washington, DC—This week, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) secured a seat on the Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Resources. The subcommittee will play a crucial role in the investigation and oversight of the availability and rates of Niagara Hydropower for Western New York.
“I am pleased that I was able to secure a seat on the Energy and Resources Subcommittee, where I will be able to address an issue that is of leading saliency and of utmost importance to Western New York, especially as we near the Niagara Redevelopment Act reauthorization in 2007,” said Congressman Higgins. “I hope to bring the members of this Subcommittee up to Western New York to hold a hearing on the hydropower issue, focusing on low-cost power availability, and how Western New York manufacturers would be able to cut power costs dramatically, freeing up capital for job and business expansion that would benefit local working families and economic development. If local companies can pay discounted kilowatt-hour rates for the power they need, Western New York’s job growth potential could increase exponentially.”
During the 109th Congress, the Subcommittee intends to closely examine national energy policy. In light of the increased cost of energy resources, including gas, oil, coal, minerals, electricity, and the ever increasing demand by other nations competing for those energy resources, the Subcommittee will look at the effects on the U.S. and world economy. The Subcommittee will examine U.S. policies relating to the development, exploration, conservation, production, and consumption of electricity, oil and natural gas, hydroelectric power, nuclear power, and all aspects of renewable energy. The Subcommittee will exercise its oversight responsibilities pertaining to the activities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has ultimate oversight over the Niagara Redevelopment Act reauthorization. It will also review the overall development of renewable and alternative energy technologies and assess policy implications which could accelerate the development of these technologies and speed up their entry into the marketplace, reducing the U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy.