Chair Rodgers: FERC’s New Transmission Rule Will Raise Energy Costs for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) final transmission rule, which will increase costs for Americans across the country.

“At a time when energy prices are already skyrocketing and more than half the nation is at elevated risk of forced blackouts, FERC’s new rule is reckless and alarming. This rule tramples on states’ authority over their energy infrastructure and will force some states to shoulder the costs for transmission lines with no actual benefits for their own communities, especially in rural areas. Rather than working to implement meaningful infrastructure permitting reforms, which would reduce energy costs for Americans, FERC’s decision—which advanced along partisan lines—only sets us further behind and continues to prevent the United States from reaching its full energy potential."