President Donald Trump has appointed a new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“It has been my utmost pleasure to have served under Neil Chatterjee, both as General Counsel and alongside him as Commissioner. I have learned a tremendous amount from his expertise and insight, and I am proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish under his thoughtful watch,” Danly said.
Chatterjee said he will serve out his term as commissioner until it ends in June 2021.
“Our work—my work—at the Commission isn’t over. I look forward to working with my friend, Chairman Danly, as well as the next Administration to continue to carry out our important mission,” he said.
“I have obviously been out there promoting a conservative market-based approach to carbon mitigation and sending signals the commission is open to considering a carbon price, and perhaps that led to this,” Chatterjee said, during the interview. “Quite frankly, if in fact this was retribution for my independence, I am quite proud of that.”
Regardless, Chatterjee said in the interview that he was at peace with the decision made by the Trump administration and that despite being on opposing sides with Danly in terms of the carbon pricing move, he said he was on good terms with the new chairman.
“We obviously have differences of opinion in some areas. I look forward to working with him whether he is chairman or I am chairman. I am going to remain focused on advancing the policy initiatives I am quite proud of and protecting my legacy,” Chatterjee said.