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EEI President Tom Kuhn Congratulates Newly Confirmed FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2018) - Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn today issued the following statement congratulating Bernard McNamee on his Senate confirmation for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"EEI and America's electric companies thank Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate for recognizing the importance of maintaining a full Commission and for voting to confirm Commissioner Bernard McNamee. We congratulate Commissioner McNamee, who brings an extensive amount of experience on federal and state energy policy and a strong commitment to public service.

“There are many critical issues impacting EEI member companies and their customers. Among them, we need to update the transmission planning process, streamline the siting and permitting process, and develop predictability for the return on equity for transmission projects in order to attract investment, all while ensuring the reliability and security of the energy grid. We also need to modernize the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) because market abuses are creating billions of dollars in unnecessary costs for customers. We look forward to working with incoming Commissioner McNamee and the rest of the Commission to find solutions to these important issues.”

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