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House passes amendment to limit new FERC capacity zone

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed an amendment jointly sponsored by two New York reps, Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY18) and Christopher Gibson (R, NY19) to prohibit funds from enforcing the new electric capacity zone in the Hudson Valley.

The lawmakers also secured language that requires FERC to reexamine and reform the way they conduct that type of decision-making to ensure that the commissioners hear and consider the concerns of local ratepayers.

Maloney said he has “never seen an agency so unaccountable or encountered bureaucrats so callous to the damage they could inflict on hardworking families and businesses.”

Gibson said they “will not relent in our efforts to prevent this agency from doing further damage to the families and the economy of the Hudson Valley, where people are already struggling to make ends meet because they are saddled with huge electric bills.” He said FERC must be held “accountable to the citizens it represents.”