Today, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) to address climate change legislation as it pertains to the energy sector. Chairman Wellinghoff used the opportunity to express FERC's support for the development of hydrokinetic energy technologies. As evidence, the Chairman referenced FERC's policy of allowing some hydrokinetic technologies to be tested without a license and others to receive expedited licenses under a "pilot license" process. In addition, the Chairman pointed to FERC's Memorandum of Understanding with MMS clarifying jurisdiction over hydrokinetic projects on the OCS, as well as independent agreements on project development with Washington and Oregon states, as measures FERC has adopted to advance hydrokinetic projects.