Sens. Jim Risch, R-Idaho,Â and Angus King, I-Maine, have issued a letter to theÂ Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Chinese firmÂ Huawei Technologies’ threat toÂ the U.S. energy infrastructure.
The letter, addressed to FERC ChairmanÂ Neil Chatterjee, sought the commission’s help to secure the U.S.Â national critical infrastructure against Huawei-headed activities, Risch’s office said Friday.
The intelligence community has released warnings that Huawei has been working in connection with theÂ Chinese Communist Party.
“Given FERCâs responsibility for overseeing the reliability of the electric grid, it is critical that your agency take steps to ensure that United States critical infrastructure and the electric grid remain protected from foreign intrusion,” the senators wrote in the letter.
The letter also discussed Huawei’s solar energy products that may still be operating with the U.S. energy grid and potential damages to the country’s electricity supply and energy security.
The following senators have also signed the letter:
- Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
- Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
- John Cornyn, R-Texas
- Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
- Mark Warner, D-Va.
- Richard Burr, R-N.C.
- Susan Collins, R-Maine
- Tom Cotton, R-Ark.