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Sens. Jim Risch, Angus King Write to Address Huawei Energy Security Issue

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Sens. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Angus King, I-Maine, have issued a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Chinese firm Huawei Technologies’ threat to the U.S. energy infrastructure.

The letter, addressed to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, sought the commission’s help to secure the U.S. 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 the Chinese Communist Party.

“Given FERC’s 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.