Congress Reviews Increased Domestic Oil Production Effects on Energy Prices

HBW Energy & Politics Daily Update

Monday in Washington:

Despite the procedural standoff unfolding in the Senate, this will be a very busy week on Capitol Hill. Hearings and markups in both the House and the Senate on energy legislation are planned.  In the Senate, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will review the impact of expanded oil and gas production on fuel prices early in the week and then hold a hearing on clean energy technologies later in the week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will be marking up H.R.1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013; and H.R.1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act.

The House will be in pro-forma session today and then will take up a number of bills under suspension of the rules on Tuesday.  The bills include:  H.R. 2576, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents; H.R. 1848, the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013; and H.R. 2611, to designate the headquarters building of the Coast Guard on the campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue Southeast in the District of Columbia as the “Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.”  The House will then take up bills designed to limit the implementation of the 2010 health care law.  These include: H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act; and H.R. 2668 the Fairness for American Families Act.  The House could also take up legislation addressing the increase in student loan rates (H.R. 5) and the FY2012 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2397).

Other Items of Interest:

Report on the US-China Climate Change Working Group:  The State Department released areport on the meetings and agreements made by US and Chinese officials as part of the Strategic Economic Dialogue.  The officials envision work and progress on heavy-duty vehicles, smart grid technology, carbon capture and sequestration, collection of greenhouse gas data, and enhanced energy efficiency in commercial buildings.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Latest White Paper on RFS:  The House Energy and Commerce Committee released its most recent white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard.  This paper focuses on implementation challenges of the policy including the determination of annual volume requirements and the integrity and governance renewable identification numbers.  The paper asks for affected stakeholders to provide input on a number of questions.

DOE Release Report on Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change:  The Department of Energy released a new report on the vulnerabilities of critical energy and transmission infrastructure to climate change related weather incidents. The report found increased likelihood of supply distributions, need for hardening of certain assets, and potential for higher costs of power.

Important Hearings and Events:

Fuels America Briefing on Global Fuel Markets: On July 15th at 1:30 PM, Fuels America will hold a conference call briefing, beginning at 1:30 p.m., on “From the Middle East to the Midwest: Experts to Discuss Gas Prices, Global Oil Markets, and Renewable Fuel.” Geoff Cooper, vice president of research and analysis at the Renewable Fuels Association; Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Anna Rath, CEO of NextSteppe; and Bruce Vollan, owner of Vollan Oil, a family-owned gas station in South Dakota, will participate.  Call-in: 888-389-5988; password, 1596323.

USEA Discussion on Carbon Dioxide Removal:  On July 15th at 2 PM at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 550, the United States Energy Association (USEA) will hold a discussion on “Technologies for Removal of CO2 from the Atmosphere.” Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will lead the discussion.  Register here:

DOE Hosts Meeting of the National Petroleum Council:  On July 16th at 9 AM at the St. Regis Hotel at 923 16th Street, the Energy Department (DOE); Office of Fossil Energy will hold a meeting of the National Petroleum Council. The event will be available via webcast at:

Senate Committee Reviews Impact of Expanded Oil and Gas Production on Fuel Prices: On July 16th at 10 AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on how United States gasoline and fuel prices are being affected by the current boom in domestic oil production and the restructuring of the United States refining industry and distribution system. Adam Sieminski, administrator of the Energy Information Administration; Jeff Hume, vice chairman for strategic growth initiatives at the Continental Resources, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Bill Klesse, chairman and CEO of the Valero Energy Corporation, San Antonio, Texas; Dan Gilligan, president of the The Petroleum Marketers Association of America, Arlington, Va.; Chris Plaushin, director of federal relations for the American Automobile Association, Healthrow, Fla.; and Faisel Khan, managing director for integrated oil and gas research at Citigroup Inc., New York, N.Y., will testify. Additional information can be found at:

DOE Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee Meeting:  On July 16th at 12:45 PM at 1000 Independence Ave., the Energy Department (DOE); Office of Fossil Energy will hold a meeting of the Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee to discuss committee comments on draft methane hydrate roadmap, committee recommendations and receive public comments.

House Markup of Energy Bills:  On July 16th and 17th in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full committee markup of H.R.1582, the “Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013″; H.R.1900, the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”; H.R.83, to require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States; H.R.2094, the “School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act”; H.R.698, the “HIV Organ Policy Equity Act”; and H.R.2052, the “Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 2013.” Additional information about the markup can be found here:

House Hearing with Department of Interior: On July 17th at 10 AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “The Department of the Interior Operations, Management, and Rulemakings.” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will testify. Additional information on the hearing can be viewed here:

DHS Evaluates Resilience of Critical Infrastructure:  On July 17th at 3 PM at 2451 Crystal Drive in Arlington, the Department of Homeland Security Department; National Protection and Programs Directorate will hold a meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council on the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors and information systems.

Politico Pro Hosts “Future of Energy” breakfast:  On July 18th at 8 AM at the Newseum, Politico Pro will host a “Future of Energy” breakfast briefing, focusing on “what to expect for energy policy in 2013, its impact on the economy, the future of the EPA and the president’s recent statements on climate change.”  Additional information can be found under the events tab

ACORE Discusses Renewable Energy and the Military: On July 18th at 8:45 AM at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) holds the U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum. More information and registration can be found here:

Senate Hearing on Clean Energy Technology: On July 18th at 9:30 AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Spurring Investment in America’s Clean Energy Technology.” Additional information about the hearing can be found here:

Natural Gas Roundtable Discusses Distributed Generation: On July 18th at 12 PM at the University Club, the Natural Gas Roundtable holds a discussion on “Distributed Generation and Natural Gas: A Winning Team for Affordable Power, Resilient Infrastructure and the Environment.” Steve Zilonis, chairman of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy and vice president of Dresser-Rand; Janet Peace, vice president of markets and business strategies at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; and Rick Murphy, managing director of sustainable growth at the American Gas Association, will participate in the discussion.

House Hearing on Cost of Carbon Estimates: On July 18th at 2 PM in 2247 Rayburn, the House Oversight Committee Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Examining the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon Estimates.” Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here:

House Hearing on the African Resource Curse: On July 18th at 2PM in 2200 Rayburn, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on “Is There an African Resource Curse?” Corinna Gilfillan, director of Global Witness USA; Mohammed Amin Adam, executive director of the Africa Center for Energy Policy; and NFL wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champion Anquan Boldin, ambassador for Oxfam America, will testify. Additional information can be reviewed here:

Member of the Day: US Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX)

Committee Assignments:  Appropriations

Chief of Staff: Cynthia Gaona
Deputy COS: Amy Travieso
Legislative Director: Megan Swearingen
Twitter: @RepCuellar

Experience:   Rep. Cuellar earned an associate’s degree from Laredo Community College, a bachelors degree from Georgetown, a master’s degree in International Trade at Texas A&M International University, and a law degree and Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is an obvious fan of higher education. In 1981, Rep. Cuellar opened his own law firm and became a licensed customs broker in 1983. He worked at TAMIU as an Adjunct Professor for International Commercial Law from 1984 to 1986. The following year, Congressman Cuellar decided to fully dedicate his life to public service and served as a State Representative from 1987 until he was appointed as the Texas Secretary of State in 2001.  He has served on both the House Agriculture Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee in previous Congresses and was a strong advocate for policies of importance to his district’s farming and ranching operations.  He became a member of the House Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress.

Importance:  Rep. Cuellar is the Co-Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which assigns members to committees and advises on policies for the party in the House. He is also a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Coalition.  In 2006, he became the first Democrat ever endorsed by the conservative Club for Growth.  He is dedicated to reducing the nation’s deficit by reforming how Congress appropriates federal funds. In 2009, he worked with his Blue Dog colleagues to help pass the landmark Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) legislation to reign-in federal spending and restore the budget surpluses of the 1990′s. He is a moderate in an increasingly polarized House, making a target for both parties, but also a potential bridge on budget, energy, environment, and border security issues.  He has received support from both unions and extractive industries.  His new position on the House Appropriations Committee gives him a unique opportunity to help shape and limit federal spending.

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