Government Set To Shut Down While Congress Continues To Bicker

HBW Resources DC Energy and Politics Update

As the week opens, Congress continues its brinksmanship over a completely avoidable government shutdown.  House Republicans continue to demand the inclusion of some form of prohibition on the implementation of Obama-care.  The Senate stripped the original defunding language from the bill and passed the continuing resolution, sending it back to the House.  The House promptly took up the measure and added provisions limiting funds for Obama-care and sent it back to the Senate.  Without some movement to moderate between the two chambers, a brief government shutdown appears all but certain, but nothing urges action like a deadline, and this Congress has certainly thrived on crisis, either real or invented. Other issues ranging from RFS reform to prohibiting implementation of the EPA’s new GHG regs have been discussed associated with the CR and debt ceiling debates.  As soon as a CR is finished this week, attention will turn directly to the debt ceiling negotiations as the federal government is set to default by Oct. 17th according to the US Treasury.

Other Items of Interest

Chairman Fred Upton and Rep. Gene Green Introduce Bill To Expedite Permitting: According to the Committee, “The North American Energy Infrastructure Act would consolidate and modernize the cross-boundary permitting process for oil pipelines, natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission lines, replacing and superseding the current processes that have been created in an ad hoc fashion by multiple Executive Orders.

Senator Debbie Stabenow Calls For CFTC Review of RINs Manipulation:  Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, called on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to review recent allegations about possible manipulation of the markets for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) – the tracking mechanism to ensure petroleum blenders and refiners meet their requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Stabenow called on the CFTC, which is tasked with overseeing markets for commodity futures, options and swaps, to use its expertise and authority to help preserve the integrity of the RINs market.  A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Pres. Obama Addresses United Nations, Commits to Ensuring Energy From Middle East and Africa:During an address to the United Nations, President Obama outlined his policy priorities with respect to the Middle East and North Africa stating:  “We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world.  Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends on the region’s energy supply, and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.”  The comments were immediately noted and criticized by members of Congress urging greater focus on development of domestic resources rather than ensuring continued oil shipments for the Middle East.

DOE Announces $9 Million In Funding For Grid Reliability Detection:  The DOE announced up to $9 million in funding to facilitate rapid response to abnormal grid conditions.  The funding will help utilities better detect and head off potential blackouts, while improving day-to-day grid reliability and helping with the integration of clean renewable sources of energy onto the grid. The “Pre-Commercial Synchrophasor Research and Demonstration” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) targets teams comprised of utilities and software developers to develop and implement advanced software which would improve the operational reliability of the grid.

Important Events and Hearings

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Reviewed:  On Monday, September 30th at 12:00 PM, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) will hold a discussion on “President Obama’s Climate Action Plan in the Near Term: Expectations, Concerns, and Opportunities.” White House Domestic Policy Council Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech; David Wagner, associate at Reed Smith LLP; Elliot Diringer, executive vice president at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; Jennifer Smokelin, counsel at Reed Smith LLP will participate.
ELI, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 620, Washington, D.C.
RSVP required to Marcia McMurrin, mcmurrin@eli.org

Private Sector Incentives To Lower GHG Emissions:  On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2, beginning at 9:00 AM, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will hold the “Carbon Forum North America Conference,” focusing on mobilize private sector capital, technology, and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C.
CONTACT Ben McCarthy, mccarthy@ieta.orghttp://ietacarbonforum.org/2013/ [Note: Media RSVP requested; press passes will also be available at the door.]

Hearing to Review Transboundary Legislation:  On Tuesday, October 1st at 9:30 AM, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on S.812, authorizing the secretary of the Interior to take actions to implement the agreement between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico; and H.R.1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act.” Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs at the State Department; Acting Assistant Interior Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Tommy Beaudreau; Jacqueline Savitz, vice president for U.S. oceans at Oceana; and Erik Milito, director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream and Industry Operations, will testify.
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building
http://energy.senate.gov

US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Meeting:  On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2 at 9:30 AM, the Interior Department (DOI); Office of the Secretary of the Interior; Policy, Management and Budget will hold a meeting of the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) Advisory Committee to review the U.S. draft candidacy application for EITI, guidance from EITI experts, and a discussion of next steps toward attaining candidacy.
Interior Department, 1849 C Street NW, Room 5160, Washington, D.C.
RSVP to useiti@ios.doi.gov or the event will be available via conference call at 866-707-0640; passcode, 1500538.

The Winter Heating Season: On Tuesday, Octov The American Gas Association (AGA) holds a discussion on “The 2013-2014 Winter Heating Season.” Bruce McDowell, director of policy analysis at AGA; and Andrew Soto, senior managing counsel for regulatory affairs at AGA will present.
400 North Capital Street NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, D.C.
RSVP to Christina Nyquist at 202-824-7204 or cnyquist@aga.org.

NRC Meets On Storage Of Spent Nuclear Fuel:  On Tuesday, October 1st at 2:00 PM, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a meeting on proposed amendments to the NRC’s regulations pertaining to the environmental impacts of the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel beyond a reactor’s licensed life for operation and prior to ultimate disposal.
NRC Headquarters, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, First Floor Commission Hearing Room, Rockville, Md.
RSVP to Sarah Lopas at 301-287-0675 or Sarah.Lopas@nrc.gov.

The Path To Increased Energy Efficiency: On Wednesday, October 2nd at 8:30 AM, the Alliance to Save Energy will hold a briefing on “Great Energy Efficiency Day 2013: A Policy Path to Double Energy Productivity – State and Local Success Stories.” Sen. Mark Warner; Sen. Rob Portman; Rep. David McKinley; Assistant Energy Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson; Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan; Pam O’Connor; Frank Murray, president and CEO of the New York State Research and Development Authority; Krisin Barbato, New York City deputy commissioner and chief energy management officer; Helen Burt, senior vice president of Pacific Gas and Electric; David Jacot, director of energy efficiency for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; Mandy Mahoney, president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Sean McBride, vice president of Ingersoll Rand; and Jim Pauley, senior vice president of Schneider Electric will participate.
325 Russell Senate Office Building
RSVP to 202-857-0666 or info@ase.org, or register at: http://engage.ase.org/site/Calendar?id=101941&view=Detail

House Oversight Hearing on Wind Energy Tax Credits:  On Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:30 AM, the House Oversight Committee Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Oversight of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit.”
2154 Rayburn House Office Building
Additional information can be found here: http://oversight.house.gov.

House Hearing on the North American Energy Infrastructure Act:  On Wednesday, October 2nd at 10:00 AM, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The North American Energy Infrastructure Act,” to require approval for the construction and operation of oil or gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities across the national boundary of the United States for the import or export of oil, gas, or electricity to or from the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building
Additional information can be found here: http://energycommerce.house.gov.

DOE and FERC Meeting on Hydropower:  On Wednesday, October 2nd at 12:00 PM, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a workshop on the feasibility of a two-year process for the issuance of a license for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects in compliance with section 6 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.
FERC, 888 First Street NE, Commission Meeting Room, Washington, D.C.
RSVP to Sarah McKinley at 202-502-8004 or sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov.

USEA Energy Supply Forum:  On Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM, the United States Energy Association (USEA) will hold the Sixth Annual Energy Supply Forum. Mark Schuster, executive vice president for Exploration-Americas for Shell Oil Company; Greg Vesey, vice president of gas supply and trading for the Chevron and chairman of the National Gas Supply Association; Joe Desmond, senior vice president of marketing and government affairs at BrightSource Energy Inc.; James Ellis, CEO of Alberta Energy Regulator; Frank Katulak, president and CEO of Distrigas of Massachusetts; and David Lamp, CEO and executive vice president of HollyFrontier Corp. will participate.
National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Ballroom, Washington, D.C.
RSVP to 202-312-1230; http://www.usea.org/event/6th-annual-energy-supply-forum.  Register athttp://www.usea.org/node/712/register.

Senate Agriculture Committee Reviews Advanced Biofuels:  On Thursday, October 3rd at 9:30 AM, the Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Advanced Biofuels: Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Mike Lynch, managing director of green innovation for NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Brooke Coleman, executive director of the Advanced Ethanol Coalition, Washington, D.C.; Jim Collins, senior vice president of DuPont Polymers and Industrial Biosciences, Washington D.C.; Tim Zenk, vice president of corporate affairs at Sapphire Energy, San Diego, Calif.; and vice president of , director of Innovate Mississippi’s Strategic Biomass Solutions project, will testify.
328-A Russell Senate Office Building
Additional information can be found here: http://agriculture.senate.gov.

Nominations Hearing and Markup:  On Thursday, October 3rd at 11:00 AM, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee markup to vote on the nominations of Michael O’Rielly to be commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission; Terrell McSweeny to be commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission; Jo Handelsman to be associate director for science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; Robert Simon to be associate director for environment and energy in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; Kathryn Sullivan to be Commerce undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
253 Russell Senate Office Building
Additional information can be found here:  http://commerce.senate.gov.

Member of the day: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

Committee Assignments: Natural Resources and Oversight and Government Reform

Contacts:
Chief of Staff: Tom Van Flein
Legislative Director: Jeremy Harrell
Twitter: @RepGosar

Experience:
Rep. Gosar won his seat in 2010 defeating incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick and Libertarian Nicole Patti. Originally from Wyoming, Gosar received bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in 1981, and received his DDS from Creighton in 1985. He spent the previous 25 years running his own dental practice in Flagstaff. It was this experience as a health-care professional and small-business owner that prompted Gosar’s entry into politics. His focus on cutting federal spending and decreasing the debt was a prime reason he received backing from the Tea Party and Sarah Palin during his campaign. Before coming to Washington, Gosar served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the vice chairman of the American Dental Association Council on Government Affairs.

Importance:
Paul Gosar is an accomplished dentist and small business owner. His experience running his small business in rural Arizona has given him a unique appreciation of the challenges facing business owners throughout the country. As a member of both the Natural Resources Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he has made restraining federal spending and controlling the national debt a priority. He believes that the United States should take advantage of its abundance of natural resources to help create jobs and balance the trade deficit. He also believes that government funding should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayers are getting the best value for the dollars they send to Washington.

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