Thursday in Washington:
Progress/Work Continues…in the House
The House completed its work and passed the FY2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 2609) late last night. The bill includes significant cuts to renewable energy programs, funding to support the approval of Yucca Mountain, and a provision prohibiting the implementation of the Administration’s National Ocean Policy’s “ocean zoning” activities.
Today, the House will be taking up the Farm Bill once again. The first attempt to pass this legislation failed before the July 4th recess, and leaders are hoping that the pared back bill without the nutrition assistance cuts will be able to pass the chamber. However, a large number of agricultural groups and other organizations have already come out opposed to the new approach.
The Senate consideration of a cloture motion to proceed to legislation freezing student loan rates at 3.4 percent failed yesterday, but a compromise measure sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) may be considered today.
Other Items of Interest:
House Energy and Commerce Energy and Power Subcommittee Passes Energy Bills: The House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee passed H.R.1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, and H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013. Additional information about the bills can be viewed here. The committee also released a list of costly EPA rules that have either been proposed or finalized where the review process envisioned by H.R. 1582 could help ensure that economic costs of the regulations are fully vetted by Congress.
US and China To Announce GHG Reduction Agreement: Leaders from the United States and China have agreed to a number of steps aimed at reducing green house gas emissions. Reports indicate that the agreements will focus on lower vehicle emissions, power plant emission, joint carbon capture and sequestration demonstration projects, and improving industrial energy efficiency. However, no set volumetric standards or goals are expected.
34 Senators Ask Secretary Moniz To Expedite LNG Export License Reviews: A bipartisan group of 34 U.S. Senators wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asking him to expedite the review and approval of the license applications. The Senators expressed concerns about the apparent timeline the DOE is on with respect to review and approval of these applications and
EPA Seeks Information on Chemicals Used for Oil and Gas Extraction: The EPA issued aproposed rule seeking input from chemical manufacturers and the public on the scope of possible rules seeking health and other information on chemicals used by the oil and gas industry from resource extraction. The proposed rule follows a 2011 filing by environmental groups claiming certain disclosures were required under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
EIA Releases Nationwide Inventory of Energy Efficiency Evaluation Reports: The Energy Information Administration released a nationwide inventory with detailed summaries of energy efficiency evaluation reports from all the states around the United States.
Important Hearings and Events:
Demand Response and Smart Grid Meeting: On July 11th at 8:30 AM in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid holds its 10th National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid. Register here.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Regulation of New Chemicals: On July 11th at 9:30 AM in 2322 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation.”
House Science Committee to Review National Labs and Science Programs: On July 11th at 9:30 AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Oversight and Management of Department of Energy National Laboratories and Science Activities.” Matthew Stepp, senior policy analyst for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Jack Spencer, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Thom Mason, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will testify.
House Natural Resources Committee Reviews Helium Production: On July 11th at 9:30 AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “America’s Helium Supply: Options for Producing more Helium from Federal Lands.”
CSIS Hosts Discussion on US Nuclear Leadership: Today at 3:30 PM, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a discussion on “Restoring U.S. Leadership in Nuclear Energy: A National Security Imperative.” Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft; Richard Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; John Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS; and Michael Wallace, senior adviser at CSIS, will participate. More information can be found atwww.csis.org.
New Member of the Day: US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Committee Assignments: Energy and Natural Resources, Joint Economic Committee, Intelligence
Chief of Staff: Steve Haro
Legislative Director: Jude McCartin
Legislative Assistant (Energy): Maya A. Hermann
Twitter: @Heinrich4NM or @MartinHeinrich
While in the House, Heinrich served on the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees representing Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratory. Heinrich was president of Albuquerque’s city council and natural resources trustee for New Mexico. With a background in science and engineering, he has worked and advocated for renewable energy source throughout his entire career.
Senator Heinrich is a strong proponent of renewable energy and voted with his party over ninety percent of the time while in the House. He is a supporter of Climate Change legislation and an advocate for science-based regulation. His election was celebrated by environmentalists who believe that he could be one of their strongest advocates in the Senate given his background and experience with wildlife restoration. His position on the Natural Resources Committee provides him with the opportunity to help shape energy and environmental policies coming out of the Senate. The Committee led by Senator Ron Wyden is expected to allow greater flexibility and inclusion of other Member’s priorities than under the last two chairman which could give Sen. Heinrich ample opportunity to pursue his objectives.
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