#Keystone XL & #Climate Issues Take Center Stage While #Congress Debates #Energy Efficiency

HBW Energy and Politics Update

Today in Washington: 
Both the House and the Senate will be in session this week.  The House was not able to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the year last week, but it is expected to make another attempt this week.  The House is scheduled to go into the recess next week, but may have to return if work is not completed on the continuing resolution. The Senate will continue its consideration of the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation with discussion and votes expected on a wide variety of energy related topics, from an amendment restraining the EPA from releasing new greenhouse gas regulations to a resolution sponsored by Senator Hoeven stating that the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest of the United States. In the committees, the House will be reviewing the impact of new GHG regulations expected out this week and the jobs impact of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Legislation to be considered in the House this Week:
H.R. 1410 – Keep the Promise Act of 2013
H.R. 1003– To improve consideration by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of the costs and benefits of its regulations and orders
H.R. 2449 – To authorize the President to extend the term of the Agreement of Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy
H.R. 301 – To provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia
S.793 – Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013
H.R. 3092 – To amend the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and for other purposes
H.R. 1526 – Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, Rules Committee Print
H.R. 761 – National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013
H.R. 687 – Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013
H.R. __ – Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act
H.J.Res __ – Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2014

Other Items of Interest:

DOE Announces Approval of New LNG Export Facility: The Department of Energy announcedthat it has conditionally authorized Dominion’s Cove Point Terminal to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement. Dominion Cove Point previously received approval to export LNG from this facility to FTA countries on October 7, 2011.  Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day (Bcf/d) for a period of 20 years.

House Natural Resource Committee Leaders Seek Affordable Energy for the Northwest:House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio sent a letter to the DOE expressing concerns about potential implementation of new proposals for intermittent and renewable sources of electricity that could increase costs to the Bonneville Power Administration and the Western Area Power Administration. The letter expresses the concern that costs to consumers may outweigh regional benefits.  They request further study of the matter to ensure ratepayers and stakeholders in the affected areas have the best information available to make these critical business decisions.

Chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee Releases White Paper on Coal Regs:  House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) released a white paper report by the Attorneys General from seventeen states addressing the EPA’s planned new regulations for existing electricity power plants fueled by coal. The coalition of Attorneys General express concern about whether in developing and implementing these regulations the EPA will adhere to the limitations of its authority under the Clean Air Act.

USDA Announces Funding Support for Producers of Advanced Biofuels: The USDAannounced that it is making nearly $15.5 million in payments to 188 producers through the Advanced Biofuel Payment Program. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien made the announcement on the USDA’s behalf in Omaha, NE, at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference.   The funding is being provided through USDA’s Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuels produced from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Examples of eligible feedstocks include but are not limited to: crop residue; animal, food and yard waste; vegetable oil; and animal fat.  The USDA also announced a series of partnership involving over $2.9 million for wood to energy projects.

USDA Announces Additional Financial Support for Rural Electric Cooperatives:  USDAannounced funding for projects in seven states to improve electric service for about 7,000 rural customers. Rural Utilities Service Administrator John Padalino made the announcement on the Secretary’s behalf during a regional meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The loan guarantees are made available through the Rural Utilities Service of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. They include more than $5 million for smart grid projects and nearly $3 million to improve electric service for Native Americans.

Important Events and Hearings:

Climate Mitigation: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) hold a briefing on “Fast-Action Climate Mitigation: A Focus on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.” David Turk, counselor to the special envoy for climate change at the State Department; Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP; Mack McFarland, global environmental manager at DuPont Fluorochemicals; and Durwood Zaelke, president of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Government will participate
Monday, September 16, 2013
CVC-217, U.S. Capitol
To Attend, contact: Laura Parsons, 202-662-1884, lparsons@eesi.orghttp://www.eesi.org

Senate ENR to Consider Binz Nomination: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing to consider the nominations of Mr. Ronald J. Binz to be a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ms. Elizabeth M. Robinson to be Under Secretary of Energy, and Mr. Michael L. Connor to be Deputy Secretary of Interior.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:30 AM
366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

DHS and Critical Infrastructure:  Homeland Security Department (DHS); 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.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:00 PM
National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Auditorium, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 150, Arlington, Va.
Contact: Nancy Wong, 703-235-2888

House Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Climate Policies: House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on “The Obama Administration’s Climate Change Policies and Activities.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:15 AM
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

House Natural Gas Caucus: The House Natural Gas Caucus holds a luncheon discussion on “the foundational role of natural gas in addressing many of the nation’s energy, economic and environmental priorities.” Co-chairs of the House Natural Gas Caucus Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif, will participate.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 PM
B-338/339 Rayburn House Office Building
Contact: Christina Nyquist, 202-824-7204, cnyquist@aga.org

House Natural Resources Committee Reviews Hydropower:  House Natural Resources Committee Oversight Hearing on “Keeping Hydropower Affordable and Reliable: The Protection of Existing Hydropower Investments and the Promotion of New Development”
Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Water and Power
1324 Longworth House Office Building

House WRDA Markup: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Full Committee Markup of WRDA Reauthorization
Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:00 AM
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Job Impacts from Keystone XL: House Energy and Commerce Hearing on “Keystone’s Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:15 AM
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

Member of the Day:  U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) 

Committee Assignments:
Foreign Relations

Contact Information:
Chief of Staff: Gina Santucci
Legislative Director:  Tim Tarpley
Telephone #: 202-225-6565
Twitter: @JudgeTedPoe

Biographical Information:
Rep. Poe is a regular speaker on the House Floor and is known for his signature tag line — “And that’s just the way it is,” which he repeated 347 times last Congress.  He was a character long before he came to Congress.  As a state judge, he handed out creative and stiff sentences which were referred to as “Poe-tic Justice.”  During his time as Houston’s chief felony prosecuting attorney, he never lost a jury trial. Poe is also a member of the Republican Study Committee and the Tea Party Caucus.  He is famous for a YouTube video where he asked where in the constitution the authority to dictate what kind of light bulbs he has to buy is conferred upon the federal government.

On Energy:  Rep. Poe is a true all-of-the- above energy policy supporter.  He supports expanded domestic drilling and refining capacity, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and government investments in alternative energy technologies.  What puts him slightly at odds with some of his GOP colleagues is his position on energy issues.

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