This Week: #Senate Takes Up #Energy Efficiency & #KeystoneXL Legislation While House Limits Regulatory Authority of Gov’t

Monday in Washington

Do Nothing Congress…Not So Fast

This is the last week of business on Capitol Hill before Congress goes on its annual month-long August recess.  Apparently concerned about the “do nothing” label of this Congress, the House intend to pass a large number of bills this week before adjourning.  House leadership intends to push through the following pieces of legislation this week: H.R. 2610, the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill;  H.R. 2094,the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine; H.R. 2754, the Collectible Coin Protection; H.R. 1300, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges; H.R. 2711, the Citizen Empowerment Act; H.R. 2579 – Government Employee Accountability Act; H.R. 1660, the Government Customer Service; H.R. 313, the Government Spending Accountability Act; H.R. 1541, the Common Sense in Compensation Act H.R. 2565, the STOP IRS; H.R. 2769, the Stop Playing on Citizen’s Cash Act; H.R. 2768, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013; H.R. 1897, the Vietnam Human Rights Act; H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act;  H.Res. 222, the Recognizing the long-term partnership and friendship between the United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, working together towards peace and security in the Middle East; H.R. 1911; the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013; H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act; H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013; and H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013.

The Senate meanwhile will continue its slow progress on Appropriations bills (S. 1243) and nominations before bringing up the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency bill (S. 761) at the end of the week, seemly using the desire to adjourn as a way of limiting the number of amendments and the time of consideration. An amendment stripping the decision making authority of the President and approving the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to brought up during consideration of the bill.  The amendment will be sponsored by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND).  Last week, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) predicted that amendment would have sufficient support to pass.

Reports

Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report: This report gives a summary of the most important events last week impacting the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development.  It tracks key developments in the states, at the national level, and internationally. Follow Bo Ollison on twitter at: @BoOllison.

Greenfield Offshore Energy Report:  This report provides a summary of key regulatory developments that could impact or impede the development of offshore resources.  Follow key news affecting offshore development by monitoring the National Ocean Policy Coalition on twitter at @USAOceanPolicy and the National Ocean Industries Association at @oceanindustries.

Forsgren Environmental Report: This report provides updates and analysis of environmental legislative and regulatory actions that could impact the transportation and energy sectors.  You can follow the new environmental developments by following HBW on twitter at @rchammond, @agripundit, @boollison, @randman68, and @mzehrhbw.

Other Items of Interest

BOEM Offers Nearly 21 Million Acres Offshore TX for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced final details for the Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 233. The sale will take place on August 28 and will cover roughly 20.7 million acres million acres offshore Texas for oil and gas exploration and development. The bureau estimates the proposed lease sale could result in the production of 116 to 200 million barrels of oil and 538 to 938 billion cubic feet of natural gas. The sale offers 3,864 blocks, located from nine to 250 miles offshore, in water depths ranging from 16 to more than 10,975 feet (five to 3,346 meters).

EIA Says Natural Gas Liquids Prices Trending Down Since 2012: The Energy Information Administration released a report showing natural gas liquids prices heading lower throughout 2012 coming into 2013. For the first six months of 2013, ethane prices averaged 27 cents per gallon, over 45% below the price for the first six months of 2012. Ethane prices have been low compared with natural gas prices, prompting gas processors to leave it mixed in the natural gas stream, a phenomenon referred to as ethane rejection

EIA Predictions Energy Consumption To Increase by 56% by 2040: The Energy Information Administration released a report  showing that world energy consumption will grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040, from 524 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) to 820 quadrillion Btu. Most of this growth will come from non-OECD (non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries, where demand is driven by strong economic growth.

Senator Wyden Lays Out Natural Gas Priorities and Plans:  During a speech given to the Bipartisan Policy Center, Senator Wyden announced four areas – infrastructure, transportation, exports and shale development – where he has begun working to find bipartisan agreement.

House Passes Coal Ash Legislation:  The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act by a vote of 265 to 155. Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), the legislation will improve environmental protections and protect jobs by creating a state-based program that sets enforceable federal standards for coal ash.

Important Hearings and Events

The Current State of Energy Efficiency:  On July 29th at 12 PM in B-338 Rayburn, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), and the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus will hold the 2013 BCSE State of the Industry briefing on “Energy Efficiency Markets: Investment and Policy Trends.” Register for the event here.

The National Blueways Order:  On July 29th at 1 PM in West Plains, MO, the House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee will hold a field hearing on “A Washington, DC-Based Bureaucratic Invention with Potential Water Conservation and Property Rights Impacts: The National Blueways Order.”  Additional information can be found here.

DHS Meeting on Critical Infrastructure:  On July 29th at 1:30, the Homeland Security Department (DHS); National Protection and Programs Directorate  will hold a meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to discuss issues relevant to critical infrastructure protection and resilience and to receive and discuss a presentation from the NIAC Regional Resilience Working Group documenting their work to date on the Regional Resilience Study, which includes the role and impact of critical infrastructure on regional resiliency, best regional practices and models, and the contribution of public private partnerships.

LNG and Heavy Trucking:  On July 29th at 2 PM, Pace Global will hold a webinar, beginning at 2 p.m., on “LNG (liquid natural gas) for Heavy Duty Trucking.” Todd Thurlow, vice president at Pace Global, will lead the discussion.  Webinar information is available athttps://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/357429856.

Arctic Development:  On July 30th at 9 AM at CSIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a discussion of a new report on, “The Benefits and Costs of Cold,” on the future of economic development in the American Arctic. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R-AK) will lead the discussion. Additional information can be found on the CSIS website at:  http://www.csis.org.

ENR Markup:  On July 30th at 10 AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the following pieces of legislation: S.37, to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation; S.343, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site; S.364, to establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area, to designate certain Federal land as wilderness, and to improve the management of noxious weeds in the Lewis and Clark National Forest; S.404, to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; S.753, to provide for national security benefits for White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss; S.1169, to withdraw and reserve certain public land in the State of Montana for the Limestone Hills Training Area; S.1294, to designate as wilderness certain public land in the Cherokee National Forest in the State of Tennessee; S.1300, to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to provide for the conduct of stewardship end result contracting projects; S.1301, to provide for the restoration of forest landscapes, protection of old growth forests, and management of national forests in the eastside forests of the State of Oregon; S.1309, to withdraw and reserve certain public land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior for military uses; H.R.507, to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona; H.R.862, to authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960; H.R.876, to authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho; H.R.993 and S.507, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of National Forest System land to the city of Fruit Heights, Utah.

Less Carbon, More Jobs:  On July 30th at 10 AM, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Opportunity (JCPEO) will hold a discussion on “Less Carbon, More Jobs: How Tackling Climate Change Can Create Jobs & Expand Economic Opportunity.” Shamar Bibbins, director of national partnerships at Green For All; Dan Lashof, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Danielle Deane, director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will participate in the discussion. Register at: http://www.jointcenter.org/node/3483/register.

Senate Commerce Committee Legislative Markup:  On July 30th at 2:30 PM in 253 Russell, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee markup of the following bills:  S.134, to arrange for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children; S.Res.157, expressing the sense of the Senate that telephone service must be improved in rural areas of the United States and that no entity may unreasonably discriminate against telephone users in those areas; S.267, to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through port State measures; S.269, to establish uniform administrative and enforcement authorities for the enforcement of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and similar statutes; S.376, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System; S.839, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000; S.921, to amend chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the rental of motor vehicles that contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety; S.1068, to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002; S.1072, to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes and the continued development of the general aviation industry; S.1144, to prohibit unauthorized third-party charges on wireline telephone bills; S.1254, to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; S.1317, to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY2014 through FY2016; S.1344, to promote research, monitoring, and observation of the Arctic; and original bill entitled “Cyber”; and votes on the nominations of Jannette Dates, Bruce Ramer, Brent Nelsen, Howard Husock and Loretta Sutliff all to be members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Thomas Carper to be a director of the Amtrak Board of Directors; Thomas Wheeler to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission; Mark Schaefer to be assistant secretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere; and nominations for promotion in the United States Coast Guard. Additional information on the markup and the bills can be foundon the Committee’s website at:http://commerce.senate.gov.

Nuclear Waste Disposal and Storage:  On July 30th at 2:30 PM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on S.1240, the “Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013,” to establish a new organization to manage nuclear waste, provide a consensual process for siting nuclear waste facilities, ensure adequate funding for managing nuclear waste. Additional information on the hearing can be found on the Committee’s website at: http://energy.senate.gov.

Fossil Fuel R&D:  On July 31st at 1:30 PM at the Department of Energy, the Energy Department will hold a meeting of the Loan Programs Office to receive comments on the draft of a potential future solicitation announcement for Federal Loan Guarantees for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects. The contact for the meeting is David Frantz, who can be reached atDraftLPOFossilSoliciationComments@hq.doe.gov.  They ask that participants RSVP at least two days prior to the meeting.

DOE’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Strategy:  On July 31st at 2 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Oversight of DOE’s Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste.” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will testify.  Additional information can be found on the Committee’s website at: http://energycommerce.house.gov.

Principles of Energy Tax Reform:  On July 31st at 2:30 PM in 215 Dirksen, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Powering Our Future: Principles for Energy Tax Reform.” Phyllis Cuttino, director for clean energy at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, professor at Stanford Law School, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Will Coleman, partner at OnRamp Capital, San Francisco, Calif.; and Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist at the American Council for Capital Formation, will testify.  Additional information about the hearing can be found here.

Secret Science, Secret Deals:  On August 1st at 10 AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Transparency and Sound Science Gone Extinct? The Impacts of the Obama Administration’s Closed-Door Settlements on Endangered Species and People.”  Additional information on the hearing can be found here.

Hearing on Hypothetical Regulating:  On August 1st at 1 PM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment – A Factual Review of a Hypothetical Scenario.” Additional information can be found on the Committee’s website at:  http://science.house.gov.

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