Tuesday in Washington


Tuesday in Washington:

Both the House and the Senate will be in session today. The House will take up two measures under suspension addressing privacy notifications and the National Flood Insurance Program. The budget proposals from both the House Republicans and the Senate Democrats are expected to be released today. This will mark the first time in 92 years that the Congress will have released its budget proposals prior to the executive branch–a testament to the increasing importance federal budgeting is featuring in both parties’ platforms. The Senate is reported to be considering reconciliation instructions in its budget proposal, a plan that could expedite discussions on broader tax reform.

Other Items of Interest:

Chairman Wyden Asks EIA for Data on Recent Gasoline Price Increases
Following months of record-high gasoline prices, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, asked the federal Energy Information Administration for data to explain the price spike. In preparation for a hearing on gasoline prices later this spring, Wyden asked the agency to provide data concerning domestic oil production, exports and imports, refining capacity, transportation and mid-stream capacity, and consumption. A copy of the letter can be viewed here: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=e48f2723-24c7-4a18-9010-be475708a667.

DOE Announces New Funding Opportunity for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
The Energy Department issued a new funding opportunity announcement to help U.S. industry design and certify innovative small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). Building off the cost-share agreement announced in November 2012, this follow-on solicitation is open to other companies and manufacturers and is focused on furthering small modular reactor efficiency, operations and design. Additional information about the announcement and the opportunity can be viewed here:

OMB Completes Review of BLM Rule on Oil Shale Development in Western States
The OMB completed its review of a proposed rule on oil shale management on Western federal lands that would increase environmental protection requirements while limiting the areas available and providing flexibility to the royalty system. BLM issued a final environmental impact statement on the rule last November making 676,967 acres available for application for future leasing in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The rule would also allow leasing of 129,567 acres in Utah for tar sands development. More information on BLM’s oil shale and tar sands rule can be reviewed here: http://ostseis.anl.gov./documents/index.cfm

Consumer Energy Alliance Briefs FL Legislature on Energy Issues and KXL
At an Energy 101 event in Tallahassee, FL, sponsored by Consumer Energy Alliance and the FL Chamber of Commerce, Members of the FL State Legislature were briefed on national and state energy issues affecting the Sunshine State. The issues included increased production of domestic natural resources both onshore and offshore, the need for interim storage of nuclear waste, the potential for alternative/renewable energy sources, the need for increased efficiency, reform of the renewable fuels standard, EPA regulations affecting energy production, and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline to Florida and the US economy. Coverage of the event can be viewed here: http://news.wfsu.org/post/advocates-connect-florida-keystone-pipeline. Additional video coverage can be viewed here: CEA event at the 15:50 minute mark – http://thefloridachannel.org/video/program-201306/. The event was also covered by here at: http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=f9ff5f0c-fc47-41f7-b197-faeb0b8130b2.

DOE Releases Guide for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Facilities
The Federal Energy Management Program issued best practices and other guidance for large-scale renewable energy projects at federal facilities. The guide covers project management strategies, common terms, and principles that DOE says will help agencies mitigate risks for projects producing more than 10 megawatts at federal facilities. DOE said the guide will help the private sector understand the federal energy planning and acquisition processes. The guide can be viewed here: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/pdfs/large-scalereguide.pdf.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Holds Annual Conference
March 12-14, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold its 25th annual Regulatory Information Conference. Additional information on the meeting and the agenda can be found here: https://ric.nrc-gateway.gov/agenda.aspx

House Committee to Hold Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Hearing
At 10:00 AM on March 13th, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “The Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.” Additional information about the hearing can be found here: http://naturalresources.house.gov.

House Committee to Review Federal Support for Energy Technologies
At 3:00 PM on March 13th, the House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Federal Financial Support for Energy Technologies: Assessing Costs and Benefits.” Additional information on the hearing and the witnesses can be viewed here: http://science.house.gov.

House Committee to Review Onshore Oil and Gas Development
At 10:00 AM on March 14th, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing entitled “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices.” Additional information on the hearing and the witnesses can be viewed here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=320973.

House Committee to Review Western Hemisphere Energy Security
At 10:00 AM on March 14th, the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing entitled “U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada.” Additional information and witness testimony can be reviewed here: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-us-energy-security-enhancing-partnerships-mexico-and-canada.

Shale Gas in China Discussion
9:00 AM on March 15th, the Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a discussion entitled “Shale Gas Revolution in China: Game Changer for Coal?” The director of IHS CERA (China) and a staff scientist from the Natural Resources Defense Council will guide this discussion. You can find more information or RSVP for the event here: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/rsvp?eid=26296&pid=99.

New Member of the Day: US Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

Committee Assignments: Armed Services and Science

Chief of Staff: Jonathan Smith
Legislative Director: Kevin Warnke
Twitter: @DerekKilmer

Rep. Kilmer graduated from Princeton University with a degree in public policy and earned a Ph.D. in social policy with a focus on economic development from Oxford University. After graduate school, he worked for McKinsey and Company. In 2002, he joined the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County. He was appointed by both Gary Locke and Christine Gregoire to serve as a member of the board of trustees of Tacoma Community College. In 2004, he was elected to the Washington State House. He moved to the Senate in 2006 where he served as chairman of the Capital Budget Subcommittee of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Development panel. During his time in the Washington State Legislature, business groups praised Kilmer for being one of the most pro-business Democrats in Olympia. He is the three-time recipient of the “LEADER Award” from the Washington Economic Development Association and was named the Legislative Business Star Award from Enterprise Washington’s Business Institute

Rep. Kilmer has aligned himself with the centrist New Democrat Coalition — a group of generally pro-business, pro-trade House Democrats who describe themselves as the largest group of moderates in Congress. In keeping with his district, he is opposed to efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act or the Environmental Protection Agency. Military bases, including the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Naval Base Kitsap, McChord Air Force Base and Fort Lewis are major economic drivers in his district. As a Member of both the Armed Services Committee and the House Science Committee he will review policies determining energy R&D and Defense investments in new energy production options.

If you have any questions, please contact me anytime. Previous updates and new Member profiles can be reviewed at: http://www.mzehrhbw.wordpress.com. Hope you all have a great Tuesday!


Michael Zehr
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