Energy and Politics Daily Update

Monday in Washington:

Back to Work:

Following the July 4th recess, both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will be in session this week.  While the Senate’s schedule remains unclear, the House will be taking up the FY 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 2609) and legislation streamlining the permitting process for mining of critical minerals (H.R. 761).  Other important energy related activities include legislative hearings and markups of H.R.1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, and H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013. 
Other Items of Interest:
Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report:  This report covers all of the latest developments at the state, federal, and international levels that could affect the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction.
Activity on Keystone XL Pipeline Ramping Up: With the President’s comments regarding GHG emissions and the continued evaluation of the Keystone XL pipeline individuals and organizations are being asked to again engage in grassroots education and support for the final approval of the pipeline.  More information and useful fact sheets can be found at
EIA Releases Paper on Value of Pumped Storage:  The Energy Information Administration released a paper explaining the use and value of pumped storage facilities around the country for maintaining grid reliability at peak times by using off-peak generating capacity to fill uphill reservoirs.
Important Events and Hearings: 
Discussion on the Battle with Environmental Extremists:  On July 8th at 12 PM, the Heritage Foundation holds a book discussion on “Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan’s Battle with Environmental Extremists and Why It Matters Today.” William Perry Pendley; and Edwin Meese III, Reagan distinguished fellow emeritus at Heritage lead the discussion.  More information can be found at the website:
Rule Committee Meets Regarding FY 2014 Energy and Water Bill:  On July 8th at 5 PM in H-313 in the U.S. Capitol, the Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.2609, the “Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014.”  More information about the bill can be found here.
DOE and FERC Hold Reliability Conference: On July 9th at 9 AM at FERC, the Energy Department (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a reliability technical conference to discuss policy issues related to the reliability of the Bulk-Power System. The event will be available via webcast at
Energy and Commerce Committee Reviews Pipeline Legislation:  On July 9th at 10 AM in 2322 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.1900, the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act.” Philip Moeller, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; David Markarian, vice president for governmental affairs at NextEra Energy, Inc.; Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network; Rick Kessler, president of the Pipeline Safety Trust’s Board of Directors; Alex Paris III, president of the Alex E. Paris Contracting Company, Inc.; and Donald Santa Jr., president and CEO of INGA, will testify. Additional information can be found here.
Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing Impacts of Macondo Accident:  On July 9th at 12 PM, the National Academies holds the embargoed release of a new National Research Council report on “An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” Additional information can be requested by e-mailing:
How the Grid Works:  On July 9th at 2 PM in 2212 Rayburn, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a briefing on “Electric Transmission 101: How the Grid Works.” Jeff Dennis, director of the Division of Policy Development at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); Jay Caspary, director of research and development and special studies at Southwest Power Pool; Wayne Galli, executive vice president of transmission and technical services at Clean Line Energy Partners; and Jim Hoecker, former FERC chairman and counsel with the Working Group for Investment in Reliable and Economic Electric Systems, will participate.
House Natural Resources Hearing on Powder River Basin Coal Mining:  On July 9th at 2 PM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Mining in America: Powder River Basin Coal Mining the Benefits and Challenges.” Additional information can be found here.
The Obama Power Africa Initiative:  On July 9th at 2 PM at the CSIS office at 1800 K St., the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a discussion on “The President’s Africa Trip and the Power Africa Initiative.” Christopher Camponovo, director of business development at Symbion Power; Ben Leo, global policy director at ONE; Robert Perry, vice president for international programs at the Corporate Council on Africa; Sarah Ladislaw, co-director and senior fellow of the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS; and Jennifer Cooke, director of the Africa Program at CSIS, will participate in the discussion. Additional information about the event can be found at the website:
House Rules Committee Considers Critical Minerals Legislation: On July 9th at 3 PM in H-313 of the US Capitol, the House Rules Committee will consider H.R. 761, the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013,” to require the secretary of the Interior and the secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to U.S. economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. Additonal information can be found here.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Takes Up Energy Bills:  On July 9th at 4 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the Energy and Power Subcommittee markup of H.R.1582, the “Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013”; H.R.1900, the “Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act”; and H.R.83, to require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources. Additional information about the markup and the legislation being considered can be found here.
CSIS Hosts Discussion on LNG Exports:  On July 10th at 8 AM at the CSIS offices at 1800 K St., the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a discussion on “Expanding U.S. Trade Markets: Exploring Liquefied Natural Gas Exports,” including “efforts to expand energy exports and the importance of the Asian region to the North American gas market.” Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La.; Karl Inderfurth, chair in U.S.-India policy studies at CSIS; and Sarah Ladislaw, co-director and senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS will participate in the discussion. More information about the event can be found here:
IEA Holds Webinar on Energy Efficiency and Urban Growth:  On July 10th at 10 AM, the International Energy Agency (IEA) will hold a webinar on “A Tale of Renewed Cities: A Policy Guild on How to Transform Cities by Improving Energy Efficiency in Urban Transport Systems.” Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of IEA; Didier Houssin, director of the Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology Directorate at IEA; and John Dulac, energy analyst in the Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology Directorate at IEA, will participate. Webinar information is available here.
ELI Holds Conference Call on TSCA Reform:  On July 10th at 5 PM, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) will hold a conference call briefing on “Toxic Substances Control Act Reform.” Anna Fendley, representative of the United Steelworkers; Dimitri Karakitsos, Republican counsel on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; Judah Prero, assistant general counsel at the American Chemistry Council; and Richard Denison, senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, will participate in the discussion.  RSVP with name and email address to Teleconference information will be emailed one business day before the event.
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.”
US-Japan Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security Workshop: On July 12th at 9:30 AM at the Washington Marriott Hotel, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will hold a workshop on “U.S.-Japan Cooperation on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security.”

Member of the Day:  US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Committee Assignments: Energy and Natural Resources (Chairman), Finance, Intelligence, Budget, Aging, and Joint Committee on Taxation
Chief of Staff: Jeff Michels
Legislative Director: Jocelyn Moore
Staff Director (Energy & Natural Resources): Josh Sheinkman
Senior Advisor (Energy & Natural Resources Oil & Gas): Todd Wooten
Twitter: @RonWyden
Experience: Born in 1949 in Wichita, Kansas, Senator Wyden attended the University of California at Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship. He later earned a B.A degree with distinction from Stanford University and received a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974. Following law school, he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of the Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and as a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same time period. He was first elected to Congress in 1980 to represent Oregon’s 3rd District. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election following the resignation of US Senator Bob Packwood, becoming the first U.S. Senator to be elected in a vote-by-mail election. He was sworn in on February 5, 1996. He was re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010.
Importance:  Senator Wyden is the current Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  In that role, he has demonstrated a willingness to reach out to both Republicans and Democrats to find issues where agreement is possible.  He has also spent a great deal of time travelling and visiting energy production facilities around the country to develop a greater understanding the energy sector and build trust with fellow Members.  Early in his Chairmanship he has devoted considerable time to exploring the opportunities and challenges from the development of shale resources.  He has been critical of both energy exports and tax provisions benefiting fossil fuels, but has been thorough in his review.  He is an advocate of both hydropower and geothermal power, and the committee under his leadership is set to make progress on both fronts. He is an innovative legislator willing to put new ideas forward regardless of the preferences of party leadership.  He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee and is expected to take over as Chairman of the Committee when Senator Baucus retires at the end of this Congress.
If you have any questions, please give me a call anytime. Previous updates and Member profiles can be reviewed at HBW Resources New Intelligence Tab at: Hope you have a great day.
Michael Zehr
HBW Resources
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Washington, DC 20006
Direct: 202-429-6081
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