Working Towards the Recess:
Two weeks remain before the August recess. The House will spend much of this week considering the FY 2014 Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) before turning to legislation giving states the primary authority over coal residuals (H.R. 2218) and another measure designed to limit the imposition of costly regulations by the EPA (H.R. 1582). The Senate will be debating the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill (S. 1243) and legislation lowering student loan interest rates (S. 1334).
Of interest this week will be the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on expanded revenue sharing (S.1273) on Tuesday afternoon, part one and two of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on the RFS, the Natural Resources Committee hearing on legislation ensuring state regulation of hydraulic fracturing and the House Science Committee hearings on flawed EPA studies regarding hydraulic fracturing and the future of coal.
Other Items of Interest:
EIA Posts Data Showing Spot Prices for Natural Gas Increasing During 2013: The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report showing the spot price of natural gas increased during the first half of 2013. Factors included colder winter temperatures, slightly decreased natural gas production gains, and a reduction in storage inventories.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Request GAO Study of Energy Transport Infrastructure: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting as study on the impact of shale oil and development on transportation infrastructure and safety. Specifically, the letter asks for the impacts on rail, pipeline, and highway infrastructure and safety, how increased production has caused changes, and what the federal role is for addressing these challenges.
Natural Resources Committee Chairman Hastings Pushes for Greater Transparency Regarding National Ocean Policy: The Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Doc Hastings, is pushing the Administration to provide greater transparency with regards to its activities to promote the National Ocean Policy. Despite repeated requests, the Administration has never provided information to Congress on the expenditures and activities federal departments and agencies have been involved in despite requirements in the Executive Order that these reports be submitted annually by each of the nearly 60 different government entities involved.
Outer Continental Shelf Governor’s Coalition Encourages Congress to Support Expanded Offshore American Energy Production: The Outer Continental Shelf Governor’s Coalition, comprised of Governors from Alaska, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, and North Carolina, sent letters to their respective Congressional delegations calling for increased offshore energy production. In the letter, they call on Congress to support efforts to increase offshore lease sales not only in the Gulf of Mexico but off the Atlantic Coast. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
National Ocean Council Releases Marine Planning Handbook: The head of the National Ocean Council announced in a blog post the release of a Marine Planning Handbook to support the efforts of regions that choose to engage marine industries, stakeholders, the public, and government to advance their economic development and conservation priorities. The post said that the handbook reflects the extensive public and stakeholder input received in the development of the National Ocean Policy and its Implementation Plan.
Important Events and Hearings:
NRC Meeting: On July 22nd at 1 PM, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), Subcommittee on Reliability & PRA, to receive a briefing on the proposed response to SRM on SECY-12-0081, “Risk-Informed Regulatory Framework for New Reactors.” More information is available by e-mailing John.Lai@nrc.gov.
EPW Holds Hearing on SE Water Dispute: On July 22nd at 3PM I 406 Dirksen, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a full committee hearing on Oversight of Army Corps of Engineers Water Management in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Systems.”
USEITI Meeting: On July 23rd at 9:30 AM, Extractive Industry Revenues will hold a meeting of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group (USEITI MSG) Advisory Committee to discuss criteria and components for the U.S. draft candidacy application for EITI. The event will be available via teleconference at 866-707-0640; passcode, 1500538.
Natural Resources Committee Considers Lands Bills: On July 23rd at 10 AM, the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.163, the “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act”; H.R.361, the “Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act”; H.R.433, the “Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act of 2013”; H.R.706, the “Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act”; H.R.908, the “Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act”; H.R.930, the “New Philadelphia, Illinois, Study Act”; H.R.1025, the “Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area Act”; and H.R.1808, the “Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act of 2013.”
Natural Resources Committee Hearing on the Stream Buffer Rule: On July 23rd at 10 AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “War on Jobs: Examining the Operations of the Office of Surface Mining and the Status of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule.” Joseph Pizarchik, director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, will testify.
EPW Committee Considers Nominations: Only July 23rd at 10 AM in 406 Dirksen, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nominations of Kenneth Kopocis to be assistant administrator for the Office of Water of the Environmental Protection Agency; James Jones to be assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Avi Garbow to be general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency.
House Marks Up Interior Appropriations Bill: On July 23rd at 10 AM in B-308 Rayburn, the House Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will markup of the FY2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.
Bank Control of Power Plants and Oil Refineries: On July 23rd at 10 AM in 538 Dirksen, the Senate Banking Committee Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “Examining Financial Holding Companies: Should Banks Control Power Plants, Warehouses, and Oil Refineries.” Saule Omarova, associate professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law; Joshua Rosner, managing director of the Graham Fisher & Company; and Timothy Weiner, global risk manager for commodities/metals for MillerCoors LLC., will testify.
Part One of House RFS Hearings: On July 23rd at 10 AM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives.” (Part One)
Domestic Uranium Enrichment: On July 23rd at 2 PM at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the United States Energy Association (USEA) will host a discussion on “The National Security Role of Domestic Uranium Enrichment Technology.” Phil Sewell, senior vice president and chief development officer at the United States Enrichment Corporation, will lead the discussion. Register at http://www.usea.org/node/688/register.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Considers Revenue Sharing Bill: On July 23rd at 2:30 PM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on S.1273, the “FAIR (Fixing America’s Inequities with Revenues) Act of 2013,” to establish a partnership between states that produce energy onshore and offshore for the country with the federal government.
USEITI Meeting: On July 24th at 9:30 AM, Extractive Industry Revenues will hold a meeting of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group (USEITI MSG) Advisory Committee to discuss criteria and components for the U.S. draft candidacy application for EITI. The event will be available via teleconference at 866-707-0640; passcode, 1500538.
Improving DOE Oversight: On July 24th at 10 AM in 2322 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Department of Energy Oversight: What is Necessary to Improve Project Management and Mission Performance?”
House Science Committee Reviews EPA’s Fracking Investigations: On July 24th at 10 AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee and Environment Subcommittee will hold a joint hearing on “Lessons Learned: EPA’s Investigations of Hydraulic Fracturing.” Fred Hauchman, director of the Office of Science Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development; David Dzombak, chair of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel; John Rogers, associate director for oil and gas in the Utah Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining; and Brian Rahm of Cornell University’s New York Water Resources Institute, will testify.
Civilian Nuclear Cooperation with the Republic of Korea: On July 24th at 10 AM in 2172 Rayburn, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a full committee markup of H.R.2449, to authorize the president to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the government of the United States of America and the government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy for a period not to exceed March 19, 2016; H.R.1409, the “Export Promotion Reform Act”; and H.R.1926, the “State Trade Coordination Act.”
The North American Energy Community: On July 24th at 12 PM at 729 15th Street NW, the NDN and NPI will hold a discussion on “Creating a North American Energy Community.” Former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M.; Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; and Rich Van Schoik, energy portfolio director at the North American Research Partnership, will lead the discussion.
Register at: http://ndn.org/blog/2013/07/invite-creating-north-american-energy-community-%E2%80%93-conversation.
Part Two of House RFS Hearings: On July 24th at 1:30 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives.” (Part Two)
EESI Host Briefing on Energy Efficiency: On July 24th at 2PM in G-11 Dirksen, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds a briefing on “How On-Bill Financing Unlocks Energy Efficiency,” focusing on “an innovative approach to energy efficiency offering loans for energy improvements that are repaid through utility bills.” Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Michael Couick, president and CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina; Michael Smith, manager of energy programs at Central Electric Power Cooperative Inc; and Julie Barkemeyer, senior principal for legislative affairs at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, will participate in the discussion. RSVP at: http://www.eesi.org/072413OBF#RSVP.
NRC Meets To Disuccs Power Uprates: On July 25th and 26th at 8:30 AM at the NRC Headquarters, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS), Subcommittee on Power Uprates to review and discuss the Monticello extended power uprate application and the associated Safety Evaluation Report (SER), July 25-26.
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts Event on Shale Development: On July 25th at 8:30 AM at the Washington Court Hotel, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will hold a forum on “U.S. Shale Gas Boom: Implications for the U.S. Economy, Trade, and Geopolitics.”
Register at: http://bpcevents.cloudapp.net/Pages/Home.aspx?eventid=%7bD177BB13-E5DC-E211-8AA1-78E3B510FDBD%7d.
CSIS Host Event on EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2013: On July 25th at 9 AM at CSIS, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Energy and National Security Program will hold a news conference on the release of “International Energy Outlook 2013,” which includes projections of world energy demand by region and primary energy source through 2040; electricity generation by energy source; and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Adam Sieminski, EIA administrator; and David Pumphrey, co-director and senior fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will participate. The event will be webcast at: http://csis.org/event/eias-international-energy-outlook.
House Natural Resources Committee Considers State Regulation of Fracking: On July 25th at 9:30 AM in 1334 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the “Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act.”
House Science Committee Considers the Future of Coal: On July 25th at 9:30 AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled: “Future of Coal: Utilizing America’s Abundant Energy Resources.” Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for Fossil Energy Chris Smith; Ben Yamagata, executive director of the Coal Utilization Research Council; Don Collins, CEO of the Western Research Institute; and Judi Greenwald, vice president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, will testify.
National Academy Hosts Workshop on Clean Energy: On July 25th at 10 AM at the National Academy of Sciences in DC, the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy will hold a workshop on “Accelerating Deployment of Clean Energy Technologies.” Register at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/step/CleanEnergyTechnologies/PGA_083883.
BP Give Briefing on World Energy Markets: On July 25th at 12 PM at the Chinatown Garden Restaurant, British Petroleum General Manager for Global Energy Markets Mark Finley will deliver remarks on the “Annual Statistical Review of World Energy Markets,” at a luncheon discussion held by the National Economists Club. More information can be found here: http://www.national-economists.org.
Member of the Day: US Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
Committee Assignments: Financial Services
Chief of Staff: Adam Khun
Legislative Director: Jesse Walls
Experience: Rep. Stivers attended college at Ohio State University; he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and an MBA. Rep. Stivers worked for Bank One for seven years and the Ohio Company for three years before being elected to the Ohio State Senate. He held the state senate seat from 2003 through 2008. Rep. Stivers joined the Ohio National guard in 1985 and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2004-2005, Rep. Stivers served as a Battalion Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2008, Stivers beat the one term, democrat incumbent in 2010. Currently, Rep. Stivers is serving his second term in Congress.
Importance: Rep. Stivers is a member of the Financial Services Committee where he primarily works on banking, insurance, housing, and consumer protection legislation. However, Rep. Stivers has taken interest in veterans and military issues as well as energy policy. Last Congress, Stivers authored legislation that would have opened untapped oil resources in the Outer Continental Shelf. In turn, revenues from offshore drilling leases would have increased and the new funds could have been used to fund infrastructure projects. The bill passed the House, but did not get signed into law.
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