Mountaintop removal

What will President Barack Obama say about energy tomorrow in his last State of the Union address? The White House isn’t divulging that yet. But there’s a hint of a possible emphasis on renewable energy, because Mark Davis, owner of a Washington, D.C., solar business, will be among the guests in the first lady’s box. Bloomberg BNA reporters Dean Scott and Ari Natter will be reporting on all energy and environmental news from the speech.

Also this week, members of the House of Representatives are expected to vote tomorrow on a bill (H.R. 1644) that would stop the Interior Department’s rule that prevents dumping waste from mountaintop removal mining into streams. Bloomberg BNA’s Rachel Leven will have the story (related story for subscribers here).

Later in the week the House will vote on a bill blocking another environmental measure, the Environmental Protection Agency’s  Clean Water Rule (RIN 2040–AF30), which clarifies which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act (related stories for subscribers here and here).

Other events this week:

NUCLEAR MARKUP: The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will mark up H.R. 4084, a proposal to increase federal investment in light water nuclear reactors and streamline the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's permitting process, 10 a.m. Tuesday, in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

LIGHTING BILL: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a hearing on a measure that would exempt certain lighting technologies from the Energy Department’s efficiency standards, 10 a.m. Tuesday, 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION: The National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California at Davis hosts a briefing called Increasing the Efficiency and Economic Competitiveness of the Nation's Freight System, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, B-369 Rayburn House Office Building.

TRENDS: The World Resources Institute holds its annual Stories to Watch in 2016, 9 a.m. Wednesday, National Press Club, Washington.

CLIMATE FINANCE: The Center for American Progress holds a discussion on climate finance, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington.

And the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds another climate finance event, The G20 and Green Finance: The Quiet Revolution, focusing on public-private partnerships to transition to a “low-carbon, green economy,” at 10 a.m. Friday, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington.

By Renee Schoof, rschoof@bna.com