Friday, December 7, 2012
by Regina Cline
How to promote energy efficiency through tax reform and federal energy
policy will be the subject of a hearing Dec. 12 by the Senate Finance Energy,
Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
to testify include Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory; Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an
Energy Efficient Economy; Mark Wagner, vice president of government relations
for Johnson Controls Inc.; and Matt Golden, policy chairman for Efficiency
In the House, Democrats are expected to continue to decide who
will serve on Energy and Commerce subcommittees during the 113th Congress,
which begins in January. The selection of Republican chairs, along with the
re-election of Fred Upton (R-Mich.) as full committee chairman and Rep. Henry
Waxman (D-Calif.) as ranking member, are covered in a Dec. 4 World Climate
Change Report article.
Oral Arguments on Cellulosic Fuel
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments Dec. 10 in a lawsuit filed by the
American Petroleum Institute that claims Environmental Protection Agency
requirements for cellulosic fuel are unattainable (American Petroleum
Institute v. EPA, D.C. Cir., No. 12-1139, 3/9/12). EPA's renewable fuel
standard for 2012 requires 2 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, including
8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. A Sept. 19 article covers API's argument that EPA's projections for
cellulosic biofuels are unrealistic, forcing refiners to pay penalties for not
purchasing a fuel additive that is not commercially available.
On Dec. 11, EPA will hold a webinar
on how tribes are implementing programs in energy efficiency, materials
recycling, and climate change adaptation. The webinar will feature the Gila
River Indian Community, which has completed a communitywide greenhouse gas
emissions inventory and developed programs for curbside recycling,
energy-efficient lighting, and green buildings; and the Choctaw Nation, which
is implementing a project to improve energy efficiency throughout its hospital
Another EPA webinar will be held Dec. 13
on "Public Attitudes Regarding Sustainable Consumption." The webinar will
cover public opinion surveys on consumption and climate change and the role of
individuals, governments, and institutions in addressing the issues.
CARB to Hold Workgroup Meeting
The California Air
Resources Board's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Sustainability Workgroup will meet Dec. 13. The agenda includes a presentation of the
Catchlight Energy project, which entails the commercialization of the
large-scale production of liquid transportation fuels from forest-based
resources and a discussion on the practical implementation of low-carbon fuel
Other Climate, Energy Events
The International Emissions Trading Association will hold a
news conference call Dec. 10 on the outcome of the 18th Conference of the
Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar.
The Ohio State University will hold a webinar Dec. 11 on "The Future of Energy and Climate
Change Policies." The featured speaker will be Bruce H. Braine, vice president
of strategic policy analysis for American Electric Power.
On Dec. 11,
the Environmental Law Institute will host an event
in Washington, D.C., on "Operating in an Uncertain Climate: The Future of
European Climate Policy and Its Transboundary Effects." Panelists include Ann
Condon, director of environmental strategies for General Electric; Guenter
Hoermandiger, counselor of EU environmental policy for the United States;
Sylvain Lhote, vice president of ALCOA; and Nancy Young, vice president of
environmental affairs for Airlines for America.
"Climate Change: The
Arctic as an Emerging Market" will be the topic of an Dec. 10 event in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American
Chemical Society, Georgetown University, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science.
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