The Week Ahead: Budgets for EPA, DOE on House Agenda, Senate to Look at Tax Credits for Renewables


On April 2, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's budget request for fiscal year 2015.

As detailed in a March 4 "Energy and Climate Report" article, President Barack Obama's budget includes a request for a new $1 billion climate resilience fund, which he first announced in February, to help coastal areas and other regions prepare for severe storms, drought and other weather events that could be intensified by climate change.

The subcommittee will also hold a hearing April 3 on the Department of Energy's 2015 budget.

As covered in a March 4 article, the Energy Department would receive $27.9 billion under the Obama administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request, a 2.6 percent increase from enacted 2014 levels.

Senate to Focus on Energy Tax Credits

On April 2, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to mark up legislation to extend more than 50 lapsed energy tax credits.

As covered in a March 27 article, the credits that expired in 2013 include the renewable energy production tax credit, as well as credits for the production of cellulosic ethanol and other alternative fuels and tax incentives for homes and businesses to improve energy efficiency.

International Energy Issues on Agenda

The potential for accelerating U.S. exports of natural gas to the European Union in light of the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Russia will be discussed during the EU-U.S. Energy Council meeting April 2 in Brussels.

As detailed in a March 26 article, Obama said the U.S. is willing to boost energy export licenses to help EU diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on Russia, but the 28 member states must also face up to tough choices about developing their own new sources.

Other Climate, Energy Events

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to give a keynote address March 31 at the Energy Independence Summit in Washington.

On April 1, DOE will hold a webinar on the Obama's administration's 2015 budget request for the Office of Energy and Renewable Energy.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will hold two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington in the week ahead. On April 1 the briefing will cover "Converting Vehicles to Alternative Fuels" and on April 2, the briefing will be on "Drier and Hotter: Managing Climate Risks in the Southwest."

On April 3, George Washington University will host an event on "Greenland & the Challenges of the Arctic." The featured speaker will be Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland's minister in the Embassy of Denmark in Washington.

Bloomberg BNA to Co-host Event

On April 1, Bloomberg BNA will co-host an event in Seattle at the University of Washington on "Climate Action Goes to Washington (State): Energy Solutions in the Pacific Northwest." Gov. Jay Inslee (D) will be the featured speaker. The event, from 3-5 p.m (PST), will be available via livestream. Climate Access and Climate Desk are co-sponsors.


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