Week Ahead: Environment and Energy Events for the Week of Feb. 29


Ernest Moniz

Robotics, direct electrification of transportation and cheaper ways to quantify natural gas leaks are some of the technological advances that will be on show this week at the Energy Department’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) annual innovation summit. Other topics include grid storage and marketing energy technologies in developing countries.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy are among the speakers. Bloomberg BNA’s Rebecca Kern will report at the event outside Washington, D.C., through Wednesday.

Moniz also testifies three times on Capitol Hill this week about his department’s budget request: at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the House Appropriations Subcommittee Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, 2359 Rayburn House Office Building; 10 a.m. Wednesday at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building; and 10 a.m. Thursday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Other energy and environment events this week:

PIPELINES: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power is expected to discuss a draft of pipeline reauthorization legislation at 10 a.m. Tuesday, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.

BUDGET: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell testifies about her agency’s budget request at 10 a.m. Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee, 1324 Longworth House Office Building; at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee at 10 a.m. Wednesday, 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building; and House Appropriations Committee, 1 p.m. Wednesday, B308 Rayburn. And the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development examines proposed budgets for Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Room 138, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies holds a hearing on the budget for the Bureau of Land Management at 10 a.m. Thursday, B-308 Rayburn House Office Building.

Office of Surface Mining Director Joseph Pizarchik testifies at a hearing on the budget for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement at 9 a.m. Thursday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, B-308 Rayburn. Immediately following, the subcommittee hears from Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze.

In addition to Moniz’s testimony, other top Energy Department officials will testify before House Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. And the same subcommittee holds a budget hearing, same room, on Energy Department science programs at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Finally, the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing holds a hearing on the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

SENATE EPW: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2016 (S. 2446); the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2015 (S. 1479); and a draft of the Good Samaritan Cleanup of Orphan Mines Act of 2016. The hearing is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

CLIMATE: The Society for International Development, D.C. Chapter, holds a discussion on the Paris climate agreement, 3 p.m. Tuesday,1101 15th St. NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C.

And Resources for the Future holds a seminar called Tax or Trade: Revisiting the Trade-Offs in Climate Policy Options, 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, 1616 P St., NW, Washington, D.C.

CANADA: The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion about a report by Canada's National Energy Board, Canada's Energy Future 2016: Energy Supply and Demand Projections to 2040, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

By Renee Schoof, rschoof@bna.com