Week Ahead: Environment and Energy Events for the Week of March 7

Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Washington on Wednesday and Thursday for a state visit, and talk about energy and environmental issues is expected to go well beyond mending fences over the jettisoned Keystone XL pipeline. Both countries are looking ahead at how they’ll meet their obligations under the Paris climate agreement. Last week, as Bloomberg BNA reported from Vancouver, B.C., Trudeau announced Canada’s federal and provincial governments have agreed to put a price on carbon emissions

This also was to be the week a broad energy bill gets a vote in the Senate, but as Bloomberg BNA’s Rachel Leven and Ari Natter reported, it hit a roadblock last week. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) put a hold on the energy bill and a companion measure that would help Flint, Mich., respond to its crisis over lead in its drinking water.

The House of Representatives is on recess through Friday.

Here are some other energy and environment events ahead:

FOREST SERVICE BUDGET: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the proposed budget for the Forest Service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

EPA REGULATION: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday examines EPA regulatory actions, 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

ENERGY DEPARTMENT BUDGET: Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee holds a hearing on the budget request for the Energy Department, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION: The NRC’s Regulatory Information Conference is Tuesday through Thursday, Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Md.

RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion on Policy Interactions: How Power Sector Reforms Shape Renewable Energy Policy in Democracies and Autocracies, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bernstein-Offit Building, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 736, Washington, D.C.

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: The George Washington University (GWU) Law School holds its annual Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium on the Electricity Mix of the Future: Environment, Economics, and Governance, 8:30 a.m. Thursday and continuing Friday, GWU Law School, 2000 H St. NW, Burns Moot Court Room, Washington, D.C.

GRID: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a discussion with Ellen Williams, director of ARPA-E (the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), on the Future of the Grid, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, CSIS, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing on the energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions of the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2017, 1 p.m. Wednesday, HVC-215 Capitol Visitor Center (House side), East Capitol St. and 1st St. NE, Washington, D.C.

POWER POLICIES: Johannes Urpelainen, associate professor of political science at Columbia University, is the speaker at a Johns Hopkins University seminar series talk, Policy Interactions: How Power Sector Reforms Shape Renewable Energy Policy in Democracies and Autocracies, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 736, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

ENERGY IN ARGENTINA: Ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to Argentina, the Atlantic Council holds a discussion on the country’s energy outlook, 9 a.m. Friday, 12Floor West Tower, 1030 15th St. NW, Washington D.C.