The Week Ahead: McCarthy, Moniz to Testify Before Senate Appropriations Subcommittees


Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will testify April 9 before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment on the agency's 2015 fiscal year budget request. She will be joined by Maryann Froehlich, the EPA's acting chief financial officer.

Also on April 9, Energy Department Secretary Moniz will testify on his agency's budget before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. He will be joined by Daniel B. Poneman, the department's deputy secretary.

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.

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.

House to Address Renewable Tax Credit

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to hold a hearing April 8 on tax extenders, including a $13.4 billion retroactive extension on the renewable energy production tax credit, along with several other energy tax incentives that expired at the end of 2013.

As covered in an April 3 article, the production tax credit, which provides 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity produced from wind and other renewables, was among the energy credits approved by the Senate Finance Committee as part of a modified tax extenders bill.

McCabe Nomination Hearing on Senate Agenda

On April 8, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on Janet G. McCabe to be assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation.

As detailed in a December 2013 article, she is likely to face a barrage of questions about the EPA's air regulations, particularly for greenhouse gas emissions, but is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate.

During the same hearing, the committee will also consider the nominations of Ann Dunkin to be the EPA's assistant administrator for Environmental Information and Manuel Ehrlich to be a member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Biofuels

On April 8, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a hearing on "Creating Jobs and Lower Prices at the Pump." The hearing will examine the role domestically produced non-food based biofuels have on the economy.

DOE Quadrennial Energy Meeting

The first public meeting of the Energy Department's quadrennial review will be held April 9 in Washington.

As covered in a January article, under a memorandum issued by the White House, federal agencies must review policy in an effort to develop a comprehensive energy strategy. The first review will focus on the infrastructure involved in transporting, transmitting and delivering energy.

Cellulosic Court Case on Agenda

On April 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments over the EPA's 2013 renewable fuel standard (Monroe Energy LLC v. EPA).

As detailed in a Jan. 30 article, Monroe Energy LLC is challenging EPA’s rule that obligates petroleum refiners and importers to demonstrate compliance with the annual renewable fuel standard blending requirements, arguing the obligations should fall on blenders who produce the finished transportation fuels.

Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee to Meet

On April 8, the Commerce Department's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will meet in Washington to discuss recommendations on financing renewable energy and energy efficiency exports.

The advisory committee, established in 2012, provides the commerce secretary with private-sector advice on the development and administration of programs and policies to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. industries.

Other Energy, Climate Events

On April 7, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the a Bipartisan Policy Center event in Washington on “State, Regional and Company Approaches to Reduce Power Sector GHG Emissions.”

ICF International will hold a webinar April 8 on "Winning Renewable Energy Investment Strategies for Fortune 1000 Firms."

On April 11, the American Council on Renewable Energy will host a "Clean Energy Media Roundtable" at the National Press Club in Washington to discuss research and challenges in covering the renewable energy industry.


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