The Week Ahead: Production Tax Credit on Senate Agenda, Energy Efficiency Bill Appears Doomed


During the week of May 12, the Senate is expected to take up legislation that would extend the renewable energy production tax credit, the largest of which would provide 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the production of electricity from wind and other renewable sources.

As detailed in a May 5 Energy and Climate Report article, the EXPIRE Act of 2014 (S. 2260) also would extend billions of dollars in other expired energy incentives retroactively from Jan. 1 through 2015.

S. 2260 also includes $3.7 billion in credits for alternative fuels and vehicles, such as the $1-per-gallon credit for biodiesel and a 50-cent-per-gallon credit for other kinds of alternative fuels, including liquefied natural gas and hydrogen.

Death of Energy Efficiency Bill?

The Senate also may hold a procedural vote May 12 on an energy efficiency bill (S. 2262)that would unlikely garner the required 60 votes for passagedue to doomed Republican efforts to attach riders, including one that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

As covered in a May 7 article, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), by procedurally blocking Republicans from offering riders to the bill, also would prevent a vote on another bill that would approve the Keystone pipeline.

Reid said previously he would bring the Keystone legislation (S. 2280) to the floor if enough Republicans join Democrats to reach the 60-vote threshold to shutoff debate and advance the energy efficiency bill.

Senate Caucus to Co-Host Presentation

The Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Caucus, along with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, will host a presentation May 16 in Washington on "Resiliency & EfficiencyHow Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Provide Energy Security."

Reuben Sarkar, the Department of Energy's deputy assistant secretary for transportation, will be among the featured speakers.

Other Energy, Climate Events

The Association of Climate Change Officers will hold a "Climate Strategies Forum" May 12-14 in Washington. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and John Holdren, who directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will give keynote speeches May 13.

Howard Gruenspecht, the Energy Information Administration's deputy administrator, will be the featured speaker at May 15 event at the National Press Club in Washington on "Where Are Energy Markets HeadedAnd Why?" The event, hosted by ICF International, will focus on EIA's "Annual Energy Outlook 2014" that was released May 7.

On May 13, POLITICO will hold a webinar on the "Great Energy Debate," featuring a discussion on the role energy issues will play in the 2014 midterm elections and future policy implications.

Speakers include Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.); Karen A. Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy; and Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters.

Also on May 13, Resources for the Future will hold an event in Washington on "Energy Revolution: Utilities Confront the Shifting Energy Landscape." Chris Crane, CEO for Exelon" will be the featured speaker.


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