The Week Ahead: Sea-Level Rise on Miami Coast on Sen. Nelson's Agenda


While Congress takes its Spring break during the week of April 21, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) plans to hold a field hearing April 22 in Miami Beach with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on the effects of climate change and sea-level rise.

Remarks by Nelson on the field hearing are covered in a March 11 "Energy and Climate Report" article.

U.S.-China Hearing on Agenda

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a public hearing April 25 on U.S.-China clean energy cooperation. The commission gathers information from experts in academia, industry and government on national security implications of the U.S. bilateral trade and economic relationship with China.

Among other matters, the hearing will examine China's energy needs and clean energy policies, recent developments in U.S.-China clean energy cooperation and implications of such cooperation for the U.S.

U.S. to Seek WTO Ruling

On April 25, the U.S. will ask the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute panel to rule whether domestic content requirements for products used in India's national solar energy program violate global trade rules.

As covered in an April 15 article, the U.S. claims actions by the Indian government discriminate against U.S. solar cells and modules by requiring solar power developers to use Indian-manufactured solar cells and modules instead of U.S. or other imported equipment.

CARB to Hold Hearing

The California Air Resources Board will meet April 25 to consider, among other items, amendments to the state's cap on greenhouse gas emissions and market-based compliance mechanisms, including the compliance offset protocol for mine methane capture projects.

As detailed in a Feb. 11 article, CARB is working on a new round of climate and clean air policies designed to continue driving down greenhouse gas emissions from all major sectors, including those that emit methane, beyond 2020.

Quinault Indian Nation to Hold Meeting 

The Quinault Indian Nation will hold a public meeting April 24 on proposals by two independent companies to expand bulk-storage terminals that would receive crude oil by rail for shipment to West Coast refineries by sea.

As covered in an April 4 article, the proposals by Westway Group LLC and Imperium Renewable Inc. face opposition from environmental groups and the Quinaults, whose treaty-guaranteed fishing grounds would be traversed by the proposed rail and shipping routes. 

Other Climate, Energy Events

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is scheduled to give a "video greeting" at the Geothermal Energy Association's International Geothermal Showcase April 22 in Washington.

Keynote speakers for the event include Ali Zaidi, deputy director for energy policy for the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Carlos Pascual, special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs for the State Department. 

The U.S. Energy Association will host a forum April 21 in Washington on Norway's Carbon Dioxide Technical Center. The center is a joint venture between the Norwegian government and international energy companies Statoil, Shell and Sasol.

The USEA also will host an event April 24 in Washington on "Implementing Clean Energy Programs: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Story."  John DiStasio, former SMUD district manager, will discuss various district programs, including its net zero energy operations center.

The Brookings Institution will hold a webinar April 22 on "Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market."

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a forum April 23 in Washington on "Increasing Resilience to Climate Change." 


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