The Week Ahead: Senate Committee to Hold Hearing on Energy Efficiency, House Committee Memberships on Agenda


How to promote energy efficiency through tax reform and federal energy policy will be the subject of a hearing Dec. 12 by the Senate Finance Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Witnesses scheduled to testify include Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy; Mark Wagner, vice president of government relations for Johnson Controls Inc.; and Matt Golden, policy chairman for Efficiency First.

In the House, Democrats are expected to continue to decide who will serve on Energy and Commerce subcommittees during the 113th Congress, which begins in January. The selection of Republican chairs, along with the re-election of Fred Upton (R-Mich.) as full committee chairman and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) as ranking member, are covered in a Dec. 4 World Climate Change Reportarticle.

Oral Arguments on Cellulosic Fuel Scheduled  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments Dec. 10 in a lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute that claims Environmental Protection Agency requirements for cellulosic fuel are unattainable (American Petroleum Institute v. EPA, D.C. Cir., No. 12-1139, 3/9/12). EPA's renewable fuel standard for 2012 requires 2 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, including 8.65 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. A Sept. 19 article covers API's argument that EPA's projections for cellulosic biofuels are unrealistic, forcing refiners to pay penalties for not purchasing a fuel additive that is not commercially available.

EPA Webinars  

On Dec. 11, EPA will hold a webinar on how tribes are implementing programs in energy efficiency, materials recycling, and climate change adaptation. The webinar will feature the Gila River Indian Community, which has completed a communitywide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and developed programs for curbside recycling, energy-efficient lighting, and green buildings; and the Choctaw Nation, which is implementing a project to improve energy efficiency throughout its hospital system.

Another EPA webinar will be held Dec. 13 on "Public Attitudes Regarding Sustainable Consumption." The webinar will cover public opinion surveys on consumption and climate change and the role of individuals, governments, and institutions in addressing the issues.

CARB to Hold Workgroup Meeting  

The California Air Resources Board's Low Carbon Fuel Standard Sustainability Workgroup will meet Dec. 13. The agenda includes a presentation of the Catchlight Energy project, which entails the commercialization of the large-scale production of liquid transportation fuels from forest-based resources and a discussion on the practical implementation of low-carbon fuel sustainability provisions.

Other Climate, Energy Events  

The International Emissions Trading Association will hold a news conference call Dec. 10 on the outcome of the 18th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar.

The Ohio State University will hold a webinarDec. 11 on "The Future of Energy and Climate Change Policies." The featured speaker will be Bruce H. Braine, vice president of strategic policy analysis for American Electric Power.

On Dec. 11, the Environmental Law Institute will host an event in Washington, D.C., on "Operating in an Uncertain Climate: The Future of European Climate Policy and Its Transboundary Effects." Panelists include Ann Condon, director of environmental strategies for General Electric; Guenter Hoermandiger, counselor of EU environmental policy for the United States; Sylvain Lhote, vice president of ALCOA; and Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for Airlines for America.

"Climate Change: The Arctic as an Emerging Market" will be the topic of an Dec. 10 eventin Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Georgetown University, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.