The week ahead: Obama, Romney campaigns to clash on energy

He’s the executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. 

Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he headed climate change and energy initiatives for the tech giant. He was the Energy Department’s assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy under former President Clinton.
 
Representing Romney will be Linda Stuntz, a founding partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, P.C.

 Stuntz’s career includes service as deputy secretary of energy under former President George H.W. Bush, and a stint as minority counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

She is on the board of Raytheon Co. and Royal Dutch Shell, among other current and former affiliations.
 
On Capitol Hill, the House is slated to vote this week on GOP legislation aimed at streamlining the process for approving permits for the mining of rare-earth minerals. 
 
This week will be a busy one in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where Republicans will continue to hammer the White House over the failure of the Energy Department-backed solar company Solyndra.
 
A pair of subcommittees will have a joint hearing Thursday on new GOP legislation to implement what Republicans say are needed reforms to the Energy Department’s loan guarantee program.
 
And that’s just one of several hearings the Energy and Commerce committee is holding.
 
On Tuesday, the Energy and Power Subcommittee will gather an array of industry experts for a hearing on the “challenges and opportunities” that alternative fuels and vehicles represent.

On Wednesday, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will explore fraud in renewable fuels markets.
 
Off Capitol Hill, on Monday and Tuesday state-based energy and air quality regulators will hold a conference to address implementation of EPA air pollution regulations.
 
Speakers at the Washington, D.C. conference on Tuesday will include Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and Gina McCarthy, EPA’s top air quality regulator.
 
On Wednesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies will hear from senior International Energy Agency officials about renewable energy and natural gas forecasts.
 
Also on Wednesday, the Center for American Progress will hold an event on “The Status of American Conservation in 2012” with speakers including Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

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