The week ahead: Wind credit, EPA soot rules come down to the wire

A number of energy efficiency-related tax incentives for buildings, homes and equipment have expired or will soon lapse.
Witnesses at the hearing include Dan Arvizu, the director of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Outside of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency faces a court-ordered Dec. 14 deadline to finalize tougher air quality standards for fine particulate matter, also known as soot.
The agency sent the rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review last Tuesday.
On the symposium/speech circuit this week, experts will break out their crystal balls to look at the future of energy.
On Tuesday, Exxon Mobil will unveil its 2013 Outlook for Energy, a “comprehensive look at long-term trends in energy demand, supply, emissions and technology.”
William Colton, Exxon’s vice president for corporate strategic planning, and Kenneth Cohen, the company’s vice president for public and government affairs, will present the outlook at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
On Friday, a number of experts will gather at the National Press Club for an event titled: “Our National Energy Policy: Post-Election Prospects and Challenges.”
Speakers will include James Connaughton, who headed the White House Council on Environmental Quality under former President George W. Bush and is now with the power company Exelon; retired Gen. James Jones, who is President Obama’s former National Security Adviser and a former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and United Nations Foundation President and former Colorado Sen. Tim Wirth. hosts the event.
Finally, two other events to watch:
On Wednesday morning the Washington International Trade Association will hold an event titled: “U.S. Trade and Energy Policy: Coherence or Conflict?”
A range of experts will tackle two hot-button topics: Whether the U.S. should expand exports of natural gas, which is growing in abundance, and trade in renewable energy-related goods, the subject of trade battles between the U.S. and China.
Also on Wednesday, former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) will bring his campaign for a carbon tax (offset by reductions in income taxes) to Johns Hopkins University for a mid-day event.
Inglis heads the recently created Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University.