The week ahead: Senate Republicans roll out energy roadmap

Elsewhere, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold its first hearing of the congressional session on Tuesday.

The panel will take a look at the North American energy landscape in part one of a multi- day hearing. The focus will largely be on domestic natural-gas and oil resources.

Witnesses at the event will include Adam Sieminski, head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration; Daniel Yergin, the oft-cited energy expert and vice chairman with IHS; and Jennifer Morgan, director of the climate and energy program with the World Resources Institute.

Renewable energy takes center stage on Tuesday and Wednesday at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) will speak at the event, along with former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and former Congressional Budget Office chief Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Off Capitol Hill, a handful of senior Republicans will speak at a national electric utility regulators conference that runs from Monday through Wednesday.

Murkowski, along with House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Chairmen Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), will address the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’s winter meeting. The topics on the agenda include electric grid cybersecurity, the effect of natural gas on carbon emissions, liquefied natural-gas exports and energy efficiency.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) will also speak at the utility conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Several Obama administration officials will address the “State Energy Outlook Conference” running from Tuesday through Friday at D.C.’s Fairmont hotel.

Hosted by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions, the event takes a look at state and federal collaboration on energy projects.

Speakers include Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator of Air and Radiation with the Environmental Protection Agency; Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Energy Department (DOE); and David Danielson, assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with DOE.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is holding a forum on Thursday to examine the impact of climate change on South Asia.

Droughts, floods and monsoons have ravaged the region for centuries, the panelists note. But unsustainable resource use, disjointed national policies and amplifying climate and environmental change are exacerbating the problem, they say.

Among the participants in the forum is Mary Melnyk, senior advisor of Natural Resources and Management for Asia and the Middle East with USAID, and Janani Vivekananda, senior climate policy officer with International Alert.

— This story was updated at 9:38 a.m.

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