OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senators reveal offshore revenue-sharing bill

Keith Chu, Wyden’s energy spokesman, told The Hill in an email that Wyden “plans to continue working with [Landrieu and Murkowski] on a broader plan that brings together resource-dependent communities across the country.”


Water infrastructure bill gets committee markup

Draft legislation that authorizes a slew of water infrastructure projects will get a look Wednesday during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup.

The Water Resources Development Act is the primary vehicle for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects for flood prevention, harbors and aquatic ecosystem restoration.

It’s getting attention from environmental, spending and insurance groups who want to bolster coastal infrastructure. They say without such improvements, the government will have to cover increasing damages from extreme weather events linked to climate change.

E2-Wire has more on the legislation here. And click here for more on the 10 a.m. markup.

EPA science reviews subject of House hearing

The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Environment will examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific review practices during a Wednesday hearing.

Republicans have questioned some of the EPA Science Advisory Board’s findings on fracking and regulatory cost estimates. Some GOP lawmakers are working on draft legislation that would allow more public participation in the review process and make changes to how the board picks expert advisers.

Witnesses include Michael Honeycutt, chief toxicologist with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and science policy fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Click here for more on the 10 a.m. hearing.

DOE projects get a look during House hearing

A subpanel of the House Appropriations Committee will evaluate the Energy Department’s (DOE) “major construction projects” during a Wednesday hearing.

Witnesses for the 10 a.m. hearing include Paul Bosco, director of DOE’s Office of Acquisition and Project Management, and Bob Raines, associate administrator of acquisition and project management with the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Panel talks energy diversification and electricity

Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and John BarrowJohn Jenkins BarrowOur democracy can’t afford to cut legal aid services from the budget Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech MORE (D-Ga.) headline a Wednesday discussion on the value in getting electricity from a variety of energy sources.

The lawmakers are on hand as part of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition’s release of its new white paper.

From an advisory:

The white paper addresses the need for energy diversification to meet future electricity demand and clean energy goals, and the importance of balancing the short-term advantages of plentiful, low-cost energy sources like natural gas alongside reliable, affordable sources like nuclear energy.

The 8:30 a.m. event will be held in room 441 of the Cannon House Office Building.


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Halliburton official dumped notes related to Gulf of Mexico spill test

A Halliburton witness testified Tuesday in the federal civil trial for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that the firm ordered him to look the other way on a key safety test.

Halliburton was the cement contractor that worked on BP’s ill-fated Macondo well, which spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.

From the Houston Chronicle:

A Halliburton lab manager testified Tuesday that a company official asked him not to record results of a cement stability test related to the well in the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.

Read the full story here.

Los Angeles going coal-free

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced Tuesday that it plans to stop getting power from coal-fired generators within 12 years.

The utility intends to sell an Arizona coal-fired power plant while converting another in Utah to run on natural gas, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Times said those two plants supply the city with nearly 40 percent of its energy.

Read more here.

China considering adjustments to solar subsidies

Smaller solar projects could get more favorable treatment than larger ones under subsidy changes being discussed by Chinese officials.

Bloomberg said the Chinese government is considering the move to encourage solar adoption in areas with power shortages.

Click here for the whole thing.

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