OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Efficiency bill advocates prepare battle plans

The groups that endorse the bill, ranging from the National Association of Manufacturers to the Alliance to Save Energy, also will soon turn to securing support from other lawmakers.

For Shaheen and Portman, one of the first moves is to secure Senate co-sponsors that strike a balance between Republicans and Democrats, a lobbyist with one of the groups backing the bill told The Hill.

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The lobbyist said that’s necessary to avoid turning off conservatives, who had concerns about the bill — largely over spending issues — the senators rolled out last year.

The lobbyist said Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) could be the next co-sponsors.

Both of those senators serve on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will hold a legislative hearing on the bill on Tuesday.


FRIDAY'S AGENDA:

Energy efficiency, renewable energy budget requests examined

A Friday panel will explore the impact of the White House fiscal 2014 budget plan on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Energy Department funding for such efforts would get a 59 percent bump to a total of $3.5 billion under President Obama’s proposal.

Those funding levels set “the foundations for achieving President Obama's new goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 from 2010 levels,” the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) said in an advisory for its Capitol Hill briefing.

Speakers at the 1 p.m. event include Jason Walsh, senior adviser for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Fred Sissine, energy policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service.

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Former DOE chief discusses international science group

Former Department of Energy Secretary and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) will discuss the impact an international non-governmental organization on science could have across the globe at a Friday event.

In his 4 p.m. talk on “The Role of the International Council for Science and the Environment,” Richardson will explore the opportunities available to the more than 100-year-old group.

For more on the event, which will be held at the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies, click here.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out these stories on that ran on E2-Wire on Thursday ...

– Conservation groups ask White House to save the whales
– Murkowski: Obama’s energy plan dead without wider drilling
– Reid appoints former NRC chief Jaczko to nuclear panel
– Senators reveal slimmer energy-efficiency bill with eye toward courting GOP
– Energy Dept. expects natural-gas export decisions ‘very soon’
– Obama’s energy nominee sails through committee, full Senate is next


NEWS BITES:

Industry urges Supreme Court to nix EPA carbon permitting

An array of industry groups want the Supreme Court to scuttle an appeals court’s June decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas permitting plans for stationary pollution sources.

“The EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources is one of the most costly, complex and encompassing energy regulatory issues facing manufacturers and is damaging to our global competitiveness,” states National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO Jay Timmons in a statement.

The petition filed Thursday takes aim at the EPA’s inclusion of greenhouse gases in a major Clean Air Act permitting program and a rule to limit the regulation to larger pollution sources, known as the “tailoring rule.”

“The regulatory regime upheld by that [appellate] decision constitutes the most significant expansion of EPA’s authority in the agency’s history,” states the petition for Supreme Court review.

The American Chemistry Council, NAM, the American Frozen Food Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and several other groups filed the petition.

Texas plant may have lacked safety measures . . .


The Associated Press reports on the fatal explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas:

A Texas fertilizer plant that exploded, killing up to 15 people, was required by the state to have sprinklers and other safety mechanisms, but told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it did not have such equipment.

Check out the story here.

 . . . And plant officials said ammonia wasn’t big risk


The Wall Street Journal
reports that operators of the facility told the EPA in 2011 that “there wasn't a major risk of a fire or explosion from ammonia stored at the plant.”

From the Journal:

West Fertilizer Co. told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 that it was storing up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia at the plant, north of Waco, as part of a required "risk-management plan." The plan said that neither fire nor explosion has been identified as a significant hazard, according to a summary of the plan on the website of the Center for Effective Government, a nonprofit group that posts the EPA data.

Check out their story here.


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