OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy-efficiency bill gets first look


COMING TUESDAY: A Senate committee will review bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that could prove to be a bellwether of congressional appetite on energy issues.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will trot out their bill during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee legislative hearing on Tuesday.

The hearing will also delve into a trio of hydropower bills expected to pass the panel at some point. 

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The Shaheen-Portman effort likely will, too.

It’s largely the same as a version that passed the committee with broad support last session.

The bill would authorize a state-based private financing program to encourage energy efficiency upgrades, direct the federal government to undertake energy-saving practices and roll out voluntary efficiency standards for new building codes.

Click here for more of E2-Wire's coverage of the bill, and here for information on the 10 a.m. hearing.

ALSO ON TAP TUESDAY:

FERC chairman headlines solar event

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will address attendees at a Tuesday conference on solar energy.

The George Washington University Solar Institute is hosting the event, which will tackle global trends in the solar power industry.

Click here for more.

Utility chief discusses liquefied natural gas

Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell will lead a Tuesday talk on the domestic shale gas boom and the opportunities that exist for exporting liquefied natural gas.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy is hosting the noon event.

More on that here.

Hydropower conference continues with industry speakers

The National Hydropower Association’s annual conference enters its second day Tuesday at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Day Two features a series of panels devoted to federal licensing procedures, innovation and project financing.

Click here for the schedule.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

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

— EPA balks at State's 'insufficient' review of Keystone XL route

— Feds nix 'duplicative' fuel efficiency stickers

— Interior chief Jewell: 'One size doesn't fit all' on fracking

No 'backdoor' climate rules, GOP warns

— Opponents of Keystone to train 60K activists in civil disobedience

— Senators to offer bill expanding financing mechanism to renewables

— The week ahead: Keystone and fracking and energy loans, oh my


NEWS BITES:

Interior chief slams sequestration

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell blasted automatic government spending cuts, known as sequestration, during a Monday video chat.

Jewell, the former chief executive of outdoor equipment retailer REI Inc., said sequestration “is not a sensible way to run a business, and it is not a sensible way to run a budget.”

The new Interior chief urged Congress to find a different way to reduce spending, noting there was “no question” that visitors to the nation’s parks would feel the effects of those across-the-board cuts.

Report: Japanese nuclear cleanup could take 40 years

Decommissioning Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could take about 40 years, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report released Monday.

The plant melted down following a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The event caused nations worldwide — including the U.S. — to reevaluate their nuclear safety procedures.

From The Associated Press:

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, said Monday that damage at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is so complex that it is “impossible” to predict how long the cleanup may last.

Click here for the full story.

Acting EPA chief to toss first pitch at Nationals game

Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bob Perciasepe will take the mound at Nationals stadium on Monday night.

The EPA chief will throw out the honorary first pitch to commemorate Earth Day before the Washington Nationals face the St. Louis Cardinals.

EPA tweeted a photo Monday of Perciasepe perfecting his craft.

“I’m practicing to throw the first pitch at the @Nationals game on #EarthDay, Monday, April 22nd,” @EPAadm tweeted.


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