The week ahead: Offshore drilling back on House agenda

The bill will likely clear the House but is unlikely to see the light of day in the Senate.

On Tuesday, lawmakers and experts will explore state policies that are designed to reduce the cost of generating clean electricity. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will speak at the event, which is hosted by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Clean Energy States Alliance.

The government’s wildfire management will be in focus on Tuesday during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

That hearing could touch on the cuts from sequestration that agencies warn have left first responders shorthanded during a season with above average potential for wildfires.

Energy development on Indian lands is the topic of a Wednesday Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable.

The committee will hear about various legislative proposals governing energy on tribal lands. The roundtable comes after a subpanel of the House Natural Resources Committee discussed such issues last month.

On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing to review Interior Department programs.

Off the Hill, speakers will be gathering this week to discuss a new report that details the impact natural gas could have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The report was conducted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the University of Texas.

Speakers at the event will include Tom Farrell, chief executive of Dominion Resources; Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association; and Darryl Banks, vice president of energy policy at the Center for American Progress.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will join Center for American Progress founder John Podesta for a teleconference promoting the sixth National Clean Energy Summit.

The annual Las Vegas event focuses on clean energy and innovation, and draws an array of public officials, private sector luminaries, investors and policy experts. This year’s theme centers on the future of the clean energy economy.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a Thursday hearing on China and the Middle East. The panel will tackle Chinese policies on energy security, trade and investment and regional conflicts.

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