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The week ahead: Keystone pipeline in focus as highway talks begin

House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPrinciples to unify America Feehery: A possible House Speaker conundrum for Democrats Obama on bipartisanship: 'There is a way to reach out and not be a sap' MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday called for Keystone’s approval when responding to new data that showed sluggish job growth in April.
 
“The House has passed a series of bills to address high energy prices through projects like Keystone XL, remove government barriers to job growth and stop Washington from spending money we don’t have,” he said in a statement.
 
Developer TransCanada Corp. formally reapplied for a federal cross-border permit Friday, which revived industry and GOP calls for the White House to approve the project.
 
But advocates face a tough climb getting mandatory Keystone approval into a final transportation bill.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 8-6 among the Senate negotiators. Among those Democrats, only Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE (Mont.) has voted in favor of including Keystone in the bill, but he has signaled that he’s unlikely to insist on the provision.
 
Environmentalists bitterly oppose the pipeline due to greenhouse gas emissions from extracting and burning oil sands, forest damage from the massive projects in Alberta and fears of spills along the pipeline route.
 
Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, on Tuesday a House Science, Space and Technology Committee panel will hear from Energy Department and General Services Administration officials on green building programs.

On Wednesday, a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel will look at a pair of bills related to power-grid reliability and hydropower.

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Also Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Committee will turn a critical eye toward White House offshore oil-and-gas leasing policies that Republicans call too modest.

On Thursday a House Science Committee panel will hear from a top Energy Department official and others at a hearing about development of unconventional oil-and-gas resources.
 
Off Capitol Hill, a major two-day conference titled “Energy Security as a Grand Strategy” opens Monday at the National Defense University (NDU).

The energy event will be hosted by NDU, along with Securing America’s Future Energy, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute. Speakers include Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman.
 
On Wednesday, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy will hold a briefing titled “Clean Energy Markets: Investment and Policy Trends.”
 
Speakers include Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which produces closely watched data on green energy investment levels and trends.
 
On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss license renewals.
 
Also Wednesday, the American Council on Renewable Energy will hold its second U.S. Military and Renewable Energy Industry Forum. Speakers include Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallHickenlooper ousts Gardner in Colorado, handing Democrats vital pickup Live updates: Democrats fight to take control of the Senate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (D-Colo.) and Tom Hicks, the Navy’s deputy assistant secretary for energy.
 
And even more Wednesday: The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars will hear from a senior Commerce Department official and other experts at an event titled “Cooperation or Conflict? Contradictions in U.S.-China Clean Energy Relations.”