Tag Archives: Energy

President Trump Issues New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order; EPA Moving on WOTUS and RFS

Executive Branch Activity New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order Last week, just four days before federal agencies’ initial plans were due to OMB, the White House issued a memo updating with more specifics as to how President Trump expects agencies to carry out his previously issued energy executive order (Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and … Continue Reading

USDA Secretary-Nominee Confirms Support for RFS; House and Senate To Consider ESA, Brownfields, Energy and Water; NOAA Seeks Marine Experts

Executive Action USDA Secretary-Nominee Perdue Confirms Support for RFS During last week’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry’s confirmation hearing for former Governor Sonny Perdue to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), lawmakers questioned Perdue on his support for various programs affecting the agricultural sector, rural communities, and conservation efforts. Of … Continue Reading

Senate Committees To Vote on Zinke, Perry and Pruitt; House To Use CRA To Invalidate Environmental Rules

Legislative Activity Nomination Proceedings The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled votes for Tuesday, January 31 beginning at 9:30am on the nominations of Rep.Ryan Zinke (R-MT) for Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Governor Rick Perry for Secretary of the Department of Energy. Also at that meeting, subcommittee assignments and jurisdictional … Continue Reading

President Trump’s Possible “Day One” Actions for Energy and Environment; Department of the Interior Releases Plan for Deepwater Horizon Cleanup; Offshore Wind Lease Sale to Being in NC

Executive Branch Activity On Monday, President Trump is expected to begin signing executive orders intended to roll back some of President Obama’s actions to protect the environment. Early anticipated orders could include ones that would: (1) remove the public lands coal leasing moratorium; and (2) revoke CEQ’s guidance to agencies that recommends climate change and greenhouse … Continue Reading

Possible WRDA and Energy Bills This Week

Legislative Activity Potential Energy Legislation After the House proposed a narrow version of the energy bill to the Senate, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proposed a broader bill once again. After a meeting last week with House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman Murkowski appeared confident she will get a … Continue Reading

EU Public Policy December 5 Update

EU Publishes Banking, Energy, and VAT Legislation In addition to our Washington legislative updates, Capital Thinking will now include EU legislative developments, covering updates from Brussels. The European Commission, responsible for proposing European legislation, published a number of legislative proposals last week. A package of reforms to strengthen the resilience of EU banks was published on November 23, … Continue Reading

House to Take Up WRDA; House and Senate Conference Continues on Energy Bill

Legislative Activity WRDA The House is expected this week to take up H.R. 5303, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2016” (WRDA). The Senate recently passed its version of the bill, S. 2848, on September 15. Unlike the Senate, the House legislation does not include funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure or for emergency … Continue Reading

Senate To Possibly Advance Energy Bill; House To Examine Development Opportunities For The Mancos; Interior Moves Forward With Ocean Planning; EPA Tackles Haze

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Bill While leadership continues its discussion, it is possible that the Senate may consider a vote to proceed to conference on the comprehensive House and Senate Energy bills before July 15. Should a vote for conference succeed, Senate conferees would need to be selected and conference would not begin until after … Continue Reading

Tax Reform Efforts Continue; Section 385, BEPS Implementation Dominate Regulatory Agenda

Legislative Activity The Long March to Tax Reform Continues On June 24, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released the House GOP’s Task Force on Tax Reform’s long-awaited tax reform “Blueprint,” which lays out the GOP’s tax policy agenda for 2017. Specifically, and as we discuss in greater detail in our alert, … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Gear Up to Release Proposals; Treasury Response to Concerns Over Section 385 Regs Unclear

Legislative Activity Coming Soon: The GOP’s Tax Reform “Blueprint” With House Republicans expected to roll out their comprehensive tax “blueprint” this month – and lawmakers set to leave Washington on Friday, June 24 – it is likely that we will see the proposal released this week. It is quite possible, however, that the final product may … Continue Reading

Senate Still Needs To Act To Conference Comprehensive Energy Legislation; Senate Looks At Energy Tax Policy; Interior Seeks Comment On Appropriate Oil and Gas Valuation

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Bill As we have previously reported, while the House has voted to go to conference on comprehensive energy legislation and has already appointed its conferees, the Senate has yet to do the same. Work continues in the Senate to clear potential obstacles to agreeing to a conference with the House and … Continue Reading

Possible Conferees for Energy Bill; House to Vote on Energy and Water Appropriations; Senate To Examine WOTUS; House to Review Clean Power Plan

Legislative Action Energy Bill Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a 50-page section-by-section of the recently passed S. 2012 Energy Modernization Policy Act of 2016. Looking forward to a potential conference of the Senate and House energy bills, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently … Continue Reading

Floor Action for Senate Energy Bill? House to Consider Flint Crisis; Dept. of Energy Begins to Reshape U.S. Electricity Grid

Legislative Activity Senate leadership continues to work to encourage their colleagues to lift holds they have placed that have prevented further floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 and the Flint water funding package. While progress reportedly has been made to address Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) hold concerning spending for … Continue Reading

Senate Energy Bill Returns To The Floor? Deepwater Horizon Funding Plan Released

Legislative Activity Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act While there is interest in resuming Senate floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 this week, the bill continues to be held up largely by Democrats led by Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) due to the lack of agreement as to how to address the … Continue Reading

Senate Expected To Continue Floor Consideration of Energy Bill; Department of Interior Approves Deepwater Horizon Restoration Project in Florida

Legislative Activity Senate Floor Consideration of Comprehensive Energy Bill The Senate has been trying to conclude its floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. Last week, a motion to invoke cloture was offered but the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill. Democrats refused to … Continue Reading

Senate To Consider Amendments to Energy Bill; House To Examine Flint Water and COP 21; EPA Proposes New Oil and Gas Regulations

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation This week the Senate will continue its floor debate of S. 2012, the comprehensive energy bill that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) authored. Under the open amendment process 130 amendments were filed.  While some of the non-controversial amendments were accepted last … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Comprehensive Energy Bill; House to Hold Hearing on Renewable Fuel Standard; Interior To Re-Open Its Climate Change Committee

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation We anticipate that the Senate will turn to S. 2012, the comprehensive energy bill that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) authored. Based on remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) we anticipate an open amendment process. In the past, energy … Continue Reading

Senate to Move Comprehensive Energy Legislation; Puerto Rico’s Energy Issues; Offshore Wind

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is likely to seek floor time for her comprehensive energy bill, S. 2012, by the end of this month or early February. This Week’s Hearings: Puerto Rico On Tuesday January 12, the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and … Continue Reading

House Passes Comprehensive Energy Legislation: North American Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation Last week, the House passed H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, which included an amendment that would authorize crude oil exports. Debate continues on whether to include a crude export authorization provision in the separate “must pass” all-encompassing appropriations bill to fund the government … Continue Reading

House To Move Energy Bill; EPA Proposes Exceptions for Ozone

Legislative Activity House To Move Energy Bill This week, the House intends to hold a floor vote on H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The bill addresses energy use and efficiency in the U.S. An all-Texan, bipartisan contingent of Congressmen including Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Michael McCaul … Continue Reading

US and Europe To Discuss Energy Security; House to Consider Mining, Oil and Gas Issues

Legislative Activity US/Europe Energy Relations On Thursday, November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives and the European Parliament will jointly discuss energy security issues. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold an “Energy Security Roundtable” with European members of the Transatlantic Legislators’ Dialogue. The event will be co-chaired by … Continue Reading

Keystone, LNG Export Push Continues in Congress

Legislative Activity Senate Completes Keystone Consideration Last week, the Senate completed consideration of S. 1, the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act,” and passed the legislation by a vote of 62-36. Congressional leaders must now determine how to resolve differences between the two chambers’ Keystone bills before the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act is ready for … Continue Reading

Congress to Take Up Waters Of The U.S.; Senate Hearings on Permitting for LNG; New Financing Options For Water Infrastructure; International Environmental Goods Agreement; Offshore Wind Leases in NC

Legislative Activity Waters of the U.S. On Wednesday, February 4, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in conjunction with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a hearing to examine the impacts of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule on state and local governments. Liquid Natural Gas On Thursday, January 29, the … Continue Reading

Environment and Natural Resources

Executive Branch Activity U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced an unprecedented effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The target for the United States is to cut its GHG emissions by 26-28 percent below year-2005 levels by 2025. China is expected to increase its share of … Continue Reading
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