I always hate losing an hour of sleep when we spring forward. Props our friend Andy Black who posted a lucid objection on Facebook to changing our clocks twice a year. We need that extra hour of sleep for March Madness.
Yes, March Madness is here and with yesterday’s selection show now is the time to make your picks. Thursday at Noon is when ALL the action starts. It is among my favorite times of the year because my office TV will be set for hoops on Thursday at noon.
The play-in games begin tomorrow with Radford taking on LIU-Brooklyn and UCLA playing St Bonaventure. Wednesday’s play-ins feature Arizona State and Syracuse and NC Central and Texas Southern. Top seeds are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier.
There is real science to picking winners in the pool, but over the years I’ve realized that most of it is just good luck. If you’re looking for some sleepers, here are a few you may want to consider: Providence has been hot lately but is a 10-seed, as is Butler who has made deep runs in past years. San Diego State is solid 11-seed as is Loyola (IL) while a good 12-seed is New Mexico State. You also may want to look at Davidson another 12-seed who has plenty of tourney experience, gets a young/inconsistent Kentucky team and just beat Rhode Island for the A-10 title right here in Capital One Arena. Also the Bobby Hurley-led Arizona State Sun Devils struggled of late but let off the season with early big wins over #1 seeds Kansas and Xavier and could be a factor.
Some mid-level seeds that you should keep an eye on include last year’s NIT champ Texas Tech, a very good West Virginia team, #7 seed Nevada, a Houston crew that battled for the American Conference title and sleepy but skilled URI crew led by Danny Hurley.
Purdue was on fire down the stretch and Is a #2 and Duke is as solid as ever. Finally I’d say watch out for Hardy perennials like Arizona, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Michigan State and Michigan.
And don’t sleep on the women’s tourney which will have its selection show tonight. UConn, Baylor, So Carolina, Notre Dame and Mississippi State all in the running. As well, NCAA Wrestling starts this week as well. Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, Missouri and Lehigh among the powerhouses.
Good luck and remember I’m always willing to share your winnings should my suggestions make good.
On to the action in DC. It is a very busy week on Capitol Hill with a number of key hearings. Let’s start with Infrastructure as tomorrow a Sen Commerce/Transpo panel hears from state/local highway and municipal officials Wednesday while the full Committee hosts Transpo Secretary Chao and Commerce Secretary Ross on Wednesday. Also Wednesday, a House Ways & Means panel revisits impacts of the post-tax reform tax extenders and a House Energy panel will discuss legislation addressing cybersecurity and emergency response. Finally, on Thursday, House Oversight’s energy panel will examine federal permitting processes. Also several budget hearings this week with Interior Zinke at Senate Energy tomorrow and House Resources on Thursday. Energy Secretary Perry at House E&W Approps on Thursday and at Senate Transpo Wednesday Afternoon.
The ARPA-E Innovation Summit is at National Harbor starting tomorrow and features the Chamber Global Energy Institute head Karen Harbert hosting a Wednesday Fireside Chat with Perry. Meanwhile, the National League of Cities is in DC this week for its annual Meeting (infrastructure and environment are definitely on the schedule), as is the National Lt Governors Assn with my colleague Liam Donovan is talking infrastructure on Thursday there. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy has its annual DC Clean Energy Forum tomorrow featuring FERC’s Rich Glick, EPA’s Bill Wehrum and DOE’s Dan Simmons. And ACORE holds its renewable energy forum on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
Obviously, the steel tariffs remain a major issue for consuming Industries impacted by the president’s decision. Once again this week, the trade experts at Bracewell are hot on the case. Check out our podcast here on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music which breaks down the details and adds good background info.
As I said last week, the 10th Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge is set for the Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday May 15th. I will be on the ice again this year officiating and I hope you all try to attend for this great cause. Get Tickets here. If this helps get you there, you should also know that I will be singing Oh Canada.
“We are gravely concerned that significant cuts to, or the elimination of, key clean energy programs at DOE – and across the federal government – could undermine job creation and the goal to modernize the country’s aging energy infrastructure. Therefore, as Congress moves forward with appropriations legislation for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018 and Fiscal Year 2019, we request that you consider the value these programs provide to the reliability and security of the nation’s energy system and to American consumers.”
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) head Lisa Jacobson in a letter to House Appropriators urging support for federal Clean Energy Programs.
ON THE POD
Bracewell Podcast Focuses on Trade – The latest Bracewell podcast is live on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music. My Colleague Liam Donovan takes the driver’s seat to interview Bracewell trade expert Josh Zive on the proclamations released by the Administration for steel and aluminum tariffs. We explore exactly what these proclamations say, what they mean for international relations and the American economy, and how they will impact domestic businesses.
STEEL, ALUMINUM TARIFFS Q&A
My colleagues Josh Zive (202-828-5838) and Paul Nathanson (202-828-1714) drafted this Steel/Aluminum tariffs Q&A that I wanted to forward. Both have been working these issues for years and can be helpful should you have additional questions or need additional background. President Trump issued formal proclamations announcing new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum late last week. The tariffs – 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum – represent a significant change in U.S. trade policy. They will likely result in higher prices for all steel, and are expected to trigger a series of WTO complaints and retaliatory actions by U.S. trading partners. The proclamations mark the start of the next phase of the fight over tariffs. Companies who use steel, regardless of the steel’s origin, need to prepare to engage in the debate.
BACKGROUND – On April 27, 2017, President Trump directed the Department of Commerce to undertake an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 in order to determine the national security implications of steel and aluminum imports. In January, the Department of Commerce, submitted reports to President Trump detailing its findings that steel and aluminum imports threaten our national security. The steel report can be found here and the aluminum report here. Commerce recommended a global steel tariff of at least 24% and a global aluminum tariff of 7.7%. President Trump was given 90 days after receiving the reports to decide on “any potential action.”
On March 1, 2018, the President stated that the U.S. will impose a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum. This statement, which came during a press conference, was not accompanied by any documentation or guidance. The formal proclamation of the tariffs issued yesterday, March 8, 2018, is very important as it provides the first meaningful guidance of the details of the tariffs.
TARIFF PROCLAMATIONS Q&A – The two proclamations signed by President Trump include some important details for companies that are concerned about the impact of the tariffs on their business operations.
Q: What tariff rates did the President announce?
A: 25% on all imported steel and 10% on all imported aluminum.
Q: When do the tariffs take effect?
A: The tariffs will apply to all goods entered into the U.S. on or after 12:01 am eastern time on March 23, 2018.
Q: Does this rate apply to imported steel from all countries?
A: Yes, other than Canada and Mexico.
Q: Canada and Mexico are exempted from the tariff? Why and for how long?
A: Both countries are exempted because they present “a special case” and “the necessary and appropriate means to address the threat to the national security posed by imports of steel articles from Canada and Mexico is to continue ongoing discussions with these countries.” The exemption is indefinite.
Q: Can other countries request exemptions?
A: Yes, the proclamations provide that other countries are invited to negotiate with the U.S. to craft alternative solutions, and if such a solution is agreed to, the President can lift the tariffs. However, the proclamations establish no process for such negotiations, and it is not clear how such negotiations will proceed.
Q: To what specific products do the new tariffs apply?
A: Steel: Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes 7206.10-7216.50, 7216.99-7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40-7302.90, and 7304.10-7306.90. (Steel Chapter of HTS) Aluminum: (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 76126.96.36.199 and 76188.8.131.52). (Aluminum Chapter of HTS).
Q: Can other products be excluded from the tariffs in the future?
A: Yes. The proclamations require the Secretary of Commerce to issue procedures for requests for product exclusions within the next 10 days. In order to be excluded, the proclamations state that the Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Defense must determine, in coordination with White House officials, that a product is not produced in the U.S. in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality. After making such a determination, which will typically include an opportunity for other stakeholders to comment, the exclusion is published in the Federal Register and takes effect.
This is a complex process that will require that applicants for exclusions engage in a mix of legal, policy, and public advocacy in order to successfully make their case.
Q: Are the tariffs subject to review by U.S. courts or the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
A: Yes. U.S. courts will surely hear challenges to the tariffs after they have been levied against imported steel and aluminum products. However, these challenges are likely to take years to make their way through the court system, and the President is normally given wide latitude to shape national security and foreign policy. The WTO is a different matter, however. While the WTO does not have the power to overturn and nullify the tariffs, if the WTO finds that the tariffs are not consistent with U.S. obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and the President refuses to revise the tariffs, the WTO could allow complaining countries to levy costly retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. This was the outcome when the Bush Administration imposed tariffs on steel in 2002. The WTO complaint process can take years to become final, although the economic and diplomatic uncertainty surrounding the process often leads to early settlements between countries.
Q: This is bad for my company, what can I do?
A: Yes, and there is little time to waste. Concerned companies need to begin developing and executing an advocacy campaign that educates the public about the harms of these tariffs (specifically as related to employment or ongoing business operations) and making outreach to key Legislative and Executive branch officials who have a stake in the health of the companies.
Specifically, the exclusion process will provide opportunities for companies to have specific steel and aluminum products excluded from the tariffs. However, in order to effectively pursue such exclusions, companies need to begin building their cases now. This means:
- Collecting data on the steel aluminum products the companies utilize, and the countries of origin of the products;
- Analyzing the domestic availability and prices for replacement materials;
- Developing arguments about the economic or national security harms that would occur if products were not available or affordable; and
- Identifying the threat that the tariffs pose to a company’s ability to compete or survive.
IN THE NEWS
Powell Details Need for CleanTech “Moonshot” – China is way ahead in the race to commercialize and export clean energy technologies. In his latest video, ClearPath Executive Director Rich Powell explains why “moonshot” clean energy technology goals would allow the U.S. to catch up with China by focusing Department of Energy priorities and resources on the biggest breakthroughs in advanced nuclear, carbon capture, grid-scale storage, solar and other advanced technologies. Watch Rich – in less than four minutes – sum up his recent appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee with the help of ClearPath graphics wizard Mitch Kersey. The optimistic takeaway message: While the U.S. may not be able to compete with China in cranes and concrete, setting moonshot energy technology goals can help ensure U.S. leadership in innovation and deployment.
CRA Report Details RFS Change – The Fueling American Jobs Coalition released a Charles River Associates (CRA) study that concludes that a price containment mechanism, like a cap or a credit waiver, would not undermine the integrity of the RINs trading system nor would it depress blending rates of ethanol. Instead, it would improve the performance of the RFS and better achieve its goals. Unlike other recent reports, the CRA study is firmly grounded in recent historical evidence that shows no correlation between high RINs prices and any stimulus for increased blending. Further, cost containment mechanisms are successfully used in Renewable Portfolio Standards, various carbon policies, and in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard – without damage to trading integrity or reductions in desired outcome. Only CRA evaluates RINs cost containment in comparison to other similar case studies in the same and other energy sectors.
BCSE Urges Support for Clean Energy Programs – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy released a letter to House Appropriators to support critical clean energy programs in the Department of Energy (DOE) Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Fossil Energy (FE), Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (EDER), Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and other essential DOE programs. These programs continue to provide value to American consumers and business. Continued investment in energy research development and deployment is needed to increase the efficiency of our energy generation and use, and to spur new innovations.
Senate Energy Approves Nuclear Legislation – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that would push the US to advance nuclear power. The committee forwarded to the full Senate the Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act (S. 1457) from Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), which sets a goal by 2028 for demonstrating at least four new advanced reactor designs. The committee also approved House Science and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith’s bipartisan Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act (H.R. 589), a bill House lawmakers passed early last year that provides longer term certainty for the Office of Science’s energy innovation hubs and modernizes the national laboratory system and promotes the transfer of federal research to the private sector in order to bring innovative ideas to the commercial marketplace.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
AFPM Annual Meeting Set for New Orleans – The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers will hold its 2018 annual meeting in New Orleans today and tomorrow at the Hilton Riverside. The meeting is the world’s premier refining meeting, assembling key executives, decision-makers, and technical experts from refining businesses, technology providers, contracting and consulting firms, and equipment manufacturers around the world. It will address current issues of importance to the industry, including industry and community impacts of the 2017 hurricane season. The breakout sessions will feature presentations and panels on process safety, key regulatory issues, innovation, workforce development, economic/commercial issues, the use of big data and emerging technologies. Speakers include former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, NFL CMO Dawn Hudson, political analyst Charlie Cook Koch CEO Brad Razook and GM’s Dan Nicholson.
Cities to Hear from Scott, Booker – The National League of Cities holds its annual Congressional City Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park today through Wednesday. Numerous panels will discuss subjects from opioids to environment to infrastructure. On Wednesday Morning in CVC 217 on Capitol Hill, Pew Charitable Trusts will join NLC for a breakfast briefing to call attention to the need for Congress and the Administration to focus on flood-ready infrastructure. Local and federal elected officials will discuss how making communities more resilient to extreme weather will help protect people and property, reduce future risk, and save taxpayer dollars. Elizabeth Esty and John Katko will be on the panel.
Forum to Look at Pipeline – The Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Global Energy Center will hold a debate today at 2:00 p.m. looking at the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and its potential implications for the United States and its European allies. Panels I and II will debate the different views on the pipeline from the United States and Europe and address the impact of Nord Stream 2 on European energy security, the political and economic questions associated with the pipeline, and the effects of the pipeline on transit countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
JHU to Host Discussion on Renewables – The Johns Hopkins University SAIS program holds a discussion today at 5:00 p.m. on the politics of a global energy transition to renewables. A new book — presented by Professor Johannes Urpelainen — will offer a comprehensive political analysis of the rapid growth in renewable wind and solar power, mapping an energy transition through theory, case studies, and policy analysis.
Perry, Harbert Headline ARPA-E Summit – The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit will be held tomorrow through Thursday at is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America’s energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its ninth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute head Karen Harbert will conduct a Fireside Chat with Energy Secretary Perry on Wednesday. Other main speakers include DOE’s Paul Dabbar, BPC’s Jason Grumet, SAFE’s autonomous vehicle expert Amitai Bin-Nun and Siemens Global Power CEO Tim Holt.
NRC to Host Reg Info Conference – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds its 30th annual Regulatory Information Conference on NRC HQ in North Bethesda, Md.
BSCE Holds Clean Energy Forum – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy holds its 2018 Clean Energy Forum tomorrow in the Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Rooms 208-209. The event is closed to press but will include remarks from FERC’s Rich Glick, EPA’s Bill Wehrum and DOE’s Dan Simmons, among others.
Forum to Look at CCS – The Global CCS Institute holds its 7th Annual DC Forum on CCS tomorrow in the Ronald Reagan Building’s Polaris Room at 8:30 a.m. The event is a lively discussion of the key questions that clean energy and CCS advocates are focused on, including 45Q impact, private sector investment, future government support and key audiences for advocacy efforts. Speakers include ClearPath’s Rich Powell, Global CCS Institute CEO Brad Page, WRI’s Andrew Steer, former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy David Mohler, ADM’s Scott McDonald, Kurt Walzer of the Clean Air Task Force, House Energy Committee former Chief Counsel Tom Hassenboehler and former DOE official Daniel Richter.
Senate Energy Takes Up Interior Budget – The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on the president’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for the Interior Department.
Forum to Look at Venezuela Oil – Next Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Global Energy Center for a timely conversation on the downfall of Venezuela’s oil sector and what may be in store in the future. Speakers will include former State Dept official David Goldwyn, Atlantic Council Author Francisco Monaldi and Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
BPC Infrastructure Hub Sets Innovation Forum – The BPC Infrastructure Lab hold its second event in a series on Infrastructure Ideas and Innovations tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. The American economy is increasingly driven by a powerful network of billions of “smart” and connected devices, ranging from miniscule sensors to massive industrial machines. From autonomous vehicles to smart water meters, today’s innovations are transforming how we live and how our core industries do business. These technological advancements also raise important policy questions: What infrastructure investments must be made to ensure that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), the infrastructure that underlies the innovation, has the powerful and reliable communications network needed to sustain it? How can we incorporate IIoT innovations, such as custom private networks that combine satellite-terrestrial technologies, to improve the quality and competitiveness of our infrastructure?
Zinke to Discuss Budget – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing tomorrow on the administration’s FY 2019 budget request for Interior. The hearing will feature Secretary Zinke.
Forum to Look at Self-Driving Cars – New America’s Future Tense, transportation planners from Phoenix and Pittsburgh, representatives from Waymo, Lyft, Intel, and Toyota, and leading academic researchers will hold a discussion tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to Look at the technological revolution of self-driving cars beginning to unfold on city streets.
WRI Stories to Watch Released – Tomorrow at 12:15 at JHU, experts from World Resources Institute look at trends, political dynamics, data and innovations that will shape environment, economy and international development for the coming year. Michael Oko will share insights into the big stories and global trends shaping the world. In this turbulent political time, he will explore issues related to climate change, energy markets, water, security issues, technology, and more.
Senate Panel to Look at Infrastructure – The Senate Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee hearing is holding a hearing tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in 253 Russell on infrastructure. Witnesses include Kyle Schneweis of the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Dan Gilmartin of the Michigan Municipal League, Jordan Kass of C.H. Robinson and Jo Strang of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association.
RFF to Host NatGas Event – Resources for The Future holds a forum tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. to discuss a new study by RFF Senior Fellows Joshua Linn and Richard Morgenstern that finds the dramatic decline in US shale gas prices increased employment in manufacturing and energy-intensive industries much less than previously thought. RFF hosts a discussion of the study’s results, featuring comments from industry, environmental, and academic perspectives.
Algae, CCS Forum Set – Tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Energy Association hosts a presentation on algae’s role in successful CO2 mitigation campaign. Heralded by proponents, dismissed by naysayers, algae may not cure our carbon conundrum but could be a key enabler for carbon capture and use (CCU). Algae Biomass Organization Executive Director Matt Carr addresses the topic.
Solar Operations Conference Set – The Solar Asset Management North America forum will be held in San Francisco tomorrow and Wednesday. The event is the leading conference focused on the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios. The recommendations on the Section 201 solar trade case as well as the new tax provisions will also affect the existing assets, budgets and O&M. The conference aims to fully assess and quantify the impact on the future of the solar industry.
NOAA Comms Director Heads Envirorun – Envirorun hosts David Herring, director of communications and education at NOAA’s Climate Program Office tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. Starting this month, the Speaker Series will be taking place at WeWork K Street and will feature a new route and the run starting at 6 p.m. and speaker at 7 p.m. Envirorun will meet at WeWork K Street before going out on the fun run. There will be a place to store bags while runners are on the trails. After the run, we will return to the venue for networking and hear from the speaker at 7:00 pm. Non-runners welcome to join.
LGs Meet in DC – The National Lt. Governors Assn will hold its 2018 Federal-State Relations Meeting in Washington DC at the Palomar Hotel. Among the speakers will be Second Lady Karen Pence, USDA’s Steve Censky, White House Infrastructure official DJ Gribbin and my Bracewell tax expert colleague Liam Donovan are among the speakers.
ACORE Renewable Policy Forum Set for Cap Hill – The annual 2018 ACORE Renewable Energy Policy Forum will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum is the only pan-technology renewable energy policy summit to address federal and state policy. This signature conference brings together industry leaders and policymakers to discuss energy and tax policy, debate pressing issues in the changing electricity marketplace, and identify priorities for Congress, the states, and relevant agencies.
Senate to hear Cabinet Officials on Infrastructure – The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee hearing on infrastructure Wednesday featuring Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue.
House Energy to Look at Cyber, Emergency Response – The House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to explore DOE modernization legislation addressing cybersecurity and emergency response. Witnesses include DOE’s Mark Menezes and Patricia Hoffman, as well as EEI’s Scott Aaronson, Dominion’s Mark Engel, Tristan Vance of Indiana’s Office of Energy Development, Zachary Tudor of the Idaho National Lab and NEMA’s Kyle Pitsor.
House Tax Panel to Review Extenders – The House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. looking at the post-Tax Reform evaluation of recently expired tax provisions. BCSE’s Lisa Jacobson will be among those testifying.
House Science to Look at National Labs – The House Science Committee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. looking at national laboratories innovations in science.
Zinke to Headline Forum – Faegre Baker Daniels will host its 5th annual Energy and Environmental Symposium at the National Press Club on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. This year’s event will examine the relationship between the energy industry and infrastructure, including potential environmental issues. Speakers will include Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Rep. Bill Shuster and CEQ’s Alex Herrgott.
CSIS to Talk Electricity Markets, Conflicts – On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Dr. Brian Ó Gallachóir (University College Cork) and Dr. Morgan Brazilian (Colorado School of Mines) for a presentation on electricity market and infrastructure developments in conflict zones with particular focus on power sector development in the wake of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Sarah Ladislaw (CSIS) will moderate the discussion.
FERC Monthly Meeting Target Tax Reform Legislation – On Thursday, FERC hold Its monthly meeting to consider the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on rates subject to its oversight. The agency will also review its policy for the recovery of income tax costs.
Shimkus to Headline Oil Forum – The Atlantic Council holds a discussion on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. on strategic oil product stockholding. Speakers will include Rep. John Shimkus, AFPM’s Susan Grissom and former Energy Dept official Melanie Kenderdine.
House Approps Panel to Review DOE Budget – The House Appropriations Energy-Water Subcommittee holds a hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. reviewing the fiscal 2019 Energy Department budget. Sect Perry will testify.
Tillerson Heads to Senate FR – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department budget is Thursday in 419 Dirksen. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies.
House Resources Committee to Host Zinke – The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to review the fiscal 2019 Interior Department budget. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will testify.
House Oversight Energy Panel Looks at Permit Process – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment will convene a hearing Thursday at 2:00 p.m. to examine Federal permitting processes.
GW to Look at Public Trust Doctrine – The George Washington University Law School symposium Thursday and Friday on the role of Public Trust Doctrine including climate, water resources and state constitutions. Our Bracewell colleague (also of the U of Houston Law School is among the presenters.
Forum on New Solar Book – On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosts a discussion on ‘Taming the Sun,’ the new book by Dr. Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Sivaram will discuss the financial, technological and systematic innovation required to maximize solar power utilization and highlight the need for a creative public policy framework, and comprehensive energy market restructuring, to create a more effective clean energy portfolio and establish solar energy as the cornerstone of the global energy revolution.
Forum Looks at Budget Impacts on Climate, Enviro Research – The Novim Group, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, holds a briefing on Friday at 2:00 p.m. discussing a new report on the environmental and societal impacts of the Administration’s proposed climate and environmental research program cuts for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The briefing’s speakers, who helped author the Novim report, will give an overview of its findings and conclusions. Speakers for this forum are Michael Ditmore and Ari Patrinos of Novim as well as Kei Koizumi American Association for the Advancement of Science.
IN THE FUTURE
World Water Forum Set – The 8th World Water Forum will be in Brasilia, Brazil on March 18 to 23.
HVAC Industry to Hold Session at Canadian Forum – AHRI will host two educational sessions at the Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition (CMPX), taking place March 21-23 in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. On Wednesday, March 21st at 2:00 p.m., Associate Certification Engineer David Noyes will host a one-hour session on heating product certification programs. Certification Engineer Caroline M. Henley will follow for a session on AHRI’s variable refrigerant flow standard and certification program.
Ethanol Group to Hold Fly-In – The American Coalition for Ethanol holds its 10th annual DC Fly-IN & Government Affairs Summit. The meetings will take place at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel and on Capitol Hill. Speakers will include EPA’s Bill Wehrum and Sen. Joni Ernst.
Forum to Look at China Energy Ambitions – On Thursday, March 22nd at 9:00 a.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum will be hosting speakers to discuss the trend lines of China’s coal and nuclear power domestically and along the Belt and Road. Thomas Rawski (University of Pittsburgh) will provide a snapshot of current efforts to reform domestic energy structures and electricity pricing, and how these changes may affect domestic and overseas investment in coal and nuclear power. Ravi Madhavan (University of Pittsburgh) will discuss the state-owned enterprise landscape that dominates nuclear power development in China and how they are making inroads into overseas markets, including Pakistan, Argentina, and the UK. Erica Downs, a senior research scientist in the China Studies division of the CNA Corporation will take us further along the Belt and Road, looking at some of the broader drivers of China’s financing and building of power plants abroad.
WCEE Forum to Look at AVs – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a brown bag lunch on Thursday March 22nd at Noon to hear from Ellen Partridge, Senior Law Fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center; Kelley Coyner, Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Analysis and Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University; and Fred Wagner, partner at Venable, as they share with us their knowledge of AV’s and the impacts AV’s will have on the natural and human environment, energy consumption, and the transportation landscape generally.
International PetroChem Conference Ready – AFPM holds its 2018 International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio on March 25-27th. The International Petrochemical Conference is the world’s largest and most prestigious conference representing the petrochemical industry. The meeting consists of a variety of sessions covering key political, economic, and environmental issues affecting the petrochemical industry. The sessions emphasize global competitiveness in the petrochemical business and are presented by recognized experts in the areas of petrochemical markets, economics, and politics.
EPA Clean Power Plan Repeal Hearing Heads for WY – EPA’s final listening sessions for its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan start in Gillette, Wyoming on March 27th. The EPA had already held one two-day meeting in West Virginia in late 2017.
Offshore Wind Partnership Forum Set – The Business Network for Offshore Wind hold its 2018 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum on April 3rd to 6th in Princeton New Jersey. The IPF is the leading technical conference for offshore wind in the United States and is dedicated to moving the industry forward. Among the speakers will be BOEM’s Walter Cruickshank and James Bennett, Statoil’s Sebastian Bringsværd, U of Delaware’s Jeremy Firestone, NYSERDA’s Greg Lampman, Recharge’s Darius Snieckus Deepwater’s Jeff Grybowski and NWF’s Collin O’Mara.
Refiners Security Conference Set – The annual AFPM Security Conference will be held on April 23-25 in New Orleans and presents current topics of vital importance to critical infrastructure, keeping security professionals up to date on security issues, policies, and future regulations. The event will relay the latest information on security regulations from DHS and the Coast Guard. This year’s conference will also go beyond just the regulations with sessions on hurricane response efforts, environmental NGO activism, cybersecurity and other emerging security and terror threats.
WINDPOWER Set for Chicago – The American Wind Energy Assn (AWEA) will hold WINDPOWER 2018 in Chicago from May 7th to 10th. The industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity. That new capacity represents $11 billion in new private investment. There are now 89,077 MW of wind power installed across 41 states, enough to power 26 million American homes. The wind industry is expected to continue its growth into 2018. WINDPOWER is where the industry comes together to plan for the future and keep this success story growing.
Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held on July 10th and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.