February 15, 2015

U.S. House Energy Panel Releases Blueprint For Its Agenda

The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, of which MSCI is a member, reported last week that the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has published a blueprint for U.S. energy policy discussions during the 114th Congress. The committee will also release detailed discussion documents over the next several months that could result in legislation. Topics for discussion include:

  • Expanding and modernizing energy delivery infrastructure “to carry abundant supplies of oil and gas to consumers.” This topic includes discussions of how to encourage greater investment and eliminate permitting delays in pipeline capacity, as well as investment in the electricity grid.
  • Developing an adequate energy workforce, including involving the “Department of Energy and its national laboratories, community colleges, and public-private partnerships, to better coordinate and leverage existing resources to foster an energy and manufacturing workforce for the 21st century.”
  • Improving coordination and strengthening energy partnerships with allies, enhancing international energy security, and evaluating decisions on energy exports based on national interest, strengthening our allies and leveraging U.S. resources to advance our foreign policy goals.
  • Supporting solutions that harness new technologies and private sector innovation for more efficient energy usage in households, businesses, and the federal government.
  • Addressing regulatory overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency, including its power plant rules under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act and its recent ozone proposal.

EEIA argues the proposal’s provisions will have a major impact on businesses as suppliers to energy operations if they become law. Stay tuned to Connecting the Dots for more as this discussion unfolds.