The first comprehensive legislation on energy issues since the Energy Policy Act of 2005 is currently under consideration in Congress. After a series of hearings over the past few weeks,the discussion has now turned to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee’s broad bipartisan energy bill introduced on July 22, 2015. The House legislative proposal was also voted out of the Energy and Power Subcommittee on July 22nd. The Senate ENR Committee is scheduled to consider its bill, tomorrow. Further consideration in the House is not expected until after the August recess.
Highlights of both legislative proposals is as follows:
· Hydropower reforms
· Diversity of energy supply
· FERC studies and enhanced process coordination with other agencies
· LNG exports
· Infrastructure development
· Wholesale capacity markets
· Energy reliability and security
· Workforce development
· Permitting for natural gas pipelines
To review the Murkowski-Cantwell energy package released out of the Senate please go to: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/7/murkowski-cantwell-unveil-broad-bipartisan-energy-bill
The House energy bill can be accessed here http://energycommerce.house.gov/yes2energy).