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WEDNESDAY: #FullCmte to Vote on Eleven Energy Infrastructure and Efficiency Bills


06.05.17

WASHINGTON, DC – In addition to the four #SubHealth bills the Energy and Commerce Committee plans to markup on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., the full committee will also consider eleven #SubEnergy bills aimed at advancing the nation’s energy infrastructure and improving energy efficiency.

“This Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Committee continues our work on legislation to harness our nation’s energy abundance, modernize our energy infrastructure, and promote domestic manufacturing and job growth,” said full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR). “Our goal is to break down barriers to innovation, promote new energy infrastructure, further job creation, and improve affordability, security, and safety for consumers. These bills represent solid, bipartisan efforts to put consumers first and find common sense solutions to the problems facing too many of our constituents.”

The committee will consider the following bills:

H.R. 338, to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce;

  • Authored by Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL) and committee member Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), would improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs, with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for women, veterans, and minorities.

H.R. 446, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project and H.R. 447, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydro electric project;

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), H.R. 446 and 447 would extend the licenses for the Gathright and Flannagan Dams. Construction of the dams would create jobs and provide affordable, and reliable electricity to their respective communities.

H.R. 627, Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017;

  • Would make it easier for schools to take advantage of federal programs to help them cut down on energy use.

H.R. 723, Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2017;

  • Authored by committee members Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), H.R. 723 would facilitate the use of energy savings contracts to encourage private sector investment to upgrade the energy and water efficiency of federal facilities.

H.R. 951, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project;

  • Would extend the license for the W. Kerr Scott Dam, creating jobs and providing affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

H.R. 1109, to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act;

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) would amend the Federal Power Act to expressly include a minimum monetary threshold of $10,000,000 for mergers and acquisitions of facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

H.R. 2122, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Jennings Randolph Dam;

  • Authored by #SubEnvironment Vice Chairman David McKinley (R-WV), H.R. 2122 would authorize FERC to extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence the construction of the Jennings Randolph Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

H.R. 2274, HYdropower Permit Extension (HYPE) Act;

  • Authored by committee member Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), H.R. 2274 would allow FERC to extend permits for construction of hydroelectric projects.

H.R. 2292, to extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam;

  • Would extend the license of the Cannonsville Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

H.R. 2457, J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Hydropower Extension Act of 2017;

  • Would authorize FERC to extend the license of construction for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Dam. Construction of the dam would create jobs and provide affordable, reliable electricity to the respective community.

This Congress, the committee has been hard at work examining ways to modernize our energy and electricity delivery systems,  expand hydropower generation, and modernize our pipeline and hydropower infrastructure. The committee has also looked at Brownfields reauthorization, modernizing drinking water infrastructure, nuclear waste management, and opportunities to modernize our environmental laws.

Electronic copies of the legislation and a background memo can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. Amendment text and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.

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