Energy

FERC Meeting: Revisions to the Filing Process for Commission Forms

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a technical conference titled "Revisions to the Filing Process for Commission Forms." The purpose of the technical conference is to discuss the draft FERC Taxonomy and filing processes for implementing the XBRL data standard. Participants at the technical conference will have the opportunity to discuss any of the related documents, technical issues, and other issues related to the transition to XBRL, including the implementation schedule for the new data collection standard. The draft FERC Taxonomy referenced in this notice will be supplemented by documents containing the draft definitions, draft validations, draft visual renderings of the blank forms, and draft user guides for filing the Commission Forms, as they are completed.

On January 13, 2020, FERC moved the date of this technical conference from February 4–6 to March 24–26. 

FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydropower projects.

Members of the public may attend in person with optional advance registration, or via webcast. More information is available at this FERC website

BLM Comment Deadline: Competitive Processes, Terms, and Conditions for Leasing Public Lands for Solar and Wind Energy Development

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks public comment on a renewal of a proposed data collection project titled "Competitive Processes, Terms, and Conditions for Leasing Public Lands for Solar and Wind Energy Development." This project enables the BLM to collect the necessary information to authorize the use of public lands for solar and wind energy, pipelines, and electric transmission lines with a capacity of 100 Kilovolts (kV) or more.

On January 28, 2020 (85 FR 5021), BLM extended the comment deadline from December 17, 2020, to February 27, 2020.

Members of the public may submit comments by email or mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

House Hearing: FY21 Budget Request for the Department of Energy

The House Committee on AppropriationsSubcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, will hold a hearing to consider the fiscal year 2021 budget request for the Department of Energy. 

Witnesses include:

  • The Honorable Dan Brouillette: Secretary, Department of Energy

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

House Markup: Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act of 2019

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, will hold a markup session to consider four bills, including HR 3681, the Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act of 2019, which intends to establish the Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Initiative to facilitate the installation of zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure on National Forest System land, National Park System land, and certain related land.

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

DOE Meeting: Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Fossil Energy, will hold a meeting in Galveston, Texas, of its Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice on potential applications of gas hydrates to the Secretary of Energy, and assist in developing recommendations and priorities for the Department of Energy's Gas Hydrates Research and Development Program.

The agenda will include: Welcome and Introduction by the Designated Federal Officer; Committee Business including election of Committee Chair and Vice-Chair; Report of Committee Representatives Meeting with the Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy; Update on Gas Hydrates Major Projects; Advisory Committee Discussion; and Public Comments, if any.

The meeting is open to the public to attend in person. For more information on the meeting or the Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee, please see this Federal Register notice.

DOE Meeting: Electricity Advisory Committee

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity, will hold a public meeting of its Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC). Agenda items include discussing updates since the October 2019 meeting, an update on Office of Electricity programs and initiatives, an update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, overviews of Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium projects, and discussions on sensors, data analytics, energy storage, and the smart grid.

The EAC was established to provide advice to DOE in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, executing certain sections of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and modernizing the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure. The EAC is composed of individuals of diverse backgrounds selected for their technical expertise and experience, established records of distinguished professional service, and their knowledge of issues that pertain to the electric sector.

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person. For more information about the meeting, and a tentative agenda, please see this Federal Register notice

BLM Nomination Deadline: Resource Advisory Councils

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks nominations to 27 of its statewide and regional Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) located in the West that have vacant positions and/or members whose terms are scheduled to expire. These RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas.​

Members of the public may submit nominations through mail submission to the appropriate RAC as listed on this Federal Register notice. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

EIA Comment Deadline: Monthly Crude Oil and Lease Condensate and Natural Gas Production Report

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is requesting a three-year extension without changes of Form EIA-914Monthly Crude Oil and Lease Condensate, and Natural Gas Production Report. The survey collects monthly data on production and sales of natural gas, and crude oil and lease condensate. The data provides useful information on the nation's production and sales of crude oil and natural gas.

Members of the public may submit comments by email or by mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.