Energy

FERC Meeting: Electric Quarterly Report Users Group

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a meeting of its Electric Quarterly Report (EQR) Users Group. During the meeting, Commission staff and EQR users will discuss potential improvements to the EQR program and the EQR filing process.

Members otf the public may attend in person or via teleconference or webcast. More information is available at this FERC website and at this Federal Register notice.

EPA Meeting: Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a meeting of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The CASAC will discuss its Draft Report on EPA's Policy Assessment for the Review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (External Review Draft—September 2019) and will peer review EPA's Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone and Related Photochemical Oxidants (External Review Draft—September 2019) and EPA's Policy Assessment for the Review of the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (External Review Draft).

The CASAC was established under section 109(d)(2) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) (42 U.S.C. 7409) as a scientific advisory committee. The CASAC provides independent advice, information and recommendations on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The CASAC shall also: Advise the EPA Administrator of areas in which additional knowledge is required to appraise the adequacy and basis of existing, new, or revised NAAQS; describe the research efforts necessary to provide the required information; advise the EPA Administrator on the relative contribution to air pollution concentrations of natural as well as anthropogenic activity; and advise the EPA Administrator of any adverse public health, welfare, social, economic, or energy effects which may result from various strategies for attainment and maintenance of such NAAQS.

The CAA requires that the Agency, at five-year intervals, review and revise, as appropriate, the air quality criteria and the NAAQS for the six “criteria” air pollutants, including particulate matter and ozone. EPA is currently reviewing the NAAQS for particulate matter and the NAAQS for ozone.​

Members of the public may attend in person. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

DOE / USDA Meeting: Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to develop advice and guidance that promotes research and development leading to the production of biobased fuels and biobased products. Items on the tentative agenda include the following:

  • Update on USDA Biomass R&D Activities
  • Update on DOE Biomass R&D Activities
  • Presentations from government and industry that provide insights on the intersection of forest health and bioenergy growth.

The Committee advises the points-of-contact (Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture) with respect to the Biomass Initiative and evaluates and makes recommendations in writing to the Biomass Research and Development Board.

Members of the public may attend in person with advance registration by Tuesday, November 12. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

OSTP Meeting: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will hold a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). During this open meeting, PCAST is scheduled to discuss the identification of science and technology issues that PCAST members will address and also discuss setting priorities.

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House, cabinet departments, and other Federal agencies. PCAST is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is chaired by Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, OSTP Director.

Members of the public may attend in person with advance email registration. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

USCC Meeting: 2019 Annual Report to Congress

The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) will hold a meeting to release its 2019 Annual Report to Congress. The Commission's 2019 Annual Report to Congress addresses key findings and recommendations for Congressional action based upon the Commission's hearings, research, travel, and review of the areas designated by Congress in its mandate, including focused work this year on: China's internal and external challenges; artificial intelligence, new materials, and new energy; US companies in China and Chinese companies in the United States.; health and pharmaceuticals; China's ambitions to build a “world-class” military; China-Russia relations; China's ambitions in space; Taiwan; Hong Kong; changing regional dynamics in Oceania and Singapore; and a review of economics, trade, security, political, and foreign affairs developments in 2019.

The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, and report to Congress annually on "the national security implications of the economic relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China."

Members of the public may attend in person. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

House Hearing: Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold a legislative hearing to consider HR 4248, the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019. The bill aims to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to allow the Secretary of the Interior to delegate certain emergency reclamation activities to the States and Tribes.

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

House Markup: Rural STEM Education, Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide, Election Technology Research

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a markup session to consider three bills. Namely, the Committee will consider: 

  • HR 4979: "Rural STEM Education Act"
  • HR 4704: "Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act"
  • HR 4990: "Election Technology Research Act"

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

STB Meeting: Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a meeting of its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC). The purpose of this meeting is to continue discussions regarding issues such as rail performance, capacity constraints, infrastructure planning and development, and effective coordination among suppliers, carriers, and users of energy resources. Potential agenda items for this meeting include a performance measures review, industry segment updates by RETAC members, and a roundtable discussion.

RETAC was formed in 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the Board, and to serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues related to the transportation of energy resources by rail, including coal, ethanol, and other biofuels.

Members of the public may attend in person. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

Senate Markup: Bills in Energy, Nanotechnology, Cybersecurity, and Neuroscience Policy

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a markup session to consider 22 bills, including some related to energy, nanotechnology, cybersecurity, and neuroscience policy. Those bills include:

Energy Policy

  • S 1640: Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019

Nanotechnology Policy

  • S 999: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019​

Cybersecurity Policy

  • S 2775: Harvesting American Cybersecurity Knowledge through Education (HACKED) Act of 2019

Neuroscience Policy

  • S 481: Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019
  • HR 3153: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment (EFFORT) Act 

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

Senate Hearing: Preserving and Expanding Clean, Reliable Nuclear Power: US Commercial Nuclear Reactor Performance Trends and Safety Initiatives

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing titled "Preserving and Expanding Clean, Reliable Nuclear Power: US Commercial Nuclear Reactor Performance Trends and Safety Initiatives."

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