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U.S. House Takes First Step in Moving Energy Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee marked up the FY18 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill this week, which provides annual funding for various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), the Army Corps of Engineers,...more

Evaluating Tax Reform Proposals and Their Potential Impact on the Energy Sector

It has been over thirty years since the last major overhaul of the U.S. tax code, President Reagan's Tax Reform Act of 1986. That process took over two years and required cooperation between the President and both parties in...more

Climate Change Executive Order: What's Next?

On March 28, 2017, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to take action to repeal President Obama’s climate agenda, including the Clean Power Plan (CPP). In his “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence...more

Who's Who in the Trump Administration: A Cabinet Reference Guide

After nearly six weeks of nominations, committee hearings and confirmation votes, President Trump’s White House is beginning to take shape. The federal affairs leaders at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting have created a...more

3/3/2017  /  Trump Administration

This Week's Hearings Will Shed Light on Trump Administration's Energy, Environmental Priorities

As Inauguration Day approaches, energy and environmental issues will take center stage with this week’s confirmation hearings for the heads of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior and the...more

Holidays Don't Slow Presidential Transition: Make a Mark on Policy Development Now

When President-elect Trump is sworn into office on January 20, 2017, he will bring a new administration and new priorities to the White House. This transition gives any company with business before the federal government an...more

What Does the Future Hold for the Renewable Fuel Standard?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of many policies facing an uncertain future as power changes hands in the federal government. While it’s impossible to know exactly what to expect from President-Elect Trump and the...more

Open the Floodgates? WRDA Shows Congress Ready to Act on Water Policy, Infrastructure Projects

In the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which the Senate approved on December 9, Congress addressed major issues in the nation’s water infrastructure, including direct efforts aimed at problems related to...more

Election Cheat Sheet – What to Watch

The 2016 election has been the focal point of the country for the past year. As Americans prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday, November 8, we wanted to provide a quick primer on how the election could impact the balance...more

House Passes Water Infrastructure Bill, Setting up Conference with Senate

On Wednesday, September 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. House action comes on the heels of the Senate’s passage of its version (S. 2848) earlier this month....more

FERC Weighs PURPA Changes: What Do Renewable Energy Stakeholders Need to Know?

For a law originally passed in response to the energy crisis of the 1970s, The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) has received a lot of recent attention from Congress and advocates for both investor-owned...more

New USDA Guidance for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

On July 25, 2016, the United Stated Department of Agriculture (UDSA) published a Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program...more

The TSCA Modernization Act Passed the Senate: Here's What You Need to Know

After several years of work, Congress passed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act – more commonly referred to as the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 – and President Obama is expected to...more

Significant Water Legislation Moving in the Senate

The largest overhaul to the nation’s aging water infrastructure in decades is making progress in the Senate. On April 28, 2016, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a $9 billion update to the Water...more

President Obama's FY17 Budget Request Proposes New Energy and Environmental Allocations

The President has unveiled his fiscal year 2017 budget request for the federal government. The figures are ambitious in the way that only a president in his last term would propose, and the budget includes numerous funding...more

Supreme Court Delays Implementation of Clean Power Plan

In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the ultimate Supreme Court determination on the merits, assuming the inevitable writ of certiorari from the D.C....more

Senate Considers Energy Bill, Opening Debate on Host of Environmental and Energy Issues

Earlier than expected, the Senate is considering a highly anticipated bipartisan energy bill this week. The first broad package of energy legislation in over a decade, the bill proposes many adjustments to current energy...more

President Obama Unveils 2016 Energy and Environment Agenda

Last month, the White House released its fall Unified Agenda, which provides a look at the various regulations being developed by each agency and where each is in the rulemaking process. In the energy and environment space,...more

New Federal Permitting Council to Aid Large Infrastructure Projects — Emphasis on Energy

In December 2015, Congress passed the first major transportation infrastructure bill in over a decade, covering a large range of infrastructure projects and ensuring funding for the next five years. One section of the bill...more

Breakdown of Energy and Renewable Energy Provisions in Newly Signed Tax Extenders and Government Funding Legislation

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) and an omnibus funding bill for fiscal year 2016 known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016”...more

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

EPA Publishes Clean Power Plan in Federal Register — Sets Off Flurry of Activity

The Clean Power Plan final rule, proposed Federal Plan and carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed (existing) power plants were published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2015 — weeks after its...more

EPA Decreases Limit for Ground-Level Ozone

In an updated rule released October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set tighter limits on ozone – a compound regarded as a precursor to smog. In setting the new standard at 70 parts per billion (ppb) for...more

What to Know About the EPA Final Petroleum Refinery Emissions Standards Rule

On September 29, 2015, EPA issued a final rule to regulate emissions from petroleum refineries in the United States. The rule requires monitoring for specific compounds that are emitted as part of the refining process of...more

Controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule Blocked in 13 States

The WOTUS rule is concerning to many industry sectors because it would significantly expand Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction for the agencies. In particular, the rule would extend jurisdiction to broad definitions of...more

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