Could this finally be the year for a bipartisan energy bill? Perhaps. On February 27, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), the leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the text of their American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA). The bill focuses on energy efficiency; renewable energy; energy storage; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; advanced nuclear; industrial and vehicle technologies; mineral security; cyber and grid security and modernization; and workforce development. The AEIA is comprised of more than 50 energy bills that the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee has advanced over the past year.
The full Senate will take up the bill this week, with another Murkowski bill, the Advanced Geothermal Innovation Leadership Act, serving as the legislative vehicle, meaning that the Senate will take up the geothermal legislation and Sens. Murkowski and Manchin will amend it with the text of the AEIA.
For the full bill text, please click here. For a high-level summary, please click here. For a section-by-section summary, please click here.
In addition to the AEIA, February saw the introduction of a number of other energy-related measures:
The House Energy and Commerce Committee:
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee:
On February 10, President Trump released his fiscal year 2021 budget request, including $35.4 billion to fund the Department of Energy (DOE) for “vital priorities such as promoting America’s continued rise as an energy independent nation, enhancing national security through modernizing the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and advancing transformative scientific innovation and environmental cleanup.”
Highlights of the budget request include:
For the budget request and supporting documents, please click here.
On February 4, President Trump delivered the State of the Union before members of the US House and US Senate. With regard to energy, the president said, “Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far. With the tremendous progress we have made over the past three years, America is now energy independent, and energy jobs, like so many other elements of our country, are at a record high.”
For the full text of the address, please click here.
On February 13, President Trump announced that he would nominate Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menzes to serve as Deputy Secretary of Energy, replacing Dan Brouillette, who is now the Secretary of Energy.