House panel schedules three March hearings on energy issues

February 23, 2015

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), today announced three upcoming hearings that will spotlight changing energy markets, grid innovation, and EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The committee recently announced its energy related plans for this Congress, which include advancing legislative proposals to build the Architecture of Abundance and continuing to protect against EPA’s overreaching regulations.

Whitfield said, “We have a lot we want to accomplish this Congress and we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. Next month we will begin to lay the foundation to build the Architecture of Abundance while continuing our aggressive oversight of EPA’s regulatory agenda. These discussions will help us gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing America’s energy sector so we can work to better maximize and preserve the benefits of our abundant resources.”

On Tuesday, March 3, the subcommittee will hold a hearing on “21st Century Energy Markets: How the Changing Dynamics of World Energy Markets Impact our Economy and Energy Security.” Global energy markets have undergone dramatic changes over the last decade, and the U.S. is driving this transformation. Growing energy resource estimates and rising production rates have replaced previous notions of declining domestic supplies. The U.S. was the world’s leading contributor to global oil supply growth during 2014 and the Energy Information Administration predicts continued production growth in the year ahead. This hearing will examine the impacts of the rapidly changing energy markets on the U.S. economy, jobs, and consumers. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

On Wednesday, March 4, the subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System.” Innovation and technology in the electricity sector is rapidly evolving, with the potential for significant benefits, and challenges, for utilities and consumers in terms of efficiencies, security, cost, and reliability. This hearing will examine how new advanced grid technologies and “Big Data” energy analytics can help build a more modern and flexible electricity system while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and affordable delivery of electricity to consumers. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

On Tuesday, March 17, the subcommittee will hold a hearing on “EPA’s Proposed 111(d) Rule for Existing Power Plants: Legal and Cost Issues.” The hearing will focus on legal and cost issues relating to EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide (CO2) rule for existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, referred to by the agency as the “Clean Power Plan.” The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.