Supporting Careers in Conservation: Workforce Training, Education, and Job Opportunities

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 25 May 2022 17:00:00 GMT

Reauthorization and Reform of the National Flood Insurance Program

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 25 May 2022 16:00:00 GMT

Hearing page

Witnesses:
  • Carolyn Kousky, Executive Director, Wharton Risk Center
  • Karen McHugh, Missouri State NFIP Coordinator
  • Ariel Rivera-Miranda, Founder and Agency Principal, Deer Insurance
  • Roy Wright, President & CEO, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
Legislation:
  • H.R. , the “The National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2022.” (Rep. Waters)
  • H.R. 7842, the “The Protecting Families and the Solvency of the National Flood Insurance Program Act of 2022.” (Rep. Casten)
  • H.R. , the “The National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 2022.” (Rep. Velázquez)
  • H.R. , a bill to cancel the indebtedness of the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes. (Rep. Waters)
  • H.R. , a bill to limit the annual increases in premiums and surcharges under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.

The last long-term reauthorization of the NFIP occurred when Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), which was subsequently amended by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Since the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017, the NFIP has had 19 short-term reauthorizations and has even experienced brief lapses. According to the National Association of Realtors, an estimated 40,000 home sales are lost or interrupted every month that the NFIP’s authority lapses. The NFIP’s authorization is currently set to expire on September 30, 2022. In the event of a lapse, the NFIP will be unable to enter into new flood insurance contracts, which will lead to widespread market instability due to the stalling of mortgage processing for homes that are statutorily required to have flood insurance.

On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included $3.5 billion for flood mitigation and $500 million in grants to states for revolving loans for hazard mitigation through a new program called the Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation (STORM) Act. On November 19, 2021, the House passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes provisions to forgive the NFIP’s $20.5 billion in debt and invests $600 million in setting up an affordability program for low-income policyholders, as well as $600 million toward updating flood maps. According to FEMA, the NFIP saves the nation an estimated $1.87 billion annually in flood losses avoided because of the NFIP’s building and floodplain management regulations.

Until 2021, FEMA had not updated its methodology for setting NFIP premium rates since the 1970s, when it adopted a risk rating method that accounts only for the 1% annual chance of fluvial and coastal flooding. In coordination with the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, and other experts, FEMA has now developed a new risk rating methodology, known as Risk Rating 2.0 (RR2). RR2 went into effect for new policyholders on October 1, 2021, and for new policyholders on April 1, 2022. RR2 is designed to more accurately “reflect an individual property’s risk, reflect more types of flood risk in rates, use the latest actuarial practices to set risk-based rates, provide rates that are easier to understand for agents and policyholders, and reduce complexity for agents to generate a flood insurance quote.”

The Future of Transportation

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 24 May 2022 15:00:00 GMT

Please join the Center for American Progress for a virtual event on the future of mobility. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) will join CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard for a conversation about Michigan’s progress in developing pro-business, pro-worker, and pro-climate mobility initiatives. White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks on President Joe Biden’s plan to reduce emissions, and a panel of experts and advocates will discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in decarbonizing transportation.

Mobility bridges the gap between economic opportunity and the environment. It creates well-paying jobs, lowers costs for families, and tackles climate change. In just three years, Michigan has created more than 21,600 well-paying auto jobs, and auto companies and suppliers have invested millions of dollars into the state as part of an industrywide pivot to vehicle electrification.

Gov. Whitmer has made unique progress in supporting mobility initiatives, through public-private partnerships with automakers to support domestic manufacturing, a bipartisan build-out of an electric vehicle charging network across the Midwest, collaborative efforts to decarbonize the economy through the Michigan Healthy Climate Plan, and partnerships with legislators from across the aisle to advance Michigan’s mobility leadership.

For more information about how state governments can leverage federal investments, as well as the opportunities and challenges of implementing the bipartisan infrastructure law, check out CAP’s recent report “How States Can Use the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Enhance Their Climate Action Efforts.”

Keynote remarks:
  • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Adviser
In conversation:
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
  • Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Panelists:
  • Cindy Estrada, Vice President, United Auto Workers
  • Carolina Martinez, Climate Justice Director, Environmental Health Coalition
  • Terry Travis, Managing Partner, EVNoire
Moderator:
  • Sam Ricketts, Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment, Center for American Progress

You must RSVP to watch the event.

If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Zoom during the event or via email to [email protected].

For more information, please contact Sam Hananel at [email protected].

Nomination of Biniam Gebre to be Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 19 May 2022 14:30:00 GMT

Hearing page

Biniam Gebre has been managing director at Accenture Federal Services since August 2017. Mr. Gebre heads the management consulting group, which provides advisory services to government clients. He was a partner at Oliver Wyman serving customers in the company’s financial services and public-sector practices.

Before that, he was Acting Assistant Secretary and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, where he led the management of the agency. Earlier in his career, he was a partner with McKinsey & Co., which he joined in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Williams College and a master’s degree in finance and economics from Northwestern University.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget plays a central role in shaping the policies and practices federal agencies use to acquire the goods and services they need to carry out their responsibilities. OFPP was established by Congress in 1974 to provide overall direction for government-wide procurement policies, regulations and procedures and to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in acquisition processes. OFPP is headed by an Administrator who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

May Commission Open Meeting

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 19 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

Commission meeting held in Room 2C, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. Open to the public via video Webcast only.

Link to meeting webcast when live

Meeting agenda
ADMINISTRATIVE
A-1AD22-1-000Agency Administrative Matters
A-2AD22-2-000Customer Matters, Reliability, Security and Market Operations
A-3AD06-3-000Market Update
ELECTRIC
E-1RM20-16-001Managing Transmission Line Ratings
E-2OMITTED
E-3ER21-62-000Uniper Global Commodities North America LLC
E-4ER21-65-000Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
E-5ER21-59-000Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP
ER21-59-001
E-6ER21-64-000Macquarie Energy LLC
E-7ER22-1246-000California Independent System Operator Corporation
E-8QF21-222-002Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
E-9ER22-476-001Alabama Power Company
E-10EL22-44-000Grand River Dam Authority
E-11EL22-45-000Lincoln Electric System
E-12EL22-46-000Nebraska Public Power District
E-13EL22-47-000Omaha Public Power District
E-14OMITTED
E-15EC22-24-000GridLiance High Plains LLC
E-16RR21-10-000North American Electric Reliability Corporation
MISCELLANEOUS
M-1RM22-15-000Certification of Uncontested Settlements by Settlement Judges
GAS
G-1RM21-18-000Revised Filing and Reporting Requirements for Interstate Natural Gas Company Rate Schedules and Tariffs
G-2OR19-14-000MPLXOzark Pipe Line LLC
G-3RP21-1001-006Texas Eastern Transmission, LP
HYDRO
H-1P-15246-000PacifiCorp
H-2P-15239-000PacifiCorp
H-3P-2188-259NorthWestern Corporation
Certificates
C-1CP21-197-000Kern River Gas Transmission Company
C-2CP21-78-000ANR Pipeline Company
C-3IN19-4-001Rover Pipeline, LLC and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
C-4CP21-6-000Spire Storage West LLC

Clean Power 2022: Day Two

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 18 May 2022 13:30:00 GMT

The most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies. CLEANPOWER puts you at the table and helps you get results that can grow your business and our industry, and prepare for more opportunities in the future. This expanded and targeted business development event will help your company reach new heights.

Day One | Day Two

Agenda (all times are Central)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ACP Energy Storage Council Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM General Session

Speakers:
  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association
  • Secretary Jennifer Granholm – US Department of Energy
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Bringing Green Hydrogen Within Reach

Moderator: Jacob Susman – Ambient Energy

Speakers:
  • Janice Lin – Green Hydrogen Coalition
  • Megan Reusser, PE – Burns & McDonnell
  • Adolfo Rivera – Avangrid Renewables

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM The Clean Energy Market Today

Moderator: John Hensley – American Clean Power Association

Speakers:
  • Douglas Giuffre – IHS Markit
  • Tara Narayanan – BloombergNEF
  • Aaron Barr – Wood Mackenzie

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM Scaling and Performance of Real-time Operations and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Plants

Speaker: AJ Singh – Hitachi Energy

2:30 PM – 2:55 PM Experiences Deploying Utility-Scale Storage Systems

Speaker: Mark Powell – Sungrow

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ACP Trade Committee Meeting

1:30 PM – 1:55 PM Long Duration Storage- Today’s Trends and Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Speaker: David O. Stripling – ORMAT

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Building the Clean Energy Workforce

Moderator: Adam Edelen – Edelen Ventures

Speakers:
  • David Hickey – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Tim Maag – Mortenson
  • Jose Antonio Miranda Soto – Avangrid
  • James Murphy – President and Corporate Business Leader, Invenergy
  • Susan Nickey – Hannon Armstrong

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Financing the Clean Energy Transition

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM What Energy Storage Customers Want

Moderator: Catherine Sullivan – Fluence

Speakers:
  • Brent Bergland – Mortenson
  • Ricky T. Elder, III – Dominion Energy
  • Andrew Foukal – East Point Energy
  • Troy Miller – GE Renewable Energy

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Digital Technology Landscape in Renewable Energy Asset Management

Speaker: Feng Zhang – Utopus Insights

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Enabling Domestic Investments in the Solar Supply Chain

Moderator: Leo Moreno – AES Clean Energy

Speakers:
  • Nigel Cockcroft – Jinko Solar US Inc.
  • Tristan Grimbert – EDF Renewables
  • Michael Wathen – Nextracker
  • Becca Jones- Albertus

The U.S.-Canada Energy And Minerals Partnership

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

The purpose of the hearing is to examine ways to strengthen the energy and mineral partnership between the U.S. and Canada to address energy security and climate objectives.

Witnesses:
  • Jason Kenney, Premier, Alberta, Canada
  • Nathalie Camden, Sous-ministre associée aux Mines (Associate Deputy Minister of Mines), Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources) Québec, Canada
  • Francis Bradley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Canada
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

FY 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Labor

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

Hearing page

Witness:
  • Marty Walsh, Secretary, Department of Labor

The FY 2023 request for the Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is $14.6 billion in discretionary budget authority and 16,922 full-time equivalent employees (FTE), with additional mandatory funding and FTE.

The Budget requests a $100 million investment for DOL’s role in the new multi-agency POWER+ Initiative, which aims to assist displaced workers and transform communities transitioning away from fossil fuel production to new, sustainable industries. Furthering the Administration’s emphasis on addressing climate change by creating opportunities for workers in America, the Budget requests $20 million to pilot the Civilian Climate Corps, in partnership other Federal agencies, which will fund paid work experiences, preapprenticeship programs, and RA programs for youth in industries and jobs related to climate resilience and mitigation.

The request also provides the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) $10 million for a new program, developed in collaboration with VETS and the Department of Veterans Affairs, focused on helping veterans shift to careers in clean energy, which would help combat climate change while preparing veterans for good-paying jobs.

The request also includes an increase of nearly $44 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration focused on restoring its capabilities in enforcement and mine plan and equipment reviews. This increased funding will help ensure miners’ health and safety amid a projected increase in workload stemming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Creating a More Resilient Nation: Stakeholder Perspectives

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

The Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery chaired by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) will hold a hearing to hear from stakeholders about local and Federal capacity to respond a range of disasters from severe weather events to terrorist attacks. The hearing will also serve as an opportunity to discuss emerging threats, including the significant risks of climate change to our country’s preparedness, and the actions the Federal government – particularly DHS and FEMA – should take to address these challenges in order to build a more resilient nation.

Witnesses:
  • Orlando Rolón, Chief of Police, City of Orlando (Testifying on behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs Association)
  • George Dunlap, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Counties)
  • Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Clean Power 2022: Day One

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

The most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies. CLEANPOWER puts you at the table and helps you get results that can grow your business and our industry, and prepare for more opportunities in the future. This expanded and targeted business development event will help your company reach new heights.

Day One | Day Two

Agenda (all times are Central)

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM ACP Offshore Wind Council Meeting

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ACP Federal Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Welcome & General Session

Speakers
  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association
  • Tommy Beaudreau – U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Chairman Richard Glick – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

11:15 AM – 11:40 AM Challenges and Advantages of Standalone Energy Storage Project Development

Speaker: *Michael Jungreis – ORMAT

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Building the Clean Energy Economy: Industry Executive Panel Discussion

Moderator: Craig Cornelius – Clearway Energy Group

Speakers:
  • Pat Byrne – GE Renewable Onshore Wind
  • Theresa Eaton – WECS Renewables
  • Alicia Knapp – Berkshire Hathaway Renewables
  • Leo Moreno – AES Clean Energy
  • John Zahurancik – Fluence

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Transition to Offshore Wind

Moderator: Joshua Kaplowitz – ACP
  • Andrew Burke – Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions
  • Michael Celata – BOEM
  • Paula Major – Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Robert Miner – bp

11:45 AM – 12:10 PM Independent Cell Vetting for a Stronger Storage Market

Speaker: Logan Weber – Powin

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lunch

Speakers:
  • Elizabeth Laine – Clearway Energy Group
  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Headwinds & Tailwinds of Energy Storage Market Growth

Moderator: Jason Burwen – American Clean Power Association (ACP)

Speakers:
  • Michael Arndt – Recurrent Energy
  • Jeff Bishop – Key Capture Energy
  • Sara Graziano – SER Capital Partners
  • Mateo Jaramillo – Form Energy

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Texas-sized opportunities and challenges for renewables in the Lone Star State

Moderator: Jeff Clark – Advanced Power Alliance

Speakers:
  • Russell Gold – Texas Monthly
  • Michael Jewell – Jewell and Associates, PLLC
  • Collin Meehan – Bird Dog Energy
  • Jean Ryall – Advanced Power Alliance

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Enabling a Net Zero Vision by Proactively Developing Power Grids

Speaker: Fabio Fracaroli – Hitachi Energy

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Ensuring Clean Power Resilience

Moderator: Jacqueline DeRosa – Ameresco

Speakers:
  • Balki Iyer – Eos
  • Hans Jacob – Duke Energy
  • Roger Lueken, Ph.D. – Fluence
  • Reem Bashlaty – DNV

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Transmission Policy and Buildout

Moderator: Michael Garland – Pattern Energy

Speakers:
  • Caroline Golin – Google
  • Chris Hansen – Colorado General Assembly
  • Elliot Mainzer – California Independent System Operator

3:00 PM – 3:25 PM Fire safety: Battery manufacturer’s assessment

Speaker: Neil Bradshaw – Sungrow

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