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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 July 2000

H E A D L I N E S:
* Weatherization
* Home Heating Oil Reserve
* Energy Policy and Conservation Act Amendments of 2000

      The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is circulating a letter to
conferees for the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill supporting the House
provision of $1.1 billion in advance fiscal 2002 funding for the Low-
Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The letter discusses
the threat of low heating fuel inventories, which may cause price
spikes this winter, and the impact on low-income Americans, who are
disproportionately impacted by rising energy costs.

      The letter, scheduled to be sent on July 19, already has been
signed by Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-
NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Carl Levin (D-MI), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI),
Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY),
Herbert Kohl (D-WI), Christopher Bond (R-MO), Rod Grams (R-MN), Paul
Wellstone (D-MN), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT),
Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and Jack Reed (D-RI).

      A similar LIHEAP effort in the House is being led by Reps. Joe
Moakley (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY).  That letter, already signed by
more than 150 members, requests $1.4 billion (and $300 million in
emergency funding) for fiscal 2001 and advance funding of $1.5 billion
(and $300 million in emergency funds) for fiscal 2002.

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor, Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition

      Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is leading an effort to increase funding
for the Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program by $8
million, from $138 million in the reported Interior Appropriations
bill to $146 million.

      CONTACT:  Steven Eichenauer with Senator Reed (224-4642).

      President Clinton on July 10, responding to requests from members
of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, directed the Department of
Energy (DOE) to establish a home heating oil reserve in the Northeast.
The administration stated, "The regional heating oil reserve is
intended to reduce the risks presented by home heating oil shortages,
such as the one that occurred last winter."  The Defense Energy Supply
Center will act as DOE's agent and immediately begin soliciting offers
from the private sector to exchange crude oil from the Strategic
Petroleum Reserve (SPR) for 2 million barrels of home heating oil.
The reserve is to be in place by November 15, 2000.

      Northeast senators, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), are
seeking $8 million for storage-lease and maintenance expenses
associated with this Northeast home heating oil reserve.

      CONTACTS:  Cameron Taylor with the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) or Debbie Boger with Senator Lieberman (224-

      The Senate Energy Committee is very close to an agreement on
legislation that would reauthorize the Energy Policy and Conservation
Act, which authorizes operation of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
The legislation includes several provisions of importance to the
Northeast-Midwest region:

      * improvements to the weatherization assistance program;
      * establishment of an education campaign regarding summer fill
        and fuel budgeting programs; and
      * an appropriate trigger mechanism for the home heating oil

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

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