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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 28 May 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Legislation:  Combined Heat and Power
*  Briefing:  Energy Efficiency and Smart Growth
*  Press Briefing:  Rethinking Bonneville
*  Letter:  New England Transportation Study
*  Letter:  Conservation and the Farm Bill
*  Letter:  Lead-Saving Housing Grants
*  Briefing:  Great Lakes Water Levels


LEGISLATION:  COMBINED HEAT AND POWER
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     Northeast-Midwest Coalition members last week introduced the
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Advancement Act (S. 933 and H.R. 1945).
The legislation ensures that efficient CHP systems can interconnect
with the electricity grid.  The House bill also provides a tax credit
for CHP applications.

     CHP technologies produce both electricity and steam from a single
fuel.  These efficient systems recover heat that normally would be
wasted in an electricity generator, and they displace the fuel that
otherwise would be used to produce heat in a separate boiler.  As a
result, a CHP system's total emissions are lower than those for
separate power and heat systems producing the same output.

     Original Senate cosponsors are Senators Jim Jeffords (I-VT),
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Joseph Lieberman
(D-CT), and Charles Schumer (D-NY).  House sponsors are Reps. Jack
Quinn (R-NY), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), and Marty
Meehan (D-MA).

     CONTACT:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


BRIEFING:  ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND SMART GROWTH
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     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force and the Northeast-Midwest
Institute on Friday, June 1, will host a panel discussion on energy
efficiency and smart growth.  Experts will discuss how energy
efficient policies impact future development and current
infrastructure, such as housing, schools, and businesses.  They'll
highlight innovative ways that smart growth and energy are being
integrated into community development and planning processes.

     Speakers will include representatives of the American Planning
Association, World Resources Institute, Environmental and Energy Study
Institute, and Dutko Group.  The June 1 briefing will run from 10:00
am until 11:00 am in room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


PRESS BRIEFING:  RETHINKING BONNEVILLE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, May 30, will host a
press briefing on Rethinking Bonneville, its new report on reforming
the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).  The 55-page publication
explains BPA's recent controversies avoiding the repayment of its
federal debt, dodging its commitments to protect salmon, and making
poor business decisions that sparked power shortages and rate hikes.
It suggests several options to restructure the federal utility.  The
May 30 briefing will begin at 1:00 pm at the Institute; media can
arrange to connect via conference call.

     CONTACT:  Dick Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


LETTER:  NEW ENGLAND TRANSPORTATION STUDY
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     Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is circulating a letter seeking
appropriations for a study of current and future opportunities for
international trade development within New England states and Eastern
Canadian provinces.  The study would correlate such opportunities with
the specific infrastructure requirements and organizational changes
needed to realize the region's commercial potential.  The effort would
provide New England with a valuable opportunity to think proactively
about its own economic future and then recommend strategic actions to
enhance its competitive position.  The deadline for signature is June
1.

     CONTACT:  Dan Demeritt with Sen. Collins (224-2523).


LETTER:  CONSERVATION AND THE FARM BILL
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     Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), Wayne
Gilchrest (R-MD), and Rick Larson (D-WA) are circulating a letter
urging the House Agriculture Committee to make conservation a priority
in the next farm bill.  The deadline for signature is June 5.

     CONTACTS:  Laura Cimo with Rep. Kind (226-8125) or Mark Abdy with
Rep. Boehlert (225-0581).


LETTER:  LEAD-SAFE HOUSING GRANTS
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     Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Robert
Torricelli (D-NJ) are circulating a letter seeking appropriations of
at least $200 million for the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's lead-safe housing grant initiative.  The deadline for
signatures is May 29.

     CONTACT:  Kara Stein with Senator Reed (224-4642).


BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS
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     The Great Lakes Task Force on Wednesday, June 13, will sponsor a
briefing on the implications of this year's low water levels and the
possible future impact of climate change upon the Great Lakes.
Speakers will include representatives of the recreational boating
industry, NOAA, EPA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The June
13 briefing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in a room yet to be determined.

     CONTACT:  Elizabeth Mountz with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
2315).