H I G H L I G H T S
* Electricity Competition
* Childhood Lead Poisoning
* Energy Solutions for the Midwest
* Great Lakes Security
* Appropriations Update
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Thomas Carper (D-DE) are advancing an amendment to the Energy Bill in order to ensure that independent power producers can continue selling their electricity and obtaining backup power in regions without electricity competition. The measure would advance cogeneration, the efficient production of both electricity and heat from the same fuel, and it would maintain provisions of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) only in areas where wholesale power competition has not been adopted.
Contact: David Hunter with Sen. Collins (224-2523).
CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) are circulating a letter requesting at least $200 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s lead-safe housing grant initiative. It is estimated that 25 million homes nationwide have lead hazards. The Northeast-Midwest region has the greatest portion of pre-1940's homes, the housing most likely to include lead-based paint.
Contact: Kara Stein with Sen. Reed (224-4705).
ENERGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE MIDWEST
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) on Monday, April 22, will host an energy forum and policy discussion for Wisconsin and the Midwest. The event, which the Northeast-Midwest Institute helped organize, will focus on prospects for increasing the share of electricity generated from alternative energy sources, including fuel cells, and for enhancing energy efficiency in a host of applications.
The April 22 forum will run from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm at the Memorial Student Center within the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
Contact: Suzanne Watson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (464-4018).
GREAT LAKES SECURITY
The Great Lakes Task Forces on Friday, May 3, will host a briefing by the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers on the status of security measures for shipping, navigational infrastructure, and other facilities located along the Great Lakes. The briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.
Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition has completed its requests for appropriations and obtained record numbers of signatures from lawmakers. The numbers are as follows: Manufacturing Extension Partnership 226 (121 last year), LIHEAP 129 (61 last year), Brownfields 61 (37 last year), Water Infrastructure and Wetlands 36 (27 last year), Weatherization, State Energy, and Energy Information Administration 55 (44 last year), Industrial Energy Efficiency 27 (not sent last year), and National Invasive Species Act 41 (also not sent last year), and Streamgages 70 (up from ten last year; this time it was nationally, rather than regionally-driven).
An overview of regionally-important appropriations can be found at www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm.
Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).