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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 February 2003



BRIEFING: UPDATE ON FUEL PRICES AND SUPPLIES

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The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, February 19, will host a briefing on prices and supplies of home heating fuels and gasoline.  The 2002-03 winter has been colder than expected in the Northeast and Midwest.  The country is preparing for possible military action in IraqVenezuela's energy industry is in turmoil.  Gasoline and home heating fuels -- including heating oil, natural gas, and propane -- are under severe pressures.

 

Energy experts -- including the National Gas Supply Association's (NGSA) vice president of energy markets, American Petroleum Institute's chief economist, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration's petroleum division director -- will give updates on market conditions for home heating fuels and gasoline, as well as a view towards summer fuel prices.

 

The February 19 briefing will begin at 10:30 am in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.  Copies of a NGSA report and other briefing materials will be available.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

 

BRIEFING: LIHEAP

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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides critical energy assistance to low-income families and senior citizens for heating and cooling assistance.  The National Energy Assistance Directors Association, along with state LIHEAP directors, will provide staff on Wednesday, February 19, with information from states on this winter's caseload, the adequacy of LIHEAP funding and program administration.  This briefing is for congressional staff only.

 

The February 19 briefing will begin at 2:30 pm in 236 Russell Senate Office Building.  The session is for congressional staff only.

 

Also related to LIHEAP, the omnibus appropriation law includes an amendment introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, to increase LIHEAP funding to $1.8 billion for fiscal 2003.  Click here to go to the Northeast-Midwest press release.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

 

GREAT LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT AND RECEPTION

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, February 20, will host the annual Great Lakes Environmental Summit, at which region-based stakeholders and congressional staff review pending policy debates associated with the resource.

 

Following the day-long event will be a reception for Great Lakes advocates and congressional staff.  The reception will run from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm in 1539 Longworth House Office Building.

Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TOUR:

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY

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The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition and Senate Manufacturing Task Force on Thursday, February 20, will host a trip to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to learn about the agency's work to support U.S. manufacturing.  A bus will pick up congressional staff on Capitol Hill at 9:00 am and return them at 3:00 pm.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).

 

 

BRIEFING: EUROPEAN AND U.S. ENERGY EFFICIENCY INNOVATIONS

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition on Friday, February 21, will sponsor a briefing on new residential cogeneration technologies and their potential for homeowners in the region.  Successful European strategies for using energy-efficient and renewable technologies to heat and power a home will be discussed, as well as what's being done in the U.S. and what could be done.

 

Representatives of companies that make three very different residential cogeneration technologies will discuss their operational, environmental, and economic pros and cons.  The February 21 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Contact:  Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS UPDATES

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Posted on the Northeast-Midwest Institute's web site are funding updates for key regional programs, reflecting provisions from the fiscal 2003 omnibus appropriation bill.  Updates are available at http://www.nemw.org/appropstable.htm.  For detailed numbers on Great Lakes programs go to http://www.nemw.org/tracking2003.pdf.