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Weekly Update 12 September 2005

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·         LIHEAP – Letters

·         Beach Closings – Letter

·         Energy for Multi-Family Housing -- Briefing


LIHEAP – Letters

 

The Energy Information Administration is forecasting dramatic increases for residential energy costs this upcoming winter.  Low-income families were facing high energy prices prior to the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and those rises have only shot higher.  The ranges for expected heating fuel expenditure increases this winter are 69 percent to 77 percent for natural gas in the Midwest; 17 percent to 18 percent for electricity in the South; 29 percent to 33 percent for heating oil in the Northeast; and 39 percent to 43 percent for propane in the Midwest.  Heating costs for the average family using heating oil this upcoming winter are projected to hit $1,666, an increase of $403 over last year’s prices and $714 over the winter heating season of 2003-04.  For families using natural gas, prices are projected to hit $1,568, representing an increase of $611 over last year’s prices and $643 over 2003-04. 

 

Members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition – led by Reps. Charles Bass (R-NH), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) – sent a letter to the president requesting $900 million in emergency funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the upcoming winter.  Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter asking the Senate Appropriations Committee to include $1.276 billion in emergency LIHEAP funds in a comprehensive supplemental. 

 


 

Beach Closings – Letter

 

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Reps. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), on behalf of the Great Lakes Task Force, are asking the General Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate beach closures.  Contaminated water along Great Lakes beaches continues to be a human health threat to swimmers and others who come in contact with the water.  The letter requests that GAO review the effectiveness of the implementation of the Beach Act and EPA's Clean Beaches Plan by the eight Great Lakes states, and it asks GAO to comment on any actions that could be taken to improve the quality of water off Great Lakes beaches.  The signature letter for the request letter is Friday, September 16.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 


 

Energy for Multi-Family Housing – Briefing

 

A Capitol Hill briefing on Monday, September 19, will review the substantial opportunities to utilize combined heat and power (CHP) technologies in the multi-family housing market, as well as the barriers to CHP’s adoption that are only beginning to be broken down.  The briefing will review successful projects, challenges, and tool available for those wanting to assess the feasibility of CHP in particular applications.  Speaking will be representatives of Energy and Environmental Analysis, University of Maryland, and Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Sponsors include the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, Northeast-Midwest Institute, and Environmental and Energy Study Institute. 

 

The September 19 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm in 1539 Longworth House Office Building.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).


 

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