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Weekly Update 8 May 2006

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative – Briefing
  • Petroleum Data – Letter
  • Invasive Species – Dispersal Barrier Funding
  • LIHEAP – Letter
  • CDBG and other HUD Programs – Letter
  • Cogeneration in the Northeast – Conference
  • Modern Electricity Grid – Northeast Conference
  • Electricity Innovation – Article and TV

Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative -- Briefing

 

The House Manufacturing Task Force on Thursday, May 11, will host a briefing on the Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (NGMTI), a public-private partnership within the Department of Defense that focuses on enhancing and accelerating the development and implementation of breakthrough manufacturing technologies in support of the transformation of the defense industrial base and the global economic competitiveness of U.S.-based manufacturing.  NGMTI partners with a wide array of companies, universities, and labs in order to create strategic investment plans for innovative manufacturing technologies, as well as to drive the implementation of those technologies through industry-led research projects.  The May 11 briefing will run from 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm in 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.  Contact:  Lisa Mark with the Manufacturing Task Force (202/226-5181). 


 

Petroleum Data – Letter

 

The Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalitions are circulating letters that ask the Department of Energy to reconsider its decision to halt the collection of domestic and imported crude oil data.  The House letter is spearheaded by Reps. John McHugh (R-NY), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), and Thomas Allen (D-ME), while the Senate letter is led by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Arlen Specter (R-PA).  The Dear Colleague letter declares, “With crude oil prices reaching $75 a barrel and growing public demand for increased transparency in oil markets, we are in no position to eliminate this vital government data collection and market analysis.”  The signature deadlines are May 11 for the Senate and May 12 for the House.  Contacts:  Lisa Mark with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181), Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606), or Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).


 

Invasive Species – Dispersal Barrier Funding

 

Great Lakes Senators recently added an amendment to the fiscal 2006 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that provides $400,000 for the Corps of Engineers to continue operating for another year Barrier I in the Chicago Ship & Sanitary Canal.  Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Barack Obama (D-IL) sponsored the amendment.  Additional funding is needed to ensure that the Corps did not have to shut down this electric barrier that protects the Great Lakes from the Asian carp.  The spending bill now must be conferenced before being sent to the president.  Contact:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


 

LIHEAP – Letter

 

The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition is circulating a letter asking appropriators to provide $5.1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in fiscal 2007.  The letter is spearheaded by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).  In March 2006, during consideration of the Senate budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 83), the Senate adopted an amendment, by a 51-49 vote, to increase LIHEAP funding to $5.1 billion, the full level authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The signature deadline is noon on Wednesday, May 10.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


 

CDBG and other HUD Programs – Letter

 

The Northeast Midwest Senate Coalition is circulating a letter that asks appropriators to support for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and related programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The letter is led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rick Santorum (R-PA), Norm Coleman (R-MN), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).  The Senate expressed bipartisan support for HUD’s community development programs, specifically passing an amendment to the fiscal 2007 Budget Resolution to fund the CDBG program at $4.3 billion, which would restore funding for CDBG to the fiscal 2004 level.  The letter asks that the allocation to the TTHUD Appropriations Subcommittee reflect the will of the Senate and provide the necessary funds to provide at least $4.3 billion for CDBG and related programs in fiscal 2007.  The signature deadline is Friday, May 12.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


 

Cogeneration in the Northeast – Conference

 

The Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative on May 11 will sponsor its annual meeting at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.  The conference’s focus will be on reducing energy costs through recycled energy.  Information on the meeting can be found at www.northeastchp.org/nechpi


 

Modern Electricity Grid – Northeast Conference

 

A Northeast regional summit on Modernizing the Grid will be held on June 25 – 27, 2006, at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Participants will help build a shared agenda for modernizing the regional and national electricity infrastructure.  Future investments in the electricity industry must be carefully directed toward improving reliability and efficiency while reducing costs and environmental impacts.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).  

 


Electricity Innovation – Article and TV

A new article and web cast make the case for increasing innovation and efficiency within the U.S. electricity industry.  The article, “Let Electricity Innovation Thrive,” is in the latest issue of the journal of the U.S. Association of Energy Economics.  The web cast appears on E&E TV’s “OnPoint” broadcast. 

 


 

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