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Weekly Update  13 October 2006



  • Modernizing the Midwest Grid -- Conference
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in Great Lakes Fish -- Briefing 
  • Chesapeake Bay Funding Priorities -- Letter
  • Gross State Product -- Tables
  • Energy Efficiency Funding -- Letters
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership -- Letter

Modernizing the Midwest Grid – Conference


The Midwest Modernizing the Grid Summit will convene on November 15-16 in Columbus, Ohio.  The conference, part of the Department of Energy’s Modern Grid Initiative, brings together over 100 stakeholders to identify issues unique to the midwestern electricity grid, to define what a modern grid would look like, and to explore how to develop it.  Contact: Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4014).


Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia in Great Lakes Fish  – Briefing


The Great Lakes Task Force on Monday, November 13, will host a congressional-staff briefing by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on its emergency order on viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) and the Great Lakes fishery.  Also available will be information from states and other impacted stakeholders.  The November 13 session will begin at 3:00 pm in room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Chesapeake Bay Funding Priorities – Letter

The co-chairs of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force recently asked the Office of Management and Budget to consider specific funding levels in the president’s fiscal 2008 budget proposal.  The letter – signed by Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA), Tom Davis (R-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) – highlighted programs within the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as assistance initiatives to farmers.  Click here to read the letter.  Contact:  Peter Marx with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4008).

Gross State Product Tables


The Northeast-Midwest Institute has updated state-by-state web tables on gross state product (GSP), also called gross domestic product by state.  The tables for the latest data (2005) show state totals, levels for all 18 of the 20 major sectors, and each sector’s share of total GSP.  For table listings and links, go to http://www.nemw.org/data.htm#business.


Energy Efficiency Funding -- Letters


Members of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and Congressional Coalition are seeking signatures on letters that request appropriation conferees to support key energy-efficiency programs, including the Weatherization Assistance Program, the State Energy Program, the Energy Information Administration, Building Technologies programs, the Federal Energy Management Program, the Industrial Technologies Program, Clean Cities, and the Distributed Energy Program (including fuel cells).  These critical initiatives help address soaring energy costs, make energy markets more efficient, improve the energy infrastructure, advance effective technologies, and promote cleaner power. 


The letters are led by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Reps. Michael Castle (R-DE), Mark Udall (D-CO), Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), and Bart Stupak (D-MI).   The signature deadlines are November 14.


Contacts:  Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) and Katie Waszkiewicz at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181)


Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Letter

House members are circulating a letter supporting the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program within the Department of Commerce that assists small and medium-sized firms.  The letter encourages congressional conferees to support the Senate’s $106 million appropriation for fiscal 2007.  The signature deadline is Tuesday, November 14.  Contact: Katie Waszkiewicz with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition and Manufacturing Task Force (202/226-5181).



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