United States: ML Strategies Energy & Sustainability Washington Update — April 2022
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President Biden’s Budget for FY23
The White House released President Biden’s budget request for fiscal year 2023 in late March, including a total request of $48.2 billion for the Department of Energy, representing a $6.3 billion increase. of dollars or 15.1% compared to the level adopted in 2021.
The budget request can be found by clicking HERE, and a statement from Secretary of Energy Granholm can be found HERE.
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees will soon begin reviewing the president’s request. With Democrats controlling both the House and Senate, spending bills produced by committees will in many ways support the president’s budget, but lawmakers in both chambers will seek to ensure their priorities are equally represented. The 2023 fiscal year begins on October 1, so the budget process should officially be finalized by this date; however, for many years this timeline has slipped, with the government being funded through ongoing resolution as the final bill is negotiated.
Senate Climate Change Task Force Proposal for Energy Independence
The Senate Task Force on Climate Change met March 29 to discuss the importance of America’s energy independence through a clean energy transition. At the meeting, the task force presented a three-step, 500-day plan to end U.S. dependence on Russian energy while setting the country on a 10-year trajectory to switch to clean energy. The working group’s proposal:
- Ban all oil imports from Russia (last month President Biden banned Russian energy imports)
- Protect consumers and transition to a clean energy future by enacting the SAVE Consumers Act, which would release 500 days worth of Russian oil imports from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and invoking the Defense Production Act to support the production of clean energy and energy-efficient electrical technologies. Learn more about the SAVE Consumers Act HERE.
- Adopt clean energy, energy efficiency and climate measures, such as a new Climate Conservation Corps; tax credits and rebates for renewable energy, electric vehicles, heating and cooling appliances, and home clean energy manufacturing; funding from the national climate bank to provide communities with access to capital to finance projects to reduce hazardous emissions; and investments in environmental justice to bring clean air, clean water and clean energy to the most disadvantaged communities.
New legislation would reduce emissions from trucking and shipping
Joining the senses were Reps Katie Porter (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to introduce the Hydrogen Truck Act, which would incentivize heavy-duty vehicle owner-operators to purchase hydrogen trucks and refueling infrastructure, and the Hydrogen for Ports Act, which would promote the use of hydrogen equipment in ports and in shipping applications.
A press release from Representative Porter can be found HERE.
EPA proposes emissions rule for heavy-duty vehicles
On March 7, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new, tougher standards to promote air quality and reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles and engines starting with model year (MY) 2027. proposed standards would reduce smog and soot emissions. -form nitrogen oxides (NOx) from gasoline and diesel engines of heavy goods vehicles and establish updated greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for certain categories of commercial vehicles. The proposed rule is the first step in the EPA’s “Clean Trucks Plan” – a series of air quality and climate regulations the agency will develop over the next three years to reduce pollution from trucks and buses and to advance the transition to zero emissions. future of transport. Proposed revisions to existing GHG standards for MY2027 and beyond would establish updated GHG emissions standards for sub-sectors where electrification is progressing at a faster rate. These sectors include school buses, transit buses, commercial delivery trucks and short-haul tractors. In a separate action, the EPA will set new GHG emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles starting in model year 2030. This action will more comprehensively address the long-term trend toward zero-emission vehicles. in the heavy-duty sector.
Click HERE for more details as well as information on the public consultation process.
Clean Air in Buildings Challenge
As part of President Biden’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, the EPA has launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge – “a call to action and a concise set of guiding principles and actions to help building owners and operators reduce the risk of airborne viruses and other indoor contaminants. ” The key actions described in the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge include creating a clean indoor air action plan; optimize fresh air ventilation; improved air filtration and cleaning; and lead community engagement, communication and education.
Details on the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge can be found HERE.
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