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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 17, 2013 9:09 AM Flag

    The week ahead: Gas exports in focus, Keystone battle heats up, and a big dose of Moniz

    The week ahead: Gas exports in focus, Keystone battle heats up, and a big dose of Moniz

    By Ben Geman - 06/17/13 07:48 AM ET

    This week brings a flurry of activity on and off Capitol Hill — sometimes way off.

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee will wade into battles over proposals to expand U.S. natural gas exports.

    The title of Tuesday’s hearing conveys the majority Republicans’ pro-export stance: “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export.”

    A subcommittee will hear from senior officials with the Energy Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which share jurisdiction over liquefied natural gas exports.

    The hearing arrives as new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz weighs an array of industry applications to export gas to nations that lack formal trade deals with the U.S.

    The hearing will also address controversial proposals to expand U.S. coal export capacity through the Pacific Northwest.

    Speaking of Moniz, he’ll give the keynote address Monday morning at the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual conference in Washington, D.C. The EIA is the Energy Department’s independent statistical and forecasting arm.

    Other speakers at the two-day event include the CEO of utility giant Southern Co. and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

    Moniz will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday when he testifies before the House Science Committee, which is holding a hearing on Energy Department science and technology priorities.

    Moniz, who became secretary May 22, will then hit the road. He’s visiting the Hanford nuclear site in Washington State on Wednesday.

    The Energy Department oversees the years-long, multibillion-dollar cleanup of the badly polluted site, which for decades produced plutonium for nuclear weapons.

    “I’m pleased that Secretary Moniz is giving Hanford the attention it deserves and visiting in his first month on the job. Hanford is one of the

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