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House lawmakers press Moniz for Strategic Reserve updates

A group of House lawmakers on Wednesday urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to give updates on the department’s emergency stockpile of crude oil, saying the shift in U.S. energy markets makes proper maintenance of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve more crucial than ever.

In a letter, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. and other committee members pressed Moniz on a number of questions about the SPR and what the department is doing to make sure it is optimized for the current energy market.

House GOP moves to block Yucca use for other than nuke waste

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E&E

Three senior House Republicans, including Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton, have sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, demanding to know whether his department was planning any use for Yucca Mountain other than accepting nuclear waste, E&E reports.

Oil

Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress approved a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.

The House voted 270-152 to send the bill to the president, endorsing changes made by the Senate that stated climate change was real and not a hoax, and oil sands should no longer be exempt from a tax used to cleanup oil spills. Only one Republican voted against the measure.

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Upton to write energy 'abundance' bills

Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton on Monday previewed a legislative agenda that he said would lead to a "solutions-focused" package of energy bills that will be taken up by the Republican-led House later this year.

The agenda would target four areas he said will build on the domestic oil and gas boom: Pipeline infrastructure, minority workforce development, "energy diplomacy" -- including exports -- and energy efficiency.

GAO: 'Sue and settle' did not drive EPA rules

Republicans in Congress got scant support from the Government Accountability Office in a new report released Wednesday for their claims the Obama administration has pursued a "sue-and-settle" strategy to justify new regulations on industry.

In the Dec. 15 report, originally requested in 2013 by three prominent House Republicans, GAO said seven settlements from 2008 to 2013 of Clean Air Act suits had only "limited" impact on agency rulemaking.

GOP to boost panels’ subpoena power in House

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Politico

Committee chairs like Energy and Commerce chief Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., would be able to issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses without consulting the ranking Democrats on their panels – as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., did in the last Congress -- under changes being considered for the new session, Politico reports.

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GOP energy trio seeks new info from FERC on carbon rule

The Republican leaders of House and Senate energy committees on Monday put new pressure on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as they seek to push the regulator to take a watchdog role with regard to the Obama administration's power plants carbon rule.

In letters, they called on the four sitting members  -- other than Chairman Cheryl LaFleur -- to explain whether they or their staffs advised the Environmental Protection Agency on the electricity reliability impacts of the pending rule.

NRC falls short in costing rules: GAO

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The Hill

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission follows some, but not enough, of best practices when it comes to costing rules it proposes, according to an analysis from the Government Accountability Office which was made public by Sen. David Vitter, R-La. and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., The Hill reports.

Keystone, efficiency likely to be focus for Upton’s energy plans

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Roll Call

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will likely make swift moves to get legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline and energy efficiency going through the new congress, and his “Architecture of Abundance” strategy revealed over the summer could provide further clues to his thinking, Roll Call reports.

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GOP energy chiefs urge FERC role on carbon rule

The Republican leaders of two energy committees in Congress on Monday called on federal grid regulators to bring in the Energy Department, utilities and state regulators to delve into potential electricity shortfalls stemming from the Obama administration's planned power plants carbon rule.

In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the three lawmakers said she should quickly hold a technical conference on the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency rule, following a Dec. 1 agency comment deadline.

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