Energy, Climate, & Grid Security

Subcommittee

Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, & Grid Security

National Energy Policy, energy infrastructure and security, energy related Agencies and Commissions, all laws, programs, and government activities affecting energy matters. National Energy Policy focuses on fossil energy; renewable energy; nuclear energy; energy conservation, utility issues, including but not limited to interstate energy compacts; energy generation, marketing, reliability, transmission, siting, exploration, production, efficiency, cybersecurity, and ratemaking for all generated power. Energy infrastructure and security focuses on pipelines, the strategic petroleum reserve, nuclear facilities, and cybersecurity for our nation’s grid. Our jurisdiction also includes all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security. Agencies and Commissions in our jurisdiction include: The US Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Subcommittees News & Announcements


May 22, 2024
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks at Hearing on Biden’s Radical Rush-to-Green Agenda Driving up Costs for Homeownership

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.”  “Thank you, Chairman Duncan, and our witnesses for appearing before the Subcommittee today. We look forward to your testimony. “This committee plays a critical role in ensuring America continues to lead the world in innovation, entrepreneurship, reducing emissions, and improving people’s way of life. “President Biden’s radical rush-to-green building policies will destroy this legacy and make it more difficult for people to realize the American dream.” RUSH-TO-GREEN “Under the Republican Majority this Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee has led the way to expose how the Biden administration’s agenda is wreaking havoc on our economy, our energy security, and our national security. “President Biden’s war on American energy has pervaded every aspect of our lives. “Inflation, energy prices, and grocery bills have all reached historic levels. “People are struggling to afford basic necessities, like gas, groceries, and prescription medications. “In spite of all this, President Biden and some Democratic-led States are making life even more unaffordable by doubling down on expensive mandates for solar panels, electric cars, and electric appliances. “They want to control every aspect of our lives and force us all to make do with less.” GREEN BUILDING MANDATES “The cost of buying a home, in particular, has reached an all-time high in recent years, with a record average price of over $380,000 and aggressive, green building regulations have been a major contributing factor in these price increases. “Today, we are going to explore how the Democrat’s rush-to-green agenda is increasing the cost of home ownership. “We are going to hear from people with first-hand experience making construction materials, building homes, and delivering utility services, in order to better understand how green building policies are impacting homeownership. “We are going to uncover how the process to establish state and local regulations for building energy codes has been hijacked by radical environmental activists at the expense of the American people.” BUILDING POLICIES “This is an opportunity for Members to judge for themselves whether the administration’s bans on fossil fuels and natural gas are good for our economy and energy security or whether Americans should be required to have things like rooftop solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, and all-electric appliances make sense in the Congressional districts that we represent, and whether forcing people to pay more for less is a practical solution to deal with high energy bills and an unstable electric grid. “Policies like natural gas bans and electrification mandates are becoming increasingly widespread, especially in more coastal, blue states. “At least 70 local governments in California, as well as dozens more in seven states and Washington D.C., have enacted some type of a gas ban. New York has a state-wide gas ban. “Just recently, Biden administration finalized new regulations to enforce a fossil fuel ban on all federal buildings, including military installations and residential housing. “The Biden administration also finalized new green building regulations for federally backed mortgages, which will substantially limit the availability of affordable housing. “It’s a government-wide effort to go after homes and buildings. Dozens of agencies are drafting rules and regulations on buildings and homes to force this so-called 'green transition.’” PATH FORWARD “These policies are impacting everyday Americans the hardest. “For decades, America has been able to strike a healthy balance between affordable energy and a strong economy, while also continuing to be a leader in emissions reduction. “It is vital for Americans and their quality of life that we continue building on this legacy and striking that balance. “I look forward to working with Chair Duncan and Members of this Committee to keep the Biden administration and States and local governments accountable to the American people.” 



May 16, 2024
Hearings

Chairs Rodgers and Duncan Announce Hearing on Biden’s Radical Agenda Driving up Costs for Homeownership

Washington, D.C. —  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) today announced a hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.” “As Americans continue to struggle with persistent inflation, the Biden administration and radical Left, are doubling down on green building mandates and fossil fuel bans. These radical policies are making it more difficult for people to realize the American dream of homeownership,”  said Chairs Rodgers and Duncan.  “The administration continues to pursue aggressive home construction codes, bans on the use of natural gas for home heating and cooking, and taxpayer-funded green projects for federal buildings that are only making things more unaffordable. Next week, we will hear from stakeholders and experts about how these rush-to-green policies are driving up costs and harming the American people.” Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, & Grid Security hearing titled “Green Building Policies: Jeopardizing the American Dream of Homeownership.” WHAT: A subcommittee hearing on how the Biden administration’s rush-to-green agenda is making life unaffordable for Americans. DATE: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 TIME: 2:00 PM LOCATION: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be live streamed online at https://energycommerce.house.gov . If you have any questions concerning the hearing, please contact Kaitlyn Peterson at Kaitlyn.Peterson@mail.house.gov . If you have any press-related questions, please contact Sean Kelly at Sean.Kelly@mail.house.gov .



May 14, 2024
Press Release

Chair Rodgers: FERC’s New Transmission Rule Will Raise Energy Costs for Millions of Americans

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) final transmission rule, which will increase costs for Americans across the country. “At a time when energy prices are already skyrocketing and more than half the nation is at elevated risk of forced blackouts, FERC’s new rule is reckless and alarming. This rule tramples on states’ authority over their energy infrastructure and will force some states to shoulder the costs for transmission lines with no actual benefits for their own communities, especially in rural areas. Rather than working to implement meaningful infrastructure permitting reforms, which would reduce energy costs for Americans, FERC’s decision—which advanced along partisan lines—only sets us further behind and continues to prevent the United States from reaching its full energy potential."


Subcommittee Members

(30)

Chairman Energy, Climate, and Grid Security

Jeff Duncan

R

South Carolina – District 3

Vice Chair Energy, Climate, and Grid Security

John Curtis

R

Utah – District 3

Ranking Member Energy, Climate, and Grid Security

Diana DeGette

D

Colorado – District 1

Michael Burgess

R

Texas – District 26

Bob Latta

R

Ohio – District 5

Brett Guthrie

R

Kentucky – District 2

Morgan Griffith

R

Virginia – District 9

Larry Bucshon, M.D.

R

Indiana – District 8

Tim Walberg

R

Michigan – District 5

Gary Palmer

R

Alabama – District 6

Debbie Lesko

R

Arizona – District 8

Greg Pence

R

Indiana – District 6

Kelly Armstrong

R

North Dakota - At Large

Randy Weber

R

Texas – District 14

Rick Allen

R

Georgia – District 12

Troy Balderson

R

Ohio – District 12

August Pfluger

R

Texas – District 11

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

R

Washington – District 5

Scott Peters

D

California – District 50

Lizzie Fletcher

D

Texas – District 7

Doris Matsui

D

California – District 7

Paul Tonko

D

New York – District 20

Marc Veasey

D

Texas – District 33

Ann Kuster

D

New Hampshire – District 2

Kim Schrier

D

Washington – District 8

Kathy Castor

D

Florida – District 14

John Sarbanes

D

Maryland – District 3

Tony Cardenas

D

California – District 29

Lisa Blunt Rochester

D

Delaware

Frank Pallone

D

New Jersey – District 6

Recent Letters


Apr 4, 2024
Press Release

Chairs Rodgers and Duncan Question IEA on Shift Away from Energy Security Mission Towards a Liberal Climate Agenda

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) sent letters to Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol regarding IEA's shift away from its core energy security mission towards radical climate policy advocacy.  BACKGROUND: The IEA’s new climate agenda and flawed projections fail to provide participating governments with accurate and impartial data to make decisions and directly influenced the administration’s decision to restrict U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.  This agenda will have a significant impact on American LNG production, domestic energy prices, and threatens our allies.  U.S. LNG exports have spurred European countries to construct LNG import facilities in order to further wean themselves off of Russian natural gas.  Despite this, Europe continues to import a record amount of LNG from Russia, importing 40 percent more today than it did before the invasion of Ukraine.  Turning away from America’s tremendous energy potential risks U.S. energy security and the security of our allies.  KEY EXCERPTS FROM IEA LETTER: “The IEA was established in 1974 to ensure the security of oil supplies following the disruptions created by the Arab oil embargo. Congress has authorized U.S. government agencies to participate in the IEA to provide authoritative data and impartial analysis of world energy markets, to help coordinate responses to energy supply disruptions, and to strengthen the energy security of the U.S. and its allies. We are concerned that the IEA has lost focus of its energy security mission and has instead shifted attention and resources to climate policy advocacy—to the detriment of its core mission.” CLICK HERE to read the full letter to IEA Executive Director Dr. Birol.   CLICK HERE to read the full letter to Energy Secretary Granholm. 



Mar 27, 2024
Letter

Chairs Rodgers and Duncan Condemn DOE’s New Building Codes That Will Worsen the Housing Affordability Crisis

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm regarding the Department’s recent announcements to push for the adoption of expensive new energy codes. Rather than improve people’s lives and the environment, this latest rush-to-green policy is being implemented by the Biden administration to appease its radical environmental allies and will only increase housing prices and utility bills for millions of American. BACKGROUND: On September 19, 2023, DOE announced a $400 million program to implement new building energy codes.  On December 18, 2023, DOE announced another new $530 million program to implement new building energy codes.  The Biden administration has repeatedly advanced efforts to impose burdensome energy efficiency standards that would raise costs for Americans.  “Zero energy” building codes, which the grants may support, would force buildings to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in favor of more expensive, but less reliable electric options. KEY EXCERPTS: “In the U.S., building codes are predominately and appropriately regulated by State and local jurisdictions – not the Federal government. In recent years, activist environmental groups have begun pressuring international organizations, Federal agencies, States, and local jurisdictions to develop and enforce 'model' building energy codes that mandate expensive, one-sized-fits-all construction requirements and restrict fuel choices, even when it is not technologically feasible or cost-effective for the homeowner or tenant.  “State and local governments should not be forced to adopt international energy codes that set efficiency requirements, ban the use of natural gas, or require expensive electrification retrofits for appliances and electric vehicle charging. We are concerned that the DOE’s building codes grant programs will exacerbate the current housing affordability crisis and limit energy choices for the American people by encouraging the adoption of such one-sized-fits-all building codes that are not appropriate or cost-effective for all income levels and regions of the country.” CLICK HERE to read the full letter. 



Mar 22, 2024
Press Release

E&C Leaders Seek Further Information in Investigation of Maui Wildfires

Washington, D.C. — The House Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its oversight of the deadly Maui fires that happened in August 2023. In a new letter to Hawaiian Electric CEO Shelee Kimura, Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) have asked for clarification on testimony and documents provided to the Committee. KEY LETTER EXCERPT : “We appreciate your testimony before the Committee on Energy and Commerce at our September 28, 2023, hearing titled, 'Investigating the Role of Electric Infrastructure in the Catastrophic Maui Wildfires' and for your cooperation in supplying additional information in response to our October 13, 2023, additional questions for the hearing record (QFRs). We continue to keep the people of Maui in our thoughts as recovery efforts continue.   “As we continue our investigation, questions persist both about the events on the days the wildfires occurred (August 7 and 8, 2023) and about Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries’ (collectively, HECO) 'Wildfire Mitigation Plan' (WMP). For example, in HECO’s October 27, 2023, response to the Committee’s QFRs, you described the weather updates that HECO received on the dates of the wildfires. However, you also stated that HECO 'did not learn until after the windstorm had passed that the winds had been higher than forecast.'  “Additionally, we continue to have questions about the WMP and the timeline of its creation and development. HECO stated that it began developing the WMP in 2019 and finalized it in 2023. However, the Hawaii Public Utility Commission revealed it had not seen the document prior to the fires and only learned of its existence when HECO referenced it in HECO’s September 19, 2023, response to the Committee’s August 30, 2023, letter requesting more information about HECO’s wildfire mitigation measures.  “As fires involving electrical equipment continue to threaten lives, property, and energy reliability, the Committee has a responsibility to understand how these disasters unfold and how they can be prevented, so we can utilize this knowledge and findings in developing and overseeing the implementation of our national energy infrastructure policies.”  The Chairs have requested a response to their additional questions by April 3, 2024.  CLICK HERE to read the full letter.  TIMELINE OF INVESTIGATION:   August 30, 2023 : E&C Republican Leaders Open Investigation into Hawaiian Electric Following Deadly Maui Fires  September 14, 2023 : Chair Rodgers and Griffith Announce Oversight Hearing on Maui Fires, Invite Utilities and State Energy Officials to Appear  September 28, 2023 : Energy and Commerce Committee Oversight Subcommittee Hosts Hearing on Maui Fires  October 18, 2023 : Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Griffith Presses Maui Officials for Additional Information Following Oversight Hearing on Catastrophic Fires