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


Apr 19, 2024
Press Release

Chair Rodgers Announces Slate of Budget Hearings to Hold Biden Admin Accountable

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) announced a series of upcoming budget hearings with Biden administration officials as part of the Committee’s ongoing efforts to hold the administration accountable on behalf the American people. “President Biden’s radical, out-of-touch, tax-and-spend agenda will only make the inflation crisis he caused worse for the American people. By bending to the whims of his left-wing base, he’s sacrificing freedom and prosperity for all Americans,” said Chair Rodgers . “It’s nearly three and a half years into his presidency, and all the Biden administration has to show is a war on American energy, a worse national and cybersecurity posture, and a weakened American role on the world stage. These hearings will give our Members the opportunity to ensure this administration is transparent and accountable to the American people.” The following administration officials will testify for budget hearings:  Wednesday, May 1 Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Hearing with the Department of Energy:   Hon. Jennifer Granholm, Secretary, Department of Energy   Tuesday, May 7 Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing with the Federal Communications Commission:   Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission   Hon. Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission   Hon. Nathan Simington, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission   Hon. Geoffrey Starks, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission   Hon. Anna Gomez, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission   Wednesday, May 15 Subcommittee on Environmental, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency:   Hon. Michael Regan, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency   Wednesday, May 15 Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration:   Hon. Alan Davidson, Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration   This notice is at the direction of the Chair. The hearings 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 Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearings, please contact Noah Jackson at Noah.Jackson@mail.house.gov .  If you have any questions concerning the Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security or Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials hearings, 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 .



Apr 10, 2024
Hearings

Subcommittee Chair Duncan Opening Remarks on Improving Spent Nuclear Fuel Management

Washington D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Jeff Duncan (R-SC) delivered the following opening remarks at today’s subcommittee hearing on improving the management of spent nuclear fuel as we work to unleash American nuclear energy.  “This Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee has taken a bipartisan approach to advancing and expanding nuclear energy here in the United States.  “I am pleased we are holding this hearing to examine a critical piece of our nuclear energy industry here in the United States—Spent Fuel. “It is important for the Subcommittee to examine the state of our spent fuel policy—given its role over nuclear regulatory policy and energy policy more broadly.” CONGRESS’S APPROACH TO NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT “Over 40 years ago, Congress formally established a comprehensive nuclear waste management strategy. “In 1982, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which created the federal government’s responsibility to dispose of all high-level radioactive waste and started a process for selecting sites. “In 1987, after the Department of Energy conducted extensive studies of nine potential repository sites, Congress amended the Nuclear Policy Act to focus on Yucca Mountain in Nye County, Nevada, as the site for a permanent geologic repository. “Unfortunately, the political objections of one state, NOT based on scientific reality, blocked the repository from being licensed and constructed, following its formal selection in 2002. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff found that the Yucca Mountain permanent repository could safely store waste for over one million years. “The Energy and Commerce Committee has remained committed to upholding the law, and, in 2018, the House passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 340-72. “If this bill had become law, it would have incentivized the completion of the licensing of Yucca Mountain, enhanced host state benefits, and accelerated consolidated interim storage—a benefit to ratepayers and taxpayers. “Unfortunately, politics obstructed this bill, and we remain at the current standstill.” CURRENT STATE OF PLAY “Ratepayers across the country have paid nearly 50 billion dollars into the Nuclear Waste Fund to establish a permanent repository.  “Now, these are ratepayers—folks who benefited from nuclear energy paid fees, which were baked into their utility bill for the construction of a permanent repository. “With interest, ratepayers in my home state of South Carolina have contributed over 3 billion dollars to the Nuclear Waste Fund—this is the third most of any state in the country. “Additionally, as a result of the government’s failure to follow the law, American taxpayers are on the hook for up to 800 million dollars annually out of the judgment fund. This breaks down to about two million dollars per day. “In addition to commercial waste, many DOE sites across the country, like the Savannah River Site in my home state, store legacy (defense) waste intended for a permanent repository. “Now, I would like to emphasize that spent nuclear fuel is stored safely on sites, but the federal government must fulfill its legal responsibility and reduce the cost burden to taxpayers and ratepayers.” TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT “Spent Nuclear Fuel in the United States also provides an opportunity to be an asset as we deploy advanced nuclear technologies. “The technological landscape has shifted since the 1980s, and companies like Oklo, Curio, and SHINE are aggressively pursuing reprocessing and recycling technologies for Spent Fuel. “Spent Fuel recycling, especially to support advanced fuels, provides exciting promise for the future of nuclear energy in the United States, especially for advanced reactors. “Our policies should reflect innovations and advancements as part of an integrated fuel system that includes a permanent repository. “It may seem we are at a standstill, but we should look at this moment as an opportunity. “The United States has always led the world in nuclear energy advancements.   “The Manhattan Project harnessed the energy of the nucleus atom. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 ushered in the in the age of the peaceful use of the atom demonstrating American leadership around the world and the amazing benefits of nuclear power. “We are on the precipice of the next frontier of nuclear energy here in the United States. Recently, the House overwhelmingly passed the Atomic Energy Advancement Act to advance a durable, bipartisan policy that will expand nuclear energy. “Responsible and effective Spent Nuclear Fuel management is a critical part of this equation. It can help foster nuclear expansion in the United States. “I look forward to hearing from our witnesses today on the opportunities and challenges associated with spent nuclear fuel management in the context of nuclear energy expansion.”



Apr 10, 2024
Hearings

Chair Rodgers Opening Remarks on Improving Spent Nuclear Fuel Management

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 on improving the management of spent nuclear fuel as we work to unleash American nuclear energy.  “Nuclear energy technologies are essential for our national security, and a cleaner and more secure energy future.    “It is exciting to see how the promise of innovative nuclear technologies can help support the energy demands of a growing economy, for industry, for manufacturing, and for the American people.   “This Congress, it’s been encouraging to see a renewed, bipartisan focus on restoring American technological leadership in nuclear energy.    “Energy and Commerce has a rich history of leading on these issues.”  LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR NUCLEAR LEADERSHIP   “Our work this Congress has been no exception.   “We’ve advanced solutions to lay the foundation for a more robust and innovative nuclear industry with strong, bipartisan House votes that underscore the wide support for these policies.    “This includes legislation that will support the production of the innovative advanced fuels needed for new types of nuclear reactors currently under development.  “Our work has also included measures to make sure Russia will not be able to undermine our supply chain by seeking to bolster our domestic fuel manufacturing.  “That bill, H.R. 1042, the Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act, passed the House by a unanimous vote—and I’m hopeful we can get it signed into law soon.   “Our agenda has also included the Atomic Energy Advancement Act, led by Chair Duncan and Ranking Member DeGette, that will provide the most consequential reforms to nuclear regulation in decades, and, with continued partnership with the Senate, many of those policies should soon be on their way to enactment.   “Today we turn to examining spent nuclear fuel policy.”  CONGRESS MUST ADDRESS THE SPENT FUEL ISSUE   “By all accounts, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which governs both spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste generally, is long overdue to be implemented to address the needs of today’s industry.    “The program has been stalled for over a decade, as a direct result of actions by opponents to the Yucca Mountain Project, the designated storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.    “These unfortunate actions have undermined the law and poisoned public trust in how we manage spent nuclear fuel for far too long and have jeopardized efforts to manage defense obligations for things like navy fuels and the cleanup of legacy Cold War sites, like the Hanford site just outside of my district in Eastern Washington.     “As we will hear in testimony this morning, this opposition is not safety-related or technical. It’s political.   “Opposition from states like Nevada in particular to this program has inhibited Congressional appropriations and driven the Executive branch to dismantle what had been an otherwise technically successful program. “This program, if allowed to move forward, would provide the public information that’s critical to earning people’s support and trust for nuclear energy.” BIPARTISAN, DURABLE REFORMS ARE POSSIBLE “This committee took steps in 2018 to get the licensing program for Yucca Mountain back on track with a reform package that culminated in a very strong bipartisan House vote.   “While those efforts ultimately failed in the Senate, they proved that it is possible to build bipartisan support for a durable spent fuel program, which is what brings us here today.   “To secure American nuclear leadership, we must continue the Committee’s work to update the law and build state support for a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain.”  INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES WILL HELP US LEAD   “Our conversation this morning will also highlight the prospects of a growing fleet of nuclear reactors and how, by utilizing innovative technologies, we can improve the management of spent nuclear fuel in the U.S.  “Innovative companies like Curio and Oklo are already developing innovative technologies that will enhance the use of energy from spent fuels.  “We should be building on this work to ensure America’s dominance for the next century.  “By embracing American technology and innovation, we can ensure nuclear energy benefits communities across the country and around the world.    “American leadership matters.   “Failure to lead will result in the international civilian nuclear markets being dominated by our adversaries, like China and Russia, which undermines our energy security and nuclear safety. “These goals should be bipartisan, and I look forward to discussing how this committee can help ensure the U.S. wins the future and restores our nuclear leadership.”


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