WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Energy, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today announced a markup for Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
#SubEnergy will consider the following bills:
- Update the Department of Energy Organization Act to include energy emergency and energy security functions which the secretary shall assign to an assistant secretary.
H.R. 5175, Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act, authored by #SubEnergy Chairman Upton and committee member Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), would:
- Require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to coordinate federal agencies, states, and the energy sector to ensure the security, resiliency, and survivability of natural gas pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquefied natural gas facilities.
- Establish a voluntary DOE program that tests the cybersecurity of products and technologies intended for use in the bulk-power system, including products related to industrial control systems. H.R. 5239 would also authorize DOE to provide technical assistance to electric utilities, product manufacturers, and other electricity sector stakeholders to help mitigate identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
H.R. 5240, Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act, also authored by Reps. McNerney and Latta, would:
- Require DOE to establish a program to facilitate and encourage public-private partnerships to promote and advance the physical and cybersecurity of electric utilities that have fewer resources due to size or region. H.R. 5240 would also direct DOE to assess priorities, policies, procedures, and actions for enhancing the physical and cybersecurity of electric distribution systems.
For a more detailed description of H.R. 5174, H.R. 5175, H.R. 5239, and H.R. 5240, click HERE.
H.R. 4606, Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act, authored by committee member Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), would:
- Provide that application under the Natural Gas Act for the import or export of small volumes of natural gas shall be approved without modification or delay.
“The Department of Energy plays a critical role in mitigating cybersecurity threats and addressing emergencies in energy sector, including pipelines and the electric grid. For the past two Congresses, this committee has been working on solutions to update the department’s authorities and capabilities to ensure they are prepared for the threats of the 21st century,” said #SubEnergy Chairman Upton. “The bills under consideration Wednesday go a much-needed step further in arming DOE with the necessary tools to address threats to our energy systems.”
A background memo, electronic copies of the legislation, and live stream of the markup can be found online HERE. Amendment text and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.