Obama Acts to Develop Comprehensive National Energy Strategy

AlertIntegrated Approach Will Involve Broad Sectors of the Federal Government

In a move that may presage a raft of new administrative initiatives likely to affect the entire U.S. energy industry, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on Thursday, January 9, that launched a Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force. The purpose is to develop a national energy strategy that integrates environmental, national security, health/safety and economic goals. The Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force is to deliver its first report by January 31, 2015, and every four years thereafter. The Task Force will be co-chaired by John Holden, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology, and Cecelia Muñoz, Director White House Office of Domestic Policy, and includes most administration cabinet officials, in addition to the National Security Staff. The Department of Energy will support the work with policy analysis, modeling and stakeholder engagement. The Task Force is authorized to invite the Federal Energy Regulatory and Nuclear Regulatory Commissions, both independent agencies, to participate in the Task Force work, as they see appropriate. Read more about the memorandum that launched the Task Force.

Challenges to the Nation's infrastructure with which the White House directs the Task Force to grapple include changes in energy supply markets, aging facilities, climate change and cyber and physical threats. The Presidential Memorandum emphasizes the importance of private sector, state and local engagement in the development of energy policy.

The White House says that this new effort will build on its March 2011 Energy Blueprint, largely aimed at furthering energy independence, and the President's June 25, 2013, Climate Action Plan, directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior to establish carbon standards and advance renewable development.

To discuss this latest energy initiative from the White House, please contact a Stinson Leonard Street LLP attorney. 

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