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Weekly Update 19 December 2005




·         LIHEAP

·         Great Lakes Regional Collaboration

·         Funding for Energy Efficiency

·         Electricity Reports

·         Support the Institute



With a concerted effort by members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, the House, early on Monday morning, approved an additional $2 billion in fiscal 2006 dollars for LIHEAP within the defense appropriations bill, as well as an additional $1 billion in fiscal 2007 dollars within the reconciliation bill.  Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, also advanced a successful motion on December 15 to instruct budget-reconciliation conferees to add $2.92 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); the Senate vote was 63-28.  After accounting for a 1-percent rescission, LIHEAP appropriations for fiscal 2006 now stand at $2.475 billion in regular funding and $1.666 billion in contingency funding.  Contact:  Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) and Lisa Mark with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).



Great Lakes Collaboration


While signing the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration last week, leaders of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Council of Great Lakes Governors asked President Bush to adopt a series of near-term actions that could substantially improve the long-term ability to protect and restore the Great Lakes.  The near-term proposals address invasive species, coastal health, contaminated sediments, toxic pollutants, habitat and species, non-point source pollution, indicators, sustainability, and tribal issues.  The letter was signed by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, and Ohio Governor Bob Taft.  Contact:  Dave Ullrich with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (312/201-4516).

Funding for Energy Efficiency

Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) are requesting signatures on a letter asking President Bush to support full funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in his fiscal 2007 budget. Fully funding energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the levels authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 is the first step in reducing our demand for fossil fuels and is currently our nation's best means of addressing a secure energy future.  The letter’s signature deadline is Thursday, December 22.  Contact:  Kris Sarri with Senator Reed (202/224-4661). 


Electricity Reports


Presentations from last week’s Capitol Hill briefing – “Recycled Energy:  The Local Energy Solution” – are available at www.nemw.org/energy_der.htm.  The Institute’s updated guidebook – “Combined Heat and Power Education and Outreach Guide to State and Federal Government” – is available at www.nemw.org/CHPguide.rtf.


Support the Institute


If you’re planning end-of-the-year contributions, please consider supporting the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Your contribution will help advance the region’s economic vitality and environmental quality.  Federal employees also can contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign, by entering CFC code #0851 on your pledge card during the annual fund drive. Thank you.

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