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Congress' very minimal schedule until the election leaves much to
be done in the lame duck. From the energy bill to NGV incentives,
Congress seems poised to have much to do and little time to do it.
package. The torrential rains and massive flooding in Louisiana
this August led to the Red Cross calling it the worst natural
disaster since Super Storm Sandy in 2012. Thus far, the disaster
has cost $30 million, but experts project that damage to homes
may total up to $20 billion and that is not taking into account
damages to businesses and reconstruction efforts.
Given the scale of the disaster, it seems likely that Congress
may pass a disaster relief package mirroring previous efforts
after other natural disasters. However, those previous disaster
relief packages were not without controversy as some members
expressed concern about the passage of multi-billion dollar
relief packages without finding a way to pay for it. It seems
likely that such concerns would resurface for any Louisiana relief
bill, making quick passage unlikely. Floor discussion in both
chambers is highly likely, ensuring media coverage continues.
The comprehensive energy bill will also receive headlines but
won't see final passage. The comprehensive energy bill has had
a long road to passage through Congress. The House-passed
bill H.R. 8 moved rather quickly, while the Senate legislation
was held up through several policy fights. Finally, the Senate
passed S. 2012 and the stage was set for going to conference
committee to allow the two chambers to reconcile the different
versions of their energy bills. Congressional offices for the
members who are on the conference committee have met to
begin negotiations. APGA has sent two letters to leaders of the
conference committee to urge them to repeal Section 433 of
the Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates
that new or modified federal buildings use only fossil fuel-free
energy and to support the pro-combined heat and power
legislation that was included in the energy bill. APGA is also
working on a third letter with partner organizations urging the
leadership of the conference committee to include language
from S. 2012 that would delay implementation of the residential
furnace standards until stakeholders have an opportunity
to meet and negotiate a reasonable settlement. APGA will
continue to provide updates on the energy bill in general and
these items in particular as it progresses. However, it appears
likely that the earliest any compromise legislation could pass
would be during the lame duck.
One other item that may see congressional consideration
during the lame duck is tax extenders legislation, which
includes incentives for natural gas vehicles (NGV). Late last
year, Congress passed a tax extenders package that included
a two-year extension-one retroactive year for all of 2015
and one prospective year for all of 2016-of the alternative
fuel infrastructure credit, which provides a tax credit for
the construction of alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fueling

infrastructure including NGVs, and a 50 cent per gasoline gallon
equivalent or diesel gallon equivalent for the sale of compressed
natural gas or liquefied natural gas in motor vehicles.
Given that Congress has passed tax extenders legislation
fairly consistently over the years, it would be natural to assume
that this year would be the same. However, given the deep
antipathy for tax extenders from some members of Congress
and off-the-hill organizations along with the fact that Congress
has not indicated if or when it will consider a tax extenders
package, it is unclear if tax extenders and the NGV tax credits
will be passed before the end of the year. APGA will continue
to work with allied organizations to push for these critical
incentives.
Congress' very minimal schedule until the election leaves
much to be done in the lame duck. From the energy bill to NGV
incentives, Congress seems poised to have much to do and
little time to do it. The outcome of the elections will have a very
significant impact on the productivity of Congress in the lame
duck. If Donald Trump wins and Republicans keep control of
both chambers, the incentive will be for the Senate and House
leadership to wait on many items until their party is in control
of all three branches of government. If Hillary Clinton wins,
then the incentives change so that big-ticket items such as the
confirmation of Merrick Garland as a Supreme Court justice may
be in the best interest of Republicans, as compared to another
more liberal judge nominated by Clinton. How this plays out
will likely depend on November 8 and APGA will keep members
apprised of developments with all of these issues and any other
relevant items throughout the fall and winter.
Scott Morrison and Dan Lapato are directors of government
relations for APGA.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Winter 2016

First Person
APGA Events
Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
The Future of Natural Gas in Zero Energy Building Design
Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP
Why Energy Codes Matter and How They Impact Your Utility
Environmental Group and Utility Work Together
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
At Last
Advertisers’ Index/ Advertiser.com
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - First Person
THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - APGA Events
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - The Future of Natural Gas in Zero Energy Building Design
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Why Energy Codes Matter and How They Impact Your Utility
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Environmental Group and Utility Work Together
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - The Pipeline
THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Marketing Matters
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