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What we're watching: Solar heat, Energy nominees

May 16, 2023

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☀️ 1. Solar's hot now: The Treasury Department is taking some heat from Senate Democrats over its new guidance for the IRA's domestic content bonus tax credit.

🗣️ 2. Joe's letting 'em go: Senate Energy and Natural Resources will meet tomorrow to vote out two top Energy Department nominees (plus nuclear legislation and a slate of parochial lands bills).

  • David Crane, who was nominated as undersecretary, and Jeff Marootian, who was picked to lead the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office, have been in limbo for months.

🚦 3. Permits 2: electric boogaloo: Senate Environment and Public Works will hold its second permitting hearing tomorrow, featuring testimony from Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

  • EPW Chair Tom Carper's also planning to drop his own permits legislation soon.

🇨🇳 4. Bull, meet China shop: This week's a big one for hearings on China.

  • The secretaries of Commerce, Defense and Energy were all to testify at a Senate appropriations hearing Tuesday on the president's budget and the "path ahead for the U.S.-China relationship."
  • In the House, both the CCP select committee and a Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold hearings on China’s "economic aggression."
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