House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Approves Energy Reform Legislation

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved a comprehensive energy reform package that modernizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and includes a number of reforms that protect the nation’s energy supply and infrastructure.  The bill includes a provision directing the Secretary of Energy to establish a comprehensive program to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs.  Under the provision, the Secretary is directed to collaborate with representatives from the energy and manufacturing industry to identify the areas of highest need and develop guidelines for the skills necessary to enter the workforce.  The Secretary also is directed to provide direct assistance to schools, community colleges, workforce development organizations, non-profit organizations, labor organizations, apprenticeship programs, and minority-serving institutions to carry out the program established in this section.  This provision also provides special consideration for increasing outreach to employers and job trainers in preparing displaced and unemployed energy and manufacturing workers to re-enter the workforce.  The bill now heads to the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration.  Click here (http://docs NULL.house NULL.gov/meetings/IF/IF03/20150722/103806/HMKP-114-IF03-20150722-SD004 NULL.pdf) for a bill summary.  Click here (http://energycommerce NULL.house NULL.gov/sites/republicans NULL.energycommerce NULL.house NULL.gov/files/114/07-20-15%20EP%20Subcomm%20Draft NULL.pdf) to view the full text of the bill.   

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