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Energy Department Seeks Input on Regulatory Reform

On May 30, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a request for information (“RFI”) soliciting guidance on potential regulations that should be modified or repealed to reduce burdens and costs.  This is part of a government-wide initiative to overhaul the federal government’s regulatory regime, set in motion with an executive order signed by President Trump just after his inauguration.  This RFI also comes after President Trump signed an executive order, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which seeks to review all regulatory actions that hamper the domestic production of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. 

The RFI sets forth a July 14, 2017 deadline for public comment.  Specifically, DOE is soliciting:

  • “Supporting data or other information such as cost information;” and

  • “Specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement, or modification.”

The RFI includes almost a dozen specific, although non-exhaustive, questions to help guide the agency’s thoughts moving forward.  Those questions focus on:

  • Factors for prioritization of rules;

  • Best practices in data collection, including potential updates to current reporting requirements; and

  • Rules that can be easily justified in eliminating “without impairing DOE's statutory obligations.”

Regulated entities and others should take this opportunity to engage with DOE in order to highlight rules that merit review and to otherwise ensure their viewpoints are shared with key decision makers.  Stakeholders are in a unique position to influence the regulatory framework for decades to come.

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About this Author

Tim Peckinpaugh, KL Gates Law Firm, Energy and Environment Attorney

Tim Peckinpaugh’s practice focuses on energy, environmental, and natural resource legislative and funding issues.

Mr. Peckinpaugh has represented clients for thirty years in all aspects of energy policy, including nuclear, hydroelectric, coal, oil and natural gas, electricity, as well as a variety of clean technology and energy efficiency issues. He also represents major international corporations and local communities on Department of Energy nuclear cleanup, nuclear security, and contracting issues. In addition, Mr. Peckinpaugh represents...

David Wochner, KL Gates Law Firm, Public Policy Attorney
Practice Area Leader

Mr. Wochner has advised, represented and advocated on behalf of clients on natural gas, LNG and oil related matters, including natural gas and oil commodity and pipeline transportation issues, LNG imports and exports, and natural gas as a transportation fuel, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Departments of Energy, Transportation and the Interior, EPA and on Capitol Hill. He served as lead Washington counsel on behalf of a major international drilling company in multiple Congressional and federal agency investigations and hearings related to the...

Ben Benson, KL Gates Law Firm, Investment Management Attorney
Special Counsel

Mr. Benson is an investment management lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience advising leading managers and other financial service providers in all aspects of fund formation, promotion, restructuring and termination matters.

He advises on financial services licensing and other operational and governance issues across a broad spectrum of local and offshore financial products and structures.

Kathleen L. Nicholas, Senior Government Affairs Specialist, energy, environment, agriculture, technology sector, law firm
Senior Government Affairs Specialist

Kathleen Nicholas is a senior government affairs specialist in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She assists clients on policy issues related to the energy, environment, agriculture, and technology sectors. Ms. Nicholas also manages the D.C. office’s team of government affairs specialists and the Lloyd Meeds Fellowship Program.