Date(s) - 08/08/2014
Student Center East, Illinois B Room
The QER, established by President Obama earlier this year, is an interagency effort to examine the nation’s energy systems and to recommend energy policies to improve our economy, protect the environment, and enhance our national security. The focus of the first year’s efforts is on the nation’s infrastructure for the transmission, storage, and distribution of energy. You can see the Presidential Memorandum establishing the QER here.
To assist in developing the QER, DOE and its partner agencies are convening a series of regional public stakeholder meetings to receive input on various aspects of our energy infrastructure. The Chicago meeting will focus on “Rail, Barge, and Truck Transportation,” or the rail networks, waterborne commerce, and bridge and highway infrastructure that are essential means of carrying energy products throughout the nation.
The meeting will kick off with introductions and opening remarks from the leaders of several of the federal agencies involved with the QER, along with Illinois’ senior Senator, Richard Durbin:
· Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
· Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
· U.S. Senator Richard Durbin,
· Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy,
· Dr. John Holdren, Director, President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy
Following the remarks by government officials, three expert panels will discuss both national and regional energy transportation infrastructure issues, and how our major transportation modes are adjusting to the truly revolutionary changes taking place across all domestic energy sectors.
Following the panel discussions, interested individuals in attendance will be invited to offer comments for the record. Members of the general public who wish to make a public comment for the QER record may sign up to speak at the meeting on a first-come-first-served basis, for up to five minutes, and may offer supporting documentation for review by QER analysts and inclusion in the permanent record.
Those not able to attend in person may watch the livestream of the Chicago meeting at www.energy.gov/live, and may also submit comments (including relevant studies, reports, and data) on either the Chicago meeting, or the QER as a whole, to QERcomments@hq.doe.gov. All comments received will be made part of the public record of the QER.
For more information on the QER, see www.energy.gov/qer.