Ex-congressman signs with biofuel coalition in RFS fight

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) has jumped into the lobbying battle over the renewable fuel standard on behalf of biofuel interests.

His firm — Delahunt Group LLC — has been lobbying for Fuels America since June 15 on the RFS, according to disclosure records released by the Senate last week.

Fuels America is a coalition of several companies and trade groups, including Archer Daniels Midland, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Monsanto and the Renewable Fuels Association, that are battling the oil and gas industry over the RFS.

Last year, U.S. EPA reduced mandates under the RFS for ethanol and advanced biofuels for the first time ever (E&E Daily, July 17). That triggered a lobbying war in Washington, D.C., between the two factions.

Delahunt joins Glover Park Group as part of Fuels America’s lobbying team.

Utilities trade group brings on new lobbyists

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a powerful business group for utility companies, has recently hired two new lobby firms.

The trade association has hired Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to “monitor federal and legislative activity regarding cybersecurity,” according to records.

Brian Finch at the firm is on the account. Finch used to lobby for EEI at his prior employer, Dickstein & Shapiro.

EEI has also hired Gray Global Advisors LLC for “engaging on energy infrastructure and electric grid matters,” according to the firm’s lobbying registration.

Lobby firm brings on host of energy clients

McBee Strategic Consulting LLC has signed several new clients in the energy sector, according to documents released last week by the Senate.

The firm has been hired by the National Mining Association to lobby on “issues related to hardrock mineral production.”

Further, Duke Energy Corp. has brought on McBee to lobby on “nuclear energy policy,” while Alcoa Inc. has hired the firm to lobby on several issues, including the Bonneville Power Administration as well as the U.S.-Canadian Columbia River Treaty, according to the firm’s lobbying registration.