Bernhardt said he first will be watching what happens on the fiscal sidefor instance, how renewable energy is treated in any fiscal package agreement between Congress and the White House. "Depending on how that goes, it could either hamper or be a positive outcome on trailing legislation," Bernhardt said.
Any reshaping of energy laws this year to account for natural gas production means Capitol Hill would not be pulling out the same template for an energy bill, and updating old statutes might not be enough, Bernhardt said. "For somebody like me, what's really going to be exciting is: There could be some new big ideas up there that are being discussed," Bernhardt said. "Change presents opportunities, and challenges, for clients."
Todd Ruger writes for The National Law Journal, a Daily Report affiliate.