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October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

DOE Signs Settlement Agreement, Restarts Work on Hanford Vitrification

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(Energy Department)

The Energy Department told Bechtel to resume engineering work on a key aspect of the Waste Treatment and Isolation Plant at the Hanford site in Washington, the company announced on Wednesday. Full story

WIPP Cleanup Could Top $550M

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(Energy Department)

The Energy Department Tuesday released a plan to reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico following a February accident and release of radiation. The department expects to spend between $310 million and $550 million, with the intention of resuming additional storage of transuranic waste from the nation’s legacy nuclear defense sites by 2016. Full story

September 30, 2014

Billions to Advance Advanced Reactors

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Molten salt reactor diagram (Energy Department)

The Energy Department is looking to develop advanced nuclear reactors, announcing Monday a $12.6 billion draft loan guarantee solicitation for new technologies. Full story

FERC Approves Maryland LNG Export Facility

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Existing Cove Point LNG Terminal. (Dominion)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Monday authorized Dominion to add export facilities to its existing liquefied natural gas import terminal at Cove Point, Maryland. Full story

September 29, 2014

Wells Yield More Oil, Steeper Decline

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration graphic, based on Drillinginfo data.

Producers continue to get more oil from new wells in the Texas Eagle Ford shale, but as initial production increases, so does the rate at which it drops off. Full story

Without ITC, Solar Concentrating Plant in Doubt

A company that had planned to build a second massive concentrating solar plant is reconsidering its request because of the expiration of a tax benefit and regulatory constraints. Full story

On Tap This Week: Conferences, Expos & An Anniversary

The Johnson Rice 2014 Energy Conference kicks off Monday in New Orleans and runs through Wednesday with presentations Monday from Pioneer Energy Services and Wednesday from Tesco Corp. Full story

September 26, 2014

Without Pipeline, Tar Sands Project Stalled

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(U.S. Geologic Survey)

Statoil put off an in situ steam project to pull tar sands bitumen from the subsurface in Alberta, Canada, the company announced Thursday. Full story

ICYMI: Climate, ISIS Oil & A Keg Stand

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., holds the beer keg nozzle for LSU football fan as he does a keg stand at a tailgate party on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Taking a look back on the week that was:

  • Addressing the United Nations, President Barack Obama called on countries to join together to try to forestall climate change. “We can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation, developed and developing alike,” Obama said. “Nobody gets a pass.” CQ Roll Call’s Lauren Gardner had more on the speech and new administration efforts (subscription). Full story

Questions on CO2 Compliance Dates

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Industry, states and advocacy groups are asking how EPA’s Clean Power Plan will treat measures that will be taken between the reference year of 2012 and the compliance deadline of 2020. Full story

September 25, 2014

Pushing Arctic Policy

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(U.S. Coast Guard)

In the next issue of CQ Weekly, Megan Scully takes a deep look at Russia’s wrangling for control of Arctic resources, which has been in the spotlight with U.S. sanctions that have stopped drilling efforts by Exxon Mobil.  Full story

Homeowner Asks IRS to Weigh in on Solar Tariffs

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An Austin, Texas, man is pressing the IRS to review a utility program for residents who own rooftop photovoltaic panels. Full story

September 24, 2014

Cheaper Solar, Fewer Incentives

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Prices paid for consumer solar systems have continued to decline even as state and utility incentive programs ramp down. Full story

Letting the Utility Company into Your Home & Business

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Smart-meter Nest connects to utility partners to provide demand response. (Nest)

Beyond smart meters and two-way distributed generation, the grid of tomorrow will incorporate control of the demand on the customer’s side of the meter with smart thermostats, electric cars that communicate with the grid and innovations that we have yet to develop, according to power experts. Full story

September 23, 2014

Group Proposes 2.1GW Wind and Storage Project

Four companies plan to provide electricity for power hungry California by building a giant wind farm in Wyoming and an underground salt storage facility in Utah. Full story

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