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September 23, 2014

September 22, 2014

Maine LNG Terminal Flipping for Exports

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Photosimulation of Downeast LNG terminal (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission).

Attracting little notice, Downeast LNG submitted a request this summer to build a $2 billion bi-directional LNG terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston, Maine, on Passamaquoddy Bay. Full story

Week Ahead: Obama Addresses Climate Summit, U.S.-China Oil & Gas Industry Forum Kicks Off in Denver

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KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

It is officially fall and Congress is out but there is plenty going on within the beltway and beyond.

Monday

  • The American Gas Association considers lessons from the winter heating season, on which Congress is also pressing.
  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a discussion on Russia’s Role in Asian Energy Markets, streamed online.

Tuesday

  • President Barack Obama will address the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.
  • The law office of Arent Fox will hold a discussion on lifting restrictions on U.S. oil exports with views from several sides of the issue.
  • Sai Gollakota, project director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory at the Energy Department will take part in a review of two carbon capture and storage projects in an event at the United States Energy Association.

Wednesday

Thursday

September 19, 2014

OMB Director Warns of Warming’s Fiscal Costs

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan used his first speech in his new position to decry a multibillion-dollar drain on the federal budget that lawmakers don’t account for – climate change. Full story

UC Board of Regents Votes to Approve New Sustainable Investment Framework

The sustainable investment movement gained more momentum after the University of California’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to approve a new framework – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – for its investments. Full story

Coal Politics & Shifting Loyalties in the Mountain State

National Review has a story up that looks (with glee) at the shifting party allegiance in West Virginia. Once a reliably blue state, West Virginia has been supporting Republicans in recent elections. Of course, this all comes down to one issue: coal. Full story

September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

Enjoy.

Taller Towers for Better Wind

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Full story

Moniz Gives Shout-out to 3D Printed Car

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz lauded efforts to produce a crowd-sourced electric car, the structure of which was printed in 44 hours at the International Manufacturing Technology Show last week. Full story

September 17, 2014

Senate Passes Oil and Gas Permitting Bill

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Oil wells in Railroad Valley, southwest of Ely, Nev. (Bureau of Land Management)

If you blinked, you missed it.

Tuesday the Senate passed a measure to expand a permitting program for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian trust land. Full story

Moniz: Let’s Double Energy Productivity

The Energy Department is looking to increase the amount of energy efficiency in manufacturing and productivity to double energy productivity by 2030. Full story

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

Sanctions Could Freeze ExxonMobil’s Arctic Exploration

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A Russian oil production platform. (URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images)

The latest round of sanctions on Russia is expected to affect an ExxonMobil project in the Kara Sea that started last month and had skirted previous restrictions. Full story

Wyden Wants Wind and Solar Tax Credits

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David McNew/Getty Images

The head of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for renewing dozens of tax credits that expired last year. Full story

September 15, 2014

GAO: Even More Coal to Retire

coal 445x248 GAO: Even More Coal to RetireThe Government Accountability Office just upped its estimate for coal plants expected to retire in coming years. Full story

Plug-in EVs Making up for Hybrid Losses

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Boosted by increased range and a proliferation of charging stations, plug-in vehicles are gaining market shares as fewer buyers choose hybrid electric vehicles. Full story

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