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September 19, 2014

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

September 12, 2014

Following Nuclear Option, NRC Regulators Get Fast-tracked

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Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Given changes to confirmation rules made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are poised to be confirmed next week. Full story

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

Reducing Renewable Energy Threats to Wildlife

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Birds singed at solar power plants. (Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Energy Department is spending millions of dollars to figure out how to protect wildlife from renewable energy technology, following reports of birds and bats injured or killed at solar and wind sites. Full story

September 11, 2014

Enviro Groups Decry Enbridge Tar Sands Workaround

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Conservation groups are outraged by the State Department’s acceptance of Enbridge’s move to increase shipment of Canadian oil derived from Alberta bituminous sand by moving heavy crude to another line to cross the border from Canada – but unlike with the Keystone XL Pipeline, there does not appear to be much recourse. Full story

Coal Production is Doing What?

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With coal job cuts grabbing the headlines, here are some unexpected facts on coal mining production and employment. Full story

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