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November 23, 2014

November 21, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone, Tax Extenders & Yucca

The Keystone XL pipeline came one vote short in the Senate, leaving its future in the hands of the administration, Nebraska and another legislative attempt expected under GOP control (subscription). Full story

NSA: Hackers Probing Control of Power, Water & Fuel

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The head of the National Security Agency called for more information sharing to thwart hackers from China and elsewhere who crawl computer systems of critical U.S. infrastructure to access controls that could be used to cut utility services, CQ Roll Call’s Rob Margetta reported Thursday. Full story

Obama Revives Keystone Export Debate

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President Barack Obama urging expedited construction of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in 2012. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Twice this month President Barack Obama said the Keystone XL pipeline would be used to ship oil from Canadian bituminous sands overseas. Full story

November 20, 2014

EIA Debuts Crude Import Tool

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Screenshot from EIA’s new crude oil import data interface.

The Energy Information Administration has a new interface for assessing crude oil imports.

The crude oil import tracking tool allows users to drill through data to find details on different types of imports from various countries and to specific regions over time. Full story

FERC Acts on Grid Security, Fuel, Enforcement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had a busy morning.

In effort to mitigate potential fuel shortages during peak periods of electric use like least winter’s polar vortex, the commission Thursday ordered regional power grid operators to report on assuring fuel supplies for power generators. Full story

Murray and Cantwell on Yucca Mountain

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Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, left, and Maria Cantwell. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

With Republicans taking control of the next Congress and Yucca Mountain opponent Harry Reid, D-Nev., losing his perch from which he has fought the project, attention is on the views of other influential members who will be in the new minority. Full story

November 19, 2014

Toyota to Offer Fuel Cell Car Next Month

Toyota will begin selling its fuel cell vehicle the Mirai in Japan in December and to customers in California next fall, the company said this week: Full story

Whitehouse Pitches Carbon Carrot to EPA’s Stick

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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Climate issue advocate Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is once again pushing for a price on carbon dioxide in a bill he introduced Wednesday. Full story

Keystone’s Next Steps

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Sen. Mary L. Landrieu leaves a press conference after defeat of a Senate bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Moments after Senate backers of the Keystone XL Tuesday fell one vote short of moving legislation to approve the pipeline, they were promising a rematch. Full story

November 18, 2014

DOE Launches Fuel, Outage App

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Screenshot of gasoline station status on the Energy Department’s Lantern Live app.

The Energy Department Monday unveiled a mobile application called Lantern Live to show area power outages and to locate open gasoline stations in emergencies as well as alternative fuel locations. Full story

Ivanpah Performance Clouded

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First it was birds, now it is clouds.

The Ivanpah concentrating solar plant in California burned natural gas five times more than originally expected to keep boilers operational in the first months of operation this year, according to the California Energy Commission. Full story

GAO: Review and Clarify Tritium Agreements

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American Centrifuge Project demonstration cascade (Centrus)

Without a domestic source for tritium, the Energy Department should reevaluate international obligations and make a clear policy determination on weapons use, the Government Accountability Office found. Full story

November 17, 2014

NRC Head Calls for Disposal, Closure Rules

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Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane spoke at the National Press Club Monday (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said that economic challenges to the nuclear power industry have led to a series of reactor closures, precipitating a need for rules on decommissioning plants rather than continuing the process of case-by-case exemptions. Full story

Previous Condensate Ruling Emerges

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A stabilization unit with distillation tower. (Courtesy of Dew Point Control)

The Commerce Department last year gave a company the go-ahead to export minimally processed ultralight oil called condensate, months before two other rulings that have caused an upheaval in industry and policy spheres, Reuters reported. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Policy Outlook

Congress is in full swing to wrap up lame duck priorities and the Senate is expected to vote on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. Here is a schedule of other events on tap. Full story

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