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January 27, 2015

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January 26, 2015

Biden and Moniz Push Island Energy Overhaul

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, US State Department international energy coordinator, talk before the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday.      (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, State Department international energy coordinator, talk at the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz met Monday with Caribbean leaders and global financial organizations to promote development of alternative energy sources for island communities. Full story

Company Pins Solar Plant Fate on Congress

The potential reality of the Palen solar plant depends on whether lawmakers will extend or alter the investment tax credit. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Oil Prices and EPA Regs

There’s no shortage of energy events this week. The Senate is scheduled to continue Keystone XL pipeline votes Monday and the House is expected to consider legislation to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas.  Full story

January 23, 2015

ICYMI: Keystone, SOTU & Oil

The Senate plowed through a laundry list of amendments this week and is set to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday. CQ subscribers can read more about how the process devolved Thursday and about pending amendments.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave a nod to – or threw shade on – the pipeline, but folks seemed more interested in Ernest J. Moniz’ hair, which as the energy secretary has explained is more related to groovy fashion than founding fathers. Obama’s push for more trade authority got a reaction from environmental groups that want to put the brakes on fast-tracking deals. Groups are also pushing the EPA to move faster on carbon dioxide regulations for aircraft.

The oil price plunge may dampen the drive toward increased exports.

Researchers detailed the issues arising from increased dependence on natural gas to generate electricity.

Oil spilled in Montana and millions of gallons of fracking water poured into a creek that feeds the Missouri River in North Dakota.

By Randy Leonard Posted at 12:01 p.m.
Uncategorized

Enviros Want CO2 Regs for Aircraft

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Environmental organizations are pressing the EPA to pick up the pace on developing regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. Full story

January 22, 2015

Enviros: Put Brakes on Quick Trade Deals

(Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

(Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)

Conservation and environment groups are pushing Congress to ignore President Barack Obama’s plea to streamline trade negotiations, which he pressed for in his State of the Union address. Full story

Report: Gas/Electricity Relationship Needs Work

A natural gas-fueled power plant in June 2013 in Burbank, Calif.  (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

A natural gas-fueled power plant in June 2013 in Burbank, Calif.
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Regulatory and market changes are needed to support the growing use of natural gas to generate electricity, according to a review from the Illinois Institute of Technology, which cited concerns about reliability as increased capacity and regulatory pressure reduce dependence on coal-fired plants. Full story

January 21, 2015

The Deal With Moniz’ Hair

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to be on NPR radio show. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to be on NPR radio show. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Those who have been familiar with him for years, even those who have just heard him address a congressional panel or an audience of scientists, know that there is far more to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz than his hair. He’s an MIT physicist and is known for charming Republicans and Democrats alike. Full story

Keystone Gets SOTU Nod

(Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

(Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

In his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn’t mention the Keystone XL pipeline by name, but in calling for an overarching infrastructure bill, he did make a direct reference to the project, a bill for which is on the Senate floor. Full story

January 20, 2015

Oil Price Plunge May Reduce Export Incentive

(David McNew/Getty Images)

(David McNew/Getty Images)

Researchers grabbed headlines last week as they supported calls for lifting decades-old restrictions on exporting U.S. oil. While the report elaborated on existing suppositions that opening the spigot on exports would increase the global supply and therefore benefit U.S. consumers, many news stories glossed over the researchers’ take on how the plunge in oil prices would affect the drive for exports based on refining capacity. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 11:47 a.m.
Exports, Oil

This Week: Keystone, SOTU & Outlooks

Here are the week’s energy events. Full story

January 16, 2015

ICYMI: Oil Drop, EPA Regs & Mexico Swap

Here is what has been happening in energy this week.

The spread between U.S. crude prices and the global benchmark has narrowed as prices have plummeted since June. Russia is feeling the effects of lower oil prices, and to a lesser degree, sanctions. The resulting cascade in U.S. gasoline prices may have tempered a much-anticipated bump at the pump from a California cap-and-trade rule that requires oil companies to buy carbon allowances if greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks exceed a limit set by the state. Full story

Factions Link for Florida Solar Initiative

Solar Power Tariff Incentive Spurns Boom In Gainsville Solar Industry

A Florida solar initiative is bringing together tea party members, renewable energy advocates and a retail group. Full story

January 15, 2015

Solar Panels Boost Home Price

SolarPremium

Home buyers are willing to pay more for a property with photovoltaic solar panels, above the  cost of a system less than 4 years old. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 12:05 p.m.
Renewables

Science Group Pans MOX

A 2012 view of construction of the mixed oxide facility (Energy Department)

A 2012 view of construction of the mixed oxide facility (Energy Department)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing to end construction of the contested mixed oxide plutonium disposal project under construction in South Carolina. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 7:30 a.m.
Nuclear
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