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November 27, 2014

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November 24, 2014

The Week Ahead Is Today

Congress is off for the week, leaving very little time to wrap up anything in the rest of what remains of this session. Energy events have been crammed into Monday to leave room for all the traveling and eating later in the week.

Monday

EPA’s Sharyn Lie, director of the Climate Economics and Modeling Center at the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, will participate in a webinar on bioenergy and invasive species, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute.

Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary for climate change Jonathan Pershing, Mexico National Energy Commissioner Francisco Barnes and World Bank energy director Charles Feinstein will participate in a panel looking at a United States Energy Association report on energy equity, security and environmental performance, at the National Press Club.

International Energy Agency economist Fatih Birol will discuss the organization’s energy outlook, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and streamed live.

Natural Resources Defense Council members will discuss prospects for limiting China’s coal use, at the Woodrow Wilson Center and streamed live.

State Department special envoy for climate change Todd Stern will join a discussion on U.S. preparations for the 2015 climate change conference in Paris, at the Center for American Progress.

November 19, 2014

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

November 17, 2014

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

November 11, 2014

Electricity Markets Bracing For Next Polar Vortex

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A rare winter storm coated most of the South with ice on February 12, 2014 in Summerville, South Carolina. More than 400,000 customers have lost power across the Southeast and at least 13 deaths caused by the storm. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Regional regulators are implementing market structures designed to get more reliable power under peak conditions to avoid supply related outages. Full story

November 10, 2014

EIA: More LNG Exports Would Raise Gas Prices, CO2

LNG EIA EIA: More LNG Exports Would Raise Gas Prices, CO2Increased exports of liquefied natural gas would raise gas prices 4 to 11 percent above a reference case, which would lead to an increased use of coal for electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration. Full story

November 7, 2014

LaFleur Elaborates on FERC Role in CO2 Rules

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(Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

As the comment session for EPA’s proposed regulations for carbon dioxide emissions comes to a close after this month, the chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says there are potential issues of concern with the rules but that she is avoiding becoming overly involved at this point. Full story

DOE Announces $16 Million for Cleaner Coal Tech

The Energy Department Thursday selected four projects to develop gasification systems to turn coal into syngas to produce power, chemicals and transportation fuel in processes that produce lower carbon dioxide emissions.   Full story

October 30, 2014

Moniz Talks ‘War on Coal’ and Energy Investment

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Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz. (energy.gov)

 

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz was on hand to discuss energy policy on day two of the Ideas Forum hosted by the Aspen Institute and the Atlantic. He was asked a range of questions from his thoughts on tax reform to what’s necessary to get better energy infrastructure investment in the United States. Full story

October 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: Natural Gas & Clean Coal in China

Here’s what’s on tap for the week. Full story

October 22, 2014

Energy Ads Intensify As Senate Campaigns Heat Up

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, answers questions from the local media during her event to exchange endorsements with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., left, in Baton Rouge, La., surrounded by local elected officials on Sept. 22, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With just under two weeks until an election in which control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs, campaign ads are starting to intensify — in volume and rhetoric — in several key battleground states (Louisiana, Alaska, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Colorado and Michigan). Somewhat surprisingly, energy and environment are the third most mentioned issue in Senate races this cycle (surprising since it barely registered during the 2012 presidential campaign). Some are running because the states they air in are significant energy producers. Others are running in states that feature environmentally conscious electorates.

The ads tend to focus on coal, oil, green energy and climate change. It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that West Virginia and Kentucky are leading the way in coal-related ads with both states featuring pro-coal positions in 87 percent of their energy-related ads. Also unsurprisingly, 39 percent of Iowa’s energy ads are anti-oil while 40 percent focus on green energy (likely, due to ethanol).

It’s also notable that both Democrats and Republicans are finding politically advantageous ways to deploy these energy ads. For instance, in blue states, Democrats are attacking Republicans for denying climate change and accepting money from the Koch brothers. And in red states, Republicans look to tie President Obama’s new environmental regulations around the necks of their opponents.

 

October 15, 2014

States Fighting CO2 Regs Get Money to Comply

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Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant in Cattletsburg, Ky.
(Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

The Energy Department has awarded $4.86 million to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase efficiency through programs in 13 states, including several that are fighting proposed regulations. Full story

October 14, 2014

The Week Ahead: Russia, Solar, Gas, Carbon and Coal

A little bit of everything is happening this week, and much of it takes place Tuesday. Full story

October 10, 2014

Methane Hotspot Associated with Hydrofracked Coalbeds

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(NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan)

An area in the Southwest accounted for the nation’s largest concentration of methane emissions during a period before 2010, researchers at NASA and the University of Michigan announced Thursday. Full story

September 26, 2014

Questions on CO2 Compliance Dates

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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 23, 2014

Congress’ Pre-Recess Energy Bills

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Workers continue to erect scaffolding around the Capitol dome last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The stop gap spending measure President Barack Obama signed Friday included provisions to allow the Energy Department to cover additional costs at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico and spending for programs under the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning fund – with requirements to keep Congress apprised of the spending above previous appropriation rates.

The chambers also passed three other energy measures before clearing out of town for final campaign pushes. Full story

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