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September 15, 2014

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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

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

September 8, 2014

White House Asks for Energy Add Ons in Continuing Resolution

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Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz visited the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in August
(Energy Department)

The administration is asking Congress to add money for uranium enrichment decommissioning and cleanup at a nuclear waste facility  in a continuing resolution expected to be passed in coming days. Full story

September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Full story

August 7, 2014

FERC Grants Expedited Process for Kentucky Hydro Project

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Kentucky River Lock and Dam 11 (Commonwealth of Kentucky)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved the use of a two-year licensing process for a hydropower project at a century-old dam on the Kentucky River. Full story

August 1, 2014

Senators Push for Propane Supply Safeguards

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration with Thomson Reuters data.

Midwestern senators introduced a bill Thursday intended to avoid a repeat of the heating situation this bitter cold winter when propane supplies dwindled and prices skyrocketed. Full story

July 30, 2014

Payday for Hydropower, If Senate Can Pass Energy-Water Bill

Senate appropriators are looking to bolster water power research, recommending $69 million for such projects in the Energy-Water bill that stalled last month, an increase of 18 percent.

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July 29, 2014

Former USEC Uranium Enrichment Project Marked for $110 Million Under Senate Bill

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Source: USEC, Inc., American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio.

Senate appropriators want to allocate $110 million for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, Ohio, formerly headed by USEC, Inc.

“The committee directs that the Department of Energy shall use these funds only to maintain existing centrifuges and facilities associated with domestic enrichment capabilities and safeguard intellectual property rights,” the Senate Energy-Water Appropriations Subcommittee wrote in the report accompanying its fiscal 2015 bill.

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July 28, 2014

DOE Cybersecurity Is a Mess, According to Senate Panel

There are 11 different places in the Energy Department budget that contain cybersecurity funding for energy, science and environmental missions. That’s too messy for the Senate Appropriations Committee, which wants to see all of that nearly $150 million consolidated into one place. Full story

Keystone XL Lobbying: Timing of Donations to Senators Disclosed

Five U.S. senators received donations from a firm that was hired to promote the Keystone XL pipeline within a month of their aides’ having met with a representative of that firm, the Toronto Star reports:

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July 25, 2014

Landrieu Expects Vote on Energy Department Nomination Soon After Recess

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Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the nominee to be deputy Energy secretary, arrives with husband Jeffrey Randall for a White House state dinner in February honoring French President Francois Hollande. (Andrew Harrer/Getty Images, pool photo)

Senate Energy Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu is signaling that her committee could vote after the August break on the nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Energy Department, reports CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss.

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Nuclear Waste Bill Not Dead, Just Sleeping

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Feinstein. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Senate measure to set up a new agency to oversee nuclear waste is lying dormant while election year priorities take the spotlight.

Despite prodding from the bill’s supporters, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., has yet to move the bill.

As CQ’s Geof Koss reports, for at least the third time this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday publicly urged Landrieu to take up the bill, which Feinstein cosponsored and which the committee seemed about to move forward when Landrieu took the gavel in February.

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