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February 26, 2015

A Keystone Wrinkle

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

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

For those who thought the Keystone XL pipeline decision was a bygone affair, Wednesday may have been a bit jarring. Full story

February 10, 2015

Nuclear Storage Plan May Need Hill OK

Congress may need to sign off on the effort by Waste Control Specialists to store thousands of tons of spent reactor nuclear fuel at an expanded facility in Andrews, Texas. Full story

February 9, 2015

This Week: ARPA-E, Keystone & Budget

The House is expected to vote on the Senate bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline. The Energy Department will hold its annual technology convention and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will make two trips to Capitol Hill to discuss the budget. Full story

February 5, 2015

Moniz to Head to Hill

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Ernest Moniz For Energy Secretary

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will be in the hot seat next week, defending his department’s 2016 budget before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Full story

February 4, 2015

DOE Axes Funding for CO2 Project

(Energy Department)

(Energy Department)

The Energy Department is pulling about $900 million in remaining economic stimulus money it planned to spend on the FutureGen carbon dioxide sequestration project in Illinois, citing a lack of private participation. Full story

February 3, 2015

Getting Over Yucca

A 1993 aerial view of Yucca Mountain (Energy Department)

A 1993 aerial view of Yucca Mountain (Energy Department)

The Energy Department intends to move forward with finding community support for alternatives to the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project. Full story

Energy Budget Takeaways

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The Energy Department unveiled its 2016 request for $29.9 billion in spending.
Here are some highlights:

• A 41 percent jump the energy efficiency and renewable energy program including big additions for vehicle technologies and geothermal programs.
• Natural gas technologies would see a 76 percent boost to $44 million while the department is looking to pare down overall fossil energy research by 2 percent.
• The department is requesting an 84 percent increase in spending for electricity delivery and energy reliability, doubling smart grid research increasing energy storage technology by 75 percent.
• Funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy would jump 16 percent.
• Nuclear reactor concepts would decrease 19 percent while fuel cycle research would increase 11 percent and fusion research would be down 10 percent.

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CQ subscribers can view our full budget coverage here.

February 2, 2015

This Week: Budget, Falling Oil & State Energy

Monday the administration unveils the 2016 budget, expected to ignore sequester spending caps. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will discuss Energy Department spending plans, streamed live.

The State Department set Monday as the deadline for department feedback on the Keystone XL presidential permit, though don’t expect to hear anything. “The Department of State is treating the agencies’ replies as part of an internal inter-agency process,” a State official told Geof Koss Friday. Full story

January 30, 2015

ICYMI: Keystone Vote, Gas Exports & Offshore Drilling

After dispatching a slew of amendments, the Senate Thursday passed a bill approving the Keystone Pipeline, falling shy of the support needed to override a threatened White House veto. CQ subscribers can read more on the prospects of a conference with the House. Full story

The Reality of Three Ozone Maps

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Maps lie.

At least that’s what cartographers say. Maps can also provide compelling insight and as such are key messaging tools in political discourse, as demonstrated in the debate around Thursday’s Senate ozone hearing. Here we look at several maps, all of which are accurate but can be misleading without context.

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January 29, 2015

Moniz Plugs Gas Exports From Africa

(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz sees natural gas development among the resources that African countries could use in modernizing their energy sectors. Full story

LNG Luster Flickers As Congress Acts

Cove Point LNG Terminal. (Dominion)

Cove Point LNG Terminal. (Dominion)

Wednesday the House passed a measure to expedite liquefied natural gas exports, a move that has been gaining political steam even as the underlying market basis has been eroding. Full story

January 28, 2015

A Warren Buffett Utility Looks to Beat Tax Expiration

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Berkshire Hathaway’s Nevada utility company NV Energy is doubling down on efforts to boost its renewable generation resources in order to ensure that projects qualify for tax incentives. Full story

January 26, 2015

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 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

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