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November 23, 2014

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November 18, 2014

Ivanpah Performance Clouded

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(Energy Department)

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

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 14, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone & LNG

This week saw lots of action on the Keystone XL Pipeline and liquefied natural gas exports. Full story

November 13, 2014

Democrats Finally Get Keystone Vote

C-SPAN video, June 25, 2014

Wednesday was the seventh time this year that Democrats offered a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, though proposals before last week’s election were tied to a vote on an energy efficiency bill. Full story

November 10, 2014

This Week: Congress is Back

Congress comes back this week to sort out prospects for the lame duck session and there are quite a few events in town focusing on aspects of energy policy. Full story

November 7, 2014

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

November 6, 2014

How EPA’s Hyundai Settlement Stacks Up


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The $100 million civil penalty EPA levied against Hyundai and Kia, which we reported on Monday, was the largest ever under the Clean Air Act, in terms of unadjusted dollar amounts. Full story

November 5, 2014

Brighter Outlook For LED Bulbs

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Compiled from EIA graphic.

Light emitting diode bulbs are increasingly more efficient and affordable. The efficacy of LED bulbs, on par with compact fluorescents in 2012, has since risen to more than 100 lumens per watt, as much as 80 percent higher than CFLs, according to the Energy Information Administration. Full story

November 3, 2014

Nano Paint Captures Concentrated Solar Rays

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Receiver towers glow at Ivanpah concentrated solar plant in Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Researchers announced the development of a nano-particle paint that could increase the efficiency of solar concentrating plants by about a third. Full story

The Week Ahead: Elections, CO2 Regs & Waste-to-Energy

It’s election week and with polls in a number of races too close to call, the outcome Tuesday is anyone’s guess. Recounts and runoffs could very well mean we won’t know who will control the Senate for weeks or even a month.

CQ Roll Call will drill through the impact of the election results at a conference Thursday, with insight from congressional gurus and our knowledgeable reporters. Full story

October 20, 2014

The Week Ahead: Methane & Efficiency Scorecard

On tap this week:


Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner and Judi Greenwald, the Energy Department’s deputy director for climate, environment and energy will take part in a discussion on curbing methane emissions at the Center for American Progress. Full story

October 17, 2014

ICYMI: Oil Slides, CO2 Talk & Yucca Echoes

Down, down, down was the way oil looked this week, with the global benchmark Brent crude dropping 27 percent from July before rebounding slightly Thursday. Full story

October 16, 2014

3D Innovation for Electric Cars

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(Energy Department)

Researchers at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used 3-D printing to construct a high-efficiency power inverter that takes up less space than current technology, the department announced this week. Full story

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

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