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December 23, 2014

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December 15, 2014

New GOP Senators Claim Energy Seats

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Rep. Bill Cassidy (File photo, Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two Republican lawmakers who emphasized energy issues in their successful bid to unseat Democratic senators will now take slots on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Full story

Capturing CO2 with Fuel Cells

Using the gas separating properties of fuel cells, a Connecticut company is developing technology to add carbon dioxide capturing capabilities to power plants, which it says could provide an economic way to meet EPA’s proposed power plant regulations. The process, developed by FuelCell Energy using a $2.5 million grant from the Energy Department, would also provide additional power generation to reduce the ratio of a coal plant’s carbon dioxide to kilowatts, the New York Times reported:

In FuelCell’s design, a coal plant adds a fuel cell unit next to its smokestack, and the fuel cell soaks up the carbon dioxide and adds power to overall output. Some energy is used — the demonstration unit here would produce eight kilowatts, enough for a midsize commercial air-conditioner, but in carbon capture mode makes only about six kilowatts — but the loss is more manageable than drawing energy from the coal plant for conventional carbon capture.

The process also unexpectedly breaks down nitrogen oxide emissions, a pollutant that is regulated directly and contributes to ozone pollution. The company’s next step is to build a full-sized demonstration facility at an operating coal power plant.

Moniz, van der Hoeven & Moniz

Following Thursday’s nail-bitter as the omnibus bill squeaked through the House, the Senate cleared the bill late Saturday over the objections of more than 20 Democrats. The Senate is around this week to wrap up nominations and potentially clear a package of tax extensions including a break for wind energy. Here’s what else is going on as the holidays approach: Full story

December 11, 2014

Another Look at Ozone Rule Impact

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The expected costs of EPA’s proposed rule for ozone vary by industry and geography, potentially dividing opposition groups. Full story

December 10, 2014

FERC to Consult on CO2 Regs

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The Appalachian Electric Power coal-fired Big Sandy power plant, seen in June. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has scheduled a series of technical conferences to confer with those involved in the EPA’s proposed regulations for carbon dioxide, known as the Clean Power Plan. Full story

December 3, 2014

Camp: Extenders E-bike Omission not a Jab

As the House prepared to vote on a bill to extend dozens of tax credits for 2014, one missing credit raised eyebrows. Full story

Making a Fuel Cell Feed Itself

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(University of Manchester)

Researchers have developed a membrane that can pull hydrogen from the atmosphere, opening the possibility of a self-sustaining fuel cell. Full story

December 2, 2014

Upton Eyes the ‘Architecture of Abundance’ for Energy

The following is a special report, which CQ Roll Call subscribers received last week.

After peeking inside Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s, R-Alaska, energy manifesto Monday for clues on how she’ll run the Energy and Natural Resources Committee next year, we turn today to the corresponding plan by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. Full story

December 1, 2014

Murkowski’s Energy Manifesto Hiding in Plain Sight

The following is a special report, which CQ Roll Call subscribers received last week.

There’s plenty of speculation about what Republicans will do on energy in the 114th Congress, and while a lot of details remain to be sorted out, the House and Senate chairs with primary jurisdiction have dropped plenty of hints about their thinking. Full story

This Week: Smart Grid, China & Offshore

Congress is back to sort out funding issues before a deadline next week and potentially wrap up some lame duck priorities.   Full story

November 24, 2014

Energy Official: China Can Meet CO2 Goals

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President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced carbon dioxide reduction goals Nov. 12  (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Several energy experts said Monday that China has the ability and motivation to meet carbon dioxide reduction goals agreed to this month. Full story

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 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

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