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October 31, 2014

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October 30, 2014

Moniz Talks ‘War on Coal’ and Energy Investment

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Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz. (


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.

But first, almost immediately after taking his seat, Moniz was asked “What’s the harm in doing Keystone?” And almost just as immediately he deferred to Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the previous guest on stage, and whose State Department has jurisdiction over construction of the pipeline.

Only 30 seconds in and we had our first artful dodge.

Next, the moderator turned to tax reform and how it would affect the incentives for energy investment embedded in the current tax code. Specifically he wanted to know “Is there a cost to not using tax credits and tax policy as an incentive for behavior?”  Moniz expressed his support for energy tax credits, particularly the ones involving renewable energy. “We need to extend those renewable tax credits and do it in a way where there is predictably on all sides.” He added that without predictability it’s difficult for both firms and customers to make sound financial decisions.

When the topic turned to energy infrastructure investment, Moniz stressed that there was no issue with the current level of investment. However, the direction of investment dollars should be shifted. He specifically noted the lack of natural gas in New England, propane in the midwest, or the fact the we are using rail to transport oil.

Finally, when asked about Republican charges of a “War on Coal.” He reiterated that he takes an “all of the above” approach to energy policy before adding: “Make no bones about it. There is a fundamental commitment, it starts with the president, on moving toward a low carbon future.”

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 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

October 6, 2014

The Week Ahead: International Energy & Winter Heating


Energy Central will hold a webinar on U.S. energy policy with Mike Morris, former head of American Electric Power. Full story

October 3, 2014

ICYMI: Cove Point LNG, India Agreement & Radio Star Ernie

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Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to be on NPR radio show.

Here’s a roundup of this week’s stories and items of note.

Citing the expiring investment tax credit, a company balked on plans to build a second solar concentrating plant after getting approval for just half the project. Full story

October 2, 2014

DOE Approves 1GW Canada-NYC Renewable Powerline

The Department of Energy signed off on a presidential permit for a $2 billion transmission line to carry primarily hydro and wind generated high voltage direct current from Quebec to New York City. Full story

September 30, 2014

Billions to Advance Advanced Reactors

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Molten salt reactor diagram (Energy Department)

The Energy Department is looking to develop advanced nuclear reactors, announcing Monday a $12.6 billion draft loan guarantee solicitation for new technologies. Full story

September 26, 2014

ICYMI: Climate, ISIS Oil & A Keg Stand

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., holds the beer keg nozzle for LSU football fan as he does a keg stand at a tailgate party on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Taking a look back on the week that was:

  • Addressing the United Nations, President Barack Obama called on countries to join together to try to forestall climate change. “We can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation, developed and developing alike,” Obama said. “Nobody gets a pass.” CQ Roll Call’s Lauren Gardner had more on the speech and new administration efforts (subscription). Full story

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 24, 2014

Letting the Utility Company into Your Home & Business

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Smart-meter Nest connects to utility partners to provide demand response. (Nest)

Beyond smart meters and two-way distributed generation, the grid of tomorrow will incorporate control of the demand on the customer’s side of the meter with smart thermostats, electric cars that communicate with the grid and innovations that we have yet to develop, according to power experts. 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

September 19, 2014

OMB Director Warns of Warming’s Fiscal Costs

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan used his first speech in his new position to decry a multibillion-dollar drain on the federal budget that lawmakers don’t account for – climate change. Full story

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