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February 27, 2015

Nuclear Power Would Get Boost Under Illinois Proposal

Illinois lawmakers are pushing to support the state’s nuclear power industry with a bill just introduced, CQ Roll Call’s Ed Felker reported Thursday: Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 12:30 p.m.
Emissions, Nuclear

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 18, 2015

NARUC Members Knock Clean Power Plan

State and regional regulators took the opportunity Tuesday to press the administration on aspects of EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 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

Energy Budget Takeaways

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.


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

The Reality of Three Ozone Maps


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.

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 23, 2015

Enviros Want CO2 Regs for Aircraft

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Environmental organizations are pressing the EPA to pick up the pace on developing regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. Full story

January 20, 2015

This Week: Keystone, SOTU & Outlooks

Here are the week’s energy events. Full story

January 16, 2015

ICYMI: Oil Drop, EPA Regs & Mexico Swap

Here is what has been happening in energy this week.

The spread between U.S. crude prices and the global benchmark has narrowed as prices have plummeted since June. Russia is feeling the effects of lower oil prices, and to a lesser degree, sanctions. The resulting cascade in U.S. gasoline prices may have tempered a much-anticipated bump at the pump from a California cap-and-trade rule that requires oil companies to buy carbon allowances if greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks exceed a limit set by the state. Full story

January 7, 2015

Demand Response Part II – Roadblocks

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff outlined the successes and roadblocks of state and regional demand response programs in a recent annual report. While demand response programs have made progress, there are potential snags and recent efforts to overcome them. Full story

FERC Outlines CO2 Talk

(Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

(Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission laid out the agenda for next month’s technical conference on EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Full story

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