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December 20, 2014

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December 15, 2014

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 12, 2014

ICYMI: Omnibus, Ozone and Mexico

The Senate will consider the House-passed omnibus spending package as soon as today, but lawmakers would need procedural agreements to expedite the process before Monday. The measure includes $34.2 billion for energy and water programs but it would dole out no additional funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The bill would include $345 million and a requirement to continue construction on the mixed oxide plutonium facility. Appropriators also tucked in a provision to throw a $97 million lifeline to the troubled American Centrifuge Project. 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

Wide Disparity in Ozone Rule Costs

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While Republicans have decried the expense of the EPA’s proposed tightening of ozone restrictions, the costs of the final rule are uncertain and depend on the level on which the agency settles. Full story

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

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

November 26, 2014

ICYMI: EPA Rules and OPEC

A holiday must be around the corner. As if the smell of homemade pumpkin bread and pie wasn’t enough indication, the administration Wednesday announced a new and much anticipated regulation on ozone emissions. Such announcements have become customary before holiday breaks. 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

November 21, 2014

ICYMI: Keystone, Tax Extenders & Yucca

The Keystone XL pipeline came one vote short in the Senate, leaving its future in the hands of the administration, Nebraska and another legislative attempt expected under GOP control (subscription). Full story

November 19, 2014

Whitehouse Pitches Carbon Carrot to EPA’s Stick

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Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Climate issue advocate Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is once again pushing for a price on carbon dioxide in a bill he introduced Wednesday. 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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