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December 22, 2014

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December 19, 2014

ICYMI Spending Bill, Yucca & Fast Reactors

Congress adjourned this week after some last-minute spending drama and dozens of confirmations, and there were other developments on the energy and environmental front.

The omnibus spending measure, for instance, provided money for recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico after several mishaps that included radiation leaks, and money for the controversial  International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER.

Full story

December 18, 2014

Tracking the Oil Slowdown

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More oil projects are getting scrapped as companies pare off more expensive endeavors in the face of a close to 50 percent drop in prices. Full story

Oil Plunge Breaks Asia LNG Breakeven

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Spot prices for January delivery of liquefied natural gas to Asia dropped by 47 percent from a year ago, down to $10.062 per million British thermal units, the largest one year drop and the lowest level since 2011, according to data from Platts. That is about a cent below the cost to liquefy and ship gas from Louisiana at January prices. Full story

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 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

Mexico Opens Offshore Oil Bidding

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Centenario exploration oil rig, operated for PEMEX.
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In the next step to privatizing its oil and gas production, Mexico offered areas for offshore drilling Thursday. Full story

CBO: Shale Production to Up GDP by 1%

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Shale oil and gas will increase the U.S. gross domestic product by 0.7 percent in 2020 and 0.9 percent in 2040, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. 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 4, 2014

OPEC Braces for a Year of Lower Oil Prices

After opting last week to keep production levels steady, members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are expecting prices to stay as low as $60 per barrel for months. 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

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