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November 26, 2014

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November 25, 2014

Oil Eyes on OPEC

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Mustafa al-Shamali, then deputy prime minister and minister of oil of Kuwait at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries conference in Vienna last December (ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The financial world is focused on the outcome of Thursday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries – the oil cartel which before the U.S. shale revolution could set global prices by adjusting its production. Speculation has been rampant ahead of the talks that will take place in Vienna while most the United States is preparing for Thanksgiving dinner. Full story

November 24, 2014

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.


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 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 20, 2014

FERC Acts on Grid Security, Fuel, Enforcement

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had a busy morning.

In effort to mitigate potential fuel shortages during peak periods of electric use like least winter’s polar vortex, the commission Thursday ordered regional power grid operators to report on assuring fuel supplies for power generators. 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 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

Previous Condensate Ruling Emerges

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A stabilization unit with distillation tower. (Courtesy of Dew Point Control)

The Commerce Department last year gave a company the go-ahead to export minimally processed ultralight oil called condensate, months before two other rulings that have caused an upheaval in industry and policy spheres, Reuters reported. Full story

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

Mexico Moving to Make Good on Energy Overhaul

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Centenario exploration oil rig, operated for Mexico’s state-owned oil company PEMEX. (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

Next month Mexico plans to open a pipeline to bring more gas from the United States, a step that follows the spirit of constitutional energy reforms the country enacted last year. Full story

Petro Industry to House: Pass Senate Permit Bill

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A drilling rig in Colorado (Bureau of Land Management)

As the remaining days of the 113th Congress dwindle, the oil and gas industry is pressing the House to move a measure to expedite drilling permits on federal land, which the Senate passed in September. Full story

November 13, 2014

Lithuania LNG Seen Lowering Prices

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite looks at a model of the floating storage regasification unit Independence displayed in Vilnius last year.
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Liquefied natural gas imports into Lithuania are being touted as counterweight to ease Russian energy dominance in Europe. Full story

November 12, 2014

Committee to Vote on Energy Bills

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Verdant Power’s Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System uses three-bladed, horizontal-axis turbines deployed underwater to generate energy from tidal and river currents. (Verdant Power)

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a series of bills including measures to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas, reauthorize a marine hydrokinetic program and evaluate the energy-water nexus. Full story

November 11, 2014

Electricity Markets Bracing For Next Polar Vortex

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A rare winter storm coated most of the South with ice on February 12, 2014 in Summerville, South Carolina. More than 400,000 customers have lost power across the Southeast and at least 13 deaths caused by the storm. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Regional regulators are implementing market structures designed to get more reliable power under peak conditions to avoid supply related outages. Full story

November 10, 2014

EIA: More LNG Exports Would Raise Gas Prices, CO2

LNG EIA EIA: More LNG Exports Would Raise Gas Prices, CO2Increased exports of liquefied natural gas would raise gas prices 4 to 11 percent above a reference case, which would lead to an increased use of coal for electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration. Full story

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