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March 5, 2015

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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

February 10, 2015

Nuclear Storage Plan May Need Hill OK

Congress may need to sign off on the effort by Waste Control Specialists to store thousands of tons of spent reactor nuclear fuel at an expanded facility in Andrews, Texas. 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 6, 2015

WCS Wants to Store Reactor Waste

Waste Control Specialists is looking to accept spent commercial reactor fuel for temporary storage in Andrews County, Texas, the company is expected to announce Monday.

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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 3, 2015

Getting Over Yucca

A 1993 aerial view of Yucca Mountain (Energy Department)

A 1993 aerial view of Yucca Mountain (Energy Department)

The Energy Department intends to move forward with finding community support for alternatives to the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project. Full story

Energy Budget Takeaways

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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.

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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 26, 2015

Biden and Moniz Push Island Energy Overhaul

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, US State Department international energy coordinator, talk before the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday.      (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, State Department international energy coordinator, talk at the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz met Monday with Caribbean leaders and global financial organizations to promote development of alternative energy sources for island communities. Full story

January 21, 2015

The Deal With Moniz’ Hair

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to be on NPR radio show. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz to be on NPR radio show. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Those who have been familiar with him for years, even those who have just heard him address a congressional panel or an audience of scientists, know that there is far more to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz than his hair. He’s an MIT physicist and is known for charming Republicans and Democrats alike. 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 15, 2015

Science Group Pans MOX

A 2012 view of construction of the mixed oxide facility (Energy Department)

A 2012 view of construction of the mixed oxide facility (Energy Department)

The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing to end construction of the contested mixed oxide plutonium disposal project under construction in South Carolina. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 7:30 a.m.
Nuclear

January 7, 2015

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

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.

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