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January 29, 2015

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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.
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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.

Full story

December 17, 2014

But Wait, Advanced Fast Reactors Are Already Here

(International Atomic Energy Agency)

Construction of the Kalpakkam fast reactor in India.  (International Atomic Energy Agency)

The New York Times had a forward-looking piece on the development of advanced nuclear reactors that gives an interesting overview of the status of technology in the United States, citing ongoing research at places like Argonne National Laboratory as the groundwork for eventual development of advanced reactors:

… if the world decides in the 2030s and 2040s that it is time to deploy a new fleet of reactors, those will be based on work done in the few labs like this over the next decade, experts predict.

That leaves out one salient point: Russia and India have built large advanced fast reactors. Full story

December 16, 2014

Omnibus Funds WIPP Recovery

(Energy Department)

(Energy Department)

The spending bill Congress passed last week includes $320 million for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The funds are intended to support cleanup and recovery efforts following a fire and radiation release at the underground facility in February. Full story

Chambers Compromised to Fund ITER

Technicians work at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in November in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, southern France. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Technicians work last month at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance,  France.
(ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The House and Senate appropriators met in the middle to continue funding the troubled International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER. Full story

December 15, 2014

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

American Centrifuge to Get Funding Lifeline

(Centrus Energy)

(Centrus Energy)

The omnibus spending bill moving through Congress would provide $97 million for domestic uranium enrichment to maintain the American Centrifuge Project though September. Full story

Spending Bill Covers MOX Construction

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 massive spending package Congress is working to move this week includes a provision for $345 million to fund the contentious mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility in South Carolina. Full story

December 10, 2014

No New Yucca Funds in Spending Bill

(Justice Department)

(Justice Department)

Congressional appropriators on Tuesday introduced a sweeping fiscal 2015 spending bill (HR 83) that includes $34.2 billion for energy and water programs but it would dole out no additional funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Full story

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