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September 21, 2014

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September 18, 2014

Moniz Unveiled

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Photo courtesy of the Energy Department

CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss sat down with Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz earlier this summer to discuss his relationship with Congress, as we mentioned last week. The whole story is now available outside the paywall.

Enjoy.

Taller Towers for Better Wind

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Full story

September 16, 2014

Senators Launch National Laboratory Caucus

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Fermilab’s Wilson Hall (Energy Department)

A bipartisan group of senators are launching an effort to support the work of the national laboratory system. Full story

Wyden Wants Wind and Solar Tax Credits

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David McNew/Getty Images

The head of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for renewing dozens of tax credits that expired last year. Full story

September 15, 2014

Plug-in EVs Making up for Hybrid Losses

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Boosted by increased range and a proliferation of charging stations, plug-in vehicles are gaining market shares as fewer buyers choose hybrid electric vehicles. Full story

September 12, 2014

Moniz’s Congressional Straddle

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Moniz fishing for salmon in Alaska with Verne Martell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s husband. (Energy Department)

Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz is embraced by members on both sides of the aisle while straddling the contentious divide over energy and environment issues, CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss reports in the forthcoming copy of CQ Weekly (subscription). Full story

Reducing Renewable Energy Threats to Wildlife

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Birds singed at solar power plants. (Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Energy Department is spending millions of dollars to figure out how to protect wildlife from renewable energy technology, following reports of birds and bats injured or killed at solar and wind sites. Full story

September 10, 2014

Ocean Thermal Gets a Second Chance

Prospects for generating electricity from the temperature difference in ocean water just got a boost with the installation of a 100 kilowatt turbine in Hawaii. Full story

September 9, 2014

Solar Expected to Break ‘Less Than 1 Percent’ Contribution

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September 4, 2014

FERC to Wade Through Market Revisions With Congress on Sidelines

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will evaluate making changes to competitive markets in cases over the next several months, Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur said Thursday. Full story

August 13, 2014

Capacitative Cannabis Gets High Wattage

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A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College.
(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Researchers have developed nano-thin sheets of carbon from hemp fibers, which could be a very cheap replacement for graphene, which is used to make supercapacitors for energy storage applications.    Full story

August 8, 2014

China Doubles Solar Addition

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Workers install solar panels near Tianjin. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

In the first six months of this year, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which is more capacity than Australia has, Bloomberg News reported. The addition, twice as much as  in the first half of last year, brings China’s total solar capacity to 23 gigawatts.

The news comes after China announced it had added 13 gigawatts of hydropower this year and plans to cut coal generation in Beijing to reduce air pollution.

The country’s energy administration hopes to install a total of 13 gigawatts of solar power this year, much of it in the form of distributed solar on consumers’ rooftops, Bloomberg reported.

By Randy Leonard Posted at 1:41 p.m.
Coal, Renewables

Getting Electric Vehicles to Talk with the Grid

Electric vehicles could provide smart grid services that have been handled by conventional power plants. Automakers and utility groups took a step forward last week in an effort to systematize the communication between a charging plug-in electric vehicle, or PEV, and grid operators. Full story

August 7, 2014

FERC Grants Expedited Process for Kentucky Hydro Project

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved the use of a two-year licensing process for a hydropower project at a century-old dam on the Kentucky River. Full story

More Money for Geothermal Fracking

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The Energy Department will provide $18 million for 32 advanced geothermal research projects, it announced Wednesday. Full story

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