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December 19, 2014

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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

December 10, 2014

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 8, 2014

DOE Pick is Graphene Fan

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(Energy Department)

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the nomination of former BP chief scientist Ellen Williams to head the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, which is the Energy Department’s venture capital arm for high-risk, potentially high-reward research. Full story

December 3, 2014

Making a Fuel Cell Feed Itself

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(University of Manchester)

Researchers have developed a membrane that can pull hydrogen from the atmosphere, opening the possibility of a self-sustaining fuel cell. 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

This Week: Smart Grid, China & Offshore

Congress is back to sort out funding issues before a deadline next week and potentially wrap up some lame duck priorities.   Full story

November 26, 2014

ICYMI: EPA Rules and OPEC

A holiday must be around the corner. As if the smell of homemade pumpkin bread and pie wasn’t enough indication, the administration Wednesday announced a new and much anticipated regulation on ozone emissions. Such announcements have become customary before holiday breaks. Full story

November 19, 2014

Toyota to Offer Fuel Cell Car Next Month

Toyota will begin selling its fuel cell vehicle the Mirai in Japan in December and to customers in California next fall, the company said this week: Full story

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

DOE Launches Fuel, Outage App

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Screenshot of gasoline station status on the Energy Department’s Lantern Live app.

The Energy Department Monday unveiled a mobile application called Lantern Live to show area power outages and to locate open gasoline stations in emergencies as well as alternative fuel locations. Full story

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

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

November 12, 2014

Abengoa Forging Ahead with Solar Tower

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A concentrating solar plant tower in Spain. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

A Spanish company says it will move forward with plans to build a concentrating solar tower facility near Joshua Tree National Park in California. Full story

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

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