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November 27, 2014

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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

November 10, 2014

This Week: Congress is Back

Congress comes back this week to sort out prospects for the lame duck session and there are quite a few events in town focusing on aspects of energy policy. Full story

November 7, 2014

LaFleur Elaborates on FERC Role in CO2 Rules

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(Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

As the comment session for EPA’s proposed regulations for carbon dioxide emissions comes to a close after this month, the chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says there are potential issues of concern with the rules but that she is avoiding becoming overly involved at this point. Full story

November 6, 2014

Election Energy Roundup

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Early Wednesday, CQ Roll Call’s reporting team began parsing expected election impact and laying out how the GOP takeover would affect Senate energy policy. Here are some of the stories, with those requiring a CQ subscription marked with ($). Full story

November 5, 2014

GOP in Charge and Ready to … Talk

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, his wife Elaine Chao, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., address the crowd during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., November 4, 2014. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Following a wave of Republican victories Tuesday night in which the party seized control of the Senate by at least two seats, the winners are sounding a conciliatory tone. Full story

Brighter Outlook For LED Bulbs

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Compiled from EIA graphic.

Light emitting diode bulbs are increasingly more efficient and affordable. The efficacy of LED bulbs, on par with compact fluorescents in 2012, has since risen to more than 100 lumens per watt, as much as 80 percent higher than CFLs, according to the Energy Information Administration. Full story

November 4, 2014

Institutions Adding Bigger Microgrids


Santa Fe Community College celebrated the addition of a 1.5 MW solar facility.

Universities and hospitals are installing larger and more self sustaining electric generation facilities to lower their utility costs, increase their renewable portfolios and provide greater independence from the power grid. Full story

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