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January 26, 2015

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January 26, 2015

Company Pins Solar Plant Fate on Congress

The potential reality of the Palen solar plant depends on whether lawmakers will extend or alter the investment tax credit. Full story

This Week: Keystone Vote, Oil Prices and EPA Regs

There’s no shortage of energy events this week. The Senate is scheduled to continue Keystone XL pipeline votes Monday and the House is expected to consider legislation to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas.  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

Factions Link for Florida Solar Initiative

Solar Power Tariff Incentive Spurns Boom In Gainsville Solar Industry

A Florida solar initiative is bringing together tea party members, renewable energy advocates and a retail group. Full story

January 15, 2015

Solar Panels Boost Home Price


Home buyers are willing to pay more for a property with photovoltaic solar panels, above the  cost of a system less than 4 years old. Full story

By Randy Leonard Posted at 12:05 p.m.

January 13, 2015

Foreign Involvement Furthers Mexico Energy


Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, right, delivers a speech before signing a new energy law in August.  (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, right, delivers a speech before signing a new energy law in August. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico plans to add more than a gigawatt of power with a natural gas and hydroelectric plant as part of recent overhaul of the country’s energy sector. Full story

January 12, 2015

California Firm Inks $4B India Solar Deal

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SunEdison announced a joint venture with India port and power giant Adani Enterprises to invest as much as $4 billion to build what it said would be India’s largest solar photovoltaic manufacturing facility. Full story

This Week: Keystone, ConocoPhillips & Climate

Here’s what’s on tap in energy this week: Full story

January 9, 2015

ICYMI: Keystone, Oil & Demand Response

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a state law that was the basis for the Keystone Pipeline XL route through that state. The case was the main factor the State Department had identified in delaying a decision on the pipeline. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-9 Thursday to recommend legislation approving the pipeline (subscription). Full story

January 8, 2015

QER Eyes Strategic Reserve and Waterways



Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz said that problems with inland waterways and the strategic petroleum reserve are among the top infrastructure issues identified in the Quadrennial Energy Review. Full story

January 7, 2015

Demand Response Part II – Roadblocks

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff outlined the successes and roadblocks of state and regional demand response programs in a recent annual report. While demand response programs have made progress, there are potential snags and recent efforts to overcome them. Full story

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 30, 2014

Looking Ahead to 2015

The 114th Congress will convene next week with Republican majorities controlling both chambers. Here is a look at energy issues on the horizon.

Keystone XL Pipeline – A still-pending Nebraska court decision means the Barack Obama administration won’t likely act on the pipeline before the new Congress is seated, leaving some time for Republicans to force an approval or for the White House to use the pipeline as a bargaining chip to advance other priorities.

Cross-border Infrastructure – And what about the next Keystone? A push to give Congress and agencies control of the permitting process that has stymied the Keystone project resulted in a measure that was passed in the House and got as far as the Senate calendar last month. Under GOP control, similar legislation could possibly land on the president’s desk, though the White House has threatened a veto.

Oil Prices – The more than 40-percent tumble in global oil prices will have wide-ranging effects that will be seen throughout 2015. Shale producers in the United States have already announced plans to scale back new investment by as much as 75 percent. Lower prices have ramifications for Russia, which is already dealing with the effects of sanctions. Though speculators expect an eventual rebound in prices, sustained long-term cheaper oil could erode the incentives for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports.

Tax Overhaul – House and Senate finance leaders on both side of the aisle have promised renewed efforts to make permanent changes to the tax code that could end up providing more clarity for renewable energy credits or revisions to breaks for fossil fuels.

Energy Efficiency – After falling just short of a procedural hurdle Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., will likely try to rekindle bipartisan support for their energy efficiency legislation.

EPA Regulations – Proposed restrictions on carbon dioxide, ozone levels and other EPA regulations were a lightning rod for Republican criticism this year, with energy funding hitting a roadblock blamed in part on an amendment from then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The intensity of GOP objections is likely to increase as McConnell takes leadership of the Senate and the agency moves forward with its proposals.

Energy Xtra will resume regular publication on Jan. 5 — Have a safe and happy New Year’s!

December 15, 2014

New GOP Senators Claim Energy Seats

Rep. Bill Cassidy (File photo, Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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