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September 22, 2014

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September 22, 2014

Week Ahead: Obama Addresses Climate Summit, U.S.-China Oil & Gas Industry Forum Kicks Off in Denver

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It is officially fall and Congress is out but there is plenty going on within the beltway and beyond.

Monday

  • The American Gas Association considers lessons from the winter heating season, on which Congress is also pressing.
  • The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a discussion on Russia’s Role in Asian Energy Markets, streamed online.

Tuesday

  • President Barack Obama will address the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.
  • The law office of Arent Fox will hold a discussion on lifting restrictions on U.S. oil exports with views from several sides of the issue.
  • Sai Gollakota, project director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory at the Energy Department will take part in a review of two carbon capture and storage projects in an event at the United States Energy Association.

Wednesday

Thursday

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.

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

September 15, 2014

GAO: Even More Coal to Retire

coal 445x248 GAO: Even More Coal to RetireThe Government Accountability Office just upped its estimate for coal plants expected to retire in coming years. Full story

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

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 19, 2014

EPA Aims to Get Half the Waxman-Markey Carbon Cuts

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Regulations could obtain half the carbon reductions that were envisioned under a congressional measure that fell apart in 2009, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. 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

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

July 31, 2014

The Federal Government’s ‘Shark Tank’ for Small Businesses

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Hosts Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” speak onstage during the ABC portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour Jan. 10 in Pasadena, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Companies that have energy innovations to peddle can benefit from groups with know-how that the Small Business Administration has organized and calls clusters, according to retired Rear Adm. Steven Smith, now director of the SBA’s Office of Disaster Planning and Risk Management. The process has similarities to the ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to deep-pocketed moguls. Full story

July 28, 2014

FERC Pulled Into House GOP’s Questions About EPA Carbon Rule

Republican concerns about the potential closure of coal power plants — and questions about the nation’s electricity infrastructure — will be on display Tuesday as a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hears from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.

Full story

‘Good Ideas’ Are Point of EPA Carbon Emissions Hearings, McCarthy Says

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“We expect good feedback from these sessions,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters Monday about this week’s listening sessions on the agency’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. “No good ideas should be off the table.”

Full story

July 23, 2014

Microgrids: How the U.S. Military Can Benefit

The rise of microgrids — small, site-specific electrical power generation and distribution systems — has been documented among homeowners in disaster-prone areas and noticed by the companies that run the big grids. Nationwide, microgrids produce only about a gigawatt of power collectively, reports say, and many of those projects are by homeowners and institutions such as colleges. But there also another potentially big American player: the Defense Department.

Full story

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