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March 5, 2015

Maryland AG Resists Exelon Merger

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh this week urged the state’s Public Service Commission to reject a merger between Exelon and Pepco.

The are trying to curry a favorable ruling by upping the take for the state’s customers, The Washington Post reported:

The companies said Wednesday that they have increased the amount of their proposed “customer investment fund” in Maryland from $40 million to $94.4 million.

By Roll Call Staff Posted at 11:17 a.m.
The Grid

February 18, 2015

NARUC Members Knock Clean Power Plan

State and regional regulators took the opportunity Tuesday to press the administration on aspects of EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Full story

February 11, 2015

DOE Welcomes New Renewable Power Transmission

Electrical District 5 Substation (Todd Rhoades/Western Area Power).

Electrical District 5 Substation (Todd Rhoades/Western Area Power).

United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall will head to a substation 80 miles outside of Phoenix Thursday to celebrate a new 109-mile transmission project which, according to the department, “advances America’s energy infrastructure by eliminating system constraints and providing increased capacity access to affordable energy.” Full story

February 9, 2015

This Week: ARPA-E, Keystone & Budget

The House is expected to vote on the Senate bill to approve Keystone XL pipeline. The Energy Department will hold its annual technology convention and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will make two trips to Capitol Hill to discuss the budget. Full story

February 3, 2015

Energy Budget Takeaways

The Energy Department unveiled its 2016 request for $29.9 billion in spending.
Here are some highlights:

• A 41 percent jump the energy efficiency and renewable energy program including big additions for vehicle technologies and geothermal programs.
• Natural gas technologies would see a 76 percent boost to $44 million while the department is looking to pare down overall fossil energy research by 2 percent.
• The department is requesting an 84 percent increase in spending for electricity delivery and energy reliability, doubling smart grid research increasing energy storage technology by 75 percent.
• Funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy would jump 16 percent.
• Nuclear reactor concepts would decrease 19 percent while fuel cycle research would increase 11 percent and fusion research would be down 10 percent.


CQ subscribers can view our full budget coverage here.

February 2, 2015

This Week: Budget, Falling Oil & State Energy

Monday the administration unveils the 2016 budget, expected to ignore sequester spending caps. Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz will discuss Energy Department spending plans, streamed live.

The State Department set Monday as the deadline for department feedback on the Keystone XL presidential permit, though don’t expect to hear anything. “The Department of State is treating the agencies’ replies as part of an internal inter-agency process,” a State official told Geof Koss Friday. Full story

January 30, 2015

The Reality of Three Ozone Maps


Maps lie.

At least that’s what cartographers say. Maps can also provide compelling insight and as such are key messaging tools in political discourse, as demonstrated in the debate around Thursday’s Senate ozone hearing. Here we look at several maps, all of which are accurate but can be misleading without context.

Full story

January 26, 2015

Biden and Moniz Push Island Energy Overhaul

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, US State Department international energy coordinator, talk before the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday.      (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Amos J. Hochstein, State Department international energy coordinator, talk at the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative meeting Monday. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz met Monday with Caribbean leaders and global financial organizations to promote development of alternative energy sources for island communities. 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

Keystone Gets SOTU Nod

(Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

(Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

In his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama didn’t mention the Keystone XL pipeline by name, but in calling for an overarching infrastructure bill, he did make a direct reference to the project, a bill for which is on the Senate floor. Full story

January 20, 2015

This Week: Keystone, SOTU & Outlooks

Here are the week’s energy events. 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

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

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