It has been some crazy football days lately.  I was only still trying to recover from that wild Ravens-Broncos game on Saturday when in-between kids’ lacrosse and field hockey games, I managed to see the Seahawks roar back from a 20-point deficit in the 4th quarter to take the lead on Atlanta with :31 left, only to lose on a long field goal.   How incredible were all those games?  Even the other two games that weren’t as close were wild, high scoring games.

Congrats to our friend and shallow water drilling expert Jim Noe’s Alabama Crimson Tide who completed the college football season by exposing Notre Dame as the fraud that many of us native Midwesterners suspected they were.  The Tide whacked the “undefeated” and hyped Irish (who’s victory included a 3OT win over Pitt, 3-pt wins over BYU and Purdue and close victories over Michigan and Michigan St) 42-14 to claim its third national Championship in four years.  Roll Tide!!! 

So, not much happening this week in DC as members get back together for policy retreats.  We should start seeing the beginnings of some strategy on several upcoming important fiscal battles.  What we do have coming up in DC is the Second Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, which is always an exciting event regardless of your party affiliation or political views.  Yesterday, the streets of DC were jammed with practice runs for the parade and all along the parade route, Construction Crews are busily readying grandstands and other venue items.  As well, the party notices are rolling in, with the Clean Energy Ball, the Green Inaugural Ball and, of course our old mainstay Texas State Society’s Black Ties and Boots, all set for the weekend or Monday.   I will be missing this weekend’s festivities as I will have to be in Delaware for wrestling (Adam) Saturday, Virginia Beach for field hockey national qualifiers (Hannah) on Sunday and Pennsylvania for a lacrosse tourney (Olivia) on Monday.   It is a lot of driving, but we can and will do it all. 

There is one DC event here this week that you should highlight.  The US Energy Association will hold its annual state of the energy industry forum on Wednesday (my birthday for any of you thinking about getting me something) at the National Press Club at Noon.  Speeches from leaders of each sector will set the table for the 2013 energy agenda.  Also, take notice of the jobs forum on Thursday in New Jersey related to developing manufacturing around offshore wind.  There may also be some news on development of the offshore wind transmission system that you might find interesting.  Finally, the most famous auto show in the world launches today in Detroit at Cobo Hall, buoyed by new excitement and success in the auto industry. 

Finally, if the MLK holiday weekend is not a busy enough for your typical Spoonman, we’ll  launch it on Friday with Soundgarden (in my mind the 90’s grunge-era band that has Outshined all) who kicks off its 2013 King Animal Tour out of the Rusty Cage at DAR’s Constitution Hall.  They have Been Away Too Long off My Wave after they Fell on Black Days.  Now they are back just in time to share the Ugly Truth and Blow Up the Outside World.  See you in the Superunknown of the Black Hole Sun with the other Slaves and Bulldozers,  Rowing in the Blood On The Valley Floor.    Five Days until shortened NHL season launches.  I must say I’m really looking forward to watching games on the NHL network and NBC Sportschannel every night.  

Finally, we saw that our friends at the Sierra Club Hunted Down and are launching 100 days of Action for Climate Solutions, as if it would be different from their demand for action from the last 100 days, or 100 days before that.  Please feel free to call with questions about that or any other topics. 

Frank Maisano
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Rockefeller Out – Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not run for a sixth term in 2014.  Rockefeller formally announce his decision at an event in Charleston, W.Va. on Friday.  Already, Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito has said she would challenge Rockefeller in the trending Red state.  Potential Democrat candidates include Gov. Earl Tomblin, Rep. Nick Rahall and former Gov. Bob Wise.  Rockefeller is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and was first elected to the Senate in 1984. 

Energy Rolls out New Nuclear Waste Storage Site – The DOE said Friday the Administration will ask Congress to approve a new national nuclear waste plan that have a pilot interim storage site by 2021 and a full-scale interim storage facility by 2025.  The plan will have a permanent geologic repository by 2048. All of the sites would be chosen with the consent of the host communities.  The response comes after the President rejected Nevada’s long-controversial Yucca Mountain as a permanent storage site.  The strategy represents the administration’s response to the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.  The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Philip Jones said at first blush, there appears to be much to like in the report.  Jones: “We are hopeful this report is accompanied by the strong leadership necessary to jumpstart our nation’s nuclear-waste policy. We look forward to working with Congress and the Energy Department so we can resolve this longstanding issue. Our government owes it to the nuclear utilities and their consumers who have been paying for this program over the last 30 years.”  Senate ENR Minority leader Lisa Murkowski said it’s important to quickly resolve the government’s outstanding liability issue with interim storage facilities, while continuing to work on a permanent solution.  Murkowski: “DOE’s study is an important and constructive step in developing a viable path forward. Establishing an interim storage facility makes a lot of sense, and the best option is to use a consent-based siting approach. I’m hopeful that Congress and the administration will work together to enact legislation that will advance our nuclear energy strategy.” 

TX’s Smitherman to Head NARUC Gas Committee – Speaking of our friends at NARUC, they have appointed Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Barry Smitherman as Chair of the Association’s Committee on Gas.  Smitherman, who served as a Co-Vice Chair of the committee, replaces outgoing Chair Timothy Alan Simon of California, who left regulation. Ohio Commissioner Todd Snitchler will serve as Co-Vice Chair along with Rhode Island Commissioner Paul Roberti of Rhode Island.  Through panel discussions and educational sessions, the Gas Committee fosters awareness and understanding of issues affecting the transportation, distribution, and sale of natural gas safely, efficiently, and economically. Committee members work closely with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. departments of Energy and Transportation.  Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry, and was elected Chairman by his colleagues in February 2012. In November 2012, Chairman Smitherman won the statewide election to the Commission with 74% of the vote, receiving over 4.5 million votes. He is a fourth generation Texan, with a unique blend of private and public sector experience. Prior to serving at the Railroad Commission, he chaired the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 2007-2012. He was originally appointed to the PUCT in 2004. 

Statoil Adds Resources in Marcellus Shale – Our friends at Norway’s Statoil have expanded their shale position with a $590 million deal to acquire 70,000 acres in the liquids-rich portion of the Marcellus shale in Ohio and West Virginia.  Statoil entered the Marcellus in 2008 through a partnership with Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Since then the company has pursued a targeted and stepwise growth strategy to expand its US onshore holdings and develop operational and organizational capacity.  In 2010, Statoil acquired acreage in the liquid-rich Eagle Ford Shale in Texas and in 2011 the company took over ownership and operatorship for leases in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and Montana through the acquisition of Brigham Exploration.  In 2013, Statoil will become operator for 50% of the Eagle Ford acreage, in line with the agreement with Talisman Energy Inc. from 2010.  A majority of the net acres in this transaction are located in the liquid-rich part of the Marcellus. The market for these products is substantially better paying than the current market for dry gas in the US.   At this early stage of development the risked resource base is estimated at 300-500 million barrels of oil equivalent equity. Current equity production is approximately 5,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day. 

Manufacturing Trade Group Blogs on LNG Exports – Last week, we mentioned several times the LNG export issue.  Today, the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition (CITAC), a Washington, DC-based trade organization with one primary objective: to ensure that consuming industries and manufacturers in America have access to reliable supplies of globally-priced materials necessary for those industries to produce their products, weighed into the fray with a blog post that says open access to raw materials creates the maximum benefit for all manufacturing.  “While the export restraint picture is more complex than import restraints, economic freedom creates more winners than restrictions do.  Economic theory (and, to be fair, most observation) indicates that restrictions on exports create similar inefficiencies as import protectionism.  Export restrictions reduce the incentive to invest in production of products and services whose prices are held down, just as restrictions on import trade reduce the incentive to invest in the protected market in favor of other markets.  In time, the price of natural gas would approach world price levels, but at a higher price in the US than if production were not constrained.” 

MD Gov Plans To Move Offshore Wind Legislation Again – Our friends at the Baltimore Sun report that after falling just short last year, Gov. Martin O’Malley is preparing once again to introduce a bill aimed at pushing offshore wind for Maryland.  And Sun reporter and SEJ veteran Tim Wheeler writes the measure may finally pass this year thanks to a shake-up in the Senate Committee that blocked it last year over differences not related to the legislation.  The measure is expected to offered a limited renewable energy credit similar to New Jersey for turbines off the Maryland coast in the Atlantic Ocean.  

Marshall Report Looks at Renewables – The George C. Marshall Institute recently released a new report discussing arguments favoring protection and subsidization of renewable energy industries.  In The Infant Industry Argument and Renewable Energy ProductionDr. Sergey Mityakov and Margarita Portnykh, both of the Clemson University Department of Economics, examine the justification for and effectiveness of government support for the production of renewable energy.  They survey the array of state and federal subsidies, tax incentives, and production mandates, noting that “current government policies provide incentives only for production of clean energy,” but “they do little to solve potential market failures” and “as a result, those policies may prove to be quite ineffective instruments to stimulate the cost reduction in clean energy.”  Mityakov and Portnykh test the renewable energy sector finding that the expected decline in costs has not materialized.  For example, in the case of wind energy, they found that despite capacity doubling between 2001-2008, a predicted decline in costs “failed to materialize.”  Energy issues are at the forefront of the nation’s agenda.  Similarly, scrutiny of public spending is intense.  The Mityakov-Portnykh study shows that production supports are both poor energy policy and wasteful public expenditures.  A more effective approach would identify and then target the underlying causes of market failure in the clean energy sector.  

Industry Says PTC Enjoys Bipartisan Support, Protects Jobs – The wind industry countered the study and many opponents general notion that the PTC hurts the US by saying wind energy – which has strong bipartisan backing from political leaders and many communities – is strengthening the economic fabric of communities across America by becoming one of the fastest growing U.S. manufacturing sectors.  The U.S. wind industry supported more than 75,000 jobs in 2011. A full 30,000 of those jobs were in manufacturing.  There are nearly 500 U.S. factories currently supplying the wind industry, up from as few as 30 in 2004, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service recently found.  A recent assessment by the U.S. Department of Energy concluded that the U.S. could supply 20% of the nation’s electricity needs through wind by 2030.  That would support roughly 500,000 good quality jobs in the U.S., with an annual average of more than 150,000 workers directly employed by the wind industry.  And it would result in energy-related cost savings to the nation ranging from $100 billion to $250 billion through 2030. 

NREL to Host Collegiate Wind Competition – DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to participate in DOE’s inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition.  The National Collegiate Wind Competition is a forum for undergraduate college students of multiple disciplines to investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers. Successful teams will gain and then demonstrate knowledge of technology, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, providing lifelong technical and business skills.  The theme of the inaugural competition is to design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. A principal contest involves testing each team’s prototype wind turbine in a wind tunnel under specific conditions. Each team’s business plan and turbine will also be evaluated against other pre-weighted criteria. The third stage of the competition will be a team-to-team debate relating to current wind market drivers and issues. Teams will be judged on the members’ understanding of the issues posed to them, their communication of potential solutions, and their ability to promote constructive dialogue.  This competition is an opportunity for collegiate institutions to showcase student ingenuity and the programs that the students represent. In addition to this national recognition, the turbine from the college or university with the best overall score will be placed on temporary display at the DOE Headquarters building in Washington, D.C.


Detroit Auto Show Ready to Roll –Global automakers have saved their best for the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) which begins with the annual press preview today at Detroit’s famous Cobo Hall.  The show is a reflection of the positive changes that are occurring in our industry according to 2013 NAIAS chairman Jim Seavitt. “Automakers from around the world continue to place NAIAS at the top of their global auto show strategies, and have committed to more than 50 vehicle debuts with the majority being worldwide unveilings, ” he said.  The official NAIAS Press Conference Schedule, features nearly 40 official events to be held at Press Preview.  Together, the more than 50 worldwide and North American unveilings are a major demonstration of confidence in the NAIAS, which is frequently compared with shows in Geneva, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, and Beijing/Shanghai.    Most NAIAS press conferences will take place at Detroit’s Cobo Center, which is currently in the second of a three-phase expansion plan. Some events will take place in the new three-story glass atrium facing the Detroit River. The lone offsite press conference will be presented by Ford Motor Company at neighboring Joe Louis Arena tomorrow.  With more than 6,000 journalists from around the globe expected to attend NAIAS, the show continues to be at the forefront as a venue for manufacturers and Tier One suppliers to announce new vehicles and make industry news.  

Reicher to Headline AWEA West Event – Focusing on California and surrounding states, the AWEA Regional Wind Energy Summit – West will be held in La Jolla today providing a comprehensive and timely analysis of critical topics in Western wind, including the renewable portfolio standard, wind energy market opportunities, and regional transmission planning.  This event gives you a regional perspective, access to experts who are embedded in the industry and geographical area.  Speakers will include our friend Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. He has more than 25 years of experience in energy technology, policy, and finance, including serving in the Clinton administration at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and recently as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team. Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.  Following the conference, AWEA will also hold an Environmental Health and Safety seminar and a wind project maintenance and reliability seminar as well.  

WRI Looks at Big Stories for 2013 – The World Resources Institute will hold a forum tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Room on what stories will impact people and the planet in 2013.  Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, will present his views for where the world is headed in international development, climate change, energy, sustainable business, natural resources, and more. 

USEA Holds Annual State of Energy Forum – The US Energy Association will hold its annual state of the energy industry forum on Wednesday (my birthday for any of you thinking about getting me something) at the National Press Club at Noon. Distinguished leaders from the most influential and active energy trade associations as they present the priorities, issues, trends, and challenges affecting the industry in 2013.  Speakers will include Marv Fertel (Nuclear Energy Institute), Jack Gerard, President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute), Regina Hopper (America’s Natural Gas Alliance), Skip Horvath (Natural Gas Supply Association), Tom Kuhn (Edison Electric Institute), Hal Quinn (National Mining Association), Dave McCurdy (American Gas Association), Joe Nipper (American Public Power Association), Rhone Resch (Solar Energy Industries Association), Don Santa (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America),

John Shelk (Electric Power Supply Association) and JoAnne Emerson (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association).

Forum to Look at Wildlife, Nuclear Incidents at Chernobyl, Fukushima – Nuclear Policy Talks and the Institute for Nuclear Studies will hold a forum on  Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at George Washington University to look at differences and similarities of impacts to wildlife at Chernobyl and Fukushima.  In the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, most organisms surveyed have shown large drops in abundance with a consequent drop in overall biodiversity in contaminated regions. For example, the forest bird community has seen a two-thirds drop in total abundance and a 50 percent drop in species richness in the more radioactive areas when compared to clean areas within the zone. It seems possible that many of the effects that have been observed in Chernobyl but not yet seen in Fukushima are the product of multiple generations of exposure and consequent mutation-accumulation rather than the effects of acute exposure although a recent study of birds and insects has found significant declines in some groups, and there is conclusive evidence of genetically based mutations that have increased over time for butterflies. A key conclusion from current knowledge is that an intensive research program should be initiated to compare and contrast the effects of mutagens stemming from the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters in natural populations so that accurate predictions may be generated related to the long term consequences of radiological events and the likely risks to human populations in these regions.  Timothy A. Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina will address these issues.

API’s Felmy to Headline ICF Energy Breakfast – ICF International continues its Energy Breakfast Series with an event on Thursday featuring Dr. John Felmy, chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute (API).  Felmy will draw on his unique perspective to discuss petroleum market issues and how they may affect the petroleum industry, the economy, and consumers.  We are in an unprecedented period of transition. The International Energy Agency has projected that the U.S. could be self-sufficient in petroleum supplies by 2030. Current market trends and supply developments have substantial implications for world petroleum markets, energy security, trade deficits, and our personal pocketbooks. 

NJ to Hold Offshore Wind, Jobs Forum – The New Jersey Alliance for Action will hold a forum on Thursday at the PNC Bank Arts Center’s Meyner Reception Center looking at offshore wind energy and transmission.  It will be a supply chain forum for the burgeoning wind industry.  Speakers will include AWC CEO Bob Mitchell, Offshore Wind Development Coalition head Jim Lanard and Fishermen’s Energy Chris Wissemann, among others.  

World Bank to Hold Transportation Conference – EMBARQ and the World Bank will co-host the tenth annual Transforming Transportation conference at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Friday.  There is more work to be done within the transport community to achieve scale and widespread adoption of sustainable solutions.  The conference will address topics including improving health & safety in cities, capitalizing on the multilateral development banks’ $175b commitment for sustainable transport at Rio+20, integrating urban transport and development and the benefits of high quality urban design, among others. 

Green Inaugural Ball Set for Newseum – The Green Inaugural Ball will be held at The Newseum on Sunday  bringing together the broad environmental, conservation and clean tech community to celebrate the past four years and look forward to the future.  The dress code is black or Green tie.  The event is sponsored by a bunch of environmental and clean energy groups.

January 21st – Presidential Inauguration Day

Salazar to Attend Clean Energy Ball – Next Monday evening, the 7th Environmental and Clean Energy Inaugural Ball will be held from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight at Sequoia Restaurant in Georgetown’s Washington Harbor waterfront.  This black tie, bi-partisan celebration has become a Washington tradition over the past 24 years as the environmental and clean energy communities gather to welcome a new Administration and make headway towards a more sustainable future.  In 2009, guests included Energy Secretary Chu and Lisa Jackson from EPA. In 2013, U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be a Special Honored Guest. 


House Energy Committee Sets Organizational Meeting – The full House Committee on Energy and Commerce will host a Committee Organizational Meeting for the 113th Congress on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. 

WRI to Host Intelligence Report Release – The World Resources Institute will host a discussion of the findings of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) report Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds on Tuesday January 22nd at 10:30 a.m.  The report explores how meta-trends such as demographic shifts, technological developments, and resource availability may shape the geopolitical landscape in the coming decades.  Presenting the findings of the Global Trends 2030 Report will be its principal author, Mathew Burrows, Counselor and Director at the NIC. Mathew will be joined by Alex Evans, Senior Fellow, NYU Center on International Cooperation, and WRI’s Managing Director, Manish Bapna, who will take turns to discuss how the international community can address questions of emerging resource scarcity. Active audience participation will be encouraged. 

Report to Look at LNG Exports – The U.S. Energy Association  will release a report on Tuesday January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. on the global impacts of exporting LNG from the United States. The report, Exporting the American Renaissance: Global Impacts of LNG Exports from the United States describes an objective, economic-based analysis of the potential impact of LNG exports from the United States on domestic and global markets. While much attention has focused on the impact of U.S. LNG exports on the U.S. market, this study from Deloitte MarketPoint LLC and the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions analyzes the potential economic consequences of those exports on global markets. It attempts to estimate the potential price impacts, gas supply changes, and flow displacements if the U.S. exported a given volume of LNG to either Asia or Europe.  Authors Peter Robertson and Tom Choi of Deloitte will discuss. 

VA Clean Energy Day Set – Thursday January 24th will be the third annual Clean Energy Lobby Day in the state legislature in Richmond, Virginia. 

Forum to Host IEA Coal Outlook Report – CSIS will host a forum featuring International Energy Agency’s Medium-Term Coal Market Report on Thursday, January 24th featuring Laszlo Varro the Head of IEA’s Gas, Coal & Power Markets Division.   David Pumphrey, Co-Director and Senior Fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will moderate.  The Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2012 provides IEA forecasts on coal markets for the coming five years as well as an in-depth analysis of recent developments in global coal demand, supply and trade. The annual report shows that while coal continues to be a growing source of primary energy worldwide, its future is increasingly linked to non-OECD countries, particularly China and India, and to the rise of natural gas.  The international coal market is experiencing dynamic changes. In 2011, China alone accounted for more than three-quarters of incremental coal production, while domestic consumption was more than three times that of global trade. Low gas prices associated with the shale gas revolution caused a marked decrease in coal use in the United States, the world’s second-largest consumer. This led US thermal coal producers to seek other markets, which resulted in an oversupply of coal in Europe and a significant gas-to-coal switch. Meanwhile, China overtook Japan as the largest importer of coal, and Indonesia overtook Australia as the world’s largest exporter on a tonnage basis.  The report examines the pronounced role the Chinese and Indian economies will exert on the international coal trade through 2017. In the report’s Base Case Scenario, China accounts for over half of global consumption from 2014, and India surpasses the United States as the world’s second-largest consumer of coal in 2017. The report also offers a Chinese Slowdown Case, a hypothetical scenario which shows that even if Chinese GDP growth slowed to 4.6% average over the period, the country’s coal consumption would continue to grow.

SEJ, Wilson Center to Host Enviro Journos Panel – The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change & Security Program and the Society of Environmental Journalists will host a forum on Friday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m. looking at the year ahead in environment and energy.  A panel of veteran journalists will offer their thoughts on what will be the biggest environment and energy stories in the U.S. and around the world at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Bloomberg BNA’s Director of Environmental News John Sullivan will kick off the discussion with an overview of the key legislative, regulatory, and legal developments expected in 2013. Margie Kriz Hobson of E&E Publishing’s EnergyWire will moderate the panel, which will include top journalists covering local, national, and international environmental issues. Including SEJ members Peter Behr, AP’s Dina Cappiello, PRI’s Peter Thomson and Bud Ward of the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media. 

Climate Issues Likely Discussed at WEF – The World Economic Forum will be held in Davos, Switzerland on January 24-27th.  For over 40 years, the mission of the World Economic Forum – committed to improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting program. The Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas. As expected, a portion of the discussion is expected to look at climate issues.  

NAS to Look at EV Barriers – The National Academies of Science’s Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences Transportation Research Board is hosting a meeting on Friday and Saturday, January 25-26 at NAS’s Keck Center to examine “Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment.”

Oregon Clean Energy Conference Set – The 12th annual Harvesting Clean Energy Summit will be held at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR at the Hilton Garden Inn on January 27-29th.  Participants from a diverse range of fields – from motivated farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners to professionals from agriculture and forestry associations, rural utilities, tribes, economic development agencies, and research institutions, to lenders, energy developers and consultants, and representatives of federal, state and local government will attend to discuss Clean Energy strategies.  Drawing on several dozen top-notch speakers, Harvesting Clean Energy focuses on the practical steps to successful project development, from economic and feasibility assessments, to accessing technical support and securing financing amidst tough finance markets.  Learn about wind power, a range of bio-energy technologies, solar and geothermal resources, microhydro, energy innovation in the food processing sector, and efficiency technologies to reduce energy costs and enhance profitability.  Hear about strategies to maximize local job creation and economic benefits from developing our clean energy resources. 

Washington Auto Show, Policy Forums Set – The Washington Auto Show, the policy auto show, will be held starting February 1st for 10 days.  The largest public show in Washington is scheduled from Feb. 1 -10, with January 30th and 31st serving as special preview days for media, government and industry.  On January 30th, the show will hold its annual Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill.  The Policy Summit will be presented by National Journal and The Washington Auto Show in Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building.  “Only The Washington Auto Show can bring together the latest in safety and technology as well as consumer promotions and lots of fun; indeed, “It is the hottest ticket” in town,” said Robert Fogarty, show chairman and CEO of Sport Automotive.  In 2013, the show will have a new floor plan and many new features, including a Luxury Showcase with 11 luxury brands together on the first level and the Exotic Car area. The Advanced Technology SuperHighway Café will house the latest innovations in safety, sustainability and technology.  At the same time, the show draws a massive, diverse and affluent audience with its showcase of stars and cars, cutting-edge technologies, contests and car giveaways.  Look for the display of more than 700 new vehicles by over 42 domestic and import manufacturers offering a showcase of cars, trucks, mini-vans, sport utility vehicles. The show fills the 750,000 square-foot space with two-levels of advanced exhibits. 

ACORE Renewable Policy Forum Set – ACORE will hold its National Renewable Energy Policy Forum on February 5th and 6th on Capitol Hill.  The form strategically occurring after the election at the start of the 113th Congress, which will chart the path forward for pro-growth, constructive and bipartisan renewable energy policy.  Renewable energy leaders from Capitol Hill and across the country will assess the volatile state of renewable energy policy and provide a call to action for policymakers for 2013 and beyond.  Some of the Policy Co-Chairs include our friends, Katie McGinty (unless she has a new job), BrightSource Energy’s Joe Desmond and Stanford’s Dan Reicher. 

AWEA To Go To Capitol Hill – On February 5th and 6th, AWEA will return to Capitol Hill for its annual lobby days.  The November 2012 elections will bring new faces to Congress and change the dynamics of Congressional committees that are key to the wind industry.  AWEA members will conduct meetings on Capitol Hill, sharing company perspectives on pressing legislative issues with legislators in whose states they live, and/or has offices, projects, or manufacturing facilities. 

Seminar to Focus On CA Cap, Trade – The Climate consultants at 427, LLC will hold a one-day training course on California’s cap-and-trade program on February 6th in San Francisco to look at carbon markets   A team of renown experts will cover everything you need to know about carbon markets in California, from the rules and program design to the price dynamics and market strategy. More information about the day’s agenda and online registration at   

February 12 – State Of The Union Speech  

Co-ops to Hold Technology Conference in NOLA – The National Rural Electric Co-op Assn (NRECA) will hold its annual TechAdvantage Conference & Expo in New Orleans on February 18th and 19th to highlight the latest technologies available to electric cooperative engineers, information technology staff, and supply chain and member service professionals. 

EIA Director to Launch US Energy Market Outlook at USDA Forum – The Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold its 2013 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Managing Risk in the 21st Century,” on February 21st and 22nd at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.   Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will present the keynote address, followed by guest speaker former Senator Tom Daschle, currently a senior policy advisor with DLA Piper. USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber will present the 2013 U.S. Economic Outlook for Agriculture.  The Forum’s dinner speaker on February 21st will be Adam Sieminski, Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), addressing the, “U.S. Energy Market Outlook.”  A program schedule and registration are available at  Among the 25 breakout sessions are other risk-management sessions and 85 distinguished experts in the fields of international trade, forestry, conservation, transportation, energy, nutrition, local foods, and food safety. The Forum continues to feature the traditional USDA commodity supply and demand and food price outlooks.  USDA has hosted the Agricultural Outlook Forum since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making. Attendees are expected to include members of farm organizations, food and fiber firms, academia, foreign governments, and the news media.