The midterm elections are now behind us (except for Louisiana and a few undecided House races in Arizona, California and New York). But before we head to Sesame Street, I am forwarding in one last blast (like a November Minnesota snow storm), our election recap and video analysis in a special section below, as well as an interviews with energy analyst Kevin Book, several trade association heads and a renewable energy summary from our friend Craig Cox. The Hill hosts a policy forum on the Energy on Thursday morning.
So yes, on this day in 1969, Sesame Street introduced us and now our kids, to Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster and the rest of the gang, teaching us how to spell, count, do arithmetic, have manners, respect others and express feelings. Psychologist Lloyd Morrisett and NYC public TV producer Joan Ganz created the Children’s Television Workshop and developed a format that had “frequent repetition, clever visual presentation, brevity, and clarity” could potentially be used to teach preschool-aged children, especially with infectious songs that kids could easily recall and match to the educational content. Hard to argue it hasn’t been a huge success.
Veterans’ Day is tomorrow and while that improves traffic, it is truly an important day to honor those who fight for us. In honor of our Veterans, HBO and Starbucks will hold the Concert for Valor live on the Mall in Washington, D.C. rolling out a bunch of great stars like Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem and Rihanna are among the artists who will play. The gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. While it is snowing like mad in Minnesota/North Dakota, the weather in DC is expected to be fabulous.
With the President in Beijing, China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC), it is interesting to mention that BrightSource Energy’s Joe Desmond is also in China signing a joint venture agreement with Shanghai Electric Group (SEC) to construct two 135 megawatt (MW) CSP plants as part of the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews was there with Desmond for the signing.
Congress returns this week for the “lame duck” session on starting Wednesday. They will spend the first week deciding what to do on a range of issues, including tax extenders, the PTC and a continuing resolution which is necessary by December 11 to keep the government running. Most hearings this week focus on ISIL and Ebola issues. Next week, the Senate will be in for a full five-day work week while the House will be in for four days through Thursday, November 20th. My colleague Curt Beaulieu (202-828-5806) is fresh off the Hill’s Senate Finance Committee and can give you great insights on where things stand. We also expect to see on the House Floor “secret science” legislation to prevent EPA from using science, data, and other information that is not publicly-available, peer-reviewed, and/or independently evaluated to justify the promulgation of new, costly rulemakings.
Outside Congress in DC, we expect to see EPA release the 2014 RFS final rule, continue to watch DOE rules on furnaces and other energy efficiency issues and have the roll out the final coal ash rule (which must happen by December 19). We can be helpful on all of these items with my expert colleagues and other industry sources.
Finally, on Friday, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take up challenges to the D.C. Circuit’s April ruling upholding the controversial MATS rule. My colleague Jeff Holmstead is available to comment. And speaking of interesting papers, there is a new one from the Federalists Society that offers a heady discussion of the EPA effort to compel states to become the enablers of the Administration’s GHG plan. Call with questions.
2014 MID-TERM ELECTION WRAP UP
Republicans Win Big On Election Night – Republicans won big victories in the 2014 Midterm Elections, winning key gubernatorial and congressional races in what many are viewing as a “wave election.”
Senate – In the Senate, Republicans took the majority, picking up 7 seats that were previously held by Democrats, giving the GOP 52 Senate seats in the 114th Congress. Republicans won in Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Iowa, North Carolina, Arkansas and Colorado. They also managed to hold Republican seats in the hotly-contested states of Georgia, where Republican David Perdue will succeed retiring GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss; Kansas, where Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) managed to hold on despite a strong challenge from independent Greg Orman; and in Kentucky, a top target for Democrats seeking to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is expected to be elected the next Senate Majority Leader. Democrats were able to hold off strong challenges in the states of Virginia, where it took 3 days to finalized the 16,000-vote victory by incumbent Mark Warner who was almost surprised by former White House/RNC official Ed Gillespie; New Hampshire, where former Senator Scott Brown challenged incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Michigan, where Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI-14) defeated GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land to hold on to the seat of retiring Senator Carl Levin (D-MI); and in Oregon, where incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) easily overcame a challenge from Republican Monica Wehby.
House of Representatives – In the House of Representatives, Republicans added at least ten seats to their existing majority, moving it to nearly 243 seats depending on the undecided races. One key note: former GM lobbyist Debbie Dingell won the seat of husband John Dingell, keeping the Dingell name in that seat for every Congress since 1933…that’s the 72nd Congress or 81 years.
Governors – There were big wins in State Capitals for many Republicans closely –fought incumbent wins in Florida (Scott), Michigan (Snyder), Maine (LePage), Wisconsin (Walker), Kansas (Brownback) and Georgia (Deal). They also won big in the key states of Ohio (Kasich), Texas (Abbott), Nevada (Sandoval), New Mexico (Martinez) and Iowa (Branstad). Finally, they won big surprising victories in blue states of Illinois (Rauner), Massachusetts (Baker) and Maryland (Hogan) and came up just short in Connecticut and Vermont. Democrats defended incumbents in generally close races in New York (Cuomo), New Hampshire (Hassan), California (Brown), Hawaii (Ige, who knocked out incumbent Abercrombie in primary), Minnesota (Dayton), Oregon (Kitzhaber) and, after a few days, Colorado (Hickenlooper). The big pick up for Democrats was in Pennsylvania, where Tom Wolf swamped incumbent Tom Corbett despite the State Legislature going overwhelmingly Republican. Two races remain open: Vermont where incumbent Peter Shumlin leads in a race that will go to the State Legislature to be decided and Alaska, where Republican incumbent Sean Parnell trails challenger Bill Walker by a narrow margin. In the end, Republicans picked up 3 state Houses giving them 31, while Democrats sit at 17, with Ds leading in the two races undecided.
What to Expect in the 114th Congress – Scott Segal says in a video that several changes are anticipated in the new Congress, with both chambers set for Republican control. He adds key factors include more oversight of key Administration initiatives, notably in energy, the environment, and immigration; a return to a more traditional appropriations process; and the prospects for negotiations between the White House and Congress on key policy initiatives.
Insights on McConnell from former Rep. Anne Northup – Fresh off the campaign trail with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former U.S. Representative Anne Northup provides insights on what can be expected from a Republican-controlled Senate. In this discussion with fellow PRG partner Scott Segal, she discusses some of the new Senate Majority leader’s policy priorities and how the Senate and House will work together.
Energy, Environment in the Next Congress – The President, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and soon-to-be Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have all expressed interest in tackling energy issues in the 114th Congress, according to Segal. With Sen. Murkowski as Senate Energy chair and Sen. Inhofe as Senate Environment chair, both Committees will undoubtedly step up their oversight of EPA, with a particular focus on the President’s “Clean Power Plan.” Murkowski is a strong advocate of oil and natural gas development on federal lands, will work aggressively on reliability issues. If Sen. Mary Landrieu prevails in her December runoff, she and Murkowski will continue their strong working relationship. If Landrieu loses, however, the position of Ranking Member will fall to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), whose state has no oil and gas production and plans to soon close its only coal-fired power plant. While Cantwell is also a more staunch supporter of environmental regulation than Landrieu, she and Murkowski also have a history of working together to facilitate the Committee’s work.
Keystone, GHG Rules in Focus – In the new session in 2015, a bill to finalize the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a virtual certainty, whether as a separate legislative item or an attachment to must-pass legislation. It remains to be seen what legislative amendments and/or riders will be advanced to curtail the scope and speed of the Clean Power Plan, but it is likely one or more of these provisions will reach the floor of both chambers. Points of focus for States and Republican legislators include: the interim targets for emissions reductions states must meet by 2020, the impact the Clean Power Plan is likely to have on electrical reliability, and the enforceability of the Clean Power Plan in light of widespread opposition from numerous governors. Because the success or failure of the Clean Power Plan is highly dependent on the States, the outcomes in a number of gubernatorial races will also be felt in the coming years. Governors’ mansions fell to Republicans in Democratic strongholds like Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Gas-rich Pennsylvania flipped the other way. But the net effect probably amplifies the chorus of opposition to implementation of the Clean Power Plan and other EPA rules. Finally, we anticipate the volume obligations and the credits program under the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard, the ethanol mandate, to be subject to greater scrutiny and perhaps legislative reform in the new Congress. Further oversight is likely on ozone, regional haze, coal ash, and the waters of the United States as well.
Full Analysis on Key issues on PRG Site – There are several other detailed background papers and video analyses from key Bracewell PRG experts on issues like crude oil exports, shale oil/gas production, LNG exports, renewable energy, offshore oil/gas energy, tax issues and endangered species issues. Click On the Link to review the details
PRG webinar review – Nearly 200 people tuned in to hear our 2014 midterms post-election analysis webinar Wednesday morning. Slides are available here: PRG_2014_Midterm_Elections_Webinar_PPT An audio file of the presentation is available for download here.
List of experts – PRG Speakers are listed here. I have also added a number of additional experts that Bracewell’s PRG has In-house and available to provide you background expertise. Our experts include:
1) Scott Segal (202-828-5845) on election results /implications, energy/environmental regulations;
2)former EPA Air chief Jeff Holmstead (202-828-5852) on energy issues and environmental regulations; 3) former Daschle/Reid energy staffer Eric Washburn (202-412-5211) wildlife issues, Democratic Politics;
4) former DOE Counsel Salo Zelermyer, (202-828-1718) on LNG exports, energy efficiency, biofuels;
5) trade expert Josh Zive (202-828-5838) on crude exports
6) former Senate Finance Committee Republican Tax staffer Curtis Beaulieu (202-828-5806) on Tax Issues
7) former KY Rep. Anne Northup on election results, implications, Mitch McConnell
8) Jason Hutt (202-828-5850), Lowell Rothschild (202-828-5817) on natgas, fracking issues
9) Kevin Ewing (202-828-7638) Offshore drilling
10) Ed Krenik (202-828-5877) Appropriation, Congressional politics, energy efficiency technologies
11) Cathy McCarthy (202-828-5839) Transmission, FERC
12) Mark Lewis (202-828-5834) FERC Oil/Gas Pipeline issues
13) David Perlman (202-828-5804) CFTC issues
Book Comments on Election Fallout – E&E TV’s OnPoint featured Kevin Book, managing director at ClearView Energy Partners, the day after the election where he discusses committee shake-ups, the future of U.S. EPA air and water regulations, exports policy, and Keystone XL. He also gives his take on Tom Steyer’s effectiveness in the midterms and talks about how the environmental community should refocus its spending strategy heading into 2016. The power shift in Washington is expected to have direct impacts on some of the most debated energy and environment policies.
Energy Leaders Address Election Issues/Results – Story Partners released election impact insights from top energy industry leaders. If you haven’t had a chance, you can view the video interviews here. Videos include Cal Dooley, President & CEO, American Chemistry Council; Frank Macchiarola, EVP, Government Affairs, ANGA; Brian Wolff, EVP Public Policy & External Affairs, EEI; and Karen Alderman Harbert, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy to explore the political implications of the 2014 elections on the U.S. energy industry. We also spoke with leading journalists and pollsters. The interviews look at what a shift in the Senate means for the energy economy; how candidates framed energy issues through the election cycle; what energy policy will look like in the next congressional session; and many other critical issues.
Renewable Election Update, Summary – Our friend Craig Cox, former head of the Interwest Energy Alliance, has forwarded his 2014 Clean Energy Election Summaries for the West, Midwest, South, and the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The clean energy or climate policy positions of each winning gubernatorial candidate are also included in each regional summary as are the policy positions of utility regulators who won in states where the regulatory commissions are elected.
IN THE NEWS
BSE Enters JV on Solar with China – BrightSource Energy and Shanghai Electric Group (SEC) announced today in Beijing that they have signed an agreement forming a joint venture for building utility-scale CSP plants in China. Under the agreement, the joint venture will leverage both partners’ contributions to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for projects featuring BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in China. The joint venture’s first proposal is for the construction of two 135 megawatt (MW) CSP plants as part of the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project, of which the majority owner is Huanghe Hydropower Development Co. (Huanghe), a subsidiary of the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI). The announcement and signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce H. Andrews during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Beijing, China. The Qinghai Delingha project will be located in China’s Qinghai province and is planned for six 135 MW CSP tower plants. The first phase will include two 135 MW solar thermal plants with thermal energy storage. Construction of the first two plants is expected to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2017.
BSE’s Desmond to Join Commerce Panel – Speaking of BrightSource and Joe, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker appointed Desmond to the agency’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. He will serve as a representative of U.S. solar energy companies in renewable energy and efficiency sector through June 12, 2016. The committee was formed on June 19, 2012 to provide consensus recommendations from the private sector to the Secretary of Commerce that will enhance export competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products. Participation from private sector companies strengthens the Department of Commerce’s efforts on the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative, as well as the National Export Initiative. Nominations are based on the ability of the member to carry out the committee’s goal of increasing U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products in the global market. Desmond, along with the BrightSource Energy team, combines nearly three decades of experience designing, building, and operating the world largest solar energy plants to minimize the impact on the environment and help customers reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.
NERC Report Underscores Grid Reliability Concerns Over EPA Rule – The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) said in a new study that EPA’s estimates that more than 100 gigawatts in power capacity may be shut down may be too conservative. NERC also said EPA’s assumptions about achievable power plant efficiencies underestimates the amount of work already done, and that the rule could lead to a greater need for new electric transmission. “Based on our preliminary assessment of the proposed rule, we believe there must be further detailed engineering analysis to demonstrate whether the assumptions and targets are feasible in the timeframe proposed,” NERC chief Gerry Cauley said in a statement.
S&P Study Says Fuel Switching Likely to Increase Price – A new study from the Brattle Group says the loss of the cheaper coal units will boost power prices by as much as 25% on grids that serve about a third of the nation’s population. Our friends at Bloomberg report the biggest impact may be in the Midwest and Northeast, where demand for gas for heating jumps during the cold-weather months. Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), which manages the electricity network that runs from Manitoba to Louisiana, expects its power reserves to fall short of targets by about 2,000 megawatts by 2016, with deficits mounting after that. Even with the shale boom that’s cut gas prices, power generated with the fuel costs $30 to $35 a megawatt-hour, compared with about $25 for coal, according to Brattle. The MISO concerns are similar to those expressed above by NERC and in recent reports by grid operators PJM and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
McGinty to Become PA Gov CoS – Our friend Katie McGinty will become Chief of Staff in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s administration. McGinty has more than 25 years of experience in public service. She has served in many capacities, including at the White House during the Clinton Administration and as Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection Secretary. McGinty has also spent time in the private sector. McGinty will become Chief of Staff following Wolf’s inauguration on January 20, 2015. Until then, she will assist Gov.-elect Wolf as he builds his administration.
Oil, Gas Jobs Keep Growing – The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that oil and gas sector had increased it employment again, reporting with 215,600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, up from 213,100 a month earlier and 200,600 a year ago. To that end, a new API study says more women have opportunities to make careers in the oil and natural gas industry. API’s Rayola Dougher, senior economic adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, said at a Women’s Leadership conference last week in Houston that while women constitute approximately 19% of the industry’s current workforce today, about 185,000 jobs are expected to be available for them over the next 15 years.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Concert for Valor Set – On Veterans’ Day, HBO and Starbucks will hold the Concert for Valor live on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem and Rihanna are among the artists who will play.
Military Enviro Leaders to Address Conference – The Defense Energy Summit will be held today through Wednesday in Austin, TX. Speakers will include, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) Richard Kidd and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment Dennis McGinn (VADM, Ret).
MD Offshore Wind Group to Highlight Opportunities – The Maryland Offshore Wind Business groups is holding an International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum tomorrow through Thursday at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore. The event will offer thoughtful keynotes and workshops that cover everything from new technologies to managing risk in the OSW industry. Speakers will include MD Gov Martin O’Malley, MD Sen. Ben Cardin, and our friend and O’Malley Energy advisor Abby Hopper, among many others.
CSIS to Host Global Security Forum – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold its 5th annual Global Security Forum 2014 on Wednesday starting at 8:00 a.m. which will address top challenges facing US and global security issues. The forum will feature a role-playing simulation on Russian oil crisis. The keynote speaker will be Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. Speakers will include former CIA head John McLaughlin, former approps staffer Jim Dyer, David Sanger from the New York Times and CBS’s Bob Schieffer.
Georgetown Forum to Discuss Paris Climate Meetings – The Georgetown University Mortara Center for International Studies and the McCourt School of Public Policy are hosting a seminar on Wednesday focused on the Paris COP Meetings and climate agreement The event will feature Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The energy and climate policy research seminar aims to enhance intellectual exchange among faculty and students by providing a forum to discuss research and policy topics related to the international and domestic dimensions of energy and climate change policy. The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar is co-chaired by Joanna Lewis (SFS) and David Konisky (McCourt).
RFF to Host Nobel Laureate Mario Molina on Understanding Climate Risk – On Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., Resources for the Future (RFF) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will host a special lecture on understanding climate risk. RFF President Phil Sharp and AAAS CEO Alan Leshner will host a conversation with 1995 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Mario Molina about how the nation should prepare for the risks posed by a changing climate. Molina is Director of the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environment in Mexico City; Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego; and Professor at the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
PJM’s Boston to Address Polar Vortex – On Thursday, ICF International will host its energy and environment breakfast featuring energy expert Terry Boston of PJM. Boston will discuss the next polar vortex—and what we need to do to ensure reliable supplies of power at prices we can afford during extreme weather events. At this time last year, we thought we were well prepared for winter weather—even very cold weather—in the Mid-Atlantic region. But then the polar vortex hit in two waves in January 2014, and the concept of “well prepared” seemed to change. While the system held together—no significant blackouts were recorded—the extreme cold snaps revealed vulnerabilities in the system, including more than 20% of the PJM’s generation shuttered due to the cold, planned closures were higher than they should have been, and gas supplies were so constrained that many consumers paid the highest recorded gas and wholesale power prices in history. With more generation capacity due to retire soon, and an aging grid, Boston will address where we now stand in our ability to withstand winter’s frigid temperatures and storms.
IEA to Release Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 – On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Philippe Benoit, Head of the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division at the IEA, to discuss the IEA’s recently released inaugural Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014. The report finds that the global energy efficiency market is worth at least $310 billion a year and is expected to grow. The annual report from the International Energy Agency, now in its second year, confirms the position of energy efficiency as the “first fuel” in the IEA’s largest economies. Benoit will also present a related IEA study, Capturing the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency, which shows that the benefits of energy efficiency go well beyond the simple scaling back of energy demand. The study reframes the discussion about energy efficiency and shows how it has the potential to support economic growth, enhance social development, advance environmental sustainability, ensure energy-system security and help build wealth. Guy Caruso, Senior Adviser with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.
Hill Forum to Look at Election Results, Impacts on Energy – On Thursday at 8:00 a.m., The Hill will host a discussion of what’s next in the energy sector. Business analysts and innovators will offer perspectives on the energy industry’s next 5 years. Policymakers and government leaders will explore the energy agenda for the 114th Congress and will look ahead to anticipate energy priorities and initiatives in 2016. Keynote Speaker will Include Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01). Other speakers will include ClearView Energy analyst Kevin Book, Jennifer Dlouhy of The Houston Chronicle, API’s Jack Gerard, Tom Hassenboehler of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and former Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy & Climate Change Heather Zichal.
ELI to Look at EPA Methane Rule – The Environmental Law Institute will hold a webinar on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. on controlling methane from the oil and gas sector. This past March, the White House put forth a new strategy to reduce methane emissions as part of its comprehensive Climate Action Plan, and EPA is following up by developing both regulatory and voluntary approaches to controlling methane emissions from oil and gas operations. This seminar brings together a diverse panel of experts to weigh the pros and cons of different approaches to methane control. The panel will explain how the oil and gas sector can be an active partner in new initiatives and how the reduction of methane fits into the larger strategy for addressing climate change. The event will feature EPA Air Office Head Janet McCabe, API’s Howard Feldman and EDF’s Tomás Carbonell.
Markey to Headline Energy Forum – The International Institute for Energy Conservation will hold a 30th anniversary and symposium on Thursday afternoon at The Liaison Capitol Hill. The Symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions on how energy efficiency and other clean energy policies and technologies can provide climate change solutions. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts headlines a long list of speakers. The event is co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Program, Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program, the Climate Registry, the United Nations Foundation, SmartPower, The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and Home Performance Coalition
Forum to Look at Climate Resilience – On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Chino Cienega Foundation, I. M. Systems Group, Inc., Global Gender Program of the Elliott School, The George Washington University Alumni Association, World Wildlife Fund will host a forum on building a climate resilience from the beginning. This event is part of the Myanmar Advanced Leadership Institute on Climate Change (MALICC), which brings a delegation of 14 government officials and civil society leaders to Washington. MALICC builds on a two-year partnership between PISA and ALARM, Myanmar’s leading environmental organization, in order to help mainstream climate change into the nation’s policy-making. Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population, environmental security and resilience at the Wilson Center will speak.
CHP Policy Forum Set – On Thursday and Friday at the Park Hyatt Washington, the annual Combined Heat & Policy Association Policy Forum will kick off with a reception and trade show Thursday. The next day attendees will hear a series of presentations about how local, state, and federal policies have enabled CHP. Each panel will feature a case study of a cooperative effort that worked to successfully get more CHP in the marketplace. With CHP being a solution that could solve a variety of energy needs, attendees will hear about small scale, medium scale, and large scale projects ranging from public buildings to industrial installations to hospitals. Agenda highlights include Keynote Speech by Rep. Paul Tonko and DOE’s Jay Wrobel.
Forum to Look at Mexico Energy Plans – The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Atlantic Council will host a forum on Friday on Mexico’s Energy Reform. The Mexican energy industry is set for transformation after President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the reform’s secondary legislation in August. The event will feature the first major policy address in the United States by one of the top Mexican officials leading this reform. The event also follows two publications in step with the reform process and written by the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s nonresident senior energy fellow, David Goldwyn, Mexico’s Energy Reform: Ready to Launch (August 2014) and Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last? (December 2013). Keynote speakers will include Secretariat of Energy of Mexico María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Federal Commission of Electricity of Mexico (CFE) Director General Enrique Ochoa Reza, and Goldwyn, as well as our friend Bill Loveless, Platts Energy Week Host.
CSIS to Highlight Seimens CEO – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a forum on Friday at 10:00 a.m. with Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. Kaeser will discuss recent developments in the global energy landscape. In the context of dynamic economic, political, environmental and technology-based trends all serving to shape current and future energy markets, we very much welcome the opportunity to hear Mr. Kaeser’s perspective on these timely issues. Frank Verrastro, Senior Vice President and James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at CSIS, will moderate.
House Foreign Affairs to Look at Africa, Energy – The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Friday at noon looking at the future of energy in Africa. Witnesses include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Ichord, US AID’s Eric Postel, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary Jonathan Elkind, Leadership Africa USA CEO Walker Williams and Dianne Sutherland, owner of Petroleum Africa Magazine.
MacFarlane to Make Final Address at Press Club – Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, who recently announced she will leave the commission at the end of December, will deliver her final public address at a National Press Club luncheon next Monday, November 17th. She will reflect on the agency’s accomplishments and challenges during her tenure and talk about the issues facing the agency going forward.
Bingaman, Moeller Headline NARUC Meeting – The 126th Annual NARUC Meeting will be held November 16th – 19th at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. In addition to the usual topics, the event will look at topics like distributed generation, emergency phone calls, alternative-fuel vehicles and ride-sharing services. The meeting agenda is nearly final, though new speakers and panels will be announced over the several weeks. Panel discussions will be held on the proposed Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Next Generation 911 services, workforce development, methane emissions, and much more. A complete agenda is available online. In addition, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2014-2015. Current NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas’s term will conclude, with new officers being voted in during the meeting. Confirmed speakers will include former Senate Energy Chair Jeff Bingaman, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller, EPA Air counsel Joe Goffman, National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell and Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo.
Webinar Set to Cover Offshore – WINDExchange, the DOE Wind Program’s platform for disseminating credible information about wind energy, is hosting a webinar on November 19th at 3:00 p.m. Guest speakers will focus on recent developments in the economics of offshore wind. They will discuss the 2014 Offshore Wind Market Report, U.S. wind energy manufacturing, and potential impacts of wind project development on job growth. The webinar is the first in a series designed to inform participants about offshore wind’s technological and industry developments, recent Energy Department-funded research results, and opportunities to move the industry forward in the United States.
NJ to Host Power Forum – The National Journal will host a policy summit on Powering the 21st Century: what the next decade will mean for industry, consumers, tech-driven innovations, and action in Washington on Thursday November 20th at 8:00 a.m. There’s an ‘energy renaissance’ underway in the U.S., thanks in part to a variety of innovative technologies that have improved access to new energy sources. These advances mean the U.S. will be able to meet all its own energy needs by 2035, if not sooner. These innovations are taking place while the Obama administration attempts to regulate emissions and lower greenhouse gasses by 17% by 2020. The event will focus on the new energy boom’s meaning for sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, as well as power distribution and reliability. Our friend Ben Geman will moderate a panel that will include CEQ’s Mike Boots, PG&E’s Helen Burt, NRDC’s David Goldston, SEIA’s Rhone Resch and WRI’s
Andrew Steer. I suppose it will be an interesting panel of all the panelists agreeing with each other…
IEA Chief to Headline CSIS Forum – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a forum on Monday November 24th at 9:30 a.m., hosting Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Birol will present the IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook. The global energy landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, reshaping long-held expectations for our energy future. Dr. Birol will help shed light on the rapidly evolving global energy landscape, presenting the WEO’s comprehensive analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends. This year’s edition of the WEO also has a special focus on the outlook for nuclear power and its implications, and an in-depth study of sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the prospects for improving access to modern energy services and for developing the region’s huge resource potential in a way that contributes not only to regional and global energy balances, but also to local and social well-being. Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.
GenForum Set to Discuss GHG, Reliability, NatGas – PennWell’s GenForum will be held on December 8th in Orlando, Florida. At the event, there will be a panel discussion on the future of coal power during a dash to gas, as well as EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA rule proposal is meant to have states implement plans to cut power sector emissions 30% by 2030. GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. GenForum brings together power generation executives who operate, plan, build, regulate and invest in power generation systems in North America. Other speakers will include PJM Interconnection Chief Economist Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., will kick off GenForum with a keynote presentation on electric power demand. Julie Turner, Duke Energy general manager for combined-cycle gas generation in North and South Carolina will be part of a panel discussion on natural gas generation. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) President and CEO John Shelk will discuss issues surrounding competitive power in today’s marketplace. Florida PSC Commissioner Eduardo Balbis will discuss the Florida electric power landscape. ScottMadden Consulting Partner Stuart Pearman will discuss issues posed by distributed generation.