Today launches hurricane season 2015 and despite the Presidential visit last week and talk of climate change, most real experts see this season being slower than an average season, with six to 11 named storms (see the 2015 storm name line up here). While that’s no guarantee that a major storm won’t make a landfall, this season got off to an early start when Tropical Storm Ana brought heavy rain to the North Carolina coast in early May. Important to also note that it has been 10 years though since our busiest hurricane season ever: 2005. That year saw 28 named storms — 15 of them hurricanes — including Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma which devastated the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Dennis was the first of the four major hurricanes that hit the U.S. in 2005. That season also a launched a very serious and well-documented debate about hurricanes and climate change that only the Administration seems to have not followed.
This Saturday also is the 147th Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of horse racing’s triple crown. As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, this is the 14th time since 1978’s triple crown win that we have had a horse win the first two legs of the triple crown, but in each case since back-to-back triple crowns from Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978), the horse has failed to win the Belmont. The 1.5-mile Belmont Stakes has a way of ending hot streaks. While earning the Triple Crown is a test of endurance for one horse who must win three consecutive races in five weeks, challengers often enter the Belmont Stakes as a spoiler after resting up for the race. You may recall last year this issue leading to a tirade from the owner of California Chrome after Tonalist, a horse that did not run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes, ran away to victory in Elmont.
After last week’s news dump – Waters of US on Wed, Sage Grouse on Thurs and RFS Fri – (all covered below with special section on RFS) Congress returns to action with a busy slate of energy hearings. Busiest will be House Energy and Commerce which hosts Energy Secretary Moniz and others on the QER tomorrow, holds a big energy efficiency hearing on Wed/Thursday and a TSCA reform markup tomorrow and Wednesday.
Other key hearings include Senate environment on the new ozone rule and Senate Small Business on the WOTUS rule on Wednesday; Senate Energy on more legislation aimed at filling comprehensive energy legislation and a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee roundtable on how to improve the regulatory process on Thursday. On the House Side, House Science looks at Reg impacts on business Thursday, while House Transportation digs into the recent Amtrak crash tomorrow.
Off the Hill on Wednesday, the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Industries Forum (REIF) hold its 4th annual forum at the Reagan Center on Wednesday. There will be a media briefing on Wednesday morning at 10ish and it will feature DOE, NREL and our friend Joe Desmond of BrightSource, among others. Why BSE? Because last week they initiated a JV with Chinese Companies Huanghe and Shanghai Electric to develop CSP (Ivanpah) solar technology to be built in China’s Qinghai Province. (again See below)
Finally, our friends at Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) today launched a new online portal—The Fuse, www.energyfuse.org—which creates a go-to destination for high-level news, analysis and discussion on all aspects affecting U.S. energy security. In conjunction with the 167th meeting of OPEC in Vienna, The Fuse will feature live online and broadcast coverage, delivering first-hand reporting as well as social media and video accounts directly from the meeting. Fuse staff will also interview prominent attendees on OPEC’s role in today’s new oil market environment. The Fuse offers incisive and prescient analysis of how the evolving energy landscape impacts U.S. economy, geopolitics, domestic production and advanced technology and will be updated daily with content from oil market and energy policy experts, as well as business and NGO leaders.
The Big News: ETHANOL
Ethanol Volumes Finally Released – On Friday, EPA proposed long-delayed biofuel targets for 2014 and 2015 and issued a proposal setting the mandates for 2016.
2014: Despite 2014 being over, refiners will have to show that they have blended or purchased fuel credits for 13.25 billion gallons of conventional ethanol and 2.68 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of non-food advanced biofuels.
2015: EPA will require a total of 16.3 billion gallons of renewable fuels, of which 13.4 gallons would be conventional ethanol and 2.9 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons advanced biofuels.
2016: EPA will require refiners use 17.4 billion gallons, 14 billion gallons corn-based ethanol and 3.4 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons is to be advanced biofuel.
ClearView Says Plan Ambitious – Kevin Book and his energy experts at ClearView Energy called the EPA RFS Plan the “ambitious” 2016 target of 17.4 B gal may require 0.46 B RINs from a potential RIN bank of 2.43 B RINs, which could mitigate RIN price concerns. Uncertainty between now and the final rule, to say nothing of likely court action, could contribute to elevated RIN prices. You Can reach Book and his ClearView Energy team at email@example.com or 202-506-5744.
Cap Alpha Experts Question – Other experts led by Jim Lucier at Cap Alpha observed that the RFS numbers still far short of those envisioned in the statute. EPA appears to be inviting Congress to revisit the statute at some point to set more attainable goals and to address distribution issues which may affect their attainability. In effect, we believe, EPA is endorsing the concept of the blend wall as an immediate practical consideration. But for now, EPA is avoiding actions which would create near-term RIN scarcity. The increases seem consistent with increases in the gasoline pool that bring the RFS right up to the blend wall and perhaps a bit over, given the 14 billion number for 2016 (we estimate the blend wall level would be 13.8 billion based on EIA data.) In short, whether one believes there is a blend wall or not, EPA appears to be treating it as a practical reality for the time being. You can reach Lucier and his Cap Alpha team at 202-548-0072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry, Enviro, Legal, Policy Sources – Beside analysts like Book and Lucier, we have several excellent resources for you to follow up. On the enviro side, you can call Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group (202-939-9127, email@example.com). For the refining sector, please call Tesoro’s Stephen Brown (202-744-5578 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Valero’s Bill Day (210-345-2928, email@example.com). You can also connect with Bracewell subject experts Eric Washburn (202-412-5211), Salo Zelermyer (202-828-1718) or Scott Segal (202-828-5845).
USDA/Biofuel Infrastructure – As part of the effort to support the relatively aggressive (unrealistic) assumptions of E15 and E85 penetration, USDA announced it is planning to spend up to $100 million to support infrastructure needed to allow for higher blends of ethanol at fuel pumps. The money will be administered through a state grant program that requires matching funds to promote and test new approaches to distributing higher blends of fuels, including E15 and E 85.
Who’s For, Who’s Against – Lots of groups put out statements Friday on the RFS. Here is a list and links to those for and against. Note the interesting folks on the against side like EWG and anti-poverty group Action Aid. And of course, who could possible go against the National Frozen Pizza Institute.
AGAINST: API, AFPM, National Chicken Council, American Energy Alliance, Environmental Working Group, NRDC, Action Aid, National Turkey Federation, the National Pork Producers, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Milk Producers Council, National Restaurant Association and the Grocery Manufacturers, Snack Food Assn, National Frozen Pizza Institute.
Blast from the Past: Popcorn Prices – Back in July 2007, there was major concern over a significant increase in popcorn prices due to ethanol. Our friend Chris Doering of Reuters detailed the problem as did NPR, CBS and many others.
IN THE NEWS
BrightSource’s China Project Moves Forward – Chinese Company Huanghe, Shanghai Electric and BrightSource Energy initialed a joint venture company agreement for construction of the Delingha Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project late last week. The signing was conducted at Qinghai Shengli Hotel by Xie Xiaoping, Chairman and Secretary of CPC Group, BrightSource Chairman/CEO David Ramm and Bi Chengye, General Manager of Shanghai Electric. Qinghai Provincial Governor Hao Peng and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus attended. The execution of the agreement will play a significant role in changing Qinghai’s energy mix and in kicking off a green era featuring energy efficiency and emission reductions. Huanghe and BrightSource will build two 135MW CSP projects with energy storage systems in Qinghai. Expect this to be part of the discussion at this week’s China Renewable Energy Industries Forum (REIF) at the Reagan Center.
SAFE to Launch Energy Web site – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) today launched a new online portal, The Fuse, that creates a go-to online home for high-level news, analysis and discussion of critical developments affecting U.S. energy security today. The site will be launched and live from the OPEC meetings in Vienna this week where it will bring live social media, video and reporting of the OPEC meeting, covering the event first-hand. Fuse staff will also interview prominent attendees on OPEC role in today’s new oil market environment. Launched amidst an unprecedented abundance of domestic oil and natural gas coupled with renewed volatility among major, long-term energy suppliers such as Iraq, Venezuela, Russia and Libya, The Fuse offers incisive and prescient analysis of how the evolving energy landscape impacts the U.S. economic and security outlook. Updated daily with content from oil market and energy policy experts, The Fuse will serve as a centralized resource for written analysis, visual data, videos, and exclusive insights from high-profile guest contributors on a wide variety of energy-related topics. The launch of The Fuse features content from guest contributors including Frederick W. Smith, President and CEO of FedEx Corporation; Arun Majumdar, former Vice President for Energy at Google.org, and Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E); T. Boone Pickens, former oil industry magnate and current chairman of hedge fund BP Capital Management; and Greg Ballard, former U.S. Marine and current Mayor of the City of Indianapolis.
Sage Grouse Plans Released – The Obama administration on Thursday released plans to conserve the habitat of the greater sage grouse in several Western states that include limits on oil and natural-gas drilling, a move that could have a broad impact on the West’s economy. The plans drew fire from western Republicans and the oil and gas industry, who said they would extend federal land control and threaten state economies without properly protecting the bird. But Secretary Jewell made the announcement with Wyoming’s Republican governor Matt Mead. As well, Environmentalists seemed split, with some saying the moves did not go far enough. Remember, my colleague Eric Washburn is in the middle of this discussion and can be a great resource (202-412-5211)
WOTUS Rule Released, BG Experts Providing Key Info – The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers finalized their long-awaited and controversial rule aimed at clarifying what bodies of water fall under the agencies’ jurisdiction. The Waters of the United States rule would give the agencies authority over tributaries that have a physical feature of flowing water, including a bed, bank and high water marks. The rule also protects bodies of waters adjacent to lakes, rivers and their tributaries and would regulate ditches that function as streams. Interestingly, perhaps in a nod to its massive public outreach program chronicled by the New York Times, they have changed the name to the Clean Water Rule. I’m sure that poll-tested well… Anyway, we have the absolute best resource on the WOTUS rule: Lowell Rothschild. He is happy to answer your questions and can be reached at 512.739.2352 or firstname.lastname@example.org Lowell is also blogging many more details that I can write here regularly on the B&G Energy Blog.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Forum to Look at Renewables, Future – Today at 4:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council will host a discussion on the emergence of renewable energy as an important component of US energy policy. The panel will explore the benefits that renewables can bring to domestic and international considerations on climate change, energy security, and economic developments. The panel will also discuss a recent roadmap released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) called REmap 2030 which overviews renewable energy potential in the United States and countries across the globe over the next fifteen years. Speakers will include International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director General Adnan Amin, US State Department Special Energy Envoy Amos Hochstein, DOE’s EERE Deputy Mike Carr and ACORE’s Dennis McGinn.
Hill Hosts Technology, Innovation Forum – Tomorrow morning, The Hill will host a discussion on the effects of new technologies and innovation in energy, the implications of energy policies and regulations, ongoing efforts to meet carbon emission goals, and the role nuclear energy could play in the global economy. Featured speakers Third Way’s Matt Bennett, Sarah Chamberlain of the Main Street Partnership, Center For Climate And Energy Solutions Eileen Claussen and Westinghouse Electric Company President & CEO Danny Roderick. There will also be a keynote interview with Illinois Congressman Adam Kinizinger.
Moniz to Head back to House Energy – After cancellation last Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold its rescheduled hearing next Tuesday with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the Quadrennial Energy Review and related legislation. Several others will also be testifying including our friend BPC President Jason Grumet, who will target the shifting the strategy of U.S. energy diplomacy by improving coordination and planning and removing barriers to trade among allies and partners. Others on the panel include Association of International Petroleum Negotiators expert Rudolf Dolzer, Lancaster County PA Commissioner Scott Martin, IHS’s Gerald Keeps, Alison Cassady of Center for American Progress and George Washington University Law School professor Emily Hammond.
BPC Forum to Look at Second Term Presidents – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project, in partnership with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, will hold a discussion tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. about second-term presidents. Former white House Staff like Sandy Berger and Ken Duberstein and USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page will discuss how past second-term presidents worked with Congress, with their own party, and with the opposing party, shipping foreign policy goals and engaging with the presidential candidates aiming to succeed them. Drawn from the wisdom of those who have served and covered second-term presidents, panelists will address several dynamics with which a second-term president must contend that are unlike those from their first terms.
NJ Hosts House Oversight Chair – Ahead of tomorrow’s hearing exploring the challenges faced by those seeking public information under the Freedom of Information Act, National Journal and Steve Clemons, National Journal’s Washington editor-at-large will host an in-depth conversation at the Reagan Trade Center at 11:15 a.m. with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The discussion will focus on the upcoming hearing and other priorities of a committee that oversees every aspect of the government’s functioning.
NAS to Hold Discussion on Aviation Emissions – The National Academy of Sciences holds a meeting on propulsion and energy systems to reduce commercial aviation carbon emissions tomorrow and Wednesday at NAS 2100 C Street NW. Steve Csonka, executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, delivers remarks among others.
Wald to Headline WCEE Event – Tomorrow, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment will host a brown bag Luncheon with the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Matt Wald. Wald reported on energy and airline safety issues for most of his 37 years as a reporter at the New York Times. He will publish an article in the EPRI Journal this summer on the “rush to renewables” and how that may impact the reliability of the electricity grid. Wald has a long background in energy technology, especially in nuclear energy. He has covered every aspect of the energy business, including wind, solar, fuel cells, coal mining and combustion, fracking, liquid motor fuel production, and grid operations. He looks forward to analyzing the many new challenges faced by the industry.
US China Partnership Event Set for Reagan Center – The U.S.-China Renewable Energy Industries Forum (REIF) hold its 4th annual forum at the Reagan Center on Wednesday. There will be a media briefing on Wednesday morning. REIF is the annual event of the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership, brings together more than 150 government, industry, and academic leaders from both countries to discuss policy and market outlook, share best practices, assess joint work, prioritize future collaborations, and unlock commercial opportunities. The event is being co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) and supported by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA). The event will highlight important policy developments, financing trends, quality assurance and manufacturing practices, opportunities and challenges of utility and distributed projects, renewable energy integration, and local-level leadership. Our friend Joe Desmond from BrightSource Energy will be attending.
Geothermal Forum Set – The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will be holding its 5th annual National Geothermal Summit on Wednesday and Thursday at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The National Geothermal Summit is the leading forum for western state policy discussions, bringing together the geothermal industry for a dialogue with state and federal policy makers.
House Energy Hearing Looks at DOE, Efficiency – The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy and power will hold a hearing Wednesday and Thursday on the Discussion Draft on Accountability and Department of Energy Perspectives on Title IV: Energy Efficiency. The hearing will examine Title IV’s Subtitle A on Energy Efficiency and Subtitle B on Accountability.
Press Club to Host Speaker on Climate – The National Press Club’s Event Committee will hold a forum on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. on climate change with Dr. Andy Jorgensen for a presentation about the phenomenon and methods which have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized then we will consider solutions.
Senate Enviro Looks at EPA Ozone Plans – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to look EPA’s proposal to tighten the national ozone standard. The hearing will focus on the “challenges and implications” of a tighter ozone standard. It will mostly feature as witnesses local and regional air quality regulators who would be in charge of putting in place a more stringent limit, including Uintah County Commission chair Michael McKee, MWCOG Transportation Director Kanathur Srikanth, Boone County, KY judge-executive Gary Moore, JHU professor of medicine, epidemiology and environmental health science Gregory Diette and Larry Greene, executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.
House Science to Look at Competitiveness – The House Science Committee will hold a hearing on EPA Regulatory overreach and its impacts on American competitiveness on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Witnesses will include Bill Kovacs of U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bob Kerr and NAM’s Ross Eisenberg.
Forum to Look at Arctic Sustainability – The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies will host a conference on Thursday and Friday at George Washington University addressing a variety of topics central to promoting Arctic urban sustainability. The panels will address such issues as the role of cities in Russia, sustainability in various Arctic urban centers, energy resource development in the Arctic, and the future of Arctic cities in comparative perspective.
Plug Power Execs to Discuss Hydrogen Fuel Cells – On Thursday, Plug Power Inc., leader in the development and deployment of commercial hydrogen and fuel cell technology made in the USA, will host an event featuring Andy Marsh, President & CEO and Gerry Conway, Vice President & General Counsel at the Willard. They will be traveling with members of Plug Power’s executive team from city to city to meet with individual shareholders to talk about their hydrogen infrastructure, fuel cell material handling technology, revenue goals and long-term plans.
CSIS to Look at RGGI Issues – The Center for Strategic and International Studies Energy and National Security Program will host a discussion on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. looking at the future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) under changing leadership. The keynote address will be by Katie Dykes, Chair of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and Deputy Commissioner for Energy in Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
ELI Forum to Look at NatGas Regs – On Thursday, ELI will Host a forum on EPA’s plans to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. EPA’s announcement of its forthcoming action has fueled considerable debate as domestic oil and gas production has reached historic levels in a volatile price market. Leaders will respond to issues. Speakers will Include EPA’s Paul Gunning, NRDC’s Dave Doniger, ANGA’s Amy Farrell, former EPA official Bob Sussman, Theresa Pugh of INGAA, former EPA #2 Bob Perciasepe and API’s Howard Feldman, among others.
USEA to Host Mitsubishi on CCS Technology – The US Energy Assn will host speakers from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to discussion carbon capture issues on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Mitsubishi began R&D activities for Carbon capture in 1990 and has developed a high efficiency chemical solvent process, the KM CDR Process®, in collaboration with the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. The process has been applied to eleven (11) worldwide commercial CO2 capture plants which are providing captured CO2 from natural gas-fired flue gas to enhance chemical production such as urea and methanol. One of the most urgent challenges faced today, with the apparent advent of global warming, is the capture of CO2 from coal fired power plants, which is the largest single source of global CO2 emissions. MHI and Southern Company have successfully completed a demonstration test program of a 500 tpd fully integrated CCS plant applied to a coal-fired power plant for the past 4 years. In addition, MHI has received an order for the world’s largest post-combustion CO2 capture plant of 4,776 tpd from an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project mainly promoted by NRG Energy Inc. and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation, which is now under construction.
Senate Panel Roundtable to Look at Reg Process – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee will hear from several experts on how to improve the regulatory process in a roundtable on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The roundtable will discuss federal rules and regulations as well as what can be done to improve the rulemaking process.
Forum to Look at Zero Energy Buildings – ACEEE and the National Association of State Energy Officials will host a forum on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in B354 Rayburn to focus on Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. Residential and commercial buildings consume a whopping 41% of all energy in the United States. And the majority of that energy is used to heat, ventilate and cool our buildings throughout the year. We have the technology and techniques today that can significantly reduce building energy consumption to virtually zero, which drastically reduces monthly utility bills and carbon emissions. This briefing will provide an overview of what’s behind the growth in the ZNE building market, its economic and environmental benefits, and why Zero Net Energy is important to your district. Speakers will highlight current and future ZNE projects and identify stakeholders’ roles in these efforts, including small businesses, builders, developers, State and local committees, technology producers and NGOs. Speakers Include NASEO’s Executive Director David Terry, Bosch Thermotechnology’s Mark Stimson, ACEEE’s Jennifer Amann and Greg Guess, Director of Efficiency and Conservation of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence.
Beacon Exec to Discuss Energy Storage – On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., Aaron Bullwinkel, Vice President & General Counsel, Beacon Power, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the energy storage industry, as it develops from a nascent industry to a viable, economic alternative to transmission and distribution development, a means to achieve energy savings, an operations tool, and an answer to service interruptions.
BPC Forum to Focus On Midwest GHG Issues – The Great Plains Institute and Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a workshop Friday in Detroit at the Westin Metro Airport to discuss implementation options for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan in the Midcontinent region. States will soon have to develop and submit plans to achieve EPA’s goals. States and stakeholders in the region have been working to evaluate the policy options available to states for inclusion in state plans. In the Midcontinent region, state officials have been active in the Midcontinent States Environmental and Energy Regulators (MSEER) group. Also, the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative, convened by the Great Plains Institute, brings state officials and stakeholders together to explore and engage on these policy issues. Please join us and contribute your ideas and input to these regional efforts. This workshop will gather states, stakeholders, and experts, including those participating in MSEER and the Power Sector Collaborative. The agenda includes a keynote address by Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy and several panels exploring policy pathways for states to achieve state emissions goals and opportunities/challenges for multistate collaboration, among other items.
NARUC, NACAA, NASEO to Address GHG Compliance Issues – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a briefing on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in 2168 Rayburn examining the options available for states to comply with EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which will be finalized later this summer. State energy, environmental, and utility officials are already working closely together to identify compliance options, with the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) leading the way. On May 21, NACAA, which represents air regulators in 41 states and over 100 local agencies, released a comprehensive document examining potential state compliance strategies under the Clean Power Plan. NARUC and NASEO are helping to disseminate the report, Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options, to state energy offices and utility commissions throughout the country. The report does not include recommendations, but instead provides an objective assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches to Clean Power Plan compliance. The speakers will discuss the co-benefits, costs and effectiveness of these different approaches, as well as the opportunities and challenges the Clean Power Plan represents to states. Speakers for this forum are NACAA’s Bill Becker, NASEO’s David Terry and NARUC’s Charles Gray.
Green Forum Set for Convention Center – This weekend, starting Friday, Green Festivals will hold the DC Green Festival and Expo at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Green Festival is inspiring and empowering consumers, communities and businesses to work green, play green and live green. At each event, you will find of the widest selection of green products and services, where people can shop and enjoy vegan, vegetarian, organic foods, and learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives through hands-on demos, educational activities and inspirational speakers. This marks the 11th Green Festival at the D.C. Convention Center.
BPC to Look at Batteries, EVs – Next Monday at 3:00 p.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center will host a forum on batteries for vehicles and the electric grid. Next-generation battery technologies are powering vehicles and connecting directly to the electric grid. As a result, international competition to develop and supply new battery technology has intensified in recent years. This event will discuss the linkages between federal R&D investment, next-generation battery technology development, and U.S. business competitiveness. The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) is a group of current and retired CEOs of major innovation-driven companies that advocate for greater federal investment in energy technology innovation. This event is the first in a series that follows AEIC’s February report, Restoring American Energy Innovation Leadership, to elevate conversations on the role of federal energy innovation investments in economic growth and international competitiveness. Speakers will include Argonne’s Jeff Chamberlain, Johnson Controls’ Perry Watts and our friend Steve Levine.
Forum Looks at TransAtlantic Solutions – Next Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) will hold its second annual “Transatlantic Dialogue of the States, Cities, and Communities.” While German-American relations focus mainly on the connections between Berlin and Washington, this dialogue will bring together civic leaders from throughout Germany and the United States to discuss common challenges and innovative programs at the sub-national level. The focus this year will be the role of cities and states as international actors on topics including energy, immigration, and trade. The event will feature panels on “How Cities are Responding to the Energy Transformation,” “Immigration Reform and Cities of Migration,” and “TTIP: The Impact on Cities and States.”
Senate Energy to Continue Energy Hearing Process –The Senate Energy Committee will hold another hearing next Tuesday to receive testimony on energy accountability and reform legislation.
Statoil to Offer 2015 Energy Perspectives – On Wednesday, June 10th at 8:30 a.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist in Statoil, to present the company’s newly released Energy Perspectives 2015 publication. The report describes the macroeconomic and market outlook to 2040 including supply, demand, energy trade and CO2 impacts. The outlook illustrates some of the uncertainties about the future through modeling various scenarios. This year’s report describes the possible development in global energy markets towards 2040 through three alternative scenarios, called Reform, Renewal and Rivalry, respectively.
Forum to Look at Grid, Distributed Solar – On Wednesday, June 10th at 9:00 a.m. the Progressive Policy Institute will host a forum focused on the future of the grid and a discussion of distributed solar and wind.
AEI Forum to Look to Carbon Tax Issues – AEI will host a forum on Wednesday, June 10th at 2:30 p.m. on Sheldon Whitehouse’s carbon tax proposal. The debate over whether the US should implement a carbon tax is both highly important and highly controversial. Supporters of a carbon tax argue that it would be the most efficient way of addressing climate change implementing broader fiscal reform, while opponents of such a tax suggest that it would harm the economy and have almost no effect on the climate.
CSIS to Host BP Stat Review – Next Thursday at 8:30 a.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Spencer Dale, Group Chief Economist at BP, to present BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2015. The 64th annual edition of the review continues a tradition of providing objective, global data on energy markets to inform discussion, debate and decision-making. The review takes on important and timely questions on global oil production and consumption, slower economic growth in China and other emerging markets and the continuing strong growth in US shale oil and gas production.
Congressional Briefing on High Performance Buildings Set – On Thursday, June 11th at 9:30 a.m. on Capitol Hill, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus will hold an event on High Performance Building Week. HPB is next week and is an annual celebration of high performing buildings organized by the coalition of building industry stakeholders that support the HPB Congressional Caucus. This year, the coalition will be announcing several policy priorities during the week. The 2015 Policy Priorities will act as the framework for lobbying efforts between the members and Congress. As part of the High-Performance Building Week program, the National Institute of Building Sciences is conducting a briefing on some of the newest reports and topics including the Consultative Council report. Speakers will include Reps. David McKinley and Peter Welch, Co-Chairs of the Caucus. Highlights include a discussion of the 2014 NIBS Report.
USEA Energy Forum Set – The US Energy Assn’s 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum will be on Thursday, June 11th at the National Press Club. The U.S. is now an energy superpower: #1 in natural gas production and soon to be #1 in oil production. But this forum will look at what will it take for us to be an Energy Efficiency Superpower The U.S. has made great strides over the last 25 years, but other countries still rank higher when it comes to energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Forum has addressed topics and issues of importance to our economy, our environment and our national security for 25 years. Speakers from both sides of the aisle, from the Executive Branch, from the U.S. Congress, from federal agencies, from the military and from business and industry address the Forum every year.
EIA Annual Energy Conference Set – EIA will hold its 2015 Energy Conference on June 15 – 16th in Washington, DC. Keynote Speakers will DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, Mexican Energy secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm, among others.
Lt Dan to Speak to National Press Club – Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor and director Gary Sinise will address an NPC Speakers Breakfast on Tuesday, June 16th at 8:30 a.m. Sinise will discuss his tireless advocacy for America’s servicemen and women through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Sinise will be in Washington to receive the 2015 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF).
DOE Loan Official to Speak at Offshore Conference – Peter Davidson, the Executive Director of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office to give Special Luncheon Address at Infocast’s 6th North American Offshore Wind Development & Finance Summit, June 17-18th in New York. Leading offshore wind players will discuss the unique value of offshore wind, the latest financial innovations, public/private partnerships, and technological advances being developed to reduce development time and cost and maximize ROI of offshore wind power projects in North America.
Bay, Clark, Moeller Headline Utility Commissioners Education Forum – The 20th Annual Education Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC) will be held on June 21 – 24 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Virginia. Speakers will include former Senator/Governor Evan Bayh, FERC Commissioners Norman Bay, Tony Clark and Philip Moeller, NARUC President and Florida PSC Chair Lisa Edgar, Dominion CEO Tom Farrell, PSE&G President Ralph LaRossa, and American Water Works CEO Susan Story.
Energy CyberSecurity Forum Set for Houston – The 3rd Annual Cyber Security for Oil and Gas Summit will be held in Houston on June 22-24th. The event brings together the oil and gas industry to address critical concerns and trends with regard to the development of cyber security practices. The complex nature of cyberattacks and those specifically levied against the oil and gas industry have been increasing over the years and while the industry is well prepared, continuous improvement is always necessary to maintain an edge on the nefarious actors working against the industry.
SoCo Fanning Headlines REFF Wall Street – ACORE hosts it 12th annual REFF-Wall Street 2015 on June 24 and 25th at The Grand Hyatt in New York City. REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S. Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals in renewable energy finance. The event draws an especially senior audience, comprising of over 600 senior decision makers, financiers and professionals in the renewable energy finance field. Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning will headline a list of speakers that also includes DOE EERE’s David Danielson and former EERE head Cathy Zoi.
National Security Conference Set – The 2015 Center for New American Security Annual Conference will be held on June 26th at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. CNAS’ annual national security conference will feature keynote addresses and discussion topics designed to chart a course for the next administration and beyond.
GenForum Set For Columbus – ICF International Natural Gas VP Leonard Crook will kick-off the one-day GenForum/POWER-GEN event August 18th on natural gas generation in Columbus, Ohio. Crook will offer an overview of the recent rise of natural gas-fueled power generation over the years at the expense of coal-fired power plants. GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. The event is scheduled at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. GenForum leads into PennWell’s POWER-GEN/Natural Gas conference, scheduled for Aug. 18-to-20 at the same convention center.