I start off to today with exciting sports news… Not just that the NFL season has launched, the NCAA football season (Central Michigan) has already featured some crazy games and Stan Wawrinka became the oldest US Open Champ in 46 years, but my daughter Hannah yesterday scored her first collegiate goal for the #9-ranked Wellesley College Blue…and it was a game winner over Wesleyan (CT).
Whoa, it sure feel like school is back in session with last week’s action. Congress seems to have the hammer down, likely to get back to campaigning with the Presidential election tightening. It is a busy week with Energy Conference negotiations ongoing and WRDA likely getting a vote today. There are also a number of key hearings as Congress looks at budget issues.
On top of that list, Republican Clean Energy advocate Jay Faison joins Secretary Moniz and former Sen. Judd Gregg on Wednesday at the Senate Energy Approps panel to talk nuclear issues. Also on the Hill Wednesday in Longworth, new NRECA head/former Utah Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson will host a pen and pad with reporters on NRECA’s priorities, rural economic development, new renewable initiatives and the upcoming Clean Power Plan arguments later this month. On Thursday, SMU’s Bud Weinstein and API’s Erik Milito headline a House Science panel hearing on EPA’s methane regulations, while House Energy looks at energy security implications with Secretary Moniz.
Other events in town include a great forum today at 2:30 on nuclear red tape hosted by ClearPath and featuring former NRC Commissioner Jeff Merrifield. Tomorrow, NRDC and NRECA will focus on Community Storage issues. On Wednesday, Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs hosts a forum looking at manufacturing issues, and Thursday, the Keep it in the Ground folks are also back with a rally at the White House, although it seems the White House late Friday already has sided with them.
Out Of town today, SEIA launches solar’s biggest conference in Las Vegas while the Assn of Oil Pipelines (APOL) will hold its annual business conference in Chicago. Expect the latest twist on the Dakota Pipeline to be prominent in that discussion.
As for next week, keep your eye out for the AGA’s natural gas-fueled food truck which will be cooking with natural gas and serving free grilled cheese sandwiches around Capitol Hill September 19th-30th. Also, the annual SEJ Conference is next week in Sacramento, starting Wednesday. As usual, we will host our usual reception although this year we are stepping up our game so I hope you be able to attend. There are a number of great panels with BrightSource’s Energy Joe Desmond, former CEQ chief Jim Connaughton, Cal EPA official Mary Nichols and former EPA #2 Bob Perciasepe among those on panels.
We are closing in on the Tuesday, September 27th D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals oral arguments on West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. At issue before the court is not only the legality of EPA’s costly Power Plan, but the rights of states to determine their own energy policies. Check out ACCCE’s new video on the consequences of the EPA rules.
Finally, I am now on Instagram (fvmaisano) as well as Facebook and Twitter, so I’ve changed my Twitter handle to make it consistent (@fvmaisano). If you’re on these social media platforms, I would encourage you to follow me and PRG (@PolicyRez) because we put a lot of cool stuff on all of these platforms.
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“With a new Administration and a new Congress in 2017, I think it is a good time for ACCCE to move forward with new leadership. I’m proud of what we have accomplished over the past four years, and look forward to taking on new challenges.”
ACCCE CEO Mike Duncan upon announcing his retirement from the group on Friday.
IN THE NEWS
Report:” Multifamily Dwellings Should Lean On NatGas – The American Gas Foundation released a study published by ICF International titled, “Expanding Natural Gas Service to Multifamily Buildings,” focusing on ways in which state and local government, natural gas utilities, and other interest groups have worked to improve access to natural gas service in multi-family structures in their localities. The study assesses regulatory or policy barriers to providing natural gas service to multi-unit structures, and presents possible solutions to help bring the benefits of natural gas to the owners and occupants of these buildings. In the past decade, multifamily construction has risen from less than 25 percent to one-third or more of newly-built residential dwelling units. Notably, if natural gas technologies were applied across all or part of the nation’s multifamily building stock, unit occupants could realize $2.2 billion in reduced annual energy bills, or about 6 percent of total energy expenditure for multifamily units in the U.S. Additionally, CO2 emissions would be reduced by more than 20 million tons nationwide. The study also highlights utility-led initiatives that have demonstrated success, and describe lessons learned through these efforts to provide insight to other utilities with similar goals to serve these communities. You can view the report along with the case studies here.
HVAC Industry Awards More Rees Scholarships – AHRI President Steve Yurek said the scholarships are awarded to qualified and dedicated students and veterans that hope to eventually work in the HVAC industry. Each year, the Foundation provides aid to an increasing number of recipients, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced. ACCA President and CEO Paul Stalknecht added that developing quality workers is a critical initiative that everyone in our industry is working together to accomplish. See the list of award winner, their home state and college here.
Duncan to Retire From ACCCE – ACCCE said Friday that CEO Mike Duncan has decided to step down at the end of the year and that Paul Bailey, Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs and Policy, will succeed Duncan as the organization’s president and CEO effective January 1, 2017. Duncan has served as the head of ACCCE since 2012. During his four years with ACCCE, Duncan steered the organization through a period of incredible challenges for the coal-based electricity industry. Under Duncan’s leadership, ACCCE became a more collaborative organization enlisting allies and expanding its network of national and state-level groups. Additionally, ACCCE built support for passing legislation to help states resist overreaching EPA regulations and worked closely with other litigants to challenge EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Those challenges by the states and many others, including ACCCE, led to the Supreme Court’s unprecedented stay of the Clean Power Plan earlier this year.
Energy, Interior Detail Offshore Wind Effort – Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released Friday a collaborative strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States. The National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the United States by 2050. The strategy details the current state of offshore wind in the United States, presents the actions and innovations needed to reduce deployment costs and timelines, and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
State of Solar Highlighted at Vegas Conference – Solar Power International 2016 (SPI 2016), the solar industry’s largest trade show and conference will be held in Las Vegas today through Friday. SPI 2016 co-host Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) offers a slew of coverage opportunities. The topics and events will cover Net metering in Nevada, developing solar on federal land, elections 2016 and growth In the solar industry. Our friend Ben Finzel has the detail at email@example.com or 202-277-6286.
Brooking to Host CPP Discussion – The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings will host the University of Maryland’s Steven Kull today at 11:00 a.m. for a presentation of a new, in-depth survey of public support for policies ranging from the CPP and carbon pricing to U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement. Following his remarks, discussants former EPA head Bill Reilly, Adele Morris of Brookings and Nathan Hultman, director of the Environmental Policy program and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy will join in a wider conversation on the future of U.S. clean energy initiatives and implications for climate action. Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate Co-Chair Bruce Jones will moderate the discussion and audience Q&A.
Atlantic Council to Host US, India Clean Energy Discussion – The Atlantic Council will host a forum today at Noon to discuss the implications of US-India cooperation on critical energy and climate issues and place these efforts in the context of the bilateral relationship. Speakers will address the challenges and opportunities surrounding clean energy deployment in India, evaluate the policy and financing mechanisms being used, assess the importance issue for U.S.-India bilateral relations, and highlight key priorities for ongoing collaboration between the United States and India.
Groups to Discuss CCS at Congressional Briefing – A coalition of organizations representing the broad diversity of interest in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies will host a congressional briefing on Monday, September 12, to provide updates on potential legislative action and highlight the critical need for financial incentives for CCUS technologies in a wide array of applications. The briefing, which is open to registered media, congressional staff and invited guests, is being held in conjunction with a labor community “fly-in.” Union representatives from 10 states will meet with congressional leaders to advocate for greater deployment of CCUS technologies and emphasize the jobs that are created as a result of CCUS expansion. In addition to industry, labor, and environmental advocates, two members of Congress are slated to make brief remarks at the outset of the briefing.
ClearPath, Heritage to Look at Nuclear Red Tape – Today at 2:30 p.m. in 2226 Rayburn, the Heritage Foundation and ClearPath Foundation will host a forum on reforming the government approval process for nuclear. Nuclear energy provides affordable and abundant energy to American families and businesses across the country. The NRC regulates America’s commercial nuclear industry and its approach and continued inefficiencies are driving up operating costs without increasing safety. So, as the NRC grows, so does its burden on industry. Are these fees and costs from unnecessary and overly-conservative rules and regulations pushing some plants to the brink of closure? What should nuclear regulation look like? Speakers include Clear Path board member and former NEC Commissioner Jeff Merrifield, as well as MIT’s Dennis Whyte and AAF reg guru Sam Batkins.
Storage Forum Set – The EnergyStorage Global Innovation Forum will be held today and tomorrow in Chicago bringing together top experts from ComEd, Oncor, PowerStream, PJM, Midwest ISO, ARPA-E, Argonne National Lab and many others to examine grid-level and behind-the-meter storage business models, technology innovations and opportunities. The Forum offers the latest updates on advanced storage technologies and systems for grid-level applications, as well as next-gen EV/smart transportation. These updates will be viewed through the lens of real-world deployments, business cases, and impacts on existing systems and operations.
CSIS to Host IEA Report – CSIS will host a forum tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. featuring IEA. For the first time, IEA is focusing on this critical topic in Energy and Air Pollution, providing a global outlook for energy and air pollution as well as profiles of key countries. Based on new data for pollutant emissions in 2015 and projections to 2040, the new report proposes a pragmatic and attainable strategy to reconcile the world’s energy requirements with its need for cleaner air. Alongside the multiple benefits to human health, this strategy shows that resolving the world’s air pollution problem can go hand-in-hand with progress towards other environmental and development goals. Kamel Ben Naceur, Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at IEA will present the findings and strategy of this new report, followed by a discussion moderated by for EIA Administrator Guy Caruso.
NGV American President To Headline NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host Matthew Godlewski, President of Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) at the next Natural Gas Roundtable luncheon tomorrow. Godlewski is the president of NGVAmerica, the national trade association dedicated to the development of a growing and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas.
Panel to Look at Clean Transportation Options – The International Council on Clean Transportation is hosting a half-day conference tomorrow afternoon on the state of the art in fuel-efficiency technologies and designs for passenger cars, with panels featuring experts from key automotive industry suppliers Eaton, Bosch, BorgWarner, Honeywell, Johnson Matthey, Continental, Corning, AVL, Umicore, FEV and others. Admiral Dennis Blair is the keynote.
Moniz to Discuss Nuclear Issues – The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a discussion tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. with DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, who will discuss future challenges and priorities in building a sustainable global nuclear order. Carnegie President William J. Burns will introduce, and George Perkovich will moderate.
NRECA, NRDC Lead Community Storage Discussion – The NRECA, NRDC and Great River Energy along with Senator Amy Klobuchar will host a Congressional briefing tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in SVC 203/202 on how the energy sector can use tried and true household technologies to help meet consumer energy needs in a new energy era. The Community Storage Initiative was launched earlier this year by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Edison Electric Institute (EEI), American Public Power Association (APPA) and Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA). It has been organized as a grassroots effort to develop a community-based energy storage marketplace that works for everyone, from electric utilities and technology providers to end-use customers and their communities. Speakers will include the founders of the Community Storage Initiative (CSI), Gary Connett of Great River Energy, NRECA’s Keith Dennis and NRDC’s Robin Roy.
Forum to Look at Environment Policies, Investments in Electricity – The Bipartisan Policy Center, the Great Plains Institute and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions are hosting a workshop in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency tomorrow. The event will feature experts, state officials and stakeholders from across the Eastern Interconnect for a one-day workshop exploring recent modeling analyses that provide new insights into trends in the electricity sector. The event will explore what these trends mean for state energy and environmental policy choices. Experts will present their findings and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reflect on those findings. Howard Gruenspecht, Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Energy Information Administration, will be providing the morning keynote address. As previously announced, Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.
RFF, Stanford to Set Shale Series – Resources for the Future (RFF) and Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment will hold a special webinar series this fall looking at new research on the science and economics of natural gas. The first event will be tomorrow looking at managing methane emissions. At this webinar, Stanford’s Rob Jackson and Adam Brandt will present their work on methane leakage in natural gas distribution systems nationwide, while RFF’s Alan Krupnick will share highlights from RFF’s study of policy options for cost-effectively reducing methane emissions. On October 18th the focus will be on Wastewater and on November 15th siting. The series will explore some of the complex challenges and questions associated with the increasing reliance on unconventional gas in the United States. Topics include: technologies for detecting and preventing methane leakage; industry and policy options for mitigating emissions; wastewater disposal options and challenges; and optimal siting for new gas development.
AOPL to Hold Business Conference in Chicago – Tomorrow through Friday, the Association of Oil Pipe Lines will hold its annual business conference at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. The Annual Business Conference focuses on topical issues and the latest developments in the oil pipeline industry. Speakers will include Rusty Braziel of RBN Energy, a renowned analyst and speaker on oil and gas issues including pipeline transportation and retiring FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, who has shown a deep interest in oil transportation issues at FERC and previously at the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The event will also feature an executives roundtable featuring leaders at several AOPL-member companies.
Manchin To Headline Hill Discussion – The Hill will host a forum on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. at The Newseum to hear from Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to discuss the recent flooding in West Virginia, who will share his first-hand experience with the disaster recovery process and his insight on community resilience and preparedness efforts at the local, state, and national level.
IU Forum to Look at Manufacturing Jobs – Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IU SPEA) will hold a day-long conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club looking at what the next President should do about U.S. manufacturing in the first 100 days. Speakers will include former OIRA head and current SPEA Dean John Graham, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation head Rob Atkinson, Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing and former OMB official Paul Noe of AF&PA.
CHP Conference Set for National Park – The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Association will host its 2016 Combined Heat & Power Conference tomorrow through Friday. This year’s conference will focus on creating fruitful and interesting discussion within the conference panels and between attendees about current challenges and opportunities for CHP, especially within the utility model. The conference will be held at Nationals Park in Southeast DC, with the conference proceedings taking place in the park’s conference center and the networking event in the PNC Diamond Club.
Climate, Security Forum Set – The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Center for the National Interest and the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, will be hosting the first annual Climate and National Security Forum on all day Wednesday. The Forum will be held in Washington, DC at the Reserve Officer’s Association Minuteman Memorial Building, The Climate and National Security Forum 2016 will feature panel discussions among leading senior retired military, defense and foreign policy experts, detailing both the significant risks and policy opportunities related to the climate change and national security nexus.
House Science to Dig in on AGs –The House Science Committee will hold a Wednesday hearing on its power to subpoena state attorneys general in a growing spat between Congress and states investigating ExxonMobil Corp.’s climate science. The attorneys general — Democrats Eric Schneiderman (N.Y.) and Maura Healey (Mass.) — say Smith does not have the power to collect documents related to their Exxon investigations. Smith disagrees, and invited several legal experts to make the case. Witnesses include Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School, Ronald Rotunda of Chapman University’s Dale Fowler School of Law, Elizabeth Price Foley of Florida International University College of Law and Charles Tiefer of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Baker Institute to Present Science, Technology Recs for Next President – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will hold a news conference Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Bloomberg Room at the National Press Club to present recommendations on how science and technology policy is dealt with in the White House for the presidential campaigns and transition teams. Neal Lane, the senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute, will present the recommendations, which will include five main points for the next president and five points for the president’s next science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Lane, who previously served as OSTP director and science adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001 and was the director of the National Science Foundation from 1993 to 1998, will be joined at the news conference by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) CEO Rush Holt, Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness and Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin.
Moniz, Faison at Senate Energy/Water Panel to Look at Nuclear – The Senate Energy and Water Approps panel will hold a hearing on nuclear issues on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.. Witnesses include Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz, former Sen Judd Gregg and ClearPath Founder Jay Faison.
Matheson to Discuss Rural Agenda, Co-ops – New NRECA CEO Jim Matheson will hold a media availability on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the co-ops, energy issues, renewable development and the rural economy. Immediately following the presser, Matheson will attend a NRECA Congressional reception that will include many of his former colleagues. Both events will take place in the Longworth building on Capitol Hill. Matheson, who took over NRECA in July, previously served seven terms as a U.S. Representative from Utah (2001-15), during which time he was Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition, and a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Energy, Tech, Education Conference Set – STEM4US is hosting the 3rd Annual Energy, Tech, and Education Festival on Wednesday at the Washington Convention Center. The theme for #ETE16 is “Mission Critical: Training the Cybersecurity Workforce of Today, Tomorrow.” #ETE16 provides a unique opportunity for executives and professionals in the energy, technology, and venture capital sectors to network with government, academic, and nonprofit leaders. Guests can expect to enjoy interactive workshops, networking, and receptions.
NASDAQ To Host Energy, Tech Discussions on Election – In the final weeks before the November 2016 elections, listen to a policy debate between representatives of leading Presidential campaigns. The events start on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Candidates and advisors are invited representing the Democratic, Green, Independent, and Republican parties. During the debate, enjoy refreshments at the DC offices of NASDAQ, the leading stock exchange for emerging energy, tech, and ed sector publically traded corporations. Following a moderated discussion, members of the audience have the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists. To expand the audience, the event is expected to be live streamed and presented as a Google Hangout and Live Twitter Chat.
House Science Takes on EPA Methane Regs – The House Science Committee’s Environment panel will hold a hearing on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to look at EPA’s methane regulations. Witnesses will include SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute expert Bud Weinstein, API’s Erik Milito, EDF’s Elgie Holstein and Anthony Ventello of Progress Authority.
House E&C to Look at Energy Security – The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing Thursday at 10:00 a.m. looking at DOE’s role in advancing the national, economic and energy security.
Enviros “Keep It in the Ground” White House Rally – Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Wilson Center to Look at Climate Assessments – On Thursday at 4:00 p.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center will host a forum on preparing the National Climate Assessment. Since 2000, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has produced three National Climate Assessments, a major Congressionally mandated report designed to inform the public about the current state of the climate, the nation’s preparedness, and future trends. Work on the fourth assessment has now begun. The event will feature a discussion with representatives from the USGCRP and White House about ways to engage in the production of the report and priorities, including the first chapter on international issues.
WCEE Forum to Look at Greenhouse Gas Protocols – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a luncheon forum on Thursday at Deloitte looking at Greenhouse Gas Protocols. GHG Protocol sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions. Since its launching in 2001, more than 1000 organizations and governments have joined this initiative to be more efficient and resilient while benefitting the environment through climate change strategies. The 2010 GHG Workforce Survey reported that GHG Protocol is the second most important climate program after Kyoto Protocol in the successful measurement and management of climate change. The forum will feature WRI experts to discuss how the GHG Protocol is used as a decision-making tool when setting corporate sustainability targets and strategies; how corporate renewable energy purchasing can help reduce emission and how it supports corporate action.
Campaign Energy Policy Discussions Set – Leaders in Energy and Potential Energy DC present an “Un-Debate” on Thursday evening at NYU’s DC office to Look at Energy and Sustainability. The events will examine key energy and sustainability issues that are being discussed in the upcoming election. The event will feature representatives from each of the major parties, Democratic and Republican, along with the Green and Libertarian parties. However instead of conducting a conventional debate forum with individuals interrupting each other and not listening as everyone strives to top the other with their own view, we will seek to identify areas of consensus and common ground.
ICF Breakfast to Look at Nanotech – On Friday at the University Club, ICF will host an Energy Breakfast that brings together the heads of the two premier U.S. electricity and energy technology groups to discuss how new energy technologies and innovations are quickly reshaping the way we produce, transport, and utilize energy: “nanotechnology.
WRI Forum to Look at Sustainable Energy Future – The World Resources Institute (WRI) will host a forum Friday on how to produce, use and dispose of everyday products in a sustainable future. In this presentation and panel discussion, European and American leaders in government and business will share their views on this emerging topic. In the spirit of the coinciding EU Climate Diplomacy Week, this event will include discussion of how a circular economy model can support global climate goals as outlined in the Paris Agreement on climate change.
RFF Forum to Look at Carbon Tax – Resources for the Future (RFF) will hold a forum on Friday looking at the latest updates on carbon pricing developments in Canada, where provinces have led but the federal government is seeking to develop its own policy; Mexico, where a carbon tax has been in place since 2014 but an emissions trading system has recently been announced; and the United States, where carbon markets exist in a few states (like California), where more markets might emerge under the Clean Power Plan, and where a federal carbon tax continues to be debated.
Japan Forum Looks at NatGas Hydrate – On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science will host a forum focus on natural gas hydrates. Around 80% of energy is supplied by fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas. This trend will continue at least 50 years although other energy supply, such as wind, solar, nuclear, so on due to most of . Energy forecasts, such as IEA outlook 2015. The natural gas is especially important because C/H ratio is low, which indicates that the impact to global warming is less. The natural gas hydrate is one of important candidate to supply natural gas as similar to the shale gas which is developed and supplied in USA. The natural gas hydrate spreads the pacific ocean including USA and Japan.
CSIS to Host Book Discussion on Sustainable Development – The Center for Strategic & International Studies will host a public roundtable on Friday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss Dr. Stephen Macekura’s book, “Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century,” as well as his career leading up to this publication. Macekura is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies. He is a historian of U.S. foreign policy, foreign aid, international development, and environmental politics and policy. His first book Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global ‘Sustainable Development’ in the Twentieth Century, explores the role of environmental NGOs in attempting to reconcile the desire for economic growth with environmental protection after 1945. His second book will focus on the meaning and measurement of economic growth in the twentieth-century.
National Electric Drive Week Set – The National Electric Drive Week will begin on Sunday. See more details here.
AGA Food Truck Highlights NatGas Use – The American Gas Association (AGA) said its natural gas-fueled food truck will be cooking with natural gas and serving free grilled cheese sandwiches around Capitol Hill on September 19-30. The modernized food truck will help to demonstrate the relationship between natural gas and daily American life by bringing the benefits of cooking with natural gas to the public during their lunch hour. In order to receive a free grilled cheese, all you have to do is tweet to eat. Follow AGA on Twitter at @aga_naturalgas to get the latest details on the location of the food truck. Show up during lunch, smart phone in hand, and tweet using the hashtag #NatGasFuelsUs. Step up to the window and show your tweet as part of the online dialogue about natural gas to the food truck team and you will receive a grilled cheese of your choice.
Groups to Launch Nuclear Report – Next Monday at Noon, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Union of Concerned Scientists will host the U.S. Launch of the 2016 World Nuclear Industry Status Report. The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2016 offers valuable insights of the global state of the nuclear industry by providing a comprehensive overview of nuclear plant data, including information on operation, production and construction, as well as an assessment of the financial status of many of the biggest industrial players in the sector.
Event to Look at Paris Progress – Next Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., Climate Advisers CEO Nigel Purvis and E3G CEO Nick Mabey will host a discussion at the National Press Club with government leaders from the United States, Germany and Canada on the transatlantic vision for post-Paris climate ambition. These countries are playing a leadership role in defining the low carbon future, through mid-century strategies they plan to release this year. The event will highlight the opportunity these groundbreaking strategies provide for setting a global standard for ambition over the long term, and in maintaining momentum on climate action post-COP21 and the Paris Agreement.
Atlantic Council to Host Inhofe, Whitehouse on Nuclear – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will host a discussion on next Wednesday at Noon on bipartisan legislative efforts to preserve and strengthen US leadership at the cutting edge of nuclear energy technology. Senators Jim Inhofe and Sheldon Whitehouse will address efforts to promote public-private partnerships on advanced nuclear energy technology, to modernize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s functions, and to accelerate the development of advanced nuclear reactors in the United States. Richard Morningstar, Founding Director and Chairman of the Global Energy Center, will deliver welcoming remarks and Ben Geman of the National Journal will moderate the discussion.
Air Regulators Hold Meeting – The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies’ will hold its 2016 Fall Business Meeting on September 21st – 23rd in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – Brownstone – University. Experts from AAPCA Member agencies and U.S. EPA, including the Office of General Counsel, Air Quality Assessment Division, Air Quality Policy Division, and Health and Environmental Impact Division, will provide updates on topics like best practices, air quality modeling, Clean Air Act legal issues, NAAQS and many other issues.
Forum to Look at Southern Gas Corridor – On Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will convene a panel of experts to discuss the current state of the Southern Corridor and the challenges it faces in the future. The Southern Gas Corridor has been years in the planning and its proposed completion date (2018-2020 timeframe) is rapidly approaching. Real progress has been made in recent years: confirmation of the route in 2013 and groundbreaking for construction in Turkey and Greece 2016. But challenges remain, including regional security issues, local opposition along parts of the route, stagnant gas demand in Western Europe, and the decreasing cost of imported liquefied natural gas.
SEJ Conference Set For Sacramento – The annual Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference will be September 21-25 in Sacramento. Of course, Bracewell’s PRG will be hosting our annual big reception on Thursday Night to welcome everyone. More on this as we get closer.
NY Ratification Event to Include World Leaders – Well if you thought the Paris Accord was not a treaty, you might not want to attend the event on September 21st in New York where UN head Ban ki-Moon is asking countries to celebrate the ratification of the Accord. In a recent letter, Ban asked countries to accelerate your country’s domestic process for ratification of the Agreement this year.
Energy Engineering Congress Set – The 39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) will be held on September 21-23 at the Walter Washington Convention Center. The WEEC looks at economic and market forces, new technologies, regulatory developments and industry trends. Speakers include former Meet The Press host David Gregory, former Shell CEO John Hofmeister, Toyota Reg VP Tom Stricker and Tesla Technology officer J.B. Straubel. WCEE and Leaders in Energy will also host a reception on Thursday night of the event.
ASE to Host Efficiency Day on Hill – On Thursday, September 22nd on Capitol Hill, the ASE’s Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) will return to discuss the role of energy efficiency in an integrated grid. For more than a decade, GEED has brought together hundreds of leaders from business, industry, academia and government for robust dialogues on energy efficiency’s most pressing issues.
North American Energy Summit Set – The Wilson Center’s Mexico and Canada Institutes are hosting their Third Annual North American Energy Forum on Thursday, September 22nd at the Wilson Center.
CSIS Forum Look at Energy Transition in Germany – On September 22nd, CSIS will host a discussion on energy transitions with perspectives on Germany and the United States with Rainer Baake, German State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy. White House energy expert Dan Utech and NREL Director Martin Keller will also speak.
Forum to Launch NatGas Book – On Thursday, September 22nd at 12:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council will hold a forum to launch the book, “The Future of Natural Gas Markets & Geopolitics.” The role of natural gas in the global energy mix has witnessed a remarkable evolution in the past few decades. In this context of rapid changes in the energy market and shifts in geopolitical relationships, The Future of Natural Gas: Markets and Geopolitics provides a comprehensive and rigorous analysis on the role of natural gas in the future global energy mix.
WCEE Forum to Look at Residential Energy Efficiency – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will host a lunch forum on Thursday September 22nd at the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility to look at residential sector energy use. Introducing innovative energy efficiency technologies in new and existing homes as well as multifamily buildings will contribute to reduce consumers’ energy bills, help address climate change, benefit the environment, and enhance the nation’s energy security. Implementing energy efficiency practices, performing home energy audits, improving insulation, replacing water heaters and appliances are the most common solutions. Speakers will include DOE’s Joan Glickman and Megan Houston of the Institute for Marketing Transformation.
JHU Election Forum to Look at Energy Platforms – On Thursday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University will host a forum at the Rome Auditorium that will feature a panel will discuss the energy policies of both political parties before the upcoming election.
SHALE INSIGHT Set for Pittsburgh – The Marcellus Shale Coalition will hold its 6th annual SHALE INSIGHT Conference at the Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The focus of this year’s conference is the next phase of the shale revolution and will emphasize end use and connecting the market place through infrastructure. The conference will feature keynote presentations, an interactive and robust exhibit floor, tailored panel discussions, the Technology Showcase and a Natural Gas Use Marketplace, which all present networking opportunities for attendees.
BGov Forum to Look at Nuclear Power – On Friday, September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. Bloomberg BNA and Nuclear Matters will host a breakfast event exploring the clean energy benefits and value of nuclear power. Our distinguished speakers will discuss nuclear energy’s role in cutting emissions as federal and state policies to reduce existing power plant emissions go into effect, and as the Supreme Court considers the Clean Power Plan.
Coal Council CEO to Address Energy Group – The U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) National Capital Area will host its monthly lunch on Friday September 23rd featuring Janet Gellici of the National Coal Council. Gellici will take a hard look at the current state of the coal industry and focus her remarks on market and policy hurdles confronting the coal industry. She will also provide an overview of initiatives to overcome these challenges, including efforts to advance policy parity for low-carbon technology deployment and markets for CO2 utilization.
Transmission Forum to Look at Key Western Issues – Infocast’s 8th Transmission Summit West, will be Held on September 26-28 in San Diego, CA at the Marriott La Jolla. The Summit brings together senior transmission industry owners, operators, generators, regulators, financiers and other key players to address the strategic, regulatory, investment and technology issues facing the industry, and explore strategies for maximizing the true value of their business.
Clean Power Plan Hits DC Circuit – On September 27th, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on September 27 in a case challenging the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. The hearing by the full court is the first time judges will hear arguments on the merits of the rule. Many expect the circuit court decision will be appealed to, and may ultimately be heard by, the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clean Power Plan is on hold while it makes its way through the legal system.
Holmstead to Lead BPC Panel on EPA Rule – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a forum on Tuesday October 4th for a panel discussion with leading legal experts to unpack the arguments presented to the circuit court on September 27 in a case challenging EPA’s Clean Power Plan. They will also be asked to read the tea leaves on the judges’ questions and reactions. Speakers will include my Colleague Jeff Holmstead, Hunton’s Allison Wood, NRDC’s David Doniger and Chris Courchesne of the Massachusetts AG’s Office.
Rogers Headlines New Energy Summit – The 2016 New Energy Summit will be held in Washington at the House of Sweden on October 17-18, 2016 in Washington, DC. The 4th annual event will cover such topics as tax equity, community solar, net metering, and more. This year’s event will also feature a roster of pioneers, innovators and industry champions including Jigar Shah – Co-Founder of Generate Capital, Jim Rogers – Former CEO of Duke Energy, and Reed Hundt – Co-Founder of Coalition for Green Capital.
CIBO Meeting Set – The Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) will hold its annual meeting on October 18-19th In Woodstock, Vermont. The meeting will consider the energy and environmental questions corporate and institutional CEO’s and Government legislative and regulatory leaders will be asking in the upcoming year as well as discuss the broader energy and environmental issues that could be impacting overall corporate operations and planning in the near term.
TransForum East Set for Nov – GenerationHub’s TransForum East is scheduled for November 15-16 at the Capital Hilton in DC. TransForum East brings together electric transmission executives who operate, plan, build, regulate and invest in electric power transmission systems in Eastern North America.
This regional forum provides two days of interaction and collaboration on the business of power transmission. You’ll gain insight from case studies of successful business models, regional planning strategies, financing trends and practical lessons learned from new construction and upgraded transmission projects occurring in the United States and Canada.