Hope you enjoyed an extra day in honor of our Presidents. It offered us a chance to watch a little more of the Winter Olympics. While there has been lots of great action, tomorrow’s Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal game may be the most significant event of the entire two-plus weeks. While men’s ice hockey has taken a ratings hit because the NHL players didn’t play (thanks Gary Bettman), the game between the US-Canada should be spectacular. In a pre-medal round game, the teams played to a hard-fought, very physical 2-1 Canada victory. The final will likely pick up where that game left off. And this is not new: remember in Sochi in 2014, Canada scrapped back from a two–goal deficit to win the Gold in OT. Stay up late and watch…I suspect it will be worth it.
Congress is out this week, but there are still a few important things going on… The National League of Cities hosts an infrastructure briefing this afternoon, while an advanced nuclear summit starts in College Station, TX today and runs through Thursday. As well, EPA holds the first of its additional Clean Power plan repeal hearing tomorrow in KC while the Interior Department’s public hearings continue Thursday in DC. Finally on Thursday, the Washington auto press hosts Consumer Reports to roll out their Top Picks for 2018. The Conservative PAC also holds its annual meeting this week at the Gaylord just outside DC and in addition to the usual suspects, heads of EPA Scott Pruitt, DOE’s Rick Perry and Interior Ryan Zinke will speak as well.
Some interesting stories over the weekend. Our friend Steve Mufson of the WaPo had a great piece on the bankruptcy of the Charleston Gazette and its often contentious relationship with the state’s coal industry. Our good friend and long-time CG reporter Ken Ward featured prominently. Also on Sunday, USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold authored a piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the national security implications of a strong refining sector and how it is undercut by the complications surrounding excessive RIN costs pushing Philadelphia Energy Solutions into bankruptcy.
With Dave Banks departing, the Mexichem court case, previous State Dept comments and new legislation on HFC, there’s a lot of action surrounding HFC reductions and the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol. We can help with these stories so let me know if you are interested.
Finally, the American Council on Capital Formation (ACCF) has released a new paper just now that includes research from MIT and others on how to shape to shape infrastructure projects. And speaking of infrastructure, make your calendar for NEXT Thursday, March 1st when Bracewell hosts an infrastructure symposium featuring Sen. Ted Cruz, CEQ’s Alex Hergott and a number of other experts.
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“Enhancing U.S. technological leadership and supporting U.S. industry and the jobs it creates and sustains are key components of our support for the Kigali Amendment, and this bill will create a certain pathway for implementation of Kigali if, as we hope, it is submitted to and ratified by the Senate.”
Stephen Yurek, president of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute commenting on the new legislation introduced by Sen. Kennedy.
“America deserves world-class infrastructure, and to get there we need to change our thinking to include not just how best to fund it, but also how best to spend it. This report highlights the importance of life cycle cost analysis and competition in paving – something that over the years has faded from infrastructure policy discussions. If federal and state decision makers took this report as a playbook, America would see tremendous taxpayer cost savings and stronger infrastructure built to last long into the future.”
Portland Cement Association President and CEO Michael Ireland on the new ACCF Infrastructure report.
IN THE NEWS
ACCF Releases Paper on Shaping Infrastructure – The American Council on Capital Formation (ACCF) has released a new paper that includes research from MIT and others on how to shape to shape infrastructure projects. ACCF’s Pınar Cebi Wilber researched how new infrastructure projects could be more efficient and effective. This special report first looks at the reasons for infrastructure investment and then sets the stage for steps that are crucial for successful infrastructure projects. Particular attention is paid to ways to use existing funds more effectively and to increase participation by the private sector. The paper concludes with alternative methods for financing and funding the country’s much needed infrastructure. One of the key recommendations Is increase use of the life cycle project analysis/assessment, taking a long-run view while evaluating infrastructure projects could save significant sums of money both at the federal and local levels during the life of a project. See the Report
Senators Introduce New Legislation to Implement HFC Amendment – U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, bipartisan legislation that would support the worldwide transition towards next generation coolants pioneered by what were described as “innovative companies in Louisiana and other states.” At issue are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are used as coolants in refrigerators and air conditioners. The HFC industry employs nearly 600,000 workers in the U.S. and generates annual sales of $206 billion. Because of changing global policy, countries are moving away from using HFCs. This legislation will allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure a smooth phasedown of HFCs in the U.S., boosting the manufacturers producing next generation technologies. The bill would:
- Clarify the authority of EPA in regulating HFC refrigerants and provide a market-friendly approach to rulemaking that will help facilitate a cost-effective transition to alternative refrigerants while maintaining or enhancing the performance of the equipment that uses the new refrigerants.
- Enable the EPA to establish an HFC phase down mechanism using a cap-and-allocation system that encourages innovation and the commercialization of alternative refrigerants, preserving American technology leadership.
- Provide the predictability needed for American private sector investment in HFC replacements.
AHRI Voices Support for Kennedy HFC Legislation – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute strongly supports the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2018. As the trade association representing both producers and users of refrigerants, AHRI has a keen interest in ensuring that the coming global phase down of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants is accomplished in a smooth, orderly manner with as little impact on manufacturers and consumers as possible. AHRI said will help accomplish that goal by establishing a pathway for U.S. implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol that establishes a framework for the global phase down.
Factbook Highlights State of Energy Economy – Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released a comprehensive review of energy statistics in the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The report says rapid deployment of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy in 2017 generated economic benefits without requiring increases in energy consumption or greenhouse gas emissions. Looking over the year, the growth of sustainable energy industries contributed to greater economic competitiveness, job creation, and the expansion of the American economy. The 2018 Factbook is the sixth edition of an annual resource that outlines key energy trends contributing to American economic competitiveness.
Energy Sector is Transforming – The transformation of the energy sector escalated in 2017, as evidenced by continuing trends:
- Natural gas remained the primary source of power generation in the U.S., and wind and solar build, combined with increased hydropower generation, drove renewable generation up from 15% to 18% of the total electricity mix in one year.
- Energy productivity, which is the amount of GDP produced by a unit of energy, climbed 2.5% in 2017.
- Costs remained low: consumers devoted only 1.3% of their spending towards electricity, smaller than at any time ever recorded. This offset a rise in the share of spending devoted to gasoline and motor fuels (up to 2.1% in 2017 from 1.9% in 2016), allowing the total percent of household expenses dedicated to energy costs to hover under 4%, near an all-time low.
- Emissions from the electricity sector plummeted again, falling 4.2% year-on-year to the lowest level in more than 27 years.
Competitive Energy Sector – The U.S. remains globally competitive for energy-intensive industries, thanks to low industrial power prices, and U.S. players continue to invest in clean energy:
- Historically, industrial power prices in the U.S. have been among the most affordable in the world (averaging 6.76¢/kWh in 2016). The U.S. had the second lowest prices of the G-7 countries in 2016; Canada was number one.
- Corporations are playing a stronger role in the energy transformation, increasingly demanding cleaner energy and seeking to capture gains from energy efficiency. In 2017, corporations signed new deals for 2.9 GW worth of offsite renewable capacity.
- Global clean energy investment rose to $333 billion, the second-highest amount on record. U.S. investments tracked 2016 levels, at $57 billion, but saw a shift in capital deployment towards wind and energy smart technologies.
New Energy Sector Developments – there were several new developments in the energy sector in 2017 that continue to change our energy dynamics.
- The U.S. is solidifying its role as a global liquefied natural gas exporter, and for the first time was a net exporter of natural gas for every month of the year.
- New sales of battery, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid vehicles accelerated, driven by longer-range versions of existing models, long-range affordable BEVs, and the electrification of new car segments. Significantly, the price of lithium-ion battery packs, a key cost component for battery electric vehicles, plummeted 23% year-on-year and have fallen 65% in five years (between 2013 and year end 2017).
- Greater climate commitments from sub-national and private sector actors emerged in response to federal government climate policy back-tracking. Federal-level actions ranging from trade cases to tax reform also caused uncertainty in the market for clean technologies.
The U.S. energy transformation is impacting the economy – These include successes on grid resilience, job creation and economic opportunites.
- The renewable energy, energy efficiency and natural gas sectors employed approximately three million Americans in 2016. Energy efficiency, with nearly 2.2 million jobs, was the largest single employer within the sustainable energy sectors.
- American economic growth is picking up steam, without a parallel jump in energy consumption. Since 2008, primary energy usage has shrunk 1.7% even as GDP has accelerated by 15.3%.
- Utilities and independent developers continue to invest in infrastructure to improve grid operations and support the growth of clean energy. Investor-owned utilities and independent developers spent an estimated $22.9 billion on electric transmission in 2017, a 10% rise year-on-year and a 91% increase since 2011. Investment in midstream natural gas infrastructure (e.g., transmission, distribution and storage) climbed 19% from 2015 to 2016, with distribution accounting for nearly half of the escalation in spending. Total investment in distribution hit its highest level yet at $13.4bn, a 16% expansion from 2015 levels.
Where Can You Read It – The 2018 Factbook includes a comprehensive overview and detailed charts, graphs and sources for a wide range of information that defines the U.S. sustainable energy landscape.
The 2018 Factbook is offered in PDF format available electronically (download from the BCSE website here: http://www.bcse.org/sustainableenergyfactbook) and in a hard copy format directly from the BCSE. The Factbook is intended to serve as a reference guide of sustainable energy statistics throughout the year for media, policymakers, business and industry.
ClearPath to Support Costello in PA – ClearPath Action Fund is kicking off its 2018 cycle by endorsing Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) and pledging $1 million to help re-elect him in a swing Southeastern Pennsylvania district. The effort will begin with a six-figure, targeted TV and digital ad buy this spring to highlight Costello’s record advocating policies that expand clean and reliable energy. “Ryan Costello is one of the most committed clean energy champions in Congress and we’re proud to make him our first 2018 endorsement,” ClearPath Action Fund Founder Jay Faison said. A Public Opinion Strategies survey conducted last summer of GOP and swing voters in several districts and states key to the 2018 congressional election showed Republicans considerably gaining after focused messaging on clean energy. That included a 23-point boost in Costello’s 6th congressional district for a generic Republican candidate who espouses pro-clean energy messaging.
Cramer to Run for ND Senate Seat – North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer said he will challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp at an announcement rally for Friday afternoon. Heitkamp is one of the most vulnerable Democrats facing reelection in 2018 in a state President Trump won by more than 30 percentage points in 2016.
FERC Approves Storage Rule – Late Last week, FERC unanimously approved a final rule that would remove long-standing regulatory barriers in bringing batteries and other energy storage to the electric grid. FERC is ordering regional transmission and other grid operators to revise pricing to recognize the benefits of energy storage and allow the technology to compete with generators on the wholesale market. Energy storage is key to improving the reliability of intermittent renewable power sources and even helping constant-running nuclear become better utilized during peak times on the grid.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Advanced Nuke Conference Headlined by Current, Former NRC, Energy Officials – The Advanced Reactors Summit V and Showcase will run today through Thursday at Texas A&M in College Station, sponsored by the US Nuclear infrastructure Council. Energy Under Secretary Mark Menezes, NRC Commissioner Stephen Burns, former NRC Commissioner and now OECD’s Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency Bill Magwood, top nuclear company representatives, former NRC Commissioner Jeff Merrifield, EIRP’s Irfan Ali and ClearPath Policy Director Jeremy Harrell are among those speaking.
DOE to Hold Electricity Committee Meeting – The Energy Department’s Electricity Advisory Committee will meet today at 1:00 p.m. at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington.
Forum to Discuss Fukushima Research – The Embassy of Japan’s Information and Culture Center holds a discussion today at 6:30 p.m. on Fukushima. For seven years, a research group from Fukushima University has been examining not only the damage from the disaster, but various aspects of its effects on the region, including food safety, community rebuilding, disaster prevention policies, and more. JICC will hold a video presentation and panel discussion with four professors from the Fukushima Research Group, who will discuss their research and views on the current situation of recovery in the damaged areas as well as reports from those who are on the “front lines” of community recovery. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.
EPA Clean Power Plan Repeal Hearing Hits KC – EPA’s additional listening sessions for its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan start on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. The two remaining sessions will be in San Francisco next Wednesday and Gillette, Wyoming on March 27. The EPA had already held one two-day meeting in West Virginia in late 2017.
CSIS to Hosts Forum on China, New Vehicles – The Center for Strategic & International Studies holds a forum tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on China’s high-tech drive is its push to develop new-generation cars. To understand these trends and their implications, the Freeman Chair’s Scott Kennedy will first provide an overview of recent developments in Chinese policies and its auto sector. He will then moderate a panel discussion with leading experts from industry and academia on a range of issues about China and the industry more generally. The speakers will include Zachary Kahn of BYD Heavy Energies, Wall Street Journal Detroit Bureau Chief John Stoll, Anand Shah of the Albright Stonebridge Group and JHU’s Jonas Nahm.
EPA Hosts CPP Repeal Hearing – EPA holds the first of its additional Clean Power plan repeal hearing tomorrow in Kansas City at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beacon Complex. The listening session will begin at 10:00 a.m. with opening remarks followed by oral testimony from those wishing to speak.
Forum to Look at FERC Decision on Grid NOPR – Tomorrow at Noon, the Global America Business Institute will host a presentation on the FERC Response to grid resilience in RTOs and ISOs. The speaker will be Judah Rose, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at ICF International.
EMA To Hold Roundtable – The Emissions Marketing Association will hold roundtable Thursday in Juno Beach, Florida at the offices of NextEra Energy. The event will include presentations, Q&A, and networking opportunities to allow for dialogue among the attendees.
Offshore Drilling Meeting Set to Hit DC – The Interior Department’s public hearings continue this week in DC with a hearing on Thursday to discuss the interior Department’s expanded five-year drilling plan. Already, Interior has held meetings today in Annapolis MD, Jackson MS, Richmond VA, Dover DE, Augusta ME, Baton Rouge LA, Anchorage AK, Concord NH, Boston MA, Montgomery AL, Providence RI, Tacoma WA, Austin TX, Salem OR, Tallahassee FL, Sacramento CA, Hartford CT, Columbia SC, Hamilton NJ and Albany NY. After Washington, DC Thursday, only Raleigh, NC (Feb 26) and Atlanta, GA (Feb 28) remain.
Consumers to Reveal Annual Auto Issue – The Washington Automotive Press Association hosts Consumer Reports at the National Press Club on Thursday at Noon for lunch, and then at 12:45 p.m. for the official release of their Top Picks for 2018. Jake Fisher and Patrick Olsen of Consumer Reports will give an inside look at how Consumer Reports ranks and rates vehicles. Consumers and auto-industry insiders alike look to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Issue and website for CR’s Top Picks in cars and trucks. From best and worst in fuel economy, reliability and safety to tips on how to get the best deal, CR provides consumers unbiased ratings, recommendations, and advice that help consumers make informed decisions with their next car purchase.
Forum to Look at Coastal Communities – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) hold a briefing on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. to discuss climate/weather risks to America’s coastal communities and the types of resilience plans local governments and regional partnerships are developing to safeguard their residents, built assets, and economies. The briefing will explore current and future infrastructure challenges facing public officials and how the federal government fits into the pursuit of these shared development goals.
Speakers for this forum are Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Officer Jim Murley, Charleston, SC Chief Resilience Officer Mark Wilbert, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Steve Walz.
Offshore Drilling Forum Set – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will host a public meeting on its Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Leasing Program on Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in DC. It will use an open-house format, so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with our team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program.
WEN HAPPY HOUR – The Women’s Energy Network holds its winter Happy Hour reception on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Matchbox Bistro in Chinatown.
EPA to Discuss CT Petition – EPA will hold a public hearing on Friday at its D.C. headquarters regarding a 2016 petition filed by Connecticut asking the agency to order stronger pollution controls at a Pennsylvania power plant whose emissions Connecticut says harm its downwind air quality.
SEPA Head to Speak to Renewable Group – The Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy will hold a WRISE DC lunch and learn with Julia Hamm, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) on Friday at Noon. .Hamm will discuss her recent trips to and work with Puerto Rico, what SEPA is doing more broadly, as well as take-aways from her decades of work in renewable energy.
Forum to Look at Reforming Jones Act – The Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project holds a discussion on Friday at Noon on whether it is time to reform the Jones Act. SMU’s James Coleman and former member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Rob Quartel will be among the speaker.
Finland Chamber to Discuss Company – The Finnish America Chamber of Commerce will hold a lunch with Neste representatives on Friday at Noon. Neste was listed as the second most sustainable company in the world on the Global 100 List. Neste’s jump was enabled particularly by the company’s continued good overall performance, especially in Clean Air Productivity, measuring the air emissions of the company. Neste’s Johan Lunabba, Adrian Suharto and Dayne Delahoussaye will speak.
IN THE FUTURE
Climate, Security Forum Set – Next Monday February 26th at 9:30 a.m., the Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, holds their 2018 Climate and National Security Forum: A Responsibility to Prepare. This year’s forum panels will focus on the risks that climate change presents to national security on an operational and strategic level, and the challenges and opportunities in preparing to counter and manage those risks.
BP Energy Outlook Set for Release – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host the U.S. launch of BP Energy Outlook 2018 on Monday February 26th at 9:30 a.m. Spencer Dale, chief economist of BP, will present the findings of the outlook followed by a moderated conversation with Sarah Ladislaw, director and senior fellow of the CSIS Energy & National Security Program.
BPC to Focus on Nuclear Energy Exports – The Bipartisan Policy Center hold a discussion next Monday at 10:00 a.m. with members of DOE, the U.S. nuclear energy industry, academia, and the Nuclear Innovation Alliance looking at the vital role that the export control regulations play in nuclear energy commerce and nonproliferation efforts. The conversation will focus on recommendations from a recent Nuclear Innovation Alliance report on how the regulations and their implementation can be improved. Speakers will include NNSA’s Kate Strangis and Matt Bunn of the Harvard Kennedy School.
CSIS to Look at Short-Term Oil Outlook – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host a conference Tuesday February 27th on the short-term outlook for U.S. tight oil production and its implications for global oil markets. As we enter the new year with renewed commitment from the OPEC/non-OPEC partnership, Brent has continued to climb from $45 per barrel low in 2017 to $70 in January 2018. Global economic growth continues to look robust, oil stocks are clearly in decline, geopolitical challenges remain ever-present, and market sentiment looks bullish (for now). However, persistently higher prices have the potential to bring on additional supply from both OPEC and non-OPEC sources. In this context, much attention is being directed to prospective U.S. supply growth. Based on assessments of resource strength, well productivity, hedging activity, cash flow, break even costs, and a sizeable backlog in drilled-but-uncompleted wells (DUCs), estimates of U.S. near-term output vary widely and challenges remain. Against this backdrop, the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host a distinguished group of experts to discuss the outlook moving forward. Our friend Paul Sankey will speak at the event.
ERCOT Market Forum Set – The ERCOT Market Summit will be held on February 27th though March 1st. The forum will look at perspectives on ERCOT Market Reform, end-use customers, Plant Retirements, Resource Adequacy and Reliability and dealing with the Impacts of Wholesale Price Volatility in ERCOT.
Forum to Look at Coal Issues – Next Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., New York University Washington, DC Center marks the release of the Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology with comments from Charles Herrick and Ana Unruh Cohen. Herrick and Cohen will discuss how US greenhouse gas regulations affect the coal industry and other energy sectors. They will look at what other factors have led to a decline in the country’s coal use, and how these forces might shape US energy production in the future.
ANS Head to Address Nuke Issues – Next Tuesday, February 27th at Noon, Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington hosts a speech by Dr. John E. Kelly, Vice-President/President-Elect of the American Nuclear Society. Kelly recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy as the Chief Technology and was responsible for establishing the strategic technical direction for the Office of Nuclear Energy’s research, development, demonstration, and deployment portfolios.
Bracewell to Host Infrastructure Event – Bracewell will hold an infrastructure symposium on Thursday March 1st at 9:00 a.m. in 902 Hart. The event will feature Sen. Ted Cruz, CEQ Infrastructure lead Alex Hergott and many other Bracewell experts.
Wilson to Look at Climate, Women – On Thursday, March 1st at 9:30 a.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a discussion of how climate displacement is changing the role of women in their communities and how women are leading their communities to overcome its impacts. With panelists from the development sector, academia, and journalism, we will look at this issue globally and dive into individual stories of resilience and leadership.
RFF, Stanford Experts Launch Climate, Policy Book – On Friday March 2nd at 9:00 a.m., Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hold the public launch of Confronting the Climate Challenge: US Policy Options, a new book that presents a unique framework for evaluating the impacts of a range of US climate-policy options, both for the economy overall and for particular household groups, industries, and regions. Authors Marc Hafstead and Lawrence Goulder will discuss the book, followed by a moderated Q&A session.
Forum to Look at Resilient Buildings – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) hold a briefing on Friday March 2nd at Noon looking at the public/private drive toward resilient buildings. These are structures that are located, designed and built (or renovated) to withstand extreme weather, cyberterrorism, and other hazards now and for years to come. This briefing will explore what makes buildings resilient; why resilience is important for multiple policy challenges, including infrastructure modernization, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and research funding; and how public-private sector collaboration in research, worker training and investment partnerships benefit society now and well into the future. Speakers will include National Roofing Contractors Association head and former Rep. Reid Ribble, Debra Ballen of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and Paul Totten of WSP USA.
WCEE to Discuss Western Energy Imbalance – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a lunch and learn forum on Friday, March 2nd to get an overview of the Western Energy Imbalance Market from FERC staff Elisabeth Olson who worked in the California electricity market during EIM implementation.
CERAWEEK Set for Houston – CERAWEEK’s 2018 conference will be held in Houston from March 5-9th at the Hilton Americas. Speakers this year include OPEC SG Mohammad Barkindo, GM’s Mary Berra, BP’s Bob Dudley, IAE’s Fatih Birol, FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, Exelon’s Chris Crane, Energy Transfer’s Kelsey Warren, Paul Spencer of the Clean Energy Collective, Sunnova’s John Berger, and many, many more.
Wilson to Look at Green Finance – On Monday, March 6th at 9:30 a.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center‘s China Environment Forum hosts a discussion of China’s rapid rise as a green finance champion. CEF is bringing in three experts to delve into the financial and environmental opportunities and risks as China moves into this new era of green financing. Derek Ip, a Senior Analyst at Trucost, will discuss the findings of a recently published report on the financial and water risks in China’s coal-to-chemical sector in western China, and how this risk approach could spur better environmental performance from other pollution- and energy-intense industries in China. Alan Xiangrui Meng, a market analyst in Climate Bonds Initiative’s London office will explore the expanding green bond market in China, which is spurring new environmental protection and clean energy industries, as well as some greyer industries. Carolyn Szum, who heads the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Integrated Team on Systems, Economic Analysis, and Modeling, will explain how CERC-BEE is working with U.S. and Chinese financial institutions to develop and pilot innovative financing mechanisms to scale up energy efficiency in China.
Third Way Forum to Look at Future Nukes – Third Way holds its third annual Advanced Nuclear Summit on March 6th in Washington, DC. As the advanced nuclear sector gets closer to licensing and constructing new power plants, we will explore how nuclear leaders can engage with communities on the ground, how these technologies can help meet their needs, and how to address the challenges that concern them. The forum is co-hosted by GAIN and the Idaho, Oak Ridge, and Argonne National Labs.
Wind Forum Set – The Business Network for Offshore Wind hold a forum on March 6th at the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel. The forum will look at the regional offshore wind market, discuss opportunities for US developers and Tier 1 and 2 supplier, and listen to available State resources. Speakers include MEA’s Mary Beth Tung, BOEM’s Daryl Francois and our friends Clint Plummer of Deepwater Wind and Raul Rich of US Wind.
EESI, BSCE to Host Staff Brief on FactBook – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute hosts a lunch briefing on Friday March 9th In 2168 Rayburn focused on the 2018 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. A panel of executives from BCSE member companies and analysts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance will discuss.
BPC Infrastructure Hub Sets Innovation Forum – The BPC Infrastructure Lab hold its second event in a series on Infrastructure Ideas and Innovations on Tuesday March 13th at 10:00 a.m. The American economy is increasingly driven by a powerful network of billions of “smart” and connected devices, ranging from miniscule sensors to massive industrial machines. From autonomous vehicles to smart water meters, today’s innovations are transforming how we live and how our core industries do business. These technological advancements also raise important policy questions: What infrastructure investments must be made to ensure that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), the infrastructure that underlies the innovation, has the powerful and reliable communications network needed to sustain it? How can we incorporate IIoT innovations, such as custom private networks that combine satellite-terrestrial technologies, to improve the quality and competitiveness of our infrastructure?
ACORE Renewable Policy Forum Set for Cap Hill – The annual 2018 ACORE Renewable Energy Policy Forum will be held on Capitol Hill on March 14th. The ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum is the only pan-technology renewable energy policy summit to address federal and state policy. This signature conference brings together industry leaders and policymakers to discuss energy and tax policy, debate pressing issues in the changing electricity marketplace, and identify priorities for Congress, the states, and relevant agencies.
Solar Operations Conference Set – On March 13-14th, Solar Asset Management North America will hold its 5th edition in San Francisco. The event is the leading conference focused on the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios. The recommendations on the Section 201 solar trade case as well as the new tax provisions will also affect the existing assets, budgets and O&M. The conference aims to fully assess and quantify the impact on the future of the solar industry.
Offshore Wind Partnership Forum Set – The Business Network for Offshore Wind hold its 2018 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum on April 3rd to 6th in Princeton New Jersey. The IPF is the leading technical conference for offshore wind in the United States and is dedicated to moving the industry forward. Among the speakers will be BOEM’s Walter Cruickshank and James Bennett, Statoil’s Sebastian Bringsværd, U of Delaware’s Jeremy Firestone, NYSERDA’s Greg Lampman, Recharge’s Darius Snieckus Deepwater’s Jeff Grybowski and NWF’s Collin O’Mara.
WINDPOWER Set for Chicago – The American Wind Energy Assn (AWEA) will hold WINDPOWER 2018 in Chicago from May 7th to 10th. The industry closed 2017 strong, delivering 7,017 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity. That new capacity represents $11 billion in new private investment. There are now 89,077 MW of wind power installed across 41 states, enough to power 26 million American homes. The wind industry is expected to continue its growth into 2018. WINDPOWER is where the industry comes together to plan for the future and keep this success story growing.