This will be a very crazy week for everybody because it is “Earth Day” Week, and besides a concert with rock stars and TV stars who want to be seen as “Green”, it leads to a lot of good events that discuss and shine the spotlight on issues we here at Bracewell work on every day. It already has gained the President’s attention as the topic of his Saturday radio address and he heads to Marco Island and the Everglades on Wednesday to follow up with a speech. But really, Earth Day is not really much of a change for us because every day is Earth Day for us.
Before we get to more details, I mentioned rock stars were out on Saturday at the concert in DC, but they were also out in Cleveland where the Rock ‘n Rock Hall of Fame had its 30th Induction Ceremony. The 2015 class included inductions for Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Lou Reed and the “5” Royales. Great performances all around including John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughn and Mylie Cyrus joining Joan Jett on stage to rock out. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air May 30th at 8:00 p.m. on HBO.
And on the sports side, I always remind my friends now that today is the Boston Marathon, one of the premier sports/community events that has taken on heightened significance since the incident two years ago. Congrats to everyone who will be traveling the course through greater Boston and good luck…
Houston is really the center of the energy world/debate this week as IHS-CERA hosts the annual CERA Week energy conference. The speakers are a laundry list of top leaders on our issues from government, academia and industry. Lisa Murkowski kicks things off this afternoon while Secretary Jewell (tomorrow), Energy Sect Moniz (Wed) and EPA Administrator McCarthy (Thurs) are all on the agenda. Lots of company execs too including CP’s Ryan Lance, XOM’s Russ Tillerson and new (and somewhat controversial) Centrus CEO Dan Poneman all also speak.
In DC, the House will move efficiency legislation that was approved in Committee last week and in the Senate earlier this month. The bill includes a fix for thermal water heaters that our friends at NRECA and AHRI have been pushing in partnership with environmental and efficiency groups. The vote will come under suspension of the House rules. There is a good chance they’ll get the required two-thirds support since similar legislation passed last year 375-36. The Senate voted 94-5 for the language when it was offered as an amendment to the Keystone effort in January.
The House Appropriations Committee gets down to business on energy spending Wednesday tackling the first real spending bill to hit. With the Macondo spill’s 5th anniversary , House Resources will focus on safety innovations since the BP accident on Wednesday.
Other hearings include House Science on hydraulic fracturing (Thursday), Senate Approps panel on Nuclear (Wed), Transpo Sect Anthony Foxx at the Senate Approps transportation panel (Wed), Senate Environment nomination hear of Vanessa Sutherland to lead the new Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (Wed) and Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Conner addressing potential reforms to the Land and Water Conservation Fund at Sen Energy (Wed).
And don’t forget the ACORE Washington Policy Conference starting Thursday morning at the Westin and features policymakers, industry leaders and other perspectives to outline challenges and highlight opportunities facing the sector.
Because this week is the 5th anniversary of Macondo, there are several items centering on it beyond the House resources hearing Wednesday. It all started this morning with a NPR Diane Rehm segment on the event that features my colleague Jason Hutt and Oceana’s Jackie Savitz. You can catch the replay here.
Finally, our good friend Dana Perino returns to DC to promote her new book And the Good News Is…:Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side at the National Press Club Thursday evening, while the White House Correspondents Dinner is Saturday… Get those tuxedos ready as Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong will be the entertainment. The night before, the Mother Nature Network will be hosting the 1st annual “White House Correspondents’ Jam,” featuring performances by some of America’s top journalists and their respective bands.
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IN THE NEWS
Bracewell PRG Gets Top Legal Marketing Award – Bracewell Giuliani’s Policy Resolution Group took first place in the Legal Marketing Association’s 2015 “Your Honor” Awards in the Social/Interactive Media category for the 2014 Policy Resolution Group Post-Election Campaign. The LMA Your Honor Awards program recognizes excellence in legal marketing by promoting projects and programs that provide innovation and return on marketing dollar investment. The Your Honor Awards is the longest-running annual national award program recognizing excellence in legal marketing. There are 10 Your Honor Awards categories that cover virtually every area of legal marketing. This year, there were over 170 entries submitted from firms around the world. The winners were announced the 2015 LMA Annual Conference last week in San Diego. The PRG Post-Election Update. The Update began as a mere post-election email effort in 2010 has blossomed into a full marketing campaign undertaken by the PRG team. PRG’s cutting-edge counsel uses industry-leading technology to help clients and contacts better understand what the 2014 election’s probable impact would be on the markets and industries served by Bracewell. The goal of this project was to build on PRG’s 2012 post-election “super” e-newsletter with expanded use of technologies (e.g., webinar, broadcast email, video, social media, blog) to more thoroughly convey the firm’s knowledge and experience to its target markets. As the polls closed and the concession speeches echoed across the airwaves, PRG was already breaking down the results with nine specific market segmented articles and preparing a 17-page, post-election webinar presentation. On Nov. 5, 2014, Bracewell had nearly 200 people tune into PRG’s webinar to hear in-depth analysis on 2014 election results and implications.
AWEA Report Shows Wind Rebound for 2015 – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said wind industry jobs and turbine deployment regained momentum heading into 2015 in its 2014 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report. The U.S. wind industry added 23,000 jobs in 2014, boosting the sector’s total to 73,000 jobs. 2015 began with 12,700 MW of wind projects under construction, a record for the start of any year. Four times more new wind generating capacity came online last year than in 2013. 2013 wind deployment was down 92 percent from 2012 levels because of policy uncertainty caused by the brief lapse of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of 2012. That lapse resulted in the loss of 30,000 wind industry jobs in America. In the U.S. wind manufacturing sector specifically, wind now employs nearly 20,000 workers in more than 500 facilities across 43 states, in addition to 53,000 other jobs in project development, construction, operations, and other parts of the industry. The U.S. wind industry drove $12 billion in private investment last year, for a total of more than $100 billion since 2008.
States Expanding Wind – Several states are seeing great results according to AWEA’s State-by-state economic benefits and rankings. The U.S. “wind rush” is at its height in Texas, with 7,500 MW of wind projects currently under construction, more than all other states combined. The wind industry invested $3 billion in Texas last year, bringing total cumulative investment to over $26 billion. The boom resulted in the addition of 9,000 jobs in 2014, bringing Texas to a U.S.-leading 17,000 wind industry jobs. Rounding out the top five states with the most wind industry jobs are Iowa and Colorado with over 6,000 jobs each, Oklahoma with nearly 5,000 jobs, and Michigan with over 3,000 jobs. Iowa led the nation by producing 28.5% of its electricity from wind power, followed by South Dakota at 25.3% and Kansas at 21.7% in 2014. Wind energy provided more than 15% of the total electricity generated in seven states, more than 10% in a total of nine states, and more than 5% in a total of 19 states. Wind generation has more than tripled since 2008, providing 4.4% of the nation’s electricity in 2014. Wind energy provided the largest increase in generation for any energy source in 2014.
Stock Report Calls for Biofuels Reforms –The Center on Global Energy Policy released a new study, The Renewable Fuel Standard: A Path Forward, authored by Dr. James Stock, a former Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and now a Harvard economist and non-resident Fellow at the Center. In the paper, Stock finds that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is currently imposing costs while failing to provide support for low-carbon second-generation biofuels that can help achieve the program’s energy security and environmental goals. Stock considers both regulatory and legislative reforms. Central to these reforms is providing certainty about a future policy path and developing a realistic plan for reducing the costs arising from the E10 blend wall. Stock argues that the RFS should be reformed because, absent a comprehensive market-based solution for lowering GHG emissions, it remains an important policy tool for the United States in its goal to reduce emissions, as well as decrease reliance on foreign oil supplies. Stock examines three possible policy paths forward for the RFS, and finds that the best option would be for EPA to expand the amount of renewable fuel in the fuel supply, consistent with the intent of the statute. But for this path to be cost effective it needs to be coupled with credible steps to expand the consumption of higher blends of ethanol such as E85. Additional legislative reforms could further reduce the program’s cost while sharpening its focus on second-generation fuels.
NY Post Op-Ed Hits Bloomberg, Cuomo on Energy – There must be something in the water up there in NY…Last Monday we mentioned the Journal hammering three separate times on GHGs and then on Friday, AEA President Thomas Pyle penned an op-ed in the New York Post titled “Lights Out, New York” hammering former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Pyle says their energy policy on Coal and natural gas are turning off the lights on New York’s energy and economic future.
DCCC Attacking Republicans on Climate – Our friends at POLITICO this morning wrote that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to go after several House Republicans this week in honor of Earth Day and the anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They listed a bunch of “deniers” that they will attack. Good luck with that. I guess they want to build on the success both Tom Steyer and Harry Reid had in the last election cycle with that approach.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Tillerson, Hess Kinder, Others Headline CERA Week – CERAWeek 2015 will be held this week in Houston, TX. CERA Week usually offers comprehensive insight on what’s ahead for global energy. The oil price collapse has created new risks and realities – with profound impacts on key regions, industries, and economies. The event features industry and thought leaders proving fresh understanding of geopolitics, technology, markets, investment, strategy and regulatory policy. Speakers will include Peabody Energy’s Greg Boyce, Exxon’s Rex Tillerson, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, BP’s Bob Dudley, Energy Secretary Moniz, former BrightSource exec now at Google John Woolard and many more.
IPAA Investment forum Set for NYC – The Independent Petroleum Association of America will hold its 21st annual Oil & Gas Investment Symposium (OGIS) today through Thursday in New York at the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square. Nearly 75 U.S. oil and natural gas company CEOS will present their financial portfolios next week to 2,000 Wall Street executives, bankers, analysts, and investors.
FERC’s Honorable, Former Sen Bingaman Address Utility Issues Conference – Today through Wednesday in Santa Fe, NM, the Center for Public Utilities’ Advisory Council will hold a Current Issues conference dealing with important topics affecting the industry today. Through a series of panels, industry leaders and Commissioners discuss the current issues facing the Electric, Natural Gas, Telecommunications and Water industries. The panels are designed to create meaningful dialog between the panelists and audience in an informal setting conducive to audience participation. Former NM Senator Jeff Bingaman, former Chairman, Energy & Natural Resources Committee and FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable speak Monday morning April 20. Lisa Edgar, NARUC President, will also be on the program, along with many NARUC Committee Chairman.
JHU Forum to Look at LNG – Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on LNG exports and other gas items today at 12:30 p.m. Rob Franklin, President of ExxonMobil’s Gas & Power Marketing Company, will explore the global benefits of free trade in the energy sector and make the case for expanding U.S. liquefied natural gas exports.
Fiorina To Address Lugar Speaker Series – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series will hold its the 25th Annual Lugar Series Luncheon today featuring Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Prospective Candidate as its keynote speaker. The event will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
CSIS to Look at Ukraine Energy – Today at 2:00 p.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Alan Riley, Professor of Law at the City Law School with City University in London, to discuss the status of reforms to the Ukrainian energy sector and to provide an update on the European Union’s antitrust case against Gazprom. Following the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych in early 2014, a pro-reform and pro-Western government emerged. Despite the Russian annexation of Crimea and ensuing conflict in eastern Ukraine, much hope is placed in the new Ukrainian government’s ability to institute wide-ranging domestic reforms, particularly in the energy sector. Nonetheless, concrete, effectual changes have yet to materialize. Simultaneously, the EU is looking to move ahead with its antitrust case against Russian gas giant Gazprom anti-competitive business practices. A well-known authority on both subjects, Professor Riley will provide an overview of the progress being made and the hurdles undermining energy reform in Ukraine as well as the status of the antitrust proceedings against Gazprom. Following Mr. Riley’s presentation, Ambassador Richard Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, former Ambassador to the European Union and former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy, will provide comments on the issues addressed. Edward Chow, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.
Forum to Look at Native American Climate Plans – Today at 3:00 p.m., EESI hold a briefing on the impacts of sea level rise and oil and gas extraction on Native American communities. The briefing will examine some of the recommendations from tribal communities, such as encouraging the incorporation of climate resilience into land use development and management practices. Speakers for this forum are Albert Naquin, Chief of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana; Bob Gough of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy and anthropologist and climate justice expert Julie Maldonado.
DOE, EPA Honor ENERGY Star Program winners – The Energy Department and EPA hold the Energy Star Partner of the Year awards ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel tonight. The event honors 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states “for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.” Speakers will include EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
Commerce Secretary to Address AMS Washington Forum – Tomorrow to Thursday, the 2015 American Meteorological Society Washington Forum will focus on end users of weather, water and climate data, returning to the theme of past years’ User Forum events conducted by the AMS. As the enterprise evolves and adapts to changes in budgets and cost-sharing paradigms, heightened attention to the needs of its end users is key to success for all stakeholders. Particular attention must be given to key areas of industry, such as health and the various modes of transportation. The 2015 forum will promote dialogue between the enterprise and its end users toward that end. Keynote Speakers will be Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite Information Services Stephen Volz.
Leaders to Address Americas Conference – The Americas Society/Council of the Americas will hold its 45th annual Washington Conference on the Americas tomorrow at the State Department. Speakers will include Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Secretary of State John Kerry, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez delivering the luncheon keynote address.
Forum to Look at EU Energy – The Atlantic Council will hold a forum tomorrow looking at global issues of European Energy Union. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent establishment of the European Energy Union raise serious political, legal, and economic questions as Europe attempts to advance its objectives of increasing competition and ensuring a secure energy supply. Understanding the implications of the new European Energy Union and the energy regulatory framework is a precondition for understanding the future role of all energy supplies in Europe as well as Europe’s internal and external strategic relationships. Two panels of European energy experts, including one of the chief architects of EU energy and competition law, will address the intricacies of EU law and assess the legal, political, and geopolitical implications of the European Energy Union.
RFF, Sweden to Host Climate Forum – The Swedish Embassy and Resources For the Future (RFF) will hold a forum at the embassy tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. to look at international perspectives on national commitments from the European Union, the United States, and China. Later this year, the world will focus its attention on Paris for the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. In the meantime, countries are determining how they can mitigate the effects of climate change in their own jurisdictions, and how these actions can be used to demonstrate their commitment to a new climate agreement in Paris. This policy dialogue will examine these issues and feature comments from experts who play key roles in crafting an international agreement that can be signed in Paris.
Forum to Look at Wildfires, Climate – Tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on wildfires and climate risk. Speakers will include JMcLeod, Director, Climate Risk & Resilience, The Nature Conservancy; and Meredith Hollowell, Presidential Management Fellow, Forestry and Wildfire Expert, will discuss the topic.
Cal Event to Look at Climate Negotiations – Tomorrow evening, the University of California – Washington Center will hold a forum on international climate policy. With the Kyoto Protocol’s end in 2012, the international community is working to find another approach to global climate change and the implications of a changing environment. This year, the UN Council on Climate Change will meet in Paris to discuss the next steps towards developing an international policy that will seek to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius.
GW Event to Discuss Renewables in India, China, US – Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU will hold a forum tomorrow evening on renewable energy cooperation between the US, China and India. It will feature a presentation on the ways the U.S., India, and China can tri-lateralize cooperation on the roll-out of renewable energy (specifically solar) as first steps to broader cooperation to address climate change and energy independence while encouraging economic growth. Particularly, how India and China’s aggressive solar expansion targets can increase governmental, business, and interpersonal cooperation between the three leading emitters of CO2.
EARTH DAY – WEDNESDAY
EPA CAAAC to Meet – On Wednesday morning, EPA holds a meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee on economic, environmental, technical, scientific and enforcement policy issues at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport Hotel in Arlington, Va.
House Resources to Look at Safety, Macondo – The House Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. focused on innovations in safety since the 2010 Macondo Incident. Witnesses will include BSEE director Brian Salerno, API’s Holly Hopkins, Center for Offshore Safety head Charlie Williams, David Coatney, of the Helix Well Containment Group and Steven Murawski of the University of South Florida.
Commission to review Nat Labs Effectiveness – On Wednesday at the Hilton at Mark Center, in Alexandria, VA, the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories will review whether the DOE national laboratories are properly aligned with the Department’s strategic priorities, have clear and balanced missions, have unique capabilities to meet current energy and national security challenges, are appropriately sized to meet the Department’s energy and national security missions, and are appropriately supporting other Federal agencies. The Commission will also look for opportunities to more effectively and efficiently use the capabilities of the national laboratories and analyze the effectiveness of the use of laboratory directed research and development (LDRD) to meet the Department’s science, energy and national security goals.
House Oversight to Look at Uranium Management – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Interior Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. examining the Department of Energy’s excess uranium management Plan.
House Approps Marks Energy Funding – The full House Appropriations Committee will meet to markup the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, FY 2016 on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.
AEI Looks at Carbon Taxes – AEI will hold a forum on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. on the practicality and prospects for carbon taxes. Carbon taxes are potentially the most efficient instrument for mitigating climate change and represent a practical extension of fuel excise taxes. At the same time, carbon taxes can be part of a broader fiscal reform enabling decreases in other taxes and reducing the need for future fiscal consolidation. Falling energy prices, rising debt-to-GDP ratios, and the need for countries to pledge emissions mitigation actions in the run-up to the December 2015 United Nations climate conference in Paris have all heightened interest in carbon taxes and similar instruments. A new International Monetary Fund–Brookings Institution–Resources for the Future book, “Implementing a US Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates,” containing papers written by leading experts in the field, will be presented. Complimentary copies will be available at the event. Rep. John Delaney and former Rep. Bob Inglis will speak.
Webinar to Look at Coal Ash Rule – The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Kutak Rock LLP, Nova Engineering and Environmental, Schiff Hardin LLP, TetraTech, and B2BWebinars.com will hold a webinar on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. looking at the new coal ash regulations. The long-delayed EPA final coal ash CCR has been issued, and coal generators throughout the nation will soon move to comply with its provisions.
Wilson Event Features Sachs on Sustainability – The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a forum on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. featuring Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University discussing sustainable development. The theme for this Earth Day seminar is anticipating and responding to mega trends and promoting “Years of Sustainable development.” This event is organized by the Wilson Center, EPA, and the World Environment Center (WEC). It is a part of our “Managing Our Planet” seminar series, developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute, and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale, requiring planetary-scale solutions.
Senate Approps Looks at Nuclear – The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development will hold a hearing Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on nuclear power. Witnesses will include DOE Nuclear Energy Office’s John Kotek, NEI’s Alex Flint, and CSIS expert John Hamre.
Forum to Look at Food, Water, Climate Nexus – The Henry L. Stimson Center holds a discussion on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on climate change and the food-water-energy nexus. Speakers will include Brian Richter, chief scientist for the Global Water Program at the Nature Conservancy; Richard Cronin, director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stimson; and David Michel, director of the Environmental Security Program at Stimson.
JHU Forum Electricity Storage – On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on storage in the electricity sector. Witnesses will include FERC’s Arnie Quinn, Colleen Lueken of AES Energy Storage and others.
MD OSW Meeting to Honor BOEM Director Hopper – The Business Network for Maryland Offshore Wind’s (BizMDOSW) will hold its annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday and Thursday at Camden Yards. The meeting is a 2-day gathering of European and American business executives, government officials, technical experts and academics brought together to build expertise among local companies. The event will have more than 150 participants from the U.S., Germany and Denmark including Dong Energy, Siemens, Bladt Industries, Blue Water Shipping and A2Sea. The April 22nd dinner will be a celebration honoring U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper for outstanding achievement within the offshore wind industry. The all-day April 23rd meeting will focus on creating jobs locally and regionally, including subcontracting opportunities for Maryland businesses and will also include reports on the East Coast regional offshore wind industry in Rhode Island, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland. The Maryland offshore wind development is projected to have steel in the water by 2019, and the development team expects to submit its OREC application to the state and to seek further permitting from U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Among the speakers will be our friends Bill Wall of the Atlantic Wind Connection and Clint Plummer of Deepwater.
CSIS to Hold Global Development Forum – CSIS will hold its inaugural Global Development Forum (GDF) on Thursday. With a significant reduction in extreme poverty and an increase in private financial flows to the developing world over the past two decades, the face of development is rapidly changing. Meeting today’s challenges calls for innovation and effective partnerships across sectors, with an emphasis on improving governance and leveraging the role of the private sector. GDF will feature keynote addresses by Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director of the World Bank Group. Breakout panel discussions will foster dialogue on topics including private sector partnerships, capacity building and workforce development, innovative finance, the post-2015 global development agenda, Ebola recovery in West Africa, and the strategic role of development in overall U.S. foreign policy. GDF will feature over 40 speakers, including key stakeholders from U.S. government agencies, leading multilateral and non-governmental organizations, foreign governments, and the private sector.
House Science to Tackle Fracturing Questions, Benefits – The House Science Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on hydraulic fracturing. Witnesses will include , , Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick, Syracuse’s Donald Siegel, EID’s Simon Lomax and EDF’s Elgie Holstein.
Webinar Looks at EPA GHG Plan – The Environmental Markets Association will hold its first webinar of 2015 on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. on what else: perspectives and updates on EPA’s Clean Power Plan featuring Denton’s James Rubin and Aaron Flynn of Hunton & Williams. Rubin and Flynn will provide an update on the latest developments in the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants. The webinar will provide a brief summary of the proposed rule, a timeline and a description of regulatory and other significant actions recently taken which will help shape the final rule. The two presenters will then review the legal challenges and arguments against the rule, including updates on recent court cases, as well as EPA’s likely defense. The presenters will also review some of the more significant comments regarding the proposal, and explore how EPA might respond in the final rule. Finally, they will discuss the role that market-based systems may play in the final rule and in state implementation plans.
Wilson Center to Host Discussion on Enviro Behavior – The Wilson Center will hold a discussion at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday about how psychology and behavioral economics can help us begin to address our most pressing energy and environmental challenges – and how this can potentially improve policy choices in government and beyond. The panel, moderated by Ruth Greenspan Bell, a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, will examine which sorts of strategies encourage energy efficiency, how they can best be implemented and how one branch of the military is looking at incorporating these strategies to improve operational reach. Event panelists include Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist and economist at the BI Norwegian Business School, will discuss how strategies rooted in human psychology might help address climate change; Elke Weber of the Columbia University School of Business will discuss how these strategies can be applied across institutions and within policymaking and Capt. James Goudreau, director of policy and partnerships in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, will discuss how these insights can help the Navy forge a culture of energy and water efficiency
Perino to Hold Book Event at Press Club – Our friend Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush and current co-host of The Five, will discuss and sign copies of her new book “And the Good News Is…:Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side” at Thursday book rap scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the National Press Club. Our mutual friend and former White House Correspondent for AP Nedra Pickler gives a little insight on the book.
ACORE Policy Forum Set – ACORE will hold its Renewable Energy Policy Forum on Thursday at the Westin City Center in Washington, DC. ACORE’s Policy Forum champions the progress of the industry in reducing costs and deploying at scale, and will feature policymakers, industry leaders and other perspectives to outline challenges and highlight opportunities facing the sector. The Forum will drive bipartisan renewable energy policy priorities and strategy for the next two years, setting up a successful long-term outlook for the industry. The outcome of the Forum – the policy agenda for renewable energy policy – will be shared with the President and Congress, as well as governors, legislators, and regulators in the states. Speakers will include Energy Secretary Moniz, EPA’s Gina McCarthy, former FERC Chair John Wellinghoff, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Georgia PSC Commissioner Bubba McDonald, and our friends, Joe Desmond of Brightsource Energy, Dan Reicher of Stanford, Michael McAdams of the Advanced Biofuels Coalition and AWEA’s Tom Kiernan.
Forum to Look at Renewables – On Friday at 9:00 a.m., the Atlantic Council will host a discussion on how the financial, regulatory, and design aspects of renewables will impact the future of sustainable energy. Panelists include Ross Chanin, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy, Peter Dean, a faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, and David Milner, CEO of NuGen Capital. The Hon. Richard Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will deliver welcome remarks and moderate the discussion.
Arctic Council Ministerial Set for Iqaluit – On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry, his fellow Arctic Council Foreign Ministers and indigenous representatives will gather in Iqaluit, Canada for a ministerial meeting focused on the Arctic. Following the meeting, the United States will assume its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
Journo Bands Rock Before Correspondents Dinner – The Mother Nature Network is hosting the 1st annual “White House Correspondents’ Jam,” to be held Friday evening at the Fairmont the night before the annual Washington D.C. dinner, featuring performances by some of America’s top journalists and their respective bands. The bands will be joined by Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, reuniting next month with the legendary band on the 15-city “Sticky Fingers” stadium tour across America.
White House Correspondents Dinner – Saturday April 25th, Washington Hilton featuring Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong.
NHA to Set Hydro Conference – The National Hydropower Association holds its annual conference at the Capitol Hilton on April 27-29th. The Conference is a well-rounded conference program designed to discuss, prepare and foresee the future of hydropower throughout the nation. Speakers will include NY Rep. Paul Tonko and White House OSTP staff Cristin Dorgelo.
Marine Tech Conferences Alongside NHA Meeting – The 3rd Annual Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS) will be held as part of the inaugural International Marine Renewable Energy Conference on April 27-29th at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., and will be co-located with the National Hydropower Association’s annual conference. METS provides a venue where technical experts can publish and present wave and water current energy research that helps accelerate the pace of technology development. Holding METS in conjunction with the International Marine Renewable Energy Conference will provide researchers with the invaluable opportunity to interact with public and private industry stakeholders.
Groups to Outline Sustainable Fact Book – Next Monday at 2:00 p.m., the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, EPA CHP Partnership, and CHP Association will host a webinar on the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.” The US economy is continuing its shift to the increased production and consumption of lower-carbon energy. Join us for a webinar focused on findings from the third edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook produced in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance to find out more about what happened in this complex US energy transformation in 2014 and the reasons why. The webinar will provide added focus on issues of importance related to the combined heat and power (CHP) industry as well as an update on the NY REV program and its treatment of CHP. Our friends Dale Louda of the CHP Association and Yvonne McIntyre of Calpine Corporation are among the speakers.
Senate Energy to Look at QER – After a delay last month, the Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m.to receive testimony on the administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review. Secretary Moniz will testify.
Honorable to Address NatGas Roundtable – Next Tuesday, April 28th, the Natural Gas Roundtable will host FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable as the guest speaker at the next luncheon. Honorable was nominated to FERC in August 2014, and previously served on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Honorable was elected President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in November 2013.
Newsmaker to Host Presidential Medal Winner on GMOs, Pesticide Use – The National Press Club’s Newsmakers Committee will host an forum with Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient Dolores Huerta on Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs), health effects of pesticide and herbicide use on Farmworkers and the current debate in Congress. The discussion will be hosted by me next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Club’s Bloomberg Room. Huerta launched the National Farm Workers Association with the legendary César Chavez and has been a high profile advocate working tirelessly for the working poor, women, and children.
Pope to Host Climate Meeting in Vatican – The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change next Tuesday that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The one-day summit will also include participants from major world religions and aims to “elevate the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical,” as the papal document is known.
Forum to Look at Canada’s Hydropower, GHGs – On Wednesday, April 29th, the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute will host a panel discussion of Hydropower and the Administration’s clean power plan. C2ES’s Kyle Aarons will discuss the latest C2ES policy brief, “Canadian Hydropower and the Clean Power Plan.” Additional speakers from Minnesota Power, Manitoba Hydro, MISO, and NRDC will discuss technical and policy issues related to expanding Canadian hydropower in the domestic electricity mix and how imports of Canadian hydropower can help states achieve their goals under the Clean Power Plan.
Experts to Discuss Gas Prices, Markets – On Thursday, April 30th at the National Press Club, ICF International hold its regular energy Breakfast featuring one of the U.S. government’s foremost experts on petroleum and a founding director from Columbia University for a discussion on issues related to the dramatic fall in world oil prices, which are at their lowest levels since 2007. Former Tesoro exec and friend Lynn Westfall, who currently serves as EIA’s director of energy markets and financial analysis, will speak along with Jason Bordoff.
Experts to Look at Security Implications of Shale – The University of Texas System Office will host a forum on Thursday, April 30th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the national security impacts of the shale revolution. New oil and gas production technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling, and deepwater drilling have already begun to redraw the map of energy production. Because oil is traded in a global market, increased domestic production does not insulate the U.S. from supply shocks and price volatility. Nevertheless, changes in the geography of energy production could still have an important impact. For the past year, LBJ School professor Eugene Gholz has led a team of researchers investigating how changing trade flows and energy revenues affect U.S. national security focusing on two potential mechanisms: shifts in U.S. bilateral relationships with oil-exporting countries and disruptions in regional security as the revenue outlook changes for those producers. The event will feature a discussion of the key findings with State Department expert Richard Westerdale.
Senate to Look at Energy Efficiency Legislation – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Thursday, April 30th to receive testimony on energy efficiency legislation.
Navy Sect to Address Press Club – The Press Club will host an NPC Luncheon with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on April 30th at Noon. Mabus will discuss the state of America’s sea services and the maritime, budgetary and resource challenges facing the force in the 21st century.
Sen Energy Panel Look at BLM Fracturing Rule – The Senate Energy Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining will hold a hearing Thursday, April 30th at 2:30 p.m.to receive testimony on the Bureau of Land Management’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing.
Cato to Highlight UT Shale, Security Study – The Cato Institute will hold another forum on Friday, May 1st at Noon looking at the Texas study investigating how changing trade flows and energy revenues affect U.S. national security via two potential mechanisms: shifts in U.S. bilateral relationships with oil-exporting countries and disruptions in regional security. Lead researcher, Eugene Gholz, presents the findings, followed by comments and discussion among experts in the field. Along with Gholz, several other experts will address the issue including Philip Auerswald of George Mason University and RAND’s Keith Crane.
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.
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.
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