I hope every enjoyed Father’s Day. It was super for me, as I enjoying a wonderful, elegant celebration of my colleague Scott Segal’s marriage (Congrats Scott and Travis), refereed a bunch of lacrosse with Hannah (who may have surpassed me already as the best ref in the family), shared some of my favorite Matthew‘s Crab Pizza (the Best in Baltimore) with her and Olivia (Hannah even paid for the Pizza) and finally relaxed with Adam to watch Dustin Johnson bounce the “No Major” monkey off his back at the US Open and see LeBron bring home the NBA Championship to Cleveland. The boy likes to ask questions though which is not ideal for serious watching at key moments.
I wasn’t surprised by DJ’s great run down the stretch to close out the PGA’s second Major as he was ready to break though. But I was surprised to see LeBron and the Cavs come back from a 3-1 deficit to break the 52-year Championship drought in Cleveland, knocking off the 73-9 defending Champion Golden State Warriors. The final quarter was really riveting and Kyrie Irvin’s clutch 3-pt bomb with 50 seconds left and the game tied was amazing. It is the first time an NBA team has erased a 3-1 deficit and first time since 1978 that a team (the Wes Unseld–led Washington Bullets) won the NBA title in a Game 7 on the road.
This week on the Hill is focused on the potential energy conferences and politics. Time is running out on the a broad energy bill with only two or so weeks to really go before a 7-week election recess. While there has been some movement, it is not promising. There is also room for movement on funding bills with Interior–EPA and Energy and Water ready, but neither have yet grabbed the attention of Floor schedulers.
The Committees will be busy as well, mostly focused on Wednesday. House Energy is in action the RFS with EPA’s Janet McCabe, EIA and others to discuss implementation concerns around the renewable fuel standard. A Senate Environment panel will take up the Ozone legislation, a companion to legislation just passed by the House that would delay EPA reviews of the primary ozone pollutants. House Science will likely give EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy a rough ride as they discuss EPA’s use of scientific data. Finally, House Resources will examine the role of the always-controversial National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in permitting decisions. That’s ALL WEDNESDAY.
Off the Hill, the FTC looks at consumer protections for rooftop solar tomorrow, already fairly controversial in many states. Also tomorrow, API’s Jack Gerard hosts a discussion on API polling data and the election which should be interesting. And Thursday, USEA hosts its 27th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum with EPA Administrator McCarthy among the speaker sat the National Press Club while Brits hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, or better known as “Brexit.” The NY Times has a nice primer on the topic.
Congrats to our friend and former reporter John Cramer who is moving his way around the Ivy League…media shops that is. John is leaving the media shop at Dartmouth to move to Princeton, where he’ll be chief spokesman and head of media relations. That should help with Admissions for the boys.
And from our friends at POLITICO, after nine years at the helm of POLITICO’s Playbook seven days a week, Mike Allen is handing off control to a trio of Politico’s finest young talent. Our friends Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman and Daniel Lippman will take the reins starting on July 11.
Finally, tonight is the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. So use the extra daylight to do something fun as it is all downhill from here…until next year Call with questions…
“Mr. Holmstead has the requisite credentials for serving as an expert on the CAA. EPA has argued that Mr. Holmstead should not be permitted to provide expert testimony because he has no ‘scientific, technical or otherwise specialized knowledge.’ Frankly, this argument is ridiculous!”
U.S. District Court Judge John Preston Bailey in an order rejected EPA’s motions to Disqualify my colleague Jeff Holmstead from testimony in the Murray Energy Case.
IN THE NEWS
Dem Platform Committee Meets in AZ – The Democratic platform committee met on Friday in Phoenix. The Committee featured filmmaker Josh Foxx, actor Mark Ruffalo and a 25 year old poet, among others. The general theme was “keep it in the ground” and a broad rejection of fossil fuels. A select few individuals argued that natural gas or nuclear theoretically could still be considered. Democrats’ 2012 blueprint touted an “all-of-the-above energy policy” and lauded natural gas as a “clean fossil fuel,” so adopting a negative tone toward nat gas and embracing greater urgency about climate change in this year’s version would constitute a major shift. We have a good summary if you are interested.
EPA Moves Clean Energy Program Tied to Stayed Rule – Late last week, EPA released the proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program. The CEIP is a voluntary program under which states can secure extra credit for power from renewables generated in 2020 and 2021- two years before the Clean Power Plan’s first compliance deadline – though the agency notes there may be changes to those dates given the stay. The proposal expands the previous eligibility list for technologies from just solar and wind to include geothermal and hydropower. There is controversy over whether EPA should still be moving forward though given the EPA stay and the likely tolling of deadline that will occur. Some experts like my colleague Jeff Holmstead have argued that all elements of the Rule should be on hold while the SCOTUS looks at its legality.
Judge Snubs ‘Ridiculous’ EPA Claim trying to DQ Holmstead in Case – Speaking of Holmstead, you may have missed this last Friday, but EPA’s effort to get him disqualified as an expert witness in the Murray Energy case have blown up in spectacular fashion. A federal judge soundly rejected EPA’s request saying EPA’s argument because Holmstead once worked at EPA, he should be disqualified from serving as an expert witness in any case adverse to EPA is a “Dog that won’t hunt.” The judge was particularly dismissive of EPA’s contention that Holmstead does not have requisite “scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge,” writing: “Frankly, this argument is ridiculous!”
Plant Vogtle Project Reaches Final Vertical Level of Construction – Georgia Power has achieved the highest level of vertical construction on a pair of new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle. Also, the last of four coolant pumps has been delivered ahead of the time needed for installation for Unit 3.
France Ratifies Paris Treaty – French President François Hollande formally ratified the Paris climate deal on Wednesday, making France the first major nation to do so. More than 170 countries have signed the climate deal, which sees countries set individual greenhouse gas reduction goals as part of a strategy to combat climate change. But the deal won’t formally take effect until 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of the world’s emissions formally ratify the deal. Before France, 17 small countries representing less than 1 percent of global emissions have ratified the agreement.
Manhattan Institute Report Says EPA Overestimates Benefits of CPP – The Manhattan Institute has released a report that argues that the EPA overestimated the benefits of the Clean Power Plan while underestimating its costs. Among other points, the report says EPA double counts some of the benefits of the rule, and that it’s method of counting benefits globally is inappropriate. On the cost side, it argues that the EPA unfairly calculated the savings from energy efficiency and overestimated the fall in price of renewables.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Mann to Address Climate Lobby Conference – The Citizens Climate Lobby is holding its annual conference, today and tomorrow at the Omni Shoreham. The CCL Conference trains activists to climate issues. Their Keynote Speaker will be Penn State Climate activist Professor Michael Mann.
API to Talk Voter Data, Elections – API President & CEO Jack Gerard will be feature of a forum tomorrow at 9: a.m. at the W Hotel on voter opinion data. The research covers voters’ opinions on energy issues central to the national debate: regulations, access, taxes, and infrastructure. In addition, the program includes a one-on-one interview with API President & CEO Jack Gerard with E&ETV’s Monica Trauzzi, followed by a panel featuring some of Washington’s top political and public opinion analysts who will discuss the critical role of energy in the economy and throughout our daily lives, and how it will shape the political landscape as the country prepares to vote in November. Among the Panelists is our friend Sean Spicer of the RNC.
CAP Forum to Focus on Climate, Security Issues – The Center for American Progress tomorrow morning hosts a forum to discuss potential U.S. policy responses for climate change, environmental deterioration, water management, and food security as key concerns for national security and global governance. The event will draw upon current policy debates in the United States, as well as lessons learned from the November 2015 policy decision-making exercise, “Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game.” The event will feature introductory remarks from Jon White, retired Rear Admiral, Navy, Coast Guard and President/CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Panelists will include State’s Special Representative for Global Food Security Nancy Stetson, World Food Program USA CEO Richard Leach, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Sharon Burke.
EIA Head Leads Deloitte Energy Conference – Tomorrow and Wednesday, Deloitte hosts its 2016 Energy Conference at the Grand Hyatt focusing on exponential technologies driving exponential change. Deloitte brings together energy executives, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and regulators from around the globe for an in-depth analysis of key developments and challenges facing today’s global and domestic energy markets at its Energy Conference. Speakers come from a cross-section of the world’s energy industry, and the conference topics are of keen interest to energy company management, boards of directors, investors, and all other industry professionals. EIA’s Adam Sieminski is the Headliner.
WCEE Forum to Look at Impact of Fed EM Programs – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) for a lunch forum tomorrow on the wide-ranging impact of new federal environmental mitigation policies. The event will focus on how the implementation of these policies and those to be developed by the EPA and other federal agencies will impact projects requiring approval or permitting from these agencies.
FTC to Look at Net Metering in Day-Long Forum – Tomorrow, the Federal Trade Commission wants to know more about net metering, and it’s planning an information session. The meeting won’t be the first time the FTC dipped its toes into solar — in 2013 it issued legal guidance on claims related to sales of renewable energy — and last year Congress asked it to look into leasing practices at companies like SolarCity. Now the Commission seems to be jumping into net metering policy, hosting a meeting ostensibly intended to give the commission an update on the whole industry. But the public notice of the meeting devotes a third of its questions to net metering, and then another third to questions of how rooftop solar generation competes with utilities — which is another way of talking about net metering.
Senate Energy Tackles Public Land Questions – The Senate Energy panel on Public Lands, Forests and Mining holds a hearing tomorrow on BLM’s “Planning 2.0” initiative, which aims to increase public involvement in land use planning. BLM Director Neil Kornze headlines along with Western Governors’ Association ED Jim Ogsbury, Wyoming Stock Growers Association official Jim Magagna, Colorado Law School expert Mark Squillace and Western Energy Alliance’s Kathleen Sgamma.
Forum to Look at Cybersecurity Grid – The Lexington Institute is hosting a Capitol Hill Forum in CVC 208-209 on the National Guard’s Role in Cybersecurity for the U.S. Power Grid tomorrow afternoon. The power grid, which provides electricity to homes, businesses, and government across the United States, is vulnerable to an increasing number of threats, the least understood but potentially most dangerous is a cyberattack. An approach gaining momentum in many states is collaboration with the National Guard. The National Guard is rapidly developing expertise in cyber defense, with seven cyber protection teams already in place and plans to create 13 more by 2019. The National Guard is uniquely positioned for this work by its dual role as an asset available to both state and federal authorities. But as the Guard assumes increasing responsibilities in this work, new questions regarding the role must also be addressed, including how to reconcile it with the Guard’s prohibition on competing with the private sector.
Dominion Official to Address AWEA Virginia Forum – On Wednesday at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is hosting the AWEA State Wind Energy Forum – Virginia in collaboration with partners and colleagues in the state. You’ll learn about the benefits and challenges of Virginia’s potential for land-based and offshore wind industry from state policy, industry, government, and other thought leaders, as well as experts on national, regional, and state wind markets; grid integration; wildlife impacts and mitigation; economics; local economic development benefits; and water and air impacts. Bill Murray of Dominion and our friend Jonathan Miles will speak among several others.
RFF to Look at Coal Leasing – Resources for the Future (RFF) holds a seminar on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. to look at the economics of coal leasing on Federal Lands, ensuring a fair return for taxpayers. In 2015, BLM’s federal coal leasing program accounted for nearly 40% of coal production in the United States and supplied some of the lowest-cost coal available. The program has been widely critiqued in recent years for providing a poor return to taxpayers and failing to adequately address the environmental costs of coal extraction and processing. At this RFF seminar, Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), will unveil a new CEA report that examines the economic principles underlying the program, discusses the case for reform, and provides quantitative estimates of the effects of such changes. Furman’s remarks will be followed by an expert panel discussion on reforming the federal coal leasing program. Among the panelists will be Michael Greenstone, Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and James Stock of the Harvard Kennedy School.
House Energy Redraws RFS Battle Lines – The House Energy & Commerce Panel on Energy will Hold a hearing on Wednesday morning that will focus on oversight of the EPA’s RFS program, including striking a balance between the interests of ethanol producers and consumers. EPA Air office Head Janet McCabe and EIA Deputy Administrator Howard Gruenspecht will testify. They will be followed by a panel of refiners, ethanol critics like boat users and ethanol advocates like RFA’s Bob Dineen. The hearing will be the first since EPA proposed the 2017 RFS rules in late May. The proposed rule would increase RVOs over 2016, but it still falls short of statutory volumes for both conventional and cellulosic ethanol.
McCarty to Headline EPA Science Hearing at House Panel – The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday featuring EPA chief Gina McCarthy. The hearing will cover a broad range of topics where GOP members have been critical about the scientific underpinning of a number of EPA rules.
House Resources to Battle over NEPA – The House Resources Committee will hold an oversight Hearing Wednesday morning on the impact of federal environmental reviews on everything from energy development to logging on national forestlands. The full committee is expected to explore the role and importance of regulations required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how they affect infrastructure, energy and other federal projects.
USEA to Look at CPP Rule, Reliability – On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the U.S. Energy Association will host NERC officials to discuss the reliability assessments of EPA’s Clean Power Plan. NERC recently published a reliability assessment of the final CPP rule – Potential Reliability Implications of EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Phase II. The report finds that combined wind and solar capacity will rise by 10-20 GW over the next 15 years, while coal capacity will decline by up to 27 GW as a result of the CPP. The accelerated transition in the mix of generation resources means a greater emphasis on how renewables and other resources provide essential reliability services – voltage control, load ramping and frequency response. John Moura, NERC’s Director of Reliability Assessment and System Analysis, will provide an in-depth briefing on the NERC report.
BP Chief to Speak to DC Economic Club – The Economic Club of Washington hosts BP’s Bob Dudley at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Atrium Hall on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Recently, BP released its energy outlook and that should likely be the main topic as well as the current state of the oil and gas industry.
Labor Sect Addresses Press Club – The U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. In two and a half years at Labor, Perez has undertaken a series of aggressive and controversial efforts aimed at worker protections from overtime practices to conflicts of interest that can wreck their retirement savings.
Progress Caucus to Link Tobacco, Climate – In an effort that follows a ridiculous report from Senate Progressives last week linking tobacco and climate, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and the House’s Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition will host the Capitol Hill event on Wednesday afternoon making similar claims. The forum will examine issues surrounding the fossil fuel industry’s concerted efforts to deceive elected officials, investors, and the American public on the reality of climate change. Right…I think I’ll pass on this one.
Senate to Look at Ozone Legislation Passed By House – A Senate Environment subcommittee chaired by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito plans a hearing on Wednesday afternoon looking at companion legislation to a House measure passed earlier this month that rolls back implementation of the 70 parts per billion standard by eight years.
Forum to Look at Iran, Oil, Geopolitics – The Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a panel discussion on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. that will explore the geopolitics of oil and discuss the current state of play in the Gulf region. The oil markets remain in constant turmoil. Oil prices have yet to recover as OPEC countries have repeatedly failed to agree on production cuts. Following the nuclear deal, Iran has been aggressively looking to increase its oil exports despite secondary non-nuclear sanctions. Iraq is also focusing on increasing its oil exports while mired in a dispute with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over revenue sharing. By contrast, the world’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, is in the midst of a major restructuring of its decision-making apparatus as it also attempts to diversify from its dependence on oil. This panel will feature our friend Elizabeth Rosenberg of the Center for a New American Security and other experts.
EE Forum Set –The US Energy Assn’s 27th annual Energy Efficiency Forum is set for Thursday afternoon at the National Press Club Ballroom. The event features keynotes from EPA’s Gina McCarthy, Sen. Maria Cantwell, PSEG CEO Ralph Izzo and panels with former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and the White House OSTP official Austin Brown. Energy systems are evolving, with traditional users acting as both energy consumers and producers. Both “prosumers” and traditional energy suppliers are employing distributed generation, energy storage, demand response and information technologies to transform these systems. Improving efficiency in buildings, district energy systems and infrastructure also provides multiple social, economic and environmental benefits to communities and businesses. At the forum, co-sponsored by the U.S. Energy Association and Johnson Controls, speakers will highlight the pioneering policies, technologies and practices at the center of a future that values energy efficiency as a key driver of energy system innovation.
Forum to Discuss Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Vehicles – The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) and the Senate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus are co-hosting the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Policy Forum on Thursday at noon in the Senate Visitors Center 201. Industry representatives will provide updates on the latest fuel cell and hydrogen advancements. The Forum will feature a range of experts discussing latest fuel cell and hydrogen energy advancements, including speakers from Bloom Energy, FuelCell Energy, Honda, Plug Power, Walmart, and the Department of Energy.
Forum to Look at Climate Impacts on Women – The Wilson Center, UN Foundation, U.S. AID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, Project Concern International and TetraTech will host a forum on Thursday afternoon to discuss a new report on women and the Impact of climate change. Struggling to save their failing crops. Walking farther to fetch clean water. Protecting their families from devastating storms and violent conflicts. Experts warn that women in developing countries will be disproportionately affected by climate changes. But women could also hold the keys to solving the climate challenge. Empowering women through education, economic opportunities, and reproductive health care can make surprising contributions to the climate fight. To make this happen, we need to bridge sectoral barriers and work together to ensure that women are climate victors, and not climate victims.
WRI to Look at Transportation Solutions –The World Resources Institute will host a forum on Friday at 10:30 a.m. to look at the role of cities in the global transition to clean energy. This discussion will highlight the relevance of cities for moving forward with global energy and climate goals by partnering with IEA as it releases the Energy Technology Perspective 2016 report on Sustainable Urban Energy. The event will bring together top development actors, technology leaders, and investors to discuss and identify shared agendas and pathways to accelerate innovation and transformation across urban energy sectors. The discussion will use IEA’s Energy Technology Perspective 2016 report as a starting point followed by an expert panel discussion and a Q&A session with attendees. Speakers will include Kamel Ben Naceur, Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks at the International Energy Agency (IEA), who will make a presentation of the Energy Technology Perspective 2016 report.
EIA, UT Official to Talk Energy, Economy – Sunday afternoon at UDC’s Law School, Energy Xchange will host a roundtable discussion on energy and economy. The event will feature an in-depth, interactive discussion with leading experts from diverse perspectives about the state-of-knowledge regarding how shifting energy trends will affect the broader economy. Speakers will include University of Texas Energy Institute’s Carey King and EIA Chief Energy Modeler David Daniels.
Forum to Look at European Energy Infrastructure – Next Tuesday, June 28th at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will hold a seminar for American investors, consultants and suppliers of goods and services on energy and infrastructure opportunities in Europe through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The EBRD is an international, AAA-rated financial institution, which promotes transition to market economies. It operates in 36 countries, from central Europe to central Asia, the Western Balkans, and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. In the energy sector, EBRD has financed $3.7 billion of investments across 60 projects since the beginning of 2014, leveraging a further $10 billion from private investors and co-financiers. EBRD considers financing for a wide range of energy sector investments including: renewables (wind, solar PV, biomass and geothermal plants}; thermal power generation; electricity transmission, distribution and demand side management; oil and gas production, refining and distribution; and mining activities.
EIA to Release 2016 Energy Outlook – EIA will release its Annual Energy Outlook 2016 next Tuesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Kenney-Herter Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University in DC. EIA’s Adam Sieminski will present “Annual Energy Outlook 2016” (AEO2016) with projections of U.S. energy supply, demand, and prices to 2040. The discussion will consider AEO2016 cases that address the Clean Power Plan; proposed fuel economy standards for trucks; alternative resource and technology assumptions; and other key energy topics.
Forum to Look at Role of Nuclear – The Global America Business Institute (GABI) is hosting a roundtable next Tuesday, June 28th at 12:00 p.m. on market failures with respect to nuclear power in the United States. Although nuclear power generates about 20% of U.S. electricity and almost two-thirds of the country’s carbon-free electricity, much of the domestic fleet is under threat of premature closure because current policies and market structures do not adequately value the myriad benefits of nuclear in producing clean, reliable, and affordable energy. Deregulated electricity markets have failed to reward nuclear power for its significant advantages, and injudicious state and federal policies have further distorted the market against nuclear. As a result, nuclear power plants have struggled to remain economically viable and competitive with other energy sources, leading plant owners to prematurely and permanently shut down operable reactors. Ed Kee of Nuclear Economic Consulting will speak.
Forum to Look at Innovation Needed to Meet Paris Climate Goals – Technology, policy and business experts come together Wednesday, June 29th at 1:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science to discuss how innovation can help meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement. The event will feature a keynote from Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee, as well as a discussion moderated by WSJ’s Amy Harder with HP’s Nate Hurst, Kristina Johnson of Cube Hydro Partners; North Carolina State Power Semiconductor Research Center Director Jayant Baliga, and former EPA official Bob Perciasepe, President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/RSVPinnovate.
CSIS to Host IEA Gas Outlook – On Tuesday, June 28th at 1:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Costanza Jacazio, Senior Gas Expert in the Gas, Coal & Power Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), to present the IEA’s Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2016. The annual report, which gives a detailed analysis and five-year projections of natural gas demand, supply and trade developments, examines the interaction of oversupply, low prices and upstream capital expenditure cuts. The impact on global gas markets of changing trade patterns and price mechanisms are also given special consideration. The Medium-Term Gas Market Report is part of a series of annual reports the IEA devotes to each of the main primary energy sources: oil, gas, coal, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Groups to Screen Anti-Coal Film – Next Tuesday evening, the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the Goethe-Institut Washington will host a free film screening at the Landmark E St Cinemas of “After Coal,” followed by a panel discussion on revitalizing coal communities. The United States’ use of coal continues to fall and reached its lowest point on record in 2015. All across the country, traditional coal communities find themselves struggling to adapt to this rapid energy transition–a phenomenon not confined to the United States. This panel will discuss ways in which coal communities can participate in, shape and benefit from the transition away from fossil fuels.
Xcel Exec to Keynote TransForum West in Denver – PennWell’s TransmissionHub will host its 5th annual TransForum West event on June 28 and 29 in Denver. Kicking off the event will be Alice Jackson, vice president – Regulatory Rates, Xcel Energy (NYSE:EXC), who will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday. There will also be several panels, including one on regional planning dynamics in the West that will include such speakers as PacifiCorp’s Carolyn Barbash, Don Fuller of the California ISO and Johannes Pfeifenberger of the Brattle Group.
Patent Head to Talk Innovation, Climate – On Wednesday, June 29th at 1:00 p.m., the Carnegie Institute of Science will host a forum on innovation and climate change. Innovation is an essential component to meet the challenges of climate change. Better ways to produce, store, conserve, and transmit energy will help the U.S. and other nations meet the ambitious goals set at the United Nations climate change conference held in Paris in December 2015. Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee, and a panel of technology, energy, and climate experts for a discussion on how present and future innovation can change the course of our planet’s future.
NARUC Commissioner Head to Address NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable is hosting Travis Kavulla, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), as its guest speaker at the Jun luncheon at the University Club on Thursday, June 30th. Kavulla represents the Montana Public Service Commission’s geographically largest district.
July 4th Holiday
Tesoro, Kinder CEOs Headline EIA Conference – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will hold its 2016 Energy Conference on July 11th and 12th in Washington, DC. This two-day event provides the opportunity to meet and network with energy analysts, decision makers, and EIA staff. Conference session topics that may be relevant to EIA stakeholders interested in information about greenhouse gasses include: 1) Clean Power Plan: EIA, EPA, and state and regional perspectives and 2) Climate—next steps: Perspectives from the United States, Europe, and China. Keynoters are Tesoro’s Greg Goff, Kinder Morgan’s Steve Kean and Dan Gardiner, Advisor to the Canadian PM. View the full list of speakers and sessions and register today. Among the Panel speakers include our friends Andrew Gohn of AWEA, NREL’s Bryan Hannegan and EPA’s Joe Goffman.
EESI Holds Congressional Renewables Forum – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds its 19th annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Policy Forum on July 12th in the Cannon building. The forum will bring together up to 50 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In every state across the country, these technologies are having a significant impact in business development and job creation in the manufacturing, transmission, power, transportation, and building sectors. The bipartisan House Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus and the Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus are honorary co-hosts of the Expo.
Republican Convention – Cleveland will host the Republican Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21st. The Republican National Committee (RNC), the convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories.
Democratic Convention – A week later, the Democrats will head to Philadelphia for the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25th – 28th.