Just a short note this week because I am on my way to Miami to speak on an Energy panel at the 3rd annual Impact Conference at Sustainatopia. The conference runs through Wednesday, but I will be on the agenda later today with our SEJ friend Jeff Burnside moderating. Should be fun, and frankly mask the pain of watching the Red Wings be the first to exit the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I was ready to celebrate a Caps victory on Sunday but was left hanging shortly into overtime. How disappointing is it when you sit down to fold clothes and watch the OT and then they score just after the first pair of socks are together? That is the risk though with OT. Several others on the brink include my friends Paul Nathanson’s Chicago Blackhawks and Mark Del Franco’s NY Rangers.
It will also be nice to get down there, if only for a day, to get away from this cold weather. Spending most of Sunday morning standing in the freezing cold rain while watching Adam get pelted with lacrosse balls is nerve-racking and not fun. The boy only gave up two goals though and mercifully; we were out of there in just over 90 minutes with a win to move to 3-0. Sorry if some of you are being pelted with snow with this weather. Funny how this works: early October snowstorm, nothing for months and then, late April snowstorm. As well, how ironic is it that we haven’t had rain for months, and then when my friends in the enviro community plan their biggest event on Earth Day Sunday, the heavens open up and wash them out. I do love seeing “B” movie stars soaked to the bone with hat-head. Where are the paparazzi when you need them?
This week, expect more energy political back-and-forth. What will come of it? Who knows, but I certainly don’t expect the Senate to rush into any legislation with the Keystone pipeline in it. The Senate Approps panel on Energy and Water will mark its version of the E&W spending provisions tomorrow, while the House panel will go on Wednesday. Senate Energy should approve of FERC nominations of Tony Clark and John Norris (and a couple others) on Thursday. Finally, on Thursday afternoon, Sen. Casey gets his hearing on NE refining issues in the Joint Economic Committee, an issue we have been discussing here for weeks.
We are still circling on the NSPS issues for new coal plants and now for oil and gas drilling. As well, new concerns about legislation providing liability protection for E15 sellers has re-opened some old wounds on America’s most misunderstood molecule, MTBE. The trial lawyers (excuse me, I mean the American Alliance for Justice, HA!) are all up in a dander over the legislation so it must be pretty reasonable. And in case you lost track, this past weekend was not only Earth Day, but also the two-year anniversary of the Macondo blow out in the Gulf. Secretary Salazar hits the speech circuit tomorrow at the National Press Club and Wednesday at NDN/NPI. There will be lots of coverage on environmental impacts, economic impacts and regulatory/political moves. Having been in the mix on much of the action, we are happy to help.
Finally, congrats to our friend Christina Lee who Friday left E&E TV after a stint at Platts Energy Week to join the Washington Post’s video desk.
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IN THE NEWS
EPA Releases Third Data Set on Dimock Wells – The EPA released the third set of water samples compiled at 16 more private drinking water wells in Dimock, PA. The late Friday afternoon releases are becoming routine, with the data again confirming the two earlier EPA findings that levels of contaminants found do not possess a threat to human health and the environment. Again, these findings are consistent with literally thousands of pages of water quality data accumulated by state and local authorities and by Cabot Oil and Gas. As with the other findings, EPA did not indicate that those contaminants that were detected bore any relationship to oil and gas development in the Dimock area.
Judges Question Timing, Interpretation in Nuclear-Waste Fund Case – Federal judges appeared sympathetic to arguments that the Department of Energy has not justified its continued assessment of fees associated with the stalled Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear-waste repository program. In oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the judges hearing the case questioned whether the Energy Department performed the required analysis when it determined that the fees—assessed on nuclear utilities and their consumers—are still necessary, even though the program no longer exists. The case revolves around the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act, which determined that the U.S. would store commercial and certain defense nuclear waste in a geologic repository, which eventually became Yucca Mountain, Nev. Congress required nuclear utilities to pay for the program, and these fees are passed onto their consumers. The fees are collected in the Nuclear Waste Fund. The law also requires the Energy Department to perform annual assessments of whether the fees are “adequate” enough for the program. These assessments generally consist of rigorous arithmetic and analysis to support their determinations. Since 1983, the government has collected more than $31 billion from consumers through the Nuclear Waste Fund fees. In late 2009, NARUC and the Nuclear Energy Institute asked the Department of Energy to suspend the fees, since it had apparently suspended the program. The Energy Department denied these requests, determining that all funds remain essential, even though it sought to end the Yucca Mountain project. During today’s oral arguments, attorneys for NEI and NARUC said the Energy Department’s most recent analysis does not justify the continued use of the fees. The agency’s determinations are “inexplicable and inexcusable” because they do not acknowledge the program’s apparent termination, said plaintiff attorney Jay Silberg of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, and Pittman LLP. In addition, DOE in its latest assessment said it will continue charging the fees simply because there is no evidence to do otherwise.
EPA Settles Some RINs Cases – EPA has entered administrative settlement agreements to resolve a number of issues from the use of invalid biomass-based diesel RINs. As you may recall, a number of cases dealt with fraud by several companies that were swelling the RINs to fuel manufacturers to meet the requirement s of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) program. The program requires producers or importers of renewable fuel to generate fuel credits, known as RINs, in proportion to the amount and type of renewable fuel they produced or imported. The EPA has placed the burden on refiners and importers to ensure that the credits they purchase are valid. The industry says penalizing refiners who unknowingly bought fraudulent RINs from sellers registered with EPA is unfair. Some were involved in the settlement while others have not. We can help you get background information if you are interested.
THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Miami Conference to Look at Sustainability, Energy Policy – The 3rd annual Impact Conference at Sustainatopia will be held in Miami today through Wednesday. The Conference is the largest in the Eastern United States, Latin America & the Caribbean focusing on impact investing as well as social, financial & environmental sustainability. I will be speaking at the conference on a panel on National Energy policy today.
Conference to Look at Healthy Chesapeake Bay – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)- Chesapeake-Potomac Regional Chapter (CPRC) and the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) are jointly organizing an this upcoming Spring 2012 meeting today and tomorrow on managing human and ecological risk for a healthy and sustainable Chesapeake Bay. The two-day meeting at the University of Maryland-College Park will bring together professionals and students from the sciences (environmental toxicology, chemistry, earth and health sciences, social sciences, risk analysis, and information systems) to present their research and to discuss our evolving understanding of the Chesapeake Bay, its current state of health and functionality. Members and experts from key government and non-governmental organizations will be invited to present much needed context for understanding the inherent difficulty in managing the Bay on local, watershed, regional and Bay-wide scales. In addition to technical presentations, the joint SETAC/SRA meeting will include overviews of current state and federal EPA programs and Congressional initiatives to promote remediation, restoration, environmental health, and regulate pollutants across the multi-state watershed. Confirmed invited speakers include SETAC-North America President Dr. Barnett Rattner of the USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, SRA Secretary Dr. Christina McLaughlin of the Food and Drug Administration and Ms. Katherine Wallace Antos of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office.
FERC Commissioner to Speak to NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host FERC Commissioner The Honorable Cheryl A. LaFleur as the guest speaker at the next luncheon today at Noon at the University Club.
Forum to Tackle Challenges of Low Carbon Innovation – The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, the group formerly known as the Pew Climate Center will hold a low-carbon innovation forum tomorrow morning at the Newseum. Innovating the next generation of low-carbon technologies is essential for combating climate change. It is also an enormous economic opportunity, especially for early market leaders. The troubles encountered by clean tech ventures such as Solyndra have sparked debate in Washington over government’s role in advancing low-carbon technologies. The Forum brings together representatives of industry and government to explore the vital roles played by each along the path to commercialization – from development and demonstration to scale-up, then mass deployment – and how to ensure U.S. success in the growing low-carbon market. Topics will include collaborative R&D in electric power, the military’s role in driving energy efficiency, and how tougher fuel economy standards have helped revitalize the U.S. auto industry. Speakers include C2ES President Eileen Claussen, ARPA-E’s Cheryl Martin, Duke Energy’s Chief Technology Officer, David Mohler, EPRI’s Revis James, Defense Deputy Undersecretary for Installations & Environment Dorothy Robyn, NHTSA Deputy Administrator Ronald Medford and several others.
Salazar to Speak at Press Club – Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversees energy development on the nation’s public lands and oceans, will speak to a National Press Club luncheon tomorrow at Noon. Salazar is expected to discuss gas prices, offshore drilling, domestic energy development and other energy-related issues.
Fulbright Scholars Featured At CSIS – The CSIS Americas Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is hosting a forum tomorrow on leveraging research networks in the Americas. The event is part of the Fulbright NEXUS Scholars Conference and will showcase the research projects of the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholars. The sessions will address innovative research to, the role of research in shaping public policy and sustainable energy. The conference starts today at the US State Department.
Salazar to Address Forum – The New Democratic Network/New Policy Institute will host for a special luncheon on Wednesday featuring remarks by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Sec. Salazar’s remarks will touch on the progress being made by the Department of Interior to develop American energy resources. The Secretary’s speech is expected to cover Interior’s initiatives to expand responsible domestic oil and gas production and smart development of renewable and alternative energy sources on public lands.
ELI Forum to Look at Energy Policy – The Environmental Law Institute will hold a forum on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. to discuss energy policy in the U.S. Speakers will include for EPA insider Don Elliott, now at Yale Law School, Energy Department Attorney-Adviser Ari Altman and Columbia Law School professor Michael J. Graetz, author of The End of Energy, which argues that 40 years of energy incompetence is the result of consistently looking for a silver bullet, rather than developing policies that would gradually produce the changes we need.
Forum to Look at Climate, Energy Water in Denmark – The Royal Danish Embassy and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a Congressional forum on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. focused on how Denmark, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union (EU), is meeting the economic, environmental, and energy challenges of the 21st Century. Denmark’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Pia Olsen Dyhr, will keynote the event. Minister Dyhr will focus on the nexus of energy, water and climate. These are issues important in the Congressional discussion underway on the Farm Bill and other energy and environmental legislation. Moreover, trade, investment, and international competitiveness are major concerns of Congress and the country overall, and Minister Dyhr will make the case for long-term, stable investment as the gateway to job creation and economic growth.
Senate Energy to Look at Electrical Outages; Vote on Nominees – On Thursday, the Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing to look at weather-related electrical outages at 9:30 a.m. Witnesses will include a representative from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; DOE’s Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary, John Bilda of the Norwich (CT) Public Utilities and Thomas B. Getz, former chair of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. Immediately preceding the hearing (or as soon as a voting quorum is reached), the committee will hold a business meeting to vote on four pending nominees: Adam Sieminski to be Administrator of the Energy Information Administration; Marcilynn Burke to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior; Anthony Clark and John Norris to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
House Resources to Look at PMA Memo from Chu – The House Committee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. on the increased electricity costs because of the recent memorandum from DOE Sect. Steven Chu about Power Marketing Administrations being forcing to buy more expensive power. Chairman Hastings has invited Energy Secretary Chu to testify on PMA memorandum.
Chamber to Host AEP CEO – The Institute for 21st Century Energy and the National Chamber Foundation will hold an upcoming CEO Leadership Series luncheon on Thursday at Noon at the Chamber featuring Nick Akins, President and CEO of American Electric Power.
Forum to Look at Green Trade, Euro Crisis – The Brookings Institution will hold a forum in its Falk Auditorium on Thursday at 10:45 to discuss advancing green trade against the backdrop of the Euro crisis. A key challenge for the international trade agenda is how to liberalize green trade without stifling growth. As the Eurozone crisis continues, European leaders must find the best way to move this agenda forward without adversely affecting economic recovery. European Union trade ministers will meet in late May to discuss the options for tackling these challenges at the international level, including reducing tariff and non-tariff barriers to green goods and services. Accordingly, Global Economy and Development at Brookings will host a discussion on the possibilities for cooperation between the EU, U.S. and the business sector for green trade liberalization. Danish Minister of Trade Pia Olsen-Dyhr will deliver keynote remarks, followed by a panel discussion with Jennifer Hillman, senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Brookings Fellow Joshua Meltzer. Brookings Vice President Kemal Derviş will introduce the event and Brookings Senior Fellow Katherine Sierra will moderate the discussion.
Forum to Look at Renewable Gases – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute will host a briefing on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in 1334 Longworth to discuss several renewable energy resources which often do not receive much attention and yet are in plentiful supply across the United States: renewable gas, hydropower, and geothermal. Each of them can provide base load electricity, and each of these renewable energy resources comes from a variety of sources and can deliver energy through a range of energy technology applications. The briefing will explore the status of these resources, how they are used and why, and what the market drivers are for them. Speakers for the event include Kathryn Clay of the American Gas Foundation, Jeff Leahey of the National Hydropower Association and Karl Gawell of the Geothermal Energy Association.
JEC to Look at NE Refining Issues – The U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing Thursday at 2:15 p.m. in Dirksen G-50 to look at gas prices in the Northeast. The hearing will focus on the impact potential closures of petroleum refineries serving the Northeast could have on prices at the pump in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The hearing will analyze whether the centralization of refining activities in the Gulf Coast region will affect the price of gasoline, diesel or heating oil or lead to potential shortages of those fuels in the Northeast, which we know that it will likely not if you have been paying attention to this column. Sen. Casey will preside with witnesses including Diana Moss of the American Antitrust Institute, API’s Bob Greco, PBF Energy Thomas D. O’Malley and MIT’s Michael Greenstone, Director of the Hamilton Project.
THE WEEKS AHEAD:
Rendell to Sustainable Cities Workshop – The Environmental Law Institute, World Business Council on Sustainable Development and World Environment Center will hold a workshop on Monday April 30th at the Pew Charitable Trusts D.C. Conference Center to look at driving innovation to build sustainable cities. Many experts envision that cities of the future will utilize more sustainable water, waste, energy, and transportation infrastructures. But, what will drive the innovation needed to create these cities? And, what role will government, industry, and NGOs play in bringing about this innovation? Focusing on case studies related to sustainable transportation and energy efficiency, the workshop will bring together representatives from corporations, NGOs, and federal, state and local governments to discuss the various technologies and products that corporations have created for more sustainable cities. Participants will also discuss what has driven and will be needed to drive innovation and the expansion of these technologies and products across the country and globe. Speaker will include former PA Governor Ed Rendell and many others.
Sustainable Energy Conference Set for Boston – The 3rd Annual Sustainable Energy Conference will be held in Boston on Monday April 30th at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. SEC is designed to advance the knowledge, perspective and networks of all sector leaders and others working to create a sustainable economy, improve economic recovery and growth, reduce operation costs, drive job creation, build sustainable communities and expand the green economy in Massachusetts. This is achieved with interactive panels, roundtable discussions and single-leader sessions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders. Keynote speaker will be EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding.
Sunstein to Visit NYU Law School for Meeting – The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law will hold a conversation with Cass Sunstein on April 30th at 5:00 p.m. Sunstein is the Administrator of OMB’s OIRA office, where he oversees the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda. The NYU event will be one of only a few public speaking engagements this spring.
ELI to Release “Harvesting Wind” Book – The Environmental Law Institute will hold forum to celebrate the release of “Harvest the Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability,” a new book by former ELI Senior Attorney Philip Warburg at the National Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.
Hill Hosts OH Jobs Forum – The Hill will host an Ohio Energy Jobs Summit on Wednesday, May 2nd in the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square. The forum will feature a half-day, balanced discussion of the economic benefits of energy production in Ohio. Speakers will include Associate Editor for The Hill A.B. Stoddard, Gov. John Kasich, Reps. Bill Johnson and Marcy Kaptur. There will also be a state Elected-Officials Panel which will include Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus (R), Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R), Ohio Senator Lou Gentile (D) (Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee) and State Rep. Dave Hall (R), Chairman of House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. There will also be a manufacturing jobs and natural gas production panel featuring Mark Kvamme of JobsOhio, Jeff Daniels of The Ohio State University, Jerry James of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council.
WCEE to Host Renewable Energy Experts – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will host a luncheon discussion on Wednesday, May 2nd at the downtown Washington DC office of Deloitte looking at renewable energy featuring Dr. Benjamin Zycher, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and Heidi Van Genderen, Director, National & Regional Outreach, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). The speakers are very well respected thought leaders who will examine the challenges and opportunities facing renewable energy, particularly in light of the scheduled 2012 expiration of the wind energy production tax credit.
RFF to Host Forum to Discuss Speculators, Oil Prices – Resources for the Future (RFF) will hold their May First Wednesday Seminar on Wednesday May 2 at 12:45 p.m. to address speculators and oil prices. Concerns have been raised in the popular press and elsewhere that an influx of speculators drove the price of oil to unprecedented heights in 2008, and that it may now be happening again. Although futures markets play an important role in our economy, do we need more safeguards to prevent financial traders from manipulating prices? Panelists will review the claims and counterclaims, present evidence gleaned from ongoing research, and discuss the still-to-be completed process of reform that was mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010. Panelists will include RFF’s James Smith, Syracuse University Whitman School of Management professor Jeffrey Harris, American University’s Michel Robe and our friend Kevin Book of ClearView Energy.
Conference to Highlight Asian Americans in Energy – Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce (AE2C) will hold its first annual conference Friday, May 4 at EEI featuring with a series of distinguished speakers. They will share insights about energy projects in Asia, U.S. and China relations, and global flows of capital and personnel. Speakers include Tseming Yang, Deputy General Counsel, US EPA (keynote) Gary Zheng, CEO, Lubbock Power & Light; Colin Tam, CEO, Crystal Vision Energy Ltd.; Sarav Periasamy, President & CEO, Peri Software, Inc.; Jimmy Rhee, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Rachelle Chong, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission. Speakers will address the value of diversity in maintaining and growing a workforce for clean energy.
Robot Battle Contest to Highlight Manufacturing – The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) will head to Indiana for its annual mayhem in the ring contest featuring robot gladiators collide at the 2012 National Robotics League (NRL) Championships at the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis on May 5-6, 2012. NTMA created the NRL, a robot combat competition, to introduce a new generation of Americans to manufacturing. This is the second year in a row that the National Championships will be held in Indianapolis. Schools participating include Bloomsburg (PA) Area High School, Cambridge Springs (PA) High School, Centerville (OH) High School, Conneaut Lake (PA) High School, Dunwoody (MN) College of Technology, Milford (OH) High School, N. St. Paul (MN) High School, Plum (PA) Senior High School, Prosser Career Education Center (IN), Slinger (WI) High School, Somerset County (PA) Technology Center, Springboro (OH) High School, Penn State University-University, University of South Florida, Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua (OH), Wright State University in Dayton and Celina, OH. NTMA founded the NRL to help change misperceptions about manufacturing and attract a new generation of students to well-paying technical careers. The program partners teams of middle school, high school, and post-secondary school students with local NTMA manufacturers to work together to build robots designed to do battle. The result is not only a destruction-driven face-off of incredible machines, but also an opportunity to develop high-tech skills and cultivate the interest of a new generation of students who will determine the future of manufacturing. The National Championship matches will feature student teams who have competed in NRL-sanctioned competitions across the U.S. Clashes begin Saturday, May 5 with preliminary rounds followed by quarterfinals, semi-finals and final rounds that will take place through Sunday, May 6.
Kelliher to Headline NE Energy Conference – The Northeast Energy and Commerce Association and the Connecticut Power and Energy Society will host the 19th Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition May 7th and 8th in Boston at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel looking at energy policy at the crossroads. The two-day conference will bring together public officials and energy industry leaders to discuss and debate the key issues facing the industry. With the economy remaining slow to recover and the end of incentive programs supporting certain types of resources, policy makers and industry participants are faced with some hard choices. More than ever, the need to balance long-term policy considerations against near-term economic consequences is driving much of the decision making in our industry. This conference will consider how these conditions are shaping the energy landscape in New England. Joseph Kelliher, Executive Vice President for Federal Regulatory Affairs for NextEra Energy and a former FERC Chairman, will lead off the conference discussing federal regulatory issues and their impact on our region. Gordon van Welie, President and CEO of ISO New England Inc., will provide his outlook on issues affecting the wholesale power markets in the region.
Chamber to Discuss Economy, Data – The US Chamber will hold a first quarter report for its Quarterly Economic Roundtable Series on Wednesday May 9th at 8:45 a.m. to look at the first quarters economic data. The briefings led by Martin Regalia, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Will focus on GDP data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce from the previous quarter, before leading a panel of chief economists representing crucial sectors of the economy. The goal of these briefings will be to offer the business community better insight into the impact of policies on their industries as well as to offer solutions to potentially negative effects. In addition to Regalia, speakers will include GM Chief Economist Mustafa Mohatarem and Dan Meckstroth, Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).
Detroit Good Jobs Conference will Tackle Clean Energy, Auto Jobs – Following their event in Philadelphia, the 2012 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Regional Conferences will continue in Detroit on May 10-11th. The regional meetings reflect the character and uniqueness of their locations and will bring together thousands of labor, environmental, business, elected and community leaders working in their area and around the country to promote, preserve, and build coalitions that create good jobs and preserve our economic and environmental future. The Regional Conferences provide a renewed focus on networking opportunities and showcase the best and most innovative ideas and strategies in the public, private and non-profit sectors. See the agenda and speakers here.
API to Look at Politics, Energy – API will host a discussion at The National Press Club on Tuesday, May 15th at 8:30 a.m. to look at the importance of sound energy decisions for our nation. At the event, API will release a report to the Democratic and Republican Platform Committees followed by a bipartisan panel discussion with energy advisors and experts.
CHP Spring Forum Set – The U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association will hold its Spring CHP Forum on Wednesday, May 16 at the Washington Plaza Hotel in DC.
Geothermal Energy Conference Set – The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) will be holding the 4th annual GEA International Geothermal Energy Showcase on May 23rd at the Reagan Trade Center in Washington, DC to highlight international geothermal projects, policies, and development in top international markets. Industry leaders, government officials, and other power sector representatives from the U.S. and around the world are expected to participate. This year, the event will focus on success in the leading countries and geothermal markets. Participants from the countries which are showing the most dramatic growth will be asked to address the event. Discussion will highlight what measures are succeeding in expanding geothermal energy production, with special attention paid to U.S. geothermal exports and financing for international geothermal development. GEA is inviting representatives from both government and business involved in key geothermal markets including the Caribbean, Central America, Chile, East Africa, Europe, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines and Turkey. The program will encourage discussion and interaction about government policies, projects in development, market potential, and opportunities for U.S. companies. Attendees will also hear from U.S. Government agencies involved in export assistance for geothermal companies, and from U.S. companies developing projects overseas.
Segal to Speak at ECOS meeting – The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) will host state environmental agency leaders on June 7-8th at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, DC for the State Environmental Protection in 2012 conference. This is a critical time for state environmental programs as officials try to balance federal budget cuts with the need to address new, more complex pollution problems. The meeting will provide a forum for state officials, business and industry, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and others to explore current challenges in meeting environmental and public health demands in an era of declining resources. Panel topics will include implementation of federal rules and regulations, state innovation, air and energy, coal combustion residuals, green partnerships, nutrients and other water issues, toxics reform and more. Speakers will include our colleague Scott Segal.
Chamber Holds Jobs Summit – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual Jobs Summit 2012 on Wednesday, June 13th at the Chamber in DC. , The Summit will bring together governors and thought leaders from across the country to discuss the state of our nation’s job market, outline policies that are needed to generate jobs and accelerate economic growth, and highlight what policies are working in each participating governor’s state. A central part of the Summit will be the release of an updated edition of Enterprising States, which will take a comprehensive look at how states are positioning themselves for economic growth and investing in the future. The bipartisan Governors’ Roundtable will be moderated by Major Garrett, Congressional Correspondent for the National Journal, following remarks by Tom Donohue and a research presentation based on the data released in the Enterprising States study.