Energy Update: Week of September 17

Friends,

Well, that was an interesting weekend.  While I was umpiring my own NCAA games and watching Hannah’s in Boston, Hurricane (and now “heavy-rain storm’) Florence was battering the Carolinas.  We have a full report in a separate section below.  I am doing regular reports that include information from Duke, EEI, EIA, NRECA and others, so please let me know if you are interested and I will add you to the list.

Meanwhile, on Friday, lots of movement in the RFS discussion.  Ag economist Scott Irwin of the U of Illinois (generally very favorable to the ethanol folks surprised many when he released a paper that said small refiner exemptions have not had any significant impact of ethanol demand.  It echoed another paper also released Friday by Charles River Associates that argued the same point. Finally, Sen Pat Toomey invited EPA chief Andy Wheeler to come to a Pennsylvania refinery.  All of this detailed below.

The House is out this week because Wednesday is Yom Kippur – which I will “celebrate” by taking my son Adam for his final on-road driving test at the Motor Vehicle Administration in MD.  Talk about a Day of Atonement…that is it.  Senate is in tomorrow and Thursday and in fact could vote as early as this week on a water infrastructure package that passed the House last week.  And don’t sleep on the vernal equinox – fall hits on Saturday evening.

Exciting Bracewell News: top Interior Department lawyer Ann Navaro (a Wellesley alumni) has joined Bracewell’s Environmental Strategies Group. Navaro has over 25 years of experience working as an attorney and advising senior leadership at federal agencies on environmental and natural resources policies and programs. She has also held senior legal/policy positions at the US Army Corps of Engineers and spent 14 years handling litigation in DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.  Navaro has been involved in some of the most challenging and high-profile policy issues and disputes in environmental and natural resources law, including recent policy shifts to streamline federal permitting, oil and gas leasing in Alaska, Asian carp infiltration in the Great Lakes, Clean Water Act 404 actions, offshore royalty disputes, coal mining, hydropower projects, casino development, offshore sonar use, new oil and gas regulations, and federal takings and constitutional challenges.  She will be a great resource for you on these issues so let me know if you are interested in connecting with her.

Finally, this is not about energy, but as you know, as a member of the National Press Club, I help promote Club-sponsored events like luncheons, newsmakers, etc.  Given recent issues that have supercharged the SCOTUS nomination hearings, I wanted to mention a great one tomorrow at the Club featuring EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, who will discuss the mid-term election, politics and the role of women this fall.  The luncheon starts at 12:30 pm, comments start at 1:00 p.m. and I hope you can attend.

Call with questions.  Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Since its creation over a decade ago, the RFS has failed to accomplish the originally-envisioned goals of tangible environmental benefits or improved energy independence.  Moreover, the RFS has imposed financial harm on motorists, the broader transportation sector, and domestic oil refiners. To achieve RFS compliance, merchant refineries must spend millions of dollars each year on Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), money which would otherwise go toward needed capital investments and the hiring of additional workers. The RFS picks winners and losers amongst sources of energy, and has named merchant refiners, particularly those in the Philadelphia region, the losers.”

Senator Pat Toomey in a letter inviting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler to visit Pennsylvania refiners to discuss the RFS.

ON THE POD

Bracewell, Chamber Energy Experts Discuss ACE Rule – With EPA announcing its new public hearing for its ACE rule on October 1st, I am resending a great Bracewell PRG explainer podcast with Scott Segal of Commerce Global Energy Institute President Karen Harbert and former Assistant Administrator of the EPA for Air and Radiation, Jeff Holmstead. Karen, Scott, and Jeff discuss the EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, how it compares to the Clean Power Plan, and more.

 

FUN OPINIONS

Ag Economist’s Paper on Ethanol Demand Causes Waves – U. of Illinois Agricultural Economist Scott Irwin has almost always a supporter of the ethanol industry, but he shook up both sides on Friday with a new paper that undercuts the ethanol industry’s long-standing claim that small refiner waivers have hurt demand.  Today in FarmdocDaily, Irwin said “analysis of data on ethanol and gasoline consumption in the U.S. shows there is little if any evidence that the blend rate for ethanol has been reduced by SREs.  If there has been any ethanol “demand destruction” to date it was very small, perhaps a drop in the ethanol blend rate of a tenth, which equates to only about 140 million gallons of ethanol consumption on an annual basis.”  As he said in a tweet on the info, “I just as well say it up front.  This ain’t gonna make me any friends in the corn ethanol industry.  But this is what the data tells us to date: Hard to detect any physical demand destruction for ethanol due to small refinery exemptions.”

HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE

Florence was downgraded to a tropical depression, but it continues to be a dangerous storm. The threat of catastrophic flooding is real. The storm continues to dump record amounts of rain, and streams and rivers are expected to flood even after the storm has passed.

As of 4:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, approximately 664,000 customers were without power in North and South Carolina. Power outages will continue to fluctuate as flooding moves or limbs and trees continue to fall.  Crews are working around the clock to restore power where it is safe and conditions allow. Impacted electric companies are reporting that they already have restored power to more than 1 million customers since the storm began. As the storm progresses, electric companies are reallocating resources strategically to ensure a safe and efficient response.

Other Important Safety Tips for Recovery, Restoration – A few important tips about power restoration and recovery:

  • In hard-hit areas, estimated restoration times will be determined after field crews first complete damage assessments. That process could take several days due to road closures caused by severe flooding and storm debris, especially in the coastal areas of both states, limiting travel for crews.
  • Never bring a generator indoors, and if rising water threatens your home or you evacuate, turn off your power at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box.  Such equipment should be operated only outdoors, and only in well-ventilated areas. Manufacturer instructions should be followed.
  • Utilities are asking customers for their patience ahead of what will be a lengthy period of power restoration and recovery from this major storm.

HVACR Units and Flooding – Flooding creates a unique and dangerous power restoration environment. In many cases, crews are not able to gain access to the most heavily damaged and flooded areas until the storm clears and it is deemed safe for them to enter.  It is also important for consumers when they return to their homes or businesses.  After a flood or storm surge from a hurricane, homeowners must take important safety precautions with regard to their home’s heating and cooling systems. A house or basement exposed to standing water or storm surge can damage your home’s water heater, furnace, boiler, air-conditioning, ventilation, and heat pump system and put your family at risk.  The HVACR industry reminds people how to handle flooding and your home’s HVAC systems safely.  Here is a full account of things to consider: http://bit.ly/2rg0xky

EEI Can Help With Process Questions – Should you have any questions about the electric power industry’s restoration efforts, our friends at EEI can help with background, historical perspective and details.  Their team is closely coordinating with the electric companies impacted by Florence.  Check out the EEI Storm Center here to see important information, details and safety tips. You can contact Brian Reil (breil@eei.org; 508-414-5794) to connect.

EIA Continues to Monitor Power – EIA is monitoring the Hurricane in its Hurricane Florence Electricity Status Report

Electricity: Load forecasts in the east (CPLE, SCEG, SC) show load beginning to recover today as the storm moves west and restoration efforts continue. CPLW and DUK in the west expect lower or similar loads today compared to yesterday.

Generators: Solar generation has declined over the past few days, particularly in CPLE and SCEG. Coal and natural gas generation has varied by balancing authority. One of the McGuire nuclear plant’s two units shut down beginning Friday night for planned maintenance unrelated to Florence. The Brunswick nuclear plant remains offline as of Saturday night.

Customers: As of 10:52 a.m., about 703,000 customers in North Carolina and about 52,000 customers in South Carolina have reported electricity outages, roughly 14% and 2% of the customers in the states, respectively. Outage numbers are falling in some counties and rising in others as the storm moves inland and restoration is underway.

Sutton Power Station and Coal Ash Ponds – The Sutton Power Station in Wilmington saw a minor storm related water overflow in its coal ash pond.  Here are the full details from Duke Officials: https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/historic-rains-from-hurricane-florence-cause-water-release-at-sutton-power-plant-in-wilmington-n-c  

 

Release Text:

Historic rains from Hurricane Florence caused the release of stormwater, which may have come into contact with coal ash from a lined landfill, at the company’s Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington. Because of the heavy rainfall amounts, it is difficult to calculate the amount of water that may have reached Sutton Lake, the cooling pond that was constructed to support plant operations.

Inspections today identified a slope failure and erosion in one section of the coal ash landfill, which displaced about 2,000 cubic yards of material and would fill about two-thirds of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The majority of displaced ash was collected in a perimeter ditch and haul road that surrounds the landfill and is on plant property.

Coal ash is non-hazardous, and the company does not believe this incident poses a risk to public health or the environment. The company is conducting environmental sampling as well.

Site personnel are managing the situation and will proceed with a full repair as weather conditions improve.

Ash basins, which are being excavated, and the cooling pond continue to operate safely.

IN THE NEWS

Navaro Joins Bracewell – Bracewell said that Ann D. Navaro has joined its Washington, DC office as a partner in the Environmental Strategies Group. Navaro has over 25 years of experience working as an attorney and advising senior leadership at federal agencies on environmental and natural resources policies and programs. For the last two years, she has held senior positions at the US Department of the Interior, including most recently as Counselor to the Solicitor.  In her distinguished career with the federal government, Navaro has worked on a wide range of issues with federal agencies, including litigation, regulation, legislation and the implementation of environmental and natural resources programs. She has held senior legal and policy positions at the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior. Navaro spent 14 years handling litigation in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the US Department of Justice, as well as 10 years litigating and overseeing civil works litigation for the Army Corps.  Navaro has been involved in some of the most challenging and high-profile policy issues and disputes in environmental and natural resources law, including recent policy shifts to streamline federal permitting, oil and gas leasing in Alaska, Asian carp infiltration in the Great Lakes, Clean Water Act 404 actions, offshore royalty disputes, coal mining, hydropower projects, casino development, offshore sonar use, new oil and gas regulations, and federal takings and constitutional challenges.  At Bracewell, Navaro will focus her practice in four areas: (1) development projects, (2) regulatory counseling, (3) policy advocacy and (4) government litigation.

Three Reports Undercut Ethanol Demand Destruction Claim – Three reports on Friday said ethanol demand is not be lost and one of them is the work of Agricultural economist Scott Irwin, who usually supports ethanol views.

Irwin Paper – Today in FarmdocDaily, U. Illinois Ag Economist Scott release a paper on SREs and ethanol demand destruction.  To date, Irwin says he cannot find much if any drop based on ethanol blend rates.  He added there may be E10 ethanol demand destruction with SREs in the future if price of ethanol goes above price of gasoline.  SREs have reduced the demand for E15 and E85 but Irwin says it’s hard to measure since it is so small, but adds further expansion of the demand for higher ethanol blends is not in the cards so long as SREs are granted (and not reallocated).  Irwin said “analysis of data on ethanol and gasoline consumption in the U.S. shows there is little if any evidence that the blend rate for ethanol has been reduced by SREs.  If there has been any ethanol “demand destruction” to date it was very small, perhaps a drop in the ethanol blend rate of a tenth, which equates to only about 140 million gallons of ethanol consumption on an annual basis.”  See the full paper with charts here: https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2018/09/small-refinery-exemptions-and-ethanol-demand-destruction.html

Charles River Paper – Irwin’s views are underscored by another new report released today as well from Charles River Associates that in essence, comes to the same conclusion.

The report from Charles River Associates (CRA), just released, dated September 2018, and entitled, “Economics of Small Refinery Exemptions under the RFS.”   You can see the full report here:

Among the noteworthy conclusions of the recent CRA report are the following:

  • “This report shows that increased SREs and lower ethanol RIN prices have not caused ethanol demand destruction. This is supported by a review of RIN pricing economics and an analysis of ethanol blend rates, which have continued to increase after SRE announcements.”
  • Even outside of the RFS, “There is a significant base level of demand for ethanol blending unrelated to the annual RFS obligations. Drivers of this demand include octane enhancement and serving as oxygenate, as well as direct price competition between ethanol and refined petroleum products.”
  • This base level of demand ensures that SREs and normalization of RINs prices have no impact of ethanol demand.  Indeed, RINs prices could literally fall to zero without impacting ethanol blend rates.
  • CRA continues:  “Simply put, changes in D6 RIN prices do not impact ethanol blend rates as long as the RIN price remains above the level needed to support ethanol blending. We demonstrate that actual D6 RIN prices have been above the ‘needed’ RIN prices for the majority of the RFS program’s history. In fact, for the past several months, fuel economics have driven the ‘needed’ RIN price below $0/RIN.”

The conclusion is clear – “Since D6 RIN prices have remained above the “needed” D6 RIN price, there has been no change in incentives for ethanol blending. This is supported by a review of ethanol volumes and blend rates, both of which have been increasing over time.”

Former EIA Analyst Joanne Shore Finds Similar Issues with Demand – Irwin and CRA’s findings are also backed up by similar, recent analysis from Joanne Shore, the long-time former chief analyst for fuels and refining issues at the Energy Information Administration.  Her September 11, 2018, conclusion:

“The data show that there is no evidence of domestic biofuel demand destruction from RFS waivers to small refiners. Biofuel demand is robust and increasing, likely as a result of what RFA recognizes in its own analysis: the low price of ethanol relative to gasoline. As numerous studies have indicated, ethanol blending will remain economic, even in the absence of a mandate. These facts strongly suggest that both Congress and the administration can take action to control the cost of the RFS and RINs in a manner that protects refining jobs, without adversely impacting the biofuel sector.”

Toomey Issues Invite to EPA Chief – Speaking of ethanol, Sen. Pat Toomey invited the top EPA official Andy Wheeler to visit the oil refineries in the Philadelphia area. In a letter sent to Wheeler, Toomey wrote that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which is a federal mandate requiring gasoline to contain up to ten percent ethanol, is imposing such high costs on refiners that it threatens local employment and the greater Philadelphia economy.   Monroe Energy and Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), the largest refining complex on the East Coast, are both located in the Philadelphia area and employ a combined 1,600 people. To comply with the RFS, these two refiners must spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to acquire so-called RINs. High and unpredictable RIN prices threaten the financial well-being of these facilities and jeopardize their high-paying, blue collar jobs. Earlier this year, PES declared bankruptcy in large part due to the unsustainable compliance costs associated with the RFS.

IER Unveils Green Grant Tracker – The Institute for Energy Research released a new grant tracker today called “Big Green, Inc.”, a powerful new research tool that shines a long overdue spotlight on the money that is fueling the massive national environmental lobby.  Big Green, Inc. uncovers the scope of the environmental movement’s funding as well as the role this interrelated network of organizations has had on energy policy. Taking the form of a searchable database, Big Green, Inc. tracks 8,821 environmental grants from 2008-2016 adding up to $3.7 billion. This money flowed from ten left-leaning foundations to over 1,500 environmental activist groups spanning all 50 states.  The map allows users to track the funding sources across a variety of dimensions including state and year, and identifies the issue areas for which these organizations received money, for example, climate change advocacy, anti-coal initiatives, and political activism.

Energy Funding Passes – Congress passed the FY2019 “Minibus” spending bill Thursday. The funding bill address programs for energy and water programs, including clean energy programs at DOE.  The Business Council on Sustainable Energy’s Lisa Jacobson said “the market dynamism and innovation we are seeing in the clean energy sector has come as the result of the partnership between the federal government and clean energy industries and from DOE’s world class research, both pure and applied. Congress recognizes this and continues to fund important clean energy programs and to invest in energy research development and deployment that will help to sustain growth in clean energy markets.”    And Clearpath’s Rich Powell added “Congress again sent an undeniable message that lawmakers are serious about keeping the U.S. in the top tier of countries pursuing clean and reliable energy breakthroughs. While steady and sufficient funding is essential, providing important direction and reforms to the DOE to make sure that dollars are well spent is equally vital to spurring energy innovation.”

House Passed Key Senate Advanced Nuke Legislation – And while they were passing legislation, House approval of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, which would strengthen partnerships between the private sector and government researchers to test and demonstrate the next generation of clean advanced nuclear reactor concepts.  The bill, led by Sens. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and others, was approved by the Senate in March and now heads to President Trump, who is expected to sign the legislation.  NEICA authorizes the development of a versatile neutron source for advanced reactor testing. Many of the promising new reactor designs currently being developed utilize “fast neutrons,” so the test bed created under NEICA is essential to developing those new fuel designs. A versatile neutron source can also allow accelerated research for all new advanced reactors. It is important to note that this R&D capability is only available for civilian use in Russia, so a domestic U.S. facility is essential to advancing American technologies. “NEICA will create a strong new foundation for global nuclear innovation leadership. By preparing a test bed for our advanced reactor entrepreneurs, we have thrown down the gauntlet to our Russian and Chinese competitors that the United States will not be out-innovated in the technology we invented,” ClearPath Action Executive Director Rich Powell said.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Electric Cars on Display on National MallNational Drive Electric Week launched yesterday in Washington on the National Mall near National Gallery of Art (7th Street, NW) with presentations about electric vehicles and the latest models on the National Mall.  There will be more events this week.

CSIS Hosts Trade Reps – This afternoon, the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business is hosting a conversation with six former United States Trade Representatives, who will share wisdom from their own experience and discuss the current global trading system, its institutions, and the prospects for trade in these challenging times. Speakers include Bill Brock, Carla Hills, Micky Kantor, Charlene Barshefsky​, Susan Schwab and Ron Kirk.

Forum to Look at Energy Future – The Hoover Institution hosts “MIT-Stanford Energy Game Changers Symposium” tomorrow at 8:45 a.m.  Recent progress in energy technology research and development in the United States has been substantial-the past decade has seen dramatic reductions in the costs of emerging technologies alongside similar improvements in energy security and environmental performance. Former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz alongside scientists and engineers from two leading American research universities and DOE national labs will explore the potential for energy “game changers”: inexpensive and abundant clean electricity production, affordable grid energy storage at scale, secure electrochemical fuel manufacturing, less intensive fossil energy through carbon capture, and more.

DOE to Host Energy Storage Forum – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) InnovationXLab Energy Storage Summit will take place tomorrow and Wednesday at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA. Energy storage is one of the biggest challenges to unlocking the potential from the next generation of transportation and electricity grid technologies. The Summit will showcase the broad array of technical resources available from across DOE’s National Lab complex that can be leveraged by industry to address these challenges.

Senate Enviro to Look at Legislation – The Senate Environment Committee will hold a Business Meeting  tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. to consider a bill to establish a compliance deadline of May 15, 2023, for Step 2 emissions standards for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces as well as several other bills.

Heritage Looks at SCOTUS Fall Term – The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion for a Supreme Court Preview of the 2018 Term.  The Supreme Court returns October 1st for its 2018-2019 Term, and the justices will tackle of number of important issues. Supreme Court litigators Paul Clement and Joseph Palmore will discuss what is likely to unfold in the next Supreme Court term.

ITIF to Host Clean Energy Forum – The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation will host an expert panel discussion tomorrow at Noon on carbon emissions and clean energy. ITIF Senior Fellow Joe Kennedy, author of the recent report “How Induced Innovation Lowers the Cost of a Carbon Tax,” will moderate a discussion on innovation, carbon taxes and clean energy.

Philly Forum to Look at GHG Neutrality – Tomorrow at Noon in Philly, the Kleinman Center Energy Forum hosts an expert look at greenhouse gas neutrality featuring Oliver Geden, a lead author of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.

Harder, LeVine Headline Clean Energy Discussion – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will host a lively conversation on the future of energy and the role of innovation and new technologies tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.  The discussion will feature three leading minds to shine a light on future energy trends. Steve LeVine, a veteran journalist of geopolitics and energy and whose most recent book The Powerhouse is a deep dive into the race to build a super battery; Akshat Rathi, whose award-winning series The Race to Zero Emissions masterfully deconstructs the energy technologies our futures need; and Amy Harder, whose weekly column “Harder Line” reports trends, scoops, and news driving the energy and climate debate, will explore future scenarios for the energy sector.

Senate Committee to Look at Infrastructure Cyber Issues – The Senate Armed Services Cybersecurity Subcommittee will hold a closed-door hearing tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and will feature testimony from senior energy and homeland security officials, including DOE Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Bruce Walker, DHS assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications Jeanette Manfra and Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security at the Defense Department.

WaPo Mooney Headline WRI Forum – Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the World Resources Institute will host a major forum in Washington, DC reflecting on the challenging and important topic of carbon removal.  Tailored for a policy audience and featuring leading voices in technology, conservation and the environment, the event will tackle the big questions head on – how can carbon removal help in the fight against climate change? What are the different land management and technological approaches, and how can they be brought to scale in a safe and prudent manner? And finally, what practical steps can U.S. policymakers take to foster action?  The event will include a presentation on WRI’s latest research findings on carbon removal followed by a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Chris Mooney, Climate and Energy Reporter at The Washington Post.

CSIS Will Hold Forum Private Sector Sustainable Development – CSIS will hold a forum on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable development goals.  The private sector provides 9 out of 10 jobs in developing countries and has an important role to play in achieving the SDGs and solving global problems. Many private sector actors support the SDGs and have joined the UN Global Compact. At the Addis Ababa Financing for Development conference in 2015, it became clear that it would take trillions not billions of dollars of financing of all types to achieve the SDGs. Private sector participation is critical to strengthening the economies in developing countries, employing the growing youth bulge in Africa, and solving global challenges like migration.

FERC Meeting – FERC Commissioners will meet on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Coal Marketing Days Forum Set for PA – S&P Global Platts 41st Annual Coal Marketing Days Conference is set for the Westin in Pittsburgh, PA.  This long-standing event attracts a variety of coal suppliers and buyers, coal transport companies, and industry-wide analysts and investors who exchange in-depth knowledge on the current state of the global and domestic coal-producing markets.

Forum to Look at China Sludge – On Thursday at 9:00 a.m., the Wilson Center will host a forum on urban waste policies, pilots and innovation. Chen Meian will open up discussing the challenges low-carbon cities face in reigning in greenhouse gasses, and how her think tank is creating a platform for innovative, bottom-up, clean energy solutions. One of the most successful sludge-to-energy plants in China is in Xiangyang City in a plant run by Dou Wenlong. Mr. Dou will explain how his company has built partnerships with the local government to turn captured methane into CNG for a local taxi fleet. Liu Jinghao will give an overview of national-level drivers creating opportunities for methane recovery from MSW and sludge in China. Finally, Liu Xiao will tell a story of how one low-carbon city pilot is sparking climate action in the MSW industry. The speakers are in the United States participating in a technical research exchange sponsored by the Global Methane Initiative.

Webinar to Look at Smart Grid Changes – The National Journal hosts a webinar on the changes in the U.S. energy grid on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.  From changing energy sources and technological advances to government regulations, this webinar will look at what implications could smart grid technology have for government, regulation, and public policy.  National Journal Presentation Center analysts Julianna Bradley, Sean Lambert, and Taryn MacKinney, as well as National Journal Energy Correspondent Brian Dabbs, will speak at this in-depth look at the issues surrounding the state of the U.S. energy grid.

Offshore Wind Forum Set for Norfolk – The 2018 Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit will be held on Friday in Norfolk at the Hilton Main.  The event brings together the supply-chain business community with federal and state government officials to accelerate Virginia’s inclusion of large-scale offshore wind within the state’s energy mix. VA Governor Ralph Northam and Orsted North American President Thomas Brostrom, Dominion Energy, Siemens –Gamesa, US Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management and many others will discuss port infrastructure, supply chain procurement and market opportunities.

Forum to Look at Advanced Nuke Test Reactor – The Global American Business Institute will hold a Capitol Hill briefing on Friday at Noon on the Versatile test reactor.  Mr. Donald Wolf – Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board & CEO, ARC Nuclear and Dr. Kemal Pasamehmetoglu – Executive Director, The Versatile Test Reactor, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will speak.

Heritage to Look at Bloom Energy Challenges – The Heritage Foundation hosts a forum on Friday at Noon featuring University of Delaware Professor and former Delaware State Climatologist David Legates, at a forum on challenges with Delaware’s Bloom Energy.  Legates has challenges the fuel cell “promise” of inexpensive, clean energy is that it is actually very expensive and not very clean.

Forum to Preview SCOTUS 2018 – On Friday at Noon, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies holds another discussion on “Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2018.  US Solicitor General Noel Francisco will offer opening remarks followed by a panel featuring SCOTUS attorneys John Adams, Tom Goldstein, Jennifer Mascott, and Elizabeth Papez. NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams will moderate.

JHU Forum to Look at Developing World Sustainable Energy Utility – On Friday at 12:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins University hosts a forum on utility models in the energy sector in meeting global economic, environmental and social challenges. Anmol Vanamali of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation will discuss the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) model.  There will also be a panel to discuss the impacts on Delaware.

IN THE FUTURE

Forum to Look at Building Policies – Next Tuesday morning at the US Green Buildings Council, DOE, the Environment, New Buildings Institute and several partners are hosting the interactive session, which aims to stimulate collaboration, highlight leading local buildings and policies, and foster knowledge sharing regarding net-zero energy practice and policy.

Baltic Energy Forum Set – The Jamestown Foundation will hold a conference on energy security in the wider Baltic region next Tuesday at the University Club.  The conference will address the challenge to European security posed by Russia’s Nord Stream Two natural gas pipeline project as well as discuss Northern Gate, an alternative energy transit corridor championed by Poland that will open up the region to Norwegian gas supplies and U.S. and international LNG shipments, blunting Gazprom’s market monopoly position.

MIT Expert to Talk CCS – The US Energy Assn will hold a forum on carbon capture next Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. featuring MIT Senior Research Engineer Howard Herzog.  Herzog will give an overview of the current state of technology and policy related to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) and cover seven aspects of CCS:  (1) the role of CCS in addressing the climate change challenge, (2) a summary of large CCS projects in operation, (3) the current status and future directions for capture technology, (4) the current status and future directions for storage technology, (5) how to view negative emissions, (6) the policies and politics around CCS, and (7) what the future may hold.

CAFE Public Hearing Set for CA, MI, PA – NHTSA and EPA will hold three public hearings on the revisions to the fuels economy standard.  The hearing will occur on Sept 25th in Fresno, Sept 26th in Dearborn MI, and Sept 27th in Pittsburgh.

Clean Energy Week Forum Set – The 2018 National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium will be held on Wednesday at the National Press Club Ballroom. Speakers include Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Daines and Murkowski and many more.

Forum to Look at Energy Cybersecurity – RealClearPolitics will hold a forum on energy cybersecurity Wednesday September 26th at 8:00 a.m. at the Newseum. The keynote speaker is Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and INGAA’s Don Santa and AGA’s Dave McCurdy will speak.

Forum to Look at Transportation – The Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission will hold an event Wednesday, September 26th at 8:30 a.m. in 2255 Rayburn to roll out a new alliance that will unveil its full suite of policy recommendations on Capitol Hill to encourage policymakers to better prepare for the coming transformation. The Commission is a group of business, government, and civil society leaders that has been working to develop a pathway to capitalize on the opportunities of a rapidly changing industry by setting an ambitious goal of cutting the U.S. transportation sector’s energy use by 50% by 2050 while meeting future mobility needs. The Commission will unveil.  Keynote speakers will include Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.  The event looks at the key shifts in the industry, why their organization is participating in the Commission, and the importance of cohesive policies in securing the Commission’s vision of the transportation future.

Border Energy Forum Set for San Antonio – The North American Development Bank (NADB) will host the XXIII Border Energy Forum in San Antonio on September 26th and 27th at the Hilton San Antonio. This forum brings together local and state officials, private sector developers, academics, large commercial users, and energy experts from the U.S. and Mexico. NADB’s unique position as the only U.S.-Mexico binational development bank, has provided the Bank the opportunity to be involved in some of the most relevant clean energy projects developed in the last five years in the region. NADB has financed close to $1.5 billion for 35 projects with total costs of $5.2 billion. Roughly, 2,548 MW of new generation capacity is being installed along the border. The forum will center the dialogue on energy prosperity, innovation, financing, the future of energy markets, and crossborder opportunities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and how to continue building partnerships to advance both countries energy goals that ultimately improve economic development and protect the environment.

Forum to Look at Cyber Resilience – The US Energy Assn will hold a forum on Thursday, September 27th at 10:00 a.m. on cyber resilience in the energy sector.  Speakers from Marsh & McLennan Companies will present, including Paul Mee, North America Cyber Lead, Oliver Wyman, and Matt McCabe, Assistant General Counsel on Cyber Policy, will discuss how they work with companies in the energy sector to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from cyber-attacks, thus helping them build true cyber resilience.

Forum to Look at Carbon Tax Study – REMI will host a carbon tax discussion at its Washington, DC policy luncheon on Thursday September 27th with guest presenter Scott Nystrom, a Director at FTI Consulting, Inc.  Alliance for Market Solutions commissioned FTI Consulting to evaluate the economic, fiscal and emission effects of a national revenue-neutral carbon tax. The study’s authors applied this tax at the point of extraction or import, and simulated the implications of raising the cost of fossil fuels on the national, state, and industry levels.  Nystrom, a co-author on the report, will review the proposal and the potential implications for the U.S. and state economies and major industries. He will also describe the methodologies behind the analysis of a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

Conservatives to Discuss Nuclear – Experts from the Breakthrough Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the ClearPath Foundation and R Street will hold a forum on Thursday September 27th at 3:00 p.m. looking at innovation and reform to the nuclear industry. After many years of failed attempts, a new path to an economically competitive domestic nuclear industry is close at hand. Nuclear micro-reactors (10 MW and smaller) allow for safe operation with radically simplified designs, making the case for far-reaching licensing and regulatory reform much stronger.  Policy elements needed for a better future include licensing reforms at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, extending the duration of federal purchase power agreements, and supporting construction of new fast reactors and advanced nuclear fuels.

Group to Honor Clean Energy Champs – On Thursday, September 27th at 5:00 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Club, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) will recognize its 2018 Clean Energy Champions.  They include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Tim Scott (R-SC), Reps Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Tom Reed (R-NY) and Govs. Larry Hogan (R-MD) and Gary Herbert (R-UT).

EPA to Host ACE Hearing in Chicago – The EPA will host a single public hearing on its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan in Chicago on Monday October 1st at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building.  The building is the home of EPA’s Region 5 headquarters.

Cato Hosts Public Transit Debate – On Monday October 1st, the Cato Institute holds a Capitol Hill forum on the Federal role in public transit. Cato’s Randall O’Toole and Jarrett Walker will debate.

Ideas Forum Set for DC – The Atlantic Council and Aspen Institute are hosting the Atlantic Festival on October 2-4th at Sidney Harman Hall n DC.  Atlantic editor Jeffery Goldberg, former Secretary of State Sen. John Kerry and NYT reporter/author Mark Leibovich are among the numerous speakers.  In its 10th year, Washington Ideas has become The Atlantic Festival.  The conference always includes in-depth interviews with some of today’s biggest thinkers and leaders in technology, politics, business and the arts, we will illuminate new ideas, and grapple with the most consequential issues of our time.

SEJ in Flint – The Society of Environmental Journalism holds its annual conference on October 3-6th in Flint.  Of course, Bracewell hosts its annual event on Thursday October 4th.

ClearPath, EPIC, ACCF host Forum on R&D Investments – On October 10, The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with ClearPath and the American Council for Capital Formation, will hosting discussions on lessons gleaned from research and practical experiences. The conversations will provide insight into how to translate research findings into actionable policy and industry approaches that can drive clean energy innovation.

Forum to Look at Wood – In recognition of National Forest Products Week, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosts an innovative class of structural wood building materials. This briefing will bring together experts to tell the emerging story of the U.S. mass timber industry and how to capitalize on its potential.  Speakers will include Sen Angus King.

Shale Insight Set For PittsburghShale Insight 2018 is set for Pittsburgh on October 23-25.  The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) hosts the event along with the Ohio and West Virginia Oil & Natgas Assns.  SHALE INSIGHT™ offers insightful pre-conference workshops, technical and public affairs sessions, national keynote addresses, and high-powered networking sessions will provide attendees, sponsors, and exhibitor’s unprecedented access to the industry’s most influential leaders and innovators.  You can see the agenda HERE.

Energy Update: Week of September 10

Friends,

L’Shana Tovah to all…  Last night at Sundown began the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning the “beginning the year.” It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days which culminates next Wednesday with Yom Kippur.  I’m thinking about tomorrow too as it has been 17 years since the terror attacks on 9/11 in NYC and DC.

Maybe a New Year or Day of Atonement is an appropriate transition to the Saturday Women’s US Open final. I am a big fan of Serena and think she and Venus have done fabulous things for tennis.  While I agree with her that the umpire was wrong and will likely never get another important match (I have some experience in officiating as you all know), I still have problems with her meltdown which has completely overshadowed the first ever grand slam win by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who by the way has a great story.  My take: She is definitely a role model and should have swallowed the umpire’s terrible call on the coaching warning and tried to overcome it.  After Serena let down her mental game – impacted by a bad umpiring decision – Osaka, who had the upper hand in the match, taking the first set 6-2, finished her off.  Lots of columns and opinions on this in the media from great sports reporters like Christine Brennan and Sally Jenkins, but bottom line for me is, the umpire was terrible, you have to deal with it.  BTW, Novak Djokovic blasted past Juan Martin del Potro for a straight set win 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 on Sunday for the Men’s title that was much less controversial.

Before we look at this week, just a word about Sunday’s Washington Post article about EPA staff leaving in droves.  First, my friends Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin wrote a very good story, but I am shocked it made it to the front page/above-the-fold Sunday.  As one who has watched EPA for many years, it seems likely that this EPA staff would be expected to leave as they are.  In other words, it should not surprise anyone.  The staff at EPA has be experienced and aging for some time and we expected this type of exodus.  Many thought it would happen sooner, but perhaps the Obama EPA’s second-term aggressiveness on environmental policy may have kept some there a little longer.  I’m sure it is also partly ideological: certainly is not surprising to think that some of the EPA retirements are driven by the Trump approach.  Finally, the Trump team all along has said they were going to reduce staff at EPA.  In fact some have wanted to reduce it much more that 8%.  The fact that it is only down by about 1,000 employees is not really that much given the on-going planning/reorganizing.  We have great experts on this, so happy to discuss.

Light schedule this week as Congress looks for the exits for the Midterm elections on tap and the Jewish holidays. On Wednesday, the votes begin on the budget.  Majority Leader McCarthy told the media the House will vote on the final first minibus which contains Energy and Water budgets. Both chambers will only be in town for a few days, with the House and Senate out until Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah. POLITICO adds the schedule leaves just seven working days when both chambers are in session before the Sept. 30 funding deadline.  More budget mini-buses in the coming days…

Also today, in a special edition episode of our great Bracewell Podcast, The Lobby Shop, Scott Segal tackles the EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule with Chamber Global Energy Institute head Karen Harbert and former EPA Air office head Jeff Holmstead.  Check out the details here.

The biggest story this week is out in the Golden State where Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting big climate summit. Beyond the summit, there are a ton of political and policy events running sidebar including one from our friends at C2ES and many more. Speakers include Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg and many more.  I have discussed this with some of you already and I am happy to do more should you need comment, historical perspective and climate policy background.

Finally, sad news to lose our friend Sam Bodman who served as Energy Secretary during the Bush Administration, who passed away over the weekend at 79.  Hurricane Florence is growing and is expected to potentially hit the North/South Carolina coast on Thursday or Friday.  We’ll will keep an eye on it and stay safe. Call with questions.  Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Sam had a brilliant mind, and we are fortunate that he put his intellect to work for our country as Secretary of Energy. I am proud that he was a member of my Cabinet, and I am proud that he was my friend.”

Former President George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush mourned the loss of former Energy Secretary Sam Bodman in a statement marking his passing on Saturday.

ON THE POD

Bracewell, Chamber Energy Experts Discuss ACE Rule – In a special edition episode of The Lobby Shop, Bracewell PRG Co-Head Scott Segal takes the reigns with an interview of President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute, Karen Harbert, and former Assistant Administrator of the EPA for Air and Radiation, Jeff Holmstead. Karen, Scott, and Jeff discuss the EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, how it compares to the Clean Power Plan, and more.

 

FUN OPINIONS

Wash Times Has Special Section on RFS Reform The Washington Times had a special section last week which detail need for renewable fuel standard (RFS) reform.  Among the writing on the issue were key comments from Senators who raised concerns about the current RFS and why it needs to be fixed.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the federal mandate for corn ethanol is “both unwise and unworkable” adding roughly 40% of corn in the United States is currently used for fuel, which increases the price of food and animal feed while also damaging the environment. Additionally, oil companies are unable to blend more corn ethanol into gasoline without causing problems for some gas stations and older automobiles.  Feinstein: “Once we remove the corn ethanol mandate, the RFS program can finally serve its intended purpose: to support the development of advanced, environmentally friendly biofuels like biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and other revolutionary fuels.”  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) added that the RFS is outdated, created when energy consumption relied heavily on foreign imports.  Cassidy: “It was thought that the Renewable Fuel Standard would be good for our environment by decreasing the carbon footprint. But in the last 10 years, our energy landscape has changed dramatically. We now have more domestic oil than almost ever before, and the drawbacks of the RFS greatly outweigh its benefits.”  Finally, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) said while a well-intentioned idea, the “promised environmental benefits of the RFS have yet to be realized” and in fact, “may well be hurting” the environment. Udall says we need a forward-looking plan that offers “visionary reforms to put us on a cleaner and more sustainable path. The changes represent a giant step forward to combat the urgent threat of climate change, cut pollution, and protect our planet for future generations.”  There is much more from Congress on the need for reform HERE.

IN THE NEWS

MIT Tool Helps Building Planning Reduce Climate Emissions – A new software tool from researchers at MIT was rolled out last week to help architects or engineers design a new building to better reduce climate emissions.  Often, it’s done only at the end of the process — if ever — that a lifecycle analysis of the building’s environmental impact is carried out. And by then, it may be too late to make significant changes. Now, a faster and easier system for doing such analyses could change all that, making the analysis an integral part of the design process from the beginning. The new process, described in the journal Building and Environment in a paper by MIT researchers Jeremy Gregory, Franz-Josef Ulm and Randolph Kirchain, and recent graduate Joshua Hester PhD ’18, is simple enough that it could be integrated into the software already used by building designers so that it becomes a seamless addition to their design process.  Lifecycle analysis, known as LCA, is a process of examining all the materials; design elements; location and orientation; heating, cooling, and other energy systems; and expected ultimate disposal of a building, in terms of costs, environmental impacts, or both. Ulm, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH), says that typically LCA is applied “only when a building is fully designed, so it is rather a post-mortem tool but not an actual design tool.” That’s what the team set out to correct with this new tool.  To the researchers’ surprise, they found use of their LCA system had very little impact on reducing the range of design choices. “That’s the most remarkable result,” Ulm says. When introducing the LCA into the early stages of the design process, “you barely touch the design flexibility,” he says.

Senator Unveil Advance Nuke Blueprint – A bipartisan group of senators led by Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have introduced the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), a comprehensive blueprint for the U.S. to once again lead the world in next-generation nuclear power.  The bill (S. 3422) would direct the Department of Energy to establish specific goals to align the federal government, national labs and private sector in efforts to accelerate advanced nuclear technologies. The language echoes the Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies Act (S. 1457) from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Booker, which the Senate energy panel approved in March.  It would also require DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy to develop a 10-year strategic plan that supports advanced nuclear R&D goals. NELA addresses the lack of domestic supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HA-LEU), which will be needed to fuel most advanced reactors being designed. NELA establishes a program to provide a minimum amount of HA-LEU to U.S. advanced reactor developers from DOE stockpiles until a new long-term supply is developed. NELA also initiates a long-term power purchase agreement pilot between the DOE and utilities to procure nuclear power and reauthorizes nuclear engineering scholarships to maintain a robust pipeline of nuclear engineering talent.

EIA Report Says CO2 Emissions Continue to Drop – Newly released Energy Information Administration data shows that U.S. CO2 emissions from energy dropped by roughly 1% last year. U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions have declined in 7 of the past 10 years, and they are now 14% lower than in 2005.  Last year, emissions from electricity production fell by 4.6%. The shift toward natural gas from coal lowers CO2 emissions because natural gas produces fewer emissions per unit of energy consumed than coal and because natural gas generators typically use less energy than coal plants to generate each kilowatthour of electricity. Electricity generation from renewable energy technologies has increased; these technologies do not directly emit CO2 as part of their electricity generation. In EIA’s emissions data series, emissions from biomass combustion are excluded from reported energy-related emissions according to international convention.

DOE Announces Advanced Vehicle Research – The Department of Energy said the selection of 42 projects totaling $80 million to support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth. This work supports DOE’s goal to invest in early-stage research of transportation technologies that can give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

WAPA, DTF Forum to Highlight Diesel Issues –Today at 11:30 a.m. at Engine Co 12 in NW DC, the Washington Automotive Press Association and the Diesel Technology Forum held a lunch to look at the true ‘state of diesel’ in the U.S. automotive market.  Speakers include GM’s Global Diesel Executive Director, Pierpaolo Antonioli and GM’s Regional Chief, Engineer, Mike Siegrist.  You will also hear the very latest IHS Markit diesel vehicles-in-use data for the United States; and get details about new research on the benefits of new-technology diesel pickup trucks.

Interior Official Addresses ESA at Heritage Forum – Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will address a forum at The Heritage Foundation today at Noon to discuss the department’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.

JHU to Feature Rockefeller Foundation President – The Johns Hopkins University SAIS and the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) host a forum next Monday at 12:30 pm in its Kenney Herter Auditorium featuring Dean Vali Nasr and a conversation on affordable and clean energy with the President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rajiv Shah.

Field Hearing to Look at Salmon Runs, River Policy – The House Natural Resources Oversight Subcommittee holds a field hearing today at 1:00 p.m. in Pasco, Wash focused on the federal Columbia River power system.  The hearing will review a dispute that played out in Congress in the minibus that impacts salmon runs in the Columbia and Snake Rivers in Washington State. Officials from the Bonneville Power Administration, Washington Association of Wheat Growers and Nez Perce Tribe will testify.

SF CLIMATE EVENTS Tomorrow:

Forum to Look at Southern Gas Corridor – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosts a conversation about the Southern Gas Corridor and European energy security tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. In the wake of new developments in constructing and completing the Southern Gas Corridor, a key priority project for European energy security, our expert panel will discuss the progress already made, challenges still ahead, and opportunities for the future.

Forum to Look at Smart Cities in Latin America – The Inter-American Dialogue holds a discussion tomorrow on smart cities in Latin America.

Methanol Forum Set – Argus hosts its Methanol Forum Wednesday and Thursday in Houston at the Westin, Memorial City.  Issues include trends in the methanol industry, the potential impact from crude and natural gas markets, regional perspectives, including in-depth analysis of China and the emerging Indian market and the outlook for methanol derivatives including biodiesel and olefins.  Our friend Greg Dolan, CEO of the Methanol Institute is among the speakers.

BioEnergy Conference Set – The Mid-Atlantic Bioenergy Council (MABEC) holds a conference and expo at CityView in Philadelphia Wednesday through Friday.

Coal Council Meets in Norfolk – On Wednesday and Thursday, the National Coal Council meets in Norfolk for its Fall meeting to discuss coal-related issues.  Lou Hrkman of DOE will speak.

Climate Summit Set for SF – The Global Climate Action Summit will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday through Friday.  The forum will bring leaders and people together from around the world to support action on climate change.  It will also feature action by states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.  It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​  Speakers include Gov. Jerry Brown, UNFCCC head Patricia Espinosa, Michael Bloomberg, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, Canadian Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna, musician Dave Matthews, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Alec Baldwin, Jane Goodall, Andrea Mitchell, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

SF Wednesday/Thursday/Friday Events:

WCEE to Host Forum to Highlight Women in Energy Stories – Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment’s (WCEE) Career Building Section hosts a reception and discussion at USEA about challenges and opportunities for women working in energy. Our friends Vicky Bailey and Sheila Slocum Hollis will share their expertise on overcoming obstacles, discuss skills required for convening stakeholders, and bring examples of leading towards practical solutions for the real world.

Forum to Look at AVsAxios hosts a conversation on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. at the Long View Gallery looking at how autonomous vehicles and transportation technology will impact the future.  Speakers will include Ohio Rep. Bob Latta, Global Automakers CEO John Bozzella and SAE International CEO David Schutt.

Senate Enviro Looks at Advanced Nuclear – Following last week’s introduction of bipartisan energy legislation, the Senate Environment Committee holds a hearing Thursday at 10:00 a.m. on advanced nuclear technology.  The hearing will look closely at safety and associated benefits of licensing accident tolerant fuels for commercial nuclear reactors.

House Science Panel Look at EPA Glider Truck Rule – The House Science Committee’s Environment and Oversight Subcommittees hold a joint hearing on Thursday examining the underlying science and impacts of glider truck regulations.  Witnesses include regulation, risk, economics expert Richard Belzer and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President Todd Spencer.

Senate Energy to Look at European LNG – The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to examine the role of U.S. LNG in meeting European energy demand.

House Oversight to Look at Disaster Response –The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. evaluating Federal disaster response and recovery efforts.  FEMA Administrator Brock Long Army Corps of Engineers Scott Spellman and Lynn Goldman of the Milken Institute will testify.

Post to Host Space Forum – On Friday at 9:00 a.m., The Washington Post along with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) will bring together key government officials, renowned scientists and leaders in the field of space exploration for a program examining the many factors shaping American leadership in space, the new “space race,” the future of space tourism and exploration that could lead to a future beyond Earth.  Speakers include VP Mike Pence, NASA head Jim Bridenstine, Bill Nye and many more including current and former astronauts.

ABA to Host SCOTUS Enviro Event – Friday at Noon, the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and the Section’s Constitutional Law Committee will hold an in-depth review of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions effecting environmental issues.  Panelists will also review Judge Kavanaugh’s environmental jurisprudence and his potential impact on the Supreme Court.

Electric Cars on Display on National MallNational Drive Electric Week launches in Washington on Sunday with events from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on the National Mall near National Gallery of Art (7th Street, NW).  At the event, you will learn about electric vehicles and see the latest models on the National Mall.

IN THE FUTURE

Forum to Look at Carbon Tax – Next Monday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Plant Oil Powered Diesel, Inc. is hosting a panel discussion on the carbon tax, featuring industry, environmentalist and citizen views.  More on the panelists as we get closer next week.

CSIS Hosts Trade Reps – On Monday September 17th, the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business is hosting a conversation with six former United States Trade Representatives, who will share wisdom from their own experience and discuss the current global trading system, its institutions, and the prospects for trade in these challenging times. Speakers include Bill Brock, Carla Hills, Micky Kantor, Charlene Barshefsky​, Susan Schwab and Ron Kirk.

Webinar to Look at Smart Grid Changes – The National Journal hosts a webinar on the changes in the U.S. energy grid on September 20th at 11:00 a.m.  From changing energy sources and technological advances to government regulations, this webinar will look at what implications could smart grid technology have for government, regulation, and public policy.  National Journal Presentation Center analysts Julianna Bradley, Sean Lambert, and Taryn MacKinney, as well as National Journal Energy Correspondent Brian Dabbs, will speak at this in-depth look at the issues surrounding the state of the U.S. energy grid.

Offshore Wind Forum Set for Norfolk – The 2018 Virginia Offshore Wind Executive Summit will be held on Friday September 21st in Norfolk at the Hilton Main.  The event brings together the supply-chain business community with federal and state government officials to accelerate Virginia’s inclusion of large-scale offshore wind within the state’s energy mix. VA Governor Ralph Northam and Orsted North American President Thomas Brostrom, Dominion Energy, Siemens –Gamesa, US Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management and many others will discuss port infrastructure, supply chain procurement and market opportunities.

CAFE Public Hearing Set for CA, MI, PA – NHTSA and EPA will hold three public hearings on the revisions to the fuels economy standard.  The hearing will occur on Sept 25th in Fresno, Sept 26th in Dearborn MI, and Sept 27th in Pittsburgh.

Border Energy Forum Set for San Antonio – The North American Development Bank (NADB) will host the XXIII Border Energy Forum in San Antonio on September 26th and 27th at the Hilton San Antonio. This forum brings together local and state officials, private sector developers, academics, large commercial users, and energy experts from the U.S. and Mexico. NADB’s unique position as the only U.S.-Mexico binational development bank, has provided the Bank the opportunity to be involved in some of the most relevant clean energy projects developed in the last five years in the region. NADB has financed close to $1.5 billion for 35 projects with total costs of $5.2 billion. Roughly, 2,548 MW of new generation capacity is being installed along the border. The forum will center the dialogue on energy prosperity, innovation, financing, the future of energy markets, and crossborder opportunities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and how to continue building partnerships to advance both countries energy goals that ultimately improve economic development and protect the environment.

EPA to Host ACE Hearing in Chicago – The EPA will host a single public hearing on its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan in Chicago on Monday October 1st at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building.  The building is the home of EPA’s Region 5 headquarters.

SEJ in Flint – The Society of Environmental Journalism holds its annual conference on October 3-6th in Flint.  Of course, Bracewell hosts its annual event on Thursday October 4th.

Shale Insight Set For PittsburghShale Insight 2018 is set for Pittsburgh on October 23-25.  The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) hosts the event along with the Ohio and West Virginia Oil & Natgas Assns.  SHALE INSIGHT™ offers insightful pre-conference workshops, technical and public affairs sessions, national keynote addresses, and high-powered networking sessions will provide attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors unprecedented access to the industry’s most influential leaders and innovators.  You can see the agenda HERE.

Energy Update: Week of September 4

Friends,

Hope you enjoyed your Labor Day Weekend.  It was a last bit of quiet before the final Congressional push and mid-term campaign season jumps into full swing.  While we return to action this week, a majority of the focus is on the SCOTUS nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  While we are usually out of these issues, Kavanaugh has been active on the DC Circuit on environmental cases and expect some members (and enviro groups) to question him on environment and energy issues including standing, federal regulation and other issues.

On the budget/funding side, real negotiations on conference bills are expected to pick up now that the House is back. The “minibus” Energy-Water package should be ready fairly quickly with another four-bill spending package that includes the $35.8 billion Interior and Environment title underway as well.  And House and Senate Farm bill negotiators begin a push to bridge difference there starting tomorrow.  We have our eyes on things related to ethanol policy there.

I also know many of you (going through Pruitt withdrawals) will focus on today’s security IG report.  While that is fun, Chik-fil-a catnip, it is important to remember that Andrew Wheeler is running a very different operation at EPA.  We can continue to discuss the upcoming fuel economy hearings, the ACE rule, last week’s mercury decision and any other action at EPA.  Jeff and Scott are available.  Who knows, maybe there’ll be another Trump book today that will take away all the attention!!!

Not many events this week but on Thursday morning at AJAX DC, The Hill in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center will convene policymakers, business leaders and advocacy groups to examine the issues that are motivating greater climate collaboration and consider the substance and politics behind these initiatives.

Finally, I hope you will take in the action at the US Open this upcoming weekend.  There is some great tennis being played.  NFL launches on Thursday.  Call with questions.  Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Kigali gets us everything we want and everything we’ve been advocating for a long time—a unified, negotiated decision on phasedowns [of HFCs] instead of prohibitions.  U.S. ratification of the global deal offers the greatest level of certainty for the market writ large.”

Caroline Davidson-Hood, general counsel for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute following EPA’s decision to not request that SCOTUS take an HFC case and its relation to the need for the Kigali Amendment to eliminate HFCs. 

 

“Some people wake-up each morning wondering if what they do makes a difference for their country.  No one at DOE does. We protect, innovate and continue to explore the boundaries of knowledge. It impresses me to no end what the people in this Department accomplish, and it’s a pleasure to salute you today for the outstanding work that you do.”

DOE Secretary Perry at the Honor Awards and Presidential Rank Awards ceremony at DOE Headquarters.

 

ON THE POD

Bracewell Trade Export Talks NAFTA on Cap Crude Looks – The Platts Capitol Crude podcast focuses on trade and NAFTA today featuring my Bracewell colleague Josh Zive. The US/Mexico trade deal appears to include a provision the US oil and gas industry sees as critical to protecting investments in the newly opened Mexican upstream. Zive discusses the still-unfolding agreement, what it means in the context of the Mexican energy reforms, the striking absence of Canada, and the deal’s chances in the US Congress.

FUN OPINIONS

SAFE Head Addresses AV Opportunities in WSJ Response – Securing America’s Future Energy CEO Robbie Diamond said in a letter to the Wall Street Journal that passing the AV policy legislation and enabling a bipartisan federal self-driving framework would benefit the nearly 20 million disabled Americans, in addition to retirees, who experience daily barriers to transportation and the opportunities it provides. Diamond wrote: “Delaying the passage of critical self-driving legislation not only will derail these much-needed benefits, but prolong the status quo of rising death tolls on U.S. roads. In 2017, 40,100 people died from vehicle accidents, a 6% increase from 2015. As data show, 94% of crashes are due either wholly or in part to driver error; the lifesaving potential of self-driving cars is both obvious and significant.”

IN THE NEWS

EPA Reconsiders Mercury Rule – Late last week, EPA told media outlets it will reconsider a rule that restricts mercury and toxic air emissions from power plants.  In 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the previous EPA’s cost-benefit analysis of its version the Mercury rule, contending EPA didn’t properly account for industry’s compliance costs. My colleague Jeff Holmstead served as EPA air office head from 2000-2005 said he is not surprised that EPA is reopening the Obama EPA’s finding that it was “appropriate and necessary” to regulate power plants under section 112 of the Act.  Holmstead says the Supreme Court already rejected the original Obama finding because EPA refused to consider the cost of those regulations, and several justices also expressed skepticism about the argument that the Obama EPA made to support its second finding, which the current EPA is now reviewing.  Holmstead: “Even if EPA does ultimately reverse the Obama “appropriate and necessary” finding, this doesn’t mean that the MATS rule will go away. EPA would have to go through another, separate rulemaking process to eliminate the MATS rule, and I don’t think that anyone is talking about doing that. It would serve no purpose because the power sector has already spent billions of dollars to bring all their plants into compliance.”

EPA Changes Mind on SCOTUS Cert for HFC Case – You may have seen that EPA reversed course on asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that overturned a rule that regulated a global warming-inducing coolant.  EPA revisited the issue and asked SCOTUS to not grant cert on Honeywell v. Mexichem Fluor, saying yesterday that the D.C. Circuit was correct in June when it limited the government’s authority to use Section 612(c) of the Clean Air Act to regulate HFCs, which do not harm the ozone layer but do contribute to climate change.  Former EPA air office head Jeff Holmstead and longtime HVAC rep Scott Segal (and my Bracewell colleagues) recently filed a brief urging the SCOTUS to take the case.  On behalf of five major HVACR companies (Lennox, Carrier, Nortek, Rheem & Ingersoll Rand), Holmstead and Segal asked the Supreme Court to review the lower court decision that blocked EPA implementation of HFC reductions using its SNAP program, saying the decision creates a regulatory mess that EPA has been unable to fix almost a year after the decision was handed down. Unless the Supreme Court steps in, the result will be an extended period of regulatory uncertainty, almost certainly including years of litigation challenging the new rule that EPA ultimately develops to implement a confusing D.C. Circuit decision that was wrongly decided.  The companies filing the brief are the leading U.S. manufacturers of HVACR equipment.  Together with another manufacturer filing its own amicus brief, they account for well over 75% of the residential and commercial air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment that is manufactured and sold in North America.

How Does that Relate to Montreal/Kigali – As It relates to the Montreal Protocol, it is important to note while a few conservative groups urged the President to block the effort, there is a wide swath of business and conservative groups that think the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol should sent to the Senate for ratification.  Here are a few things:

A legal fight over the EPA guidance raises concerns about avenues for regulations to change, even as the industry continues to advocate for U.S. participation in a 2016 global deal to phase down HFCs called the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.  If you questions, please feel to reach out.  I’m sure Holmstead, former White House advisor David Banks at ACCF and/or Steve Yurek at AHRI would be happy to discuss.

ECOS Chief to Head EPA Chemical Office – President Donald Trump has nominated Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, a longtime environmental attorney and current head of EPA’s New England office, to head the agency’s chemicals and pesticides office.  Of course, his previous pick – Michael Dourson – was withdraw after significant controversies.

Harder, Campbell, Kenderdine EPIC Fellows – The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) announced that veteran energy reporter Amy Harder will be its inaugural Visiting Fellow in Journalism for the 2018-2019 academic year. Harder, an energy reporter for Axios, will moderate a series of events and share her expertise with students and the broader campus community through workshops and public discussions. EPIC will also have McKie Campbell, former staff director of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Melanie Kenderdine, former director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis and Energy Counselor to the Secretary, as 2018-2019 Visiting Fellows in Policy Practice. Campbell and Kenderdine will share their perspectives and expertise in a series of events, workshops and public discussions, as well as serve as resources for students and the Institute.

Perry Honors DOE Employees – DOE held its annual Secretary’s Honor Awards and Presidential Rank Awards ceremony at DOE Headquarters. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry spoke at the event, recognizing the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling DOE’s mission and serving the Nation.  In total, 775 employees across DOE and the federal government were recognized both individually and in teams for their hard work and dedication to public service. Some of the achievements include 2017 Hurricane season emergency response; standing up of NNSA’s Center for Excellence in Cyber Threat Intelligence to heighten cybersecurity efforts; strengthened nonproliferation efforts and revitalization of the domestic nuclear industry.  In addition, ten DOE Senior Executive Service members were recognized for receiving Presidential Rank Awards in 2017. Two executives received the highest honor, the Distinguished Rank Award, and eight executives received the Meritorious Rank Award.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

DOE Hosts Grid Workshop – DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI) is holding a peer review today through Friday at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel. During this event, a portfolio of grid modernization activities across 13 programs will be reviewed, including seven recently awarded Resilient Distribution Systems projects. The comprehensive review will look at the projects at a program level, provide lessons learned, and share best practices. A poster session will provide an opportunity for attendees to talk with the researchers and learn more about the over 80 projects in the portfolio. In addition, a dedicated session will discuss the 11 Pioneer Partnership Projects that ended earlier this year.

Farm Bill Conference Meeting Set – Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the Kennedy Caucus Room – Room 325, the Senate Committee on Agriculture has announced a conference meeting on the Farm Bill.

Forum to Discuss Nuclear – The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, with support from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, is hosting a bipartisan, education presentation tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. featuring Members of Congress, Hill staff and industry regarding the US nuclear fleet, its jobs, exports, and clean energy leadership.  Speakers include Reps. Roger Marshall and Joe Wilson; Southern’s Mike Riith and many more. Lunch will be served, including “Atomic Wings.”

Report on Great Lakes Green Infrastructure Released – The Great Lakes Commission and Northeast Midwest Institute hold a briefing and report launch on tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. for “Great Lakes Regional Green Infrastructure Policy Analysis: Addressing Barriers to Implementation.”  Speakers will include GLC Program Director Victoria Pebbles, Gary Belan of American Rivers and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative President John Dickert.

Conservative Clean Energy Conference Set – The Young Conservatives for Energy Reform & Christian Coalition is hosting its annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill tomorrow through Friday.

Hill, BPC Forum to Look at ResiliencyThe Hill in collaboration with the Bipartisan Policy Center will convene policymakers, business leaders and advocacy groups on Thursday morning at AJAX DC to examine the issues that are motivating greater climate collaboration and consider the substance and politics behind these initiatives.  The risks to resiliency posed by extreme weather are prompting U.S. cities, states, and businesses to take action, even as the issue continues to polarize many leaders in the nation’s capital.  Speakers include Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, IBEW’s Donnie Colston, API’s Kyle Isakower, Pepco’s Melissa Lavinson, Brian Pallasch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Glenn Prickett of The Nature Conservancy.

AEI look s Paris Climate Agreement – On Thursday at 9:30 a.m. AEI, hosts a forum on the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change. Experts and representatives from international organizations and academia will provide their perspectives on whether carbon pricing can work, what sorts of carbon prices countries might need, trade-offs with other mitigation policies, and the current state of carbon pricing. Panelists will also discuss evidence on the health benefits from reducing fossil fuel use and how the overall architecture of the Paris agreement might be improved.  Speakers include Harvard’s Joe Aldy, RFF’s Maureen Cropper and Ian Parry of the International Monetary Fund.

Duke’s Nicholas Institute to Host State Carbon Trading Forum – On Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Duke in DC’s Nicholas Institute will host a forum on states and carbon trading.  The forum will look at the nuts and bolts of linking State Programs.  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort of nine Northeast and MidAtlantic states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants through a market-based, emissions trading program.

Danish to Discuss ACE Rule – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the United States Energy Association holds a forum on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.  ACE would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP), which EPA is proposing to repeal (in a separate rulemaking) on the grounds that the CPP exceeded the agency’s authority under the CAA. Guest speaker Kyle Danish will discuss the implications of the rule.

IN THE FUTURE

WAPA, DTF Forum to Highlight Diesel Issues – Next Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Engine Co 12 in NW DC, the Washington Automotive Press Association and the Diesel Technology Forum host a lunch to look at the true ‘state of diesel’ in the U.S. automotive market.  Speakers include GM’s Global Diesel Executive Director, Pierpaolo Antonioli and GM’s Regional Chief, Engineer, Mike Siegrist.  You will also hear the very latest IHS Markit diesel vehicles-in-use data for the United States; and get details about new research on the benefits of new-technology diesel pickup trucks.

JHU to Feature Rockefeller Foundation President – The Johns Hopkins University SAIS and the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) host a forum next Monday at 12:30 pm in its Kenney Herter Auditorium featuring Dean Vali Nasr and a conversation on affordable and clean energy with the President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Rajiv Shah.

Forum to Look at Southern Gas Corridor – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosts a conversation about the Southern Gas Corridor and European energy security next Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. In the wake of new developments in constructing and completing the Southern Gas Corridor, a key priority project for European energy security, our expert panel will discuss the progress already made, challenges still ahead, and opportunities for the future.

WCEE to Host Forum to Highlight Women in Energy Stories – Next Tuesday starting at 6:00 p.m., the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment’s (WCEE) Career Building Section hosts a reception and discussion at USEA about challenges and opportunities for women working in energy. Our friends Vicky Bailey and Sheila Slocum Hollis will share their expertise on overcoming obstacles, discuss skills required for convening stakeholders, and bring examples of leading towards practical solutions for the real world.

Climate Summit Set for SF – The Global Climate Action Summit will be held in San Francisco on Wednesday September 12th through Friday September 14th.  The forum will bring leaders and people together from around the world to support action on climate change.  It will also feature action by states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.  It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.​​  Speakers include Gov. Jerry Brown, UNFCCC head Patricia Espinosa, Michael Bloomberg and many more.

Electric Cars on Display on National MallNational Drive Electric Week launches in Washington on Sunday, September 16th with events from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on the National Mall near National Gallery of Art (7th Street, NW).  At the event, you will learn about electric vehicles and see the latest models on the National Mall.

Forum to Look at Carbon Tax – On Monday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Plant Oil Powered Diesel, Inc. is hosting a panel discussion on the carbon tax, featuring industry, environmentalist and citizen views.  More on the panelists as we get closer next week.
CSIS Hosts Trade Reps – On Monday September 17th, the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business is hosting a conversation with six former United States Trade Representatives, who will share wisdom from their own experience and discuss the current global trading system, its institutions, and the prospects for trade in these challenging times. Speakers include Bill Brock, Carla Hills, Micky Kantor, Charlene Barshefsky​, Susan Schwab and Ron Kirk.

CAFE Public Hearing Set for CA, MI, PA – NHTSA and EPA will hold three public hearings on the revisions to the fuels economy standard.  The hearing will occur on Sept 25th in Fresno, Sept 26th in Dearborn MI, and Sept 27th in Pittsburgh.

Border Energy Forum Set for San Antonio – The North American Development Bank (NADB) will host the XXIII Border Energy Forum in San Antonio on September 26th and 27th at the Hilton San Antonio. This forum brings together local and state officials, private sector developers, academics, large commercial users, and energy experts from the U.S. and Mexico. NADB’s unique position as the only U.S.-Mexico binational development bank, has provided the Bank the opportunity to be involved in some of the most relevant clean energy projects developed in the last five years in the region. NADB has financed close to $1.5 billion for 35 projects with total costs of $5.2 billion. Roughly, 2,548 MW of new generation capacity is being installed along the border. The forum will center the dialogue on energy prosperity, innovation, financing, the future of energy markets, and crossborder opportunities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and how to continue building partnerships to advance both countries energy goals that ultimately improve economic development and protect the environment.

SEJ in Flint – The Society of Environmental Journalism holds its annual conference on October 3-6th in Flint.  Of course, Bracewell hosts its annual event on Thursday October 4th.

Energy Update: Week of August 20

Friends,

Hope your August is going great. I know we haven’t slowed down with all the fall sports starting.   Hannah is back at Wellesley on the field hockey pitch, Olivia is in the middle of practice double sessions, Adam just finished 12th in the Annapolis 10-miler yesterday in under an hour and I have started my NCAA field hockey season.  That is a lot, but not enough for us to top each weekend off with Incubus last Sunday at The Fillmore in Silver Spring and Godsmack/Shinedown last night at Jiffy Lube Live.

And it hasn’t really slowed down in DC either.  Last week, we had 2019 RFS RVO comments due and the Chamber’s Global Energy Institute released a new analysis that quantifies billions of dollars of savings in lower electric bills Americans are starting to realize stemming from enactment of the Tax Cut & Jobs Act.  Then this week, we expect to see the roll out of the Clean Power Plan replacement which is yet to be named.  President Trump is expected to announce the new plan in West Virginia tomorrow.  The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal all had stories.

My colleague Scott Segal said “the previous administration’s effort to address greenhouse gases was a complex and unnecessarily burdensome overreach that took much of the responsibility for power systems away from the state regulators who know them best.  He adds “the replacement rule is premised on the fact that states are in a better position to judge the inventory of measures available to reduce carbon emissions within their power sectors.  That’s consistent with decades of integrated resource planning that takes places at the state level, the shared responsibilities under the Clean Air Act, and the traditional federalism that governs utility regulation in most states.”  Both Segal and Holmstead will be available this week.  I also expect our friends at the Chamber’s Global Energy Institute will also have comments, background and analysis as well.

Not much shaking this week other than the meetings with SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and we hear rumors that the Senate may shut it down after finishing a few more funding bills.  Action includes Senator Peter’s hosting a field hearing today in Traverse City on pipeline safety while Senate Environment (and Public Works) holds a field hearing in Ellicott City on the Federal role in preventing future flooding.  Tomorrow, Senate Energy looks at energy efficiency and blockchain while Sen. Judiciary hosts witnesses like SoCo CEO Tom Fanning on protecting critical infrastructure at 2:30 p.m.  On Wednesday, Senate Energy discusses several bills related to land, forest and mineral extraction including Helium Extraction.

Also this week, EPRI is hosting its Electrification conference in Long Beach.  They also have recently introduced a new #sharegrid concept (including a great white board video) that outlines the shared, integrated grid concept and how it will improve customers’ energy assets all while enhancing grid reliability, resiliency and value for all.

Finally, there is new interesting research from MIT on pavement’s impact on urban heat island and its impact on climate change. “Albedo” is the measure of how much solar energy is reflected by the Earth’s surface. Low albedo, or darker color, surfaces absorb more heat and reflect less shortwave radiation than high albedo, or lighter color, surfaces. Increasing pavement albedo has been considered as a strategy to mitigate impacts of climate change, but evaluating the effectiveness of such strategies requires context-specific data on climate conditions. MIT’s CSHub has developed an analytical approach to quantify global warming potential savings resulting from increases in pavement albedo.  More detail on this soon.

The comment period closes today for CEQ’s NEPA reform plan.  We are following closely.  Enjoy the last two weeks of August.  Call with questions – especially on CPP-related issues…Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Our new analysis shows that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is reducing energy costs for both residential customers and industrial users.  Utilities that have seen relief from their tax bills are passing those savings onto their customers, which ultimately saves consumers money. This savings is resulting in increased economic productivity and more jobs around the country.”

Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute, rolling out a New report that looks at the benefits utility customers are reaching due to the Administration tax relief plan.

“The previous administration’s effort to address greenhouse gases was a complex and unnecessarily burdensome overreach that took much of the responsibility for power systems away from the state regulators who know them best.  It is why 29 states pushed back against the rules and the Supreme Court blocked their implementation with which an unprecedented stay. It is clear this Administration and its EPA seem likely to address this issue within the framework of the Clean Air Act and give states a significant role in managing the reliability and environmental performance of their power sectors.

Finally, the replacement rule is premised on the fact that states are in a better position to judge the inventory of measures available to reduce carbon emissions within their power sectors.  That’s consistent with decades of integrated resource planning that takes places at the state level, the shared responsibilities under the Clean Air Act, and the traditional federalism that governs utility regulation in most states.”

Scott Segal commenting on the expected new release of the Trump Administration’s redo of the Clean Power Plan, expected to be released on Tuesday in West Virginia. 

 

ON THE POD

Cap Crude Looks at Russian Sanctions – The Platts Capitol Crude podcast focuses on Russia with Congress considering a raft of new sanctions against Russia that could hit energy trade.  Agnia Grigas, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas, discusses the potential risks to oil and gas investment, including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

 

FUN OPINIONS

Former Energy Secretary Says Ethanol Bad Policy – As a former senator from an agricultural state and a former U.S. Energy secretary, Spence Abraham recently wrote in The Hill that both American agriculture and our independent refineries can succeed. Unfortunately, the current structure of the federal biofuel mandate fails to achieve these goals.  Abraham wrote: “As the U.S. Energy secretary during the passage of the first RFS, I can categorically state that the RIN system was not meant to create a multibillion-dollar commodity market that serves to subsidize large-scale blenders and vertically integrated oil companies at the expense of smaller and independent refiners. The administration and Congress must act to reform the RFS in a way that keeps RIN costs under control, while also ensuring robust domestic biofuel use. Recent experience proves such a ‘win-win’ can be achieved to save manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt, without adversely impacting the Corn Belt.  The president previously considered taking more permanent action to achieve this goal. Now would be a great time for him to finish the job.”

IN THE NEWS

Chamber Report Says Tax Cuts Will Reduce Power Bills – The Chamber’s Global Energy Institute (GEI) will release new analysis that quantifies billions of dollars of savings in lower electric bills Americans are starting to realize stemming from enactment of the Tax Cut & Jobs Act.  Investor owned utilities (IOU) saw significant tax rate reductions from comprehensive tax reform and are now passing on that savings to their customers.  GEI quantified that total savings in 12 representative states and further calculated the average residential customers’ savings.  With businesses and families keeping more of their money, we also modeled the additional economic growth and job creation expected to occur. The 12 representative states GEI analyzed were Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Texas and Virginia.  Across those states, customer savings over the next five years (2018-2022) will range from $100 million in Maine to over $3 billion in California. Each state also sees meaningful GDP and job gains as a result of these customer savings.

RVO Comments Pour In – On Friday, the comment period for the 2019 Renewable Volume obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard closed.  There were many comments from both sides, But the opponents are a broad-based group of refiners, labor unions, conservative and environmental groups.  Here are some highlights:

1) United SteelworkersRoxanne Brown, Legislative Director, United Steelworkers:

Our union believes that reducing the U.S.’s reliance on foreign oil and focusing on energy independence is a meaningful policy goal not just for strategic and employment reasons, but for our environment as well.  However, current RFS policy has led to increased foreign imports of biofuels, including biomass-based diesel fuel, undermining Congressional intent of the RFS.

The reduced availability of additional biofuels to blend into the system creates logistical and technological challenges commonly known as the “blend-wall”. This has led to significant cost impacts for refineries as compliance costs related to Renewable Identification Number (RIN’s) pricing, which has wildly fluctuated based off of no logical demand structure, creates uncertainty for refineries and undermines long term investment strategies for domestic refining.  USW encourages the EPA to develop realistic biofuel assumptions that recognize the significant changes in fuels policy and the continued inability of commercially viable cellulosic biofuel to enter the market.

2) The Toledo Chamber of CommerceBrian Dicken, Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

We are encouraged that EPA is taking comment on RIN market reforms, but believe such reforms should be dealt with in the final RVO and not via a separate rulemaking. Even biofuel interests have questioned the volatility of the RIN market. The history of the program shows wild swings in RIN costs, but the percentage of ethanol blended into gasoline has stayed at around 10 cents regardless of whether RINs are three cents or $1.40.

Public comments EPA received for last year’s RVO detailed several observations of possible market manipulation that are illegal in other contexts, but not controlled or regulated in relation to the RIN market. EPA must act to prevent anti‐consumer manipulative practices and should advance RIN market reforms in the final 2019 RVO, rather than wait to pursue measures addressing RIN market integrity in the future.

3) IBEW Local 8 in NW OhioStephen Brown, Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 8.  Local 8 represents over 1,600 electrical workers in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan; its jurisdiction includes the Toledo Refinery Company (TRC):

EPA’s proposed increase in the RFS requirement over 2018 levels fails to recognize the blendwall and the uneven playing field among RFS obligated parties. It could result in upward pressure on RIN costs, which as we saw earlier this year with Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), would once again threaten highly skilled domestic refining industry jobs.

A look back at the last six months proves EPA can help prevent RIN price spikes without adversely impacting biofuel consumption. A combination of RFS reform discussions and small refiner waivers has resulted in RIN prices decreasing from 90 cents last November to approximately 20 cents recently.  Despite these factors, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) monthly data shows there has been NO backtracking on biofuel blending. In fact, the blend rate in the first quarter of this year was slightly higher than it was in the first quarter of last year.  This has all occurred in conjunction with small refiner waivers and falling RIN prices. The facts to date show that domestic biofuel use will remain robust, even when the standard is waived for parts of the industry.

4) NJ Senate Majority Leader Sweeney, Dep. Assembly Speaker Burzichelli – Stephen Sweeney, Senate President, New Jersey Senate & General Assembly:

The proposed increase in the RFS requirement over 2018 levels fails to recognize the blendwall and the uneven playing field among RFS obligated parties. It could result in upward pressure on RIN costs, which as we saw earlier this year with Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), would once again threaten highly skilled domestic refining industry jobs.

In the high RIN price environment of the last two years, RINs became the [Paulsboro, NJ] refinery’s most significant operating expense; rising above pay, benefits and energy costs. The refinery spent nearly $150 million from 2015 to 2017 on RINs. Returning to such a financial environment would be unsustainable and certainly threaten jobs in the region.

The EPA must act now to prevent anti-consumer manipulative practices and advance RIN market reforms in the final 2019 RVO, rather than wait to pursues measures addressing RIN market integrity in the future.

5) Paulsboro Independent Oil Workers UnionRudolph Rafferty, President, Independent Oil Workers, representing 300 employees at New Jersey’s Paulsboro Refining Company and an additional 200 from neighboring facilities.

The facts to date show that domestic biofuel use will remain robust, even when the standard is waived for parts of the industry.  These facts prove EPA can set a reasonable volumetric requirement that is below the blendwall without adversely impacting domestic ethanol or other biofuel consumption, much of which is economic without government support.

For every refinery employee, 15-20 indirect jobs are maintained to support our activities.  This support comes in the form of goods and services.  For example, one of our products serves as a base stock for a neighboring facility, which employs 105 additional union jobs.  All told, the Paulsboro Refinery helps to support thousands of people and hundreds of families in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  The Paulsboro Refinery has produced fuels for more than 100 years.  It has provided stable employment for generations of families who have relied on compensation from refinery employment to provide a good quality of life.

6) Holly-Frontier – in its comments, HollyFrontier requests that EPA take three specific actions: (1) further reduce the renewable volume obligation (“RVO”) using the general waiver authority given the inadequate volume of domestically produced renewable fuel available to obligated parties; (2) implement Renewable Identification Number (“RIN”) market reforms to increase RIN liquidity and decrease RIN prices; and (3) continue granting small refinery disproportionate economic hardship exemptions as required by the Clean Air Act (“CAA”) when circumstances demonstrate a disproportionate economic harm.

7) Valero – Valero’s comments stress concerns that EPA has yet again proposed RVOs that are not reasonably attainable & declined to make use of available authorities to reduce harms caused by RFS and volatile RIN market.

8) PBF Energy – PBF Energy says the 2019 proposed conventional biofuel volumes should be lowered to avoid severe economic harm. Recent experience indicates setting unreasonable volume targets does result in such harm, but does NOT appreciably do anything to overcome the challenges of the blendwall and advance the RFS program’s objectives.  It also says EPA should lower advanced biofuels limits that are overly aggressive to better reflect accurate domestic production.  Finally, they say EP should EPA should include RIN trading reforms in the RVO as well as advance other changes to ensure RIN market liquidity and limit compliance costs.

NDAA Signed By President – President Trump signed the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including bipartisan language led by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) to require the secretary of energy to report on the feasibility of siting, constructing and operating “micro reactors” at critical Defense Department or Energy Department national security facilities. ClearPath Action advisor and former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner Jeff Merrifield praised the proposal at a May 22 House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.  The NDAA also allows approvals of exports of non-sensitive nuclear technologies to be delegated to officials more junior than the secretary of energy. This would allow for much quicker approvals, which at times have taken more than a year. All exports to China and Russia would still have to be approved by the secretary of energy.  There was also language the bill on addressing climate change.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

EPRI Hosts Electrification Conference – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosts the inaugural Electrification 2018 International Conference and Exposition on this week in Long Beach CA. Hosted by the and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe.  SoCo CEO Tom Fanning is among the many speakers.

Oil/Gas Conference Set for Denver – EnerCom’s Oil & Gas Conference takes place this week at the Westin Denver Downtown.  The conference offers investment professionals the opportunity to listen to the world’s key senior management teams present their growth plans.  Our friends at Wolfe Research will host a full day of management meetings with execs on Tuesday August 21st at the Palm Restaurant.

Senate Commerce Hosts Pipeline Safety Field Hearing – The Senate Commerce Committee will convene a field hearing today at 10:00 a.m. in Traverse City, MI looking at pipeline safety in the Great Lakes.  Sen Gary Peters is hosting.  The hearing will focus on federal oil spill prevention efforts, preparedness and response capability in the event of an oil pipeline break in the Straits of Mackinac. Line 5, the 65-year-old pipeline crossing the Straits of Mackinac, has been the subject of multiple safety concerns, including damage from anchor strikes.  Witnesses include PHMSA Administrator Skip Elliott, USGC local Commander Joanna Nunan and NOAA’s Scott Lundgren, as well as Enbridge’s David Bryson, NWF’s Michael Shriberg, API’s David Murk, Chris Hennessy of the Michigan Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) and local Brewer Larry Bell.

Senate EPW Looks at Flooding in Ellicott City Field Hearing – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a field hearing hosted by Sen. Cardin to provide oversight repeated flooding events in Ellicott City, MD. The hearing will be reviewing the Federal role in preventing future events.

NEI Hosts Reg Affairs Forum – NEI hosts its 2018 Regulatory Affairs Forum in Bethesda tomorrow through Thursday. Topics will focus on a broader issues including Operations, Engineering, and other leadership in the nuclear industry.  Along with Regulatory Affairs personnel, this diverse population will participate in a fast paced exploration of regulatory fundamentals, current and evolving regulatory issues and trends, and how their role; either on the front line, or in station leadership, impacts regulatory performance.

DOE Better Buildings Summit Set – The Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Better Plants Program will co-host the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2018 Better Buildings Summit in Cleveland, Ohio from tomorrow through Thursday. The Summit is one of the premier events for energy professionals to engage with one another, explore and share innovative strategies, emerging technologies, financing trends, and much more. This year, the Summit will be held in conjunction with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange and will focus on federal facility energy management. Combining the Summit with the Energy Exchange will provide greater access to technical discussions, trainings, panel sessions, and networking opportunities.

Sen Energy Looks at Blockchain. Energy Efficiency, Holds Leg Hearing Wednesday – The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to consider the energy efficiency of blockchain and similar technologies and the cybersecurity possibilities of such technologies for energy industry applications. In particular, should we expect electricity prices to increase from rising electricity demand in blockchain applications? In addition, how can we evaluate whether blockchain and similar approaches will soon improve the cybersecurity of computing systems used to supply our energy? Witnesses include Pacific NW Labs Paul Skare, EPRI’s Tom Golden, Claire Henly of the Energy Web Foundation and Princeton’s Arvind Narayanan. Then on Wednesday, the Public Lands, Forests, and Mining panel will also hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday looking at 14 bills including helium extraction, wild and scenic rivers, geologic mapping and fire protection.  Witnesses will include Sens Bennet and Udall, as well as BLM’s Chris McAlear and Forest Service’s Glenn Casamassa.

Fanning Headlines Senate Judiciary Look at Cybersecurity Threat – Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning will testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to examine cyberthreats to the nation’s electrical grid.  Fanning is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, the chief coordinating liaison between the power sector and the federal government in preparing for attacks and “national-level incidents” against infrastructure like transmission lines. Other witnesses include Michael Moss, deputy director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Bob Kolasky, director, National Risk Management Center, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; and James Lewis, senior vice president, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Canadian Energy Expert to Look at Quebec Circular Economy – The Circular Economy Working Group holds its August monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Canadian Embassy Quebec Office.  The Group materialized from past Leaders in Energy workshops and activities on the circular economy.   At the August meeting, Charles Girard, Lead Energy, Cleantech, and Economic Attache at Quebec Government Office in Washington, will present on circular economy business activities in Quebec.

Forum to Look at Advanced Nuclear – The Global America Business Institute holds an event on advanced nuclear innovation at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.  Speaker Ron Faibish – Senior Director of Business Development, Nuclear Technologies and Materials at General Atomics (GA) – will look at the topic.

ABA Teleconference to Discuss Fuel Economy – The American Bar Assn will host a teleconference on fuel economy and greenhouse gas standard reform on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

EPA to Host IRIS Public Meeting – The EPA is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. to receive feedback on the IRIS Assessment Plan (IAP) for Naphthalene. EPA has extended the public comment period until September 5, 2018.

IN THE FUTURE

Forum to Look at Regional Transportation – The Georgetown Climate Center will host an event next Monday at 1:00 p.m. in Largo to facilitated discussions designed to hear input on the topics of an innovative, low-carbon transportation future, residential and business transportation choices, improving environmental quality and public health benefits while also increasing mobility and modernizing the transportation system and policies/programs that could help achieve this vision.

USEA to Discuss Energy Employment – On Wednesday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m., the US Energy Assn hosts a presentation to summarize the high level results of the 2018 US Energy and Employment Report (USEER) in four key sectors of the American economy–Electric Power Generation and Fuels Production; Transmission, Distribution, and Storage; Energy Efficiency; and the Motor Vehicles Industry.  In addition to providing job numbers in emerging technologies, such as renewables, energy storage, and smart grid, the USEER analysis reveals the large number of direct employment that has gone uncounted in traditional energy sectors such as nuclear generation and fossil fuel production.  Two special features of the presentation include an analysis of jobs focused on energy efficiency and a breakdown of motor vehicles employment associated with alternative fuels and fuel efficiency.  Finally, the presentation will take a forward look at predicted employment growth in 2018 in each energy sector, the hiring difficulty experienced by energy employers, and a demographic overview of energy employment in America. David A. Foster of the Energy Futures Initiative, Speaks.

CSIS Hosts Trade Reps – On Monday September 17th, the CSIS Scholl Chair in International Business is hosting a conversation with six former United States Trade Representatives, who will share wisdom from their own experience and discuss the current global trading system, its institutions, and the prospects for trade in these challenging times. Speakers include Bill Brock, Carla Hills, Micky Kantor, Charlene Barshefsky​, Susan Schwab and Ron Kirk.

Border Energy Forum Set for San Antonio – The North American Development Bank (NADB) will host the XXIII Border Energy Forum in San Antonio on September 26th and 27th at the Hilton San Antonio. This forum brings together local and state officials, private sector developers, academics, large commercial users, and energy experts from the U.S. and Mexico. NADB’s unique position as the only U.S.-Mexico binational development bank, has provided the Bank the opportunity to be involved in some of the most relevant clean energy projects developed in the last five years in the region. NADB has financed close to $1.5 billion for 35 projects with total costs of $5.2 billion. Roughly, 2,548 MW of new generation capacity is being installed along the border. The forum will center the dialogue on energy prosperity, innovation, financing, the future of energy markets, and crossborder opportunities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and how to continue building partnerships to advance both countries energy goals that ultimately improve economic development and protect the environment.

SEJ in Flint – The Society of Environmental Journalism holds its annual conference on October 3-6th in Flint.  Of course, Bracewell hosts its annual event on Thursday October 4th.

Energy Update: Week of July 23

Friends,

The British Open was exciting with Tiger Woods reemerging as a challenger.  His Saturday round put him on top of a major tournament for the first time since 2010.  In the end, it was Italian Francisco Molinari, who played alongside Tiger on Sunday and remains red hot, who pulled away to win the famed Claret Jug.  And with this being the final week of the Tour de France, we should see some fireworks as riders head to the decisive stages in the Pyrenees starting tomorrow. Overall leader Geraint Thomas maintained his advantage of 1:39 over four-time champion and teammate Chris Froome. Tom Dumoulin, the world time trial champion, remained third at 1:50 back. What to do Team Sky?  Thomas or Froome?  We shall see…

This week is the last for the House before August Recess.  There is a lot going on with budget and farm bill issues, with Interior-EPA Approps headed for votes.  Senate Energy is also expected tomorrow to vote out DOE nominees including Dan Simmons and IG Teri Donaldson.  This is also a big week for tariff issues with steel importers Friday asking the U.S. Court of International Trade for a summary judgment to immediately halt the steel duty. Bracewell’s trade policy experts Josh Zive (202-828-5838) and Paul Nathanson (202-828-1715) are all over the issue and can help.

The RFS is again in the news with Friday’s court decision hitting EPA for denying waivers to small refiners.  As you know this has been a contentious issue with the ethanol activists hammering the waivers despite the fact that there has been no demand loss.  Friday’s decision is the second in favor of small refiners. The news will be follow by a presser tomorrow hosted by former Hose Energy Chair Henry Waxman and his environmental group Mighty Earth, who will attack the RFS as bad policy.  Finally, on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m., the House Energy Enviro Subpanel looks at RINs and the problems they are causing with the RFS.   Also, the Senate Energy Committee will look at global oil price issues tomorrow in a hearing.

In another major event Wednesday at Noon, the Carbon Utilization Research Council, ClearPath Foundation and the Electric Power Research Institute will be on Capitol Hill to officially unveil two studies that underscore the promise and benefits of aggressively developing and commercializing U.S.-based carbon capture, storage and utilization technologies.  CURC and EPRI will release the 5th Advanced Fossil Energy Technology Roadmap that identifies technologies that can be available by the 2025-2035 timeframe that generate electricity from fossil fuels with significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions that could be cost competitive with other sources of electricity generation.  A companion analysis conducted by CURC and ClearPath will also include modeling provided by NERA Economic Consulting and Advanced Resources International to show that there are significant economic benefits to the U.S. if the technology development outlined in the Roadmap is undertaken under a wide range of scenarios.

Today at 2:00 pm, MIT’s Jeremy Gregory will speak at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) for its Energy Thought Leader Speaker Series – a strategic effort to stimulate the development of resilient buildings and infrastructure that will continue through December of this year. Gregory will focus on MIT’s resilience-related research, with a special focus on our quantitative analyses, as well as address ways these ideas can be extended to energy networks. The meeting is closed to BCSE members but check in with me at @fvmaisano or MIT’s CSHub if you are interested in updates. (You should follow MIT’s CS Hub anyway).

Finally this morning – despite House passing a non-binding resolution stating that a nationwide carbon emissions tax would be “detrimental” to the economy – Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) will discuss his legislation  to tax on carbon emissions at a forum this morning sponsored by the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy. The bill calls for the elimination of the federal gas tax and the reinstatement of federal climate regulations if the carbon tax, which would start out at $23 per ton, fails to curb a certain amount of greenhouse gases.  Americans for Tax Reform will hold its own discussion today on what it calls “a giant job-crushing carbon tax,” with Grover Norquist and CEI’s Marlo Lewis.

Bottomline: In reality, with Congress firmly on record against a carbon tax, the questions remains if a carbon tax is a no go, then what might be a solution that shows meaningful action on advancing innovation and reducing emissions?  Perhaps, we can help find that answer soon…

Call with questions…Best,

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Importantly, the court rejected EPA’s “industry-wide” conclusion that refiners can pass through their RIN costs, recognizing that the ability of a refinery to pass through its RIN costs is a refinery-specific and fact specific determination.”

LeAnn Johnson, counsel to Ergon-WV on Friday’s court Decision on Small Refiner Waivers. 

 

“Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act allows the President nearly unfettered discretion to impose tariffs and create other trade barriers if he simply decides that imports threaten to impair U.S. national security. At the same time, the law allows tremendous latitude to the President in determining what constitutes a threat. The United States Constitution provides important checks on the President’s power, and the Section 232 trade provision stands in clear violation of that balance.”

AIIS President Richard Chriss, announcing they are asking the International Trade court to stop Section 232 tariffs imposed by President Trump

 

ON THE POD

Bracewell Podcasts Looks at Trade, New EPA Head – The latest episode of the Bracewell Podcast, The Lobby Shop is now live on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music.  This week we are joined by Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball out of the UVA Center for Politics.  Kyle talks mid-terms, key swing states, the current political climate’s impact on voting in 2018 and more.

 

FUN OPINIONS

Banks Calls for State Parity on GHG Impacts – In an op-ed In The Hill, former White House climate/energy advisor David Banks says the disparity between poorer and richer states on GHG emissions. Banks wrote “any national compromise must recognize the wealth gap between the states.  It should also reflect the fact that richer states generally industrialized earlier and account for the majority of U.S. historical emissions.”

Kerrigan: Small Businesses Innovated on Keeping America Working – Karen Kerrigan, head of the Small Business & Entrepreneur Council, recently wrote the White House Workforce Development Initiative is vital to small businesses.  She highlighted the July 19th event where President Trump announced his “Pledge to American Workers” and signed an Executive Order (EO) on workforce development. The EO establishes the National Council for the American Worker, which will “convene voices from the private, education, labor, and not-for-profit sectors to enhance employment opportunities for Americans of all ages.”  Kerrigan added that small businesses are at the cutting edge of training. Entrepreneurs and their teams are implementing innovative and creative approaches that aim to keep their employees fully trained, engaged, and ready for career opportunities that may come their way.

IN THE NEWS

Court Rules in Favor of Small Refiners on RFS Waiver – Late Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed down an important decision in Ergon-WV v EPA arguing that the EPA’s denial of a small-refiner exemption (SRE) under the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) was arbitrary and capricious.

The Case is Significant Given Battle over SREs – The Fueling American Jobs Coalition says the Court agreed with Ergon that the application of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) matrix constituted an “error-riddled analysis” of Ergon’s petition.  The Court noted that DOE’s failure to score certain factors were arbitrary and capricious.  Most importantly, the Court held that EPA’s failure to consider the adverse impacts of high renewable identification number (RINs) prices by simply reiterating the view of one of its staffers that RINs prices were passed through to consumers was insufficient and flawed.  The Court said that each refinery faces specific circumstances with respect to their markets that can constrain pass-through of RINs costs and any EPA generic assertion to the contrary was an insufficient basis upon which to deny an SRE.  The Court took note that “the dramatic rise in RIN prices has amplified RFS compliance and competitive disparities, especially where unique regional factors exist, including high diesel demand, no export access, and limited biodiesel infrastructure and production.”

Full decision – http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/171839.P.pdf

Company Counsel Decision Reminder of Hardship Faced from RFS – LeAnn Johnson Koch, Perkins Coie, counsel to Ergon-West Virginia said the 4th Circuit’s decision is a reminder to opponents of small refinery hardship that the harm to small refineries is real and that the Clean Air Act requires EPA to relieve it.  “The “error-riddled” DOE scoring grossly underestimated the disproportionate economic hardship experienced by Ergon and consequently, impacts on the company’s viability. We’re grateful to the Court for recognizing it.”  Johnson also said the decision is also an important reminder to opponents of small refinery hardship that the goal of the RFS is not to expand ethanol consumption, but to increase energy independence and security. “The biofuels industry has doubled down on structural flaws in the rule that discourage blending and harm merchant and small refineries. It wouldn’t be so troubling if they weren’t at the same time pounding the table about “demand destruction” and urging EPA to violate the Clean Air Act and deny hardship relief to small refineries. Demand destruction and small refinery hardship are the consequences of not fixing the rule to restore a level playing field in the transportation fuels market.”

Company: Significant, Disproportionate Hardship from RFS – Ergon-WV said they were pleased to see the 4th Circuit Court ruling which recognizes the significant and disproportionate hardship that RFS places on small refineries.  Company President Kris Patrick said a 2011 DOE study predicted that this disproportionate economic hardship would occur, and this is precisely what they witnessed at EWV. Patrick: “Like other small refineries, we operate in rural geographic areas, supplying critical fuel supplies and supporting the local economies with jobs and tax revenue. It is vital that Congress, the EPA, and the DOE continue to protect the important role of small refineries in the U.S. economy.”

Case Turns Misleading Ethanol on Head – Ethanol Interests and there Congressional supporters have been so misleading, it’s important to remind you of the facts surrounding the program.  Congress created the RFS as part of the 2005 Energy Policy Act in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector. Their understanding of the detrimental impact the program could have on small refineries prompted Congress to direct the EPA to grant waivers from the mandate to small refineries that would suffer a “disproportionate economic hardship” in complying with the program. Small refineries are defined as those processing less than 75,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Unlike large integrated refiners which primarily produce gasoline, many small refineries produce diesel fuel in higher proportions. All refiners are required to purchase renewable identification numbers (RINS), which the EPA describes as “credits used for compliance and the ‘currency’ of the RFS program.” This mandate has resulted in an artificial, government-created market for blend requirements beyond what the market will accept, primarily due to diesel-to-gasoline production ratio or “diesel disparity.” Fundamentally, this program unfairly disadvantages small refineries, particularly those with higher than average production of diesel.

Obama EPA Abandoned Help to Small Refiners – During the Obama administration, the EPA abandoned the original intent of Congress when establishing small refinery hardship waiver requests by interpreting that the hardship exemption must pose a threat to a refinery’s survival as an ongoing operation. In EWV’s case, costs directly attributable to the RFS were the refinery’s third highest operating expense in 2016, following raw materials and labor.

More on Ergon – Ergon-WV operates a small refinery (23,500 barrels per day) in Newell, West Virginia that primarily produces highly refined paraffinic specialty products and fuels from local Appalachian grade crude.  In addition to two small refineries, Ergon also operates an ethanol production facility which Patrick says provides them with a unique vantage point regarding RFS. “The argument touted by ethanol advocates of demand destruction as a result of hardship waivers is simply not based in logic or facts, Patrick said.  “EWV blends 10% ethanol with 99% of the gasoline it produces and will continue to do so, even without a mandate.  However, EWV cannot pass through its RIN costs and the detrimental impact imposed by the RFS on EWV’s high diesel production is unacceptable and counter to the intent of the RFS program.”  EWV has made significant investments in environmentally friendly processes and technologies over the past three decades.“

Steel Importers Ask For End to Tariffs – The American Institute for International Steel (AIIS) and two of its member companies, SIM-TEX, LP and KURT ORBAN PARTNERS, LLC, filed a motion for summary judgment with the US Court of International Trade in an effort to halt enforcement of the law under which tariffs are currently being collected on steel imported to the U.S.  The motion follows on a lawsuit filed by the parties in late June in the same court challenging the constitutionality of the statute under which President Trump imposed a 25% tariff on imported steel.  Since tariffs were imposed on steel imports earlier this year, the U.S. steel supply chain has experienced significant disruption, with American ports experiencing a sharp drop in throughput and steel-using manufacturers hit with price increases of 50% or more on steel product, coupled with newfound difficulty in obtaining specific types of steel, whether imported or sourced domestically.  To date, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has collected in excess of $582 million in tariffs—amounting to a tax imposed on the U.S. economy. AIIS is America’s leading voice for the steel supply chain, and the only voice in Washington, D.C. for free and responsible trade in steel. AIIS members, which include railroads and other transportation companies, port authorities, union locals, traders and logistics companies depend on imported steel for their economic well-being. As the tariff reduces the amount of imported steel, it also reduces the revenue of AIIS members, harming their businesses and putting their employees’ jobs at risk.

Report: Oil Demand to Peak? – The Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie forecasts global oil demand will peak around 2036 in a new report out this week.  According to WM, the peak is due to fuel efficiency gains and the anticipated rise of both autonomous and non-autonomous electric vehicles.  Others have suggested a slower glide path which may undercut the WM date.

DOE: US Crude Booming, US Moves to #2 producer – The Energy Department said U.S. crude production reached 11 million barrels per day for the first time, which would place the United States as the second-biggest producer of crude, after Russia, which sources say was producing 11.2 million bpd in early July.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Heritage Hosts Johnson on Trade Discussion – The Heritage Foundation hosts a discussion tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. on the real impacts of the tariffs, and what the retaliation means for Americans.  Sen Johnson will join a panel of experts including the railroad assn’s John Gray Maria Zieba of the pork producers and API’s Aaron Padilla.  The discussion will be moderated by our friend Tori Whiting.

NREL to Look at Caron Economy – Tomorrow and Wednesday, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory holds a summit in Denver on realizing a Circular Carbon Economy.  NREL, in collaboration with the USDA and DOE will consider the challenges, opportunities, and needs involved in realizing the CCE. The summit will focus on defining and valuing ecosystem services in the context of a carbon-based economy; renewable fuels and energy; agricultural technology and innovation; land management; carbon cycles and sequestration (both engineered and natural); and lifecycle, sustainability and technoeconomic analyses. Positioning the United States as a major architect of a sustainable and resilient CCE is critical for maintaining economic competitiveness in the future.

Senate Energy Looks at Global Oil Price – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on factors that impact global oil prices.  Witnesses include Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy’s Jason Bordoff, oil market expert Rusty Braziel, former White House Advisor Bob McNally and IEA’s Keisuke Sadamori.  Prior to the hearing, the Committee will vote out DOE nominees.

House Energy Subpanel to Discuss SPR – The House Energy Committee’s Energy panel will hold a hearing tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  Witnesses will include DOE’s Steven Winberg, GAO’s Frank Russo and our friend Kevin Book, among others.

House Resources Looks at Coal Use – The House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on assessing innovative and alternative uses of coal.  Witnesses include Michael Klein of Utah’s Lighthouse Resources, Arg CEO Julian McIntyre, Wyoming’s Ramaco Carbon CEO Randall Atkins and Vernon Haltom of Coal River Mountain Watch.

CSIS To Host EIA Outlook – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting EIA Administrator Linda Capuano tomorrow for a presentation and discussion of the EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2018 (IEO2018). The IEO2018 builds on the IEO2017 reference case, which presented long-term projections of world energy demand by region and primary energy source; electricity generation by energy source; and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. In particular, this year’s outlook offers a macroeconomic perspective regarding the uncertainty in economic growth in India, China, and Africa.

USEA To Discuss Africa Energy – The US Energy Assn will host a forum tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. discuss specific generation and transmission projects currently underway and in the pipeline for development within the region. Please join us in a discussion regarding investment opportunities in various hydropower and wind power projects, as well as a transmission line and interconnection project. N Representatives of West African Power Pool (WAPP) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERERA) will speak.

Waxman, Enviro Groups Attack RFS – Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m., former House Energy Chair Henry Waxman and his group Mighty Earth hold a forum on the RFS. It’s been more than 10 years since the Renewable Fuel Standard became law. Once touted as a ‘green’ policy, many in the environmental, conservation, and scientific communities believe the opposite: that the RFS may have been a net-negative – even a disaster — for the environment.  Speaker will include Waxman, NWF’s David DeGennaro, and others.

ACORE State of Industry Webinar Set – ACORE Hosts State of the Industry Webinar Focus on International Investments – ACORE and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), hold their quarterly State of the Industry webinar on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.   The forum offers the latest intelligence and analysis on renewable energy markets, finance and policy.  This quarter’s webinar will focus on the increasing trend of financial institutions around the globe who are expanding their renewable energy strategies and providing new capital for North American markets. Speakers will discuss foreign investor strategies for expansion in North American markets, fueled by sustainability targets, ESG scoring and attractive business opportunities; the characteristics of these new market entrants; and U.S. attractiveness in an uncertain policy environment: challenges posed by trade wars, the new tax law and CFIUS.  Speakers include ACORE’s Rob Gramlich, BNEF’s Amy Grace, among others.

Forum to Look at Taiwan Energy – The Global Taiwan Institute and co-sponsor, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University, will hold a forum tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. to explore the future of Taiwan’s energy. This event is the third installment of the Civil Society and Democracy Series, which is partially funded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. The panelists will discuss Taiwan’s policy and opportunities in sustainable energy, how it will impact the Asia-Pacific region, and what it means for U.S. interests.

House Energy to Look at RINs – With Friday’s Court decision, the House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. on background on Renewable Identification Numbers under the RFS.  Witnesses include CRS Energy and Minerals Manager Brent Yacobucci, Gabriel Lade of Iowa State, Paul Niznik of Argus and energy compliance expert Sandra Dunphy.

Technology Roadmap to be Released – On Wednesday at Noon in the Capitol Visitors Center, the Carbon Utilization Research Council, ClearPath Foundation and the Electric Power Research Institute will host an event Wednesday on Capitol Hill to officially unveil two studies that underscore the promise and benefits of aggressively developing and commercializing U.S.-based carbon capture, storage and utilization technologies.  CURC and EPRI will release the 5th Advanced Fossil Energy Technology Roadmap that identifies technologies that can be available by the 2025-2035 timeframe that generate electricity from fossil fuels with significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions that could be cost competitive with other sources of electricity generation.  A companion analysis conducted by CURC and ClearPath will also include modeling provided by NERA Economic Consulting and Advanced Resources International to show that there are significant economic benefits to the U.S. if the technology development outlined in the Roadmap is undertaken under a wide range of scenarios.  The event is sponsored by Southern Company, GE, Battelle and others.

House Resources Looks at Puerto Rico Recovery – The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. on the management crisis at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and implications for recovery.

Forum to Look at NET CCS Plant – The US Energy Assn Hosts a discussion on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to look at NET Power’s 50-MW demonstration emissions-free natural gas power plant.  NET Power is commercializing a novel power system that produces emissions-free electricity from natural gas for the same cost as conventional power plants. The system, which uses the supercritical CO2 Allam Cycle, is currently being demonstrated at a 50MWth power plant in La Porte, Texas, that is now in operation. A review of the technology will be provided, and an update will be given on the status of demonstration plant testing and operations, as well as commercial facility development.

Wilson Forum to Look at China Green Innovation – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum is hosting four experts to discuss ways to facilitate financing that will stimulate the market of green and energy-efficient buildings and technologies that China needs to reach its low carbon goals.  Xiao Sun, chairman of the Ma’anshan Rural Commercial Bank (MRCB), will discuss how MRCB is promoting green building development as part of their effort to become the world’s first completely green bank. Carolyn Szum, program manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), will discuss their partnership with Citibank and MRCB to create new financing tools for energy-efficient buildings in China. Joe Indvik, the leader of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative, will discuss how he collaborates with finance executives on expanding access for building owners to attract capital for energy projects in the US. Lastly, Yunhan Mao, from International Finance Corporation (IFC), will briefly introduce IFC’s China Climate Finance Advisory program, and the role it plays in greening urban development.

Grid Forum Set for Iowa – The TransGrid-X 2030 Symposium will be held on Thursday in Ames, Iowa. The event will showcase the long-awaited NREL Seam Study—a concept featuring bi-directional high-voltage transmission; 600 GW of wind, solar and gas-fired generation; and a trillion-dollar economic event, if fully built.  Our friends Rob Gramlich and former FERC Chair Jim Hoecker will be among the speakers.

IN THE FUTURE

 

August Congressional Recess – While the Senate will remain in Session, the House will be in recess starting next week.

Senate Environment to Host Wheeler – The Senate Environment Committee will host new acting EPA head Andy Wheeler on Wednesday August 1st.

WCEE Monthly Happy Hour – The Women’s Council on Energy and Environment hosts its August Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 1st at 5:30 p.m. at MASA 14 (1825 14th Street, NW)

Tesla Book Discussion SetPolitics and Prose Bookstore hosts Author Richard Munson on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of “Tesla: Inventor of the Modern”.  Drawing on his new book, Richard Munson shines a light on the man behind the legend and how his unique way of doing things meant some of his most advanced ideas would go unrecognized for decades. Tesla felt inventing required the linking of science and the humanities. Unlike his better- known rival, Thomas Edison, he was not motivated by profit and preferred working in isolation.

Science-Policy Discussion Set – On Thursday, August 2nd, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment hosts a conversation at Honeywell at Noon featuring two scientists working to shape policy at the federal level. They will discuss the role of science in shaping public policy and offer solutions for a more collaborative relationship between the scientific and policy realms.

EPRI Hosts Electrification Conference – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosts the inaugural Electrification 2018 International Conference and Exposition on August 20th to 23rd in Long Beach CA. Hosted by the and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe.  SoCo CEO Tom Fanning is among the many speakers.

Energy Update: Week of July 9

Friends,

While we were all celebrating the lighter traffic during July 4th week, EPA head Scott Pruitt resigned and Andy Wheeler has taken his place as acting head.  So much to say… Tryin’ to make some sense of it all, I feel like I’m Stuck In the Middle With You …but my friends in the press have already said most of it.  I will only add Jeff Holmstead in Utility Dive, Scott Segal on All Things Considered and me on NPR Saturday all added a few things about the new Administrator and the direction we expect him to take the agency.  Happy discuss more…  And our friend Dino Grandoni in this morning’s WaPo Energy 202 highlights who emboldened enviro activists may have in their sights next.

What Wheeler’s appointment is most likely to do is reduce the focus on environmental issues.  I can’t remember the last time the environment got 30 inches each in the Post, the Times, the Journal, etc…and this move will likely return it to its sleepy place in the public opinion’s eye because we are no longer talking about Chik-fil-a, hand lotion or sirens. I know a few of my reporter friends – who have all done pretty good work even though I might disagree with some story judgments – are quietly breathing a sigh of relief that they might get some of their free time back. Finally, I mentioned this on Thursday, but don’t count on this sidelining Pruitt’s political career.

Congress returns this week to some significant action.  It starts tomorrow morning with the Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Foyer.  On Wednesday, Senate Environment looks at the long-term value of low-cost federal infrastructure loans, House Resources marks up water facilities and other legislation and Senate Energy looks at  legislation seeking to address the nearly $12 billion backlog of repairs and maintenance at the Park Service.  Then Thursday, the Senate Energy Committee discusses issues facing interstate delivery networks for natural gas and electricity.

Off the Hill, EPA holds public hearing on air quality standard for sulfur dioxide tomorrow, Ipsun Power holds a Wednesday lunch on the solar industry; the  Bipartisan Policy Center holds Thursday forum on oil and gas sector social enviro governance movement; and Friday energy economists host a luncheon on global oil and natural gas issues featuring former EIA head Guy Caruso.  And don’t forget to mark your calendar for next Wednesday’s EPA RFS RVO public hearing in Ann Arbor.  Also on Thursday, the International Energy Agency will release its closely watched monthly oil market report, the first since OPEC and Russia agreed to boost output.

The World Cup rolls on with very exciting games.  With four teams remaining, we know the winner will come from Europe as the France-Belgium semi-final is tomorrow while Croatia takes on England on Wednesday.  Wimbledon heads to the finals this weekend with the stars still playing.  Finally, the baseball world is continues to prep for the MLB All-Star game next Tuesday at Nationals Park.

On Wednesday, our friend Monica Trauzzi is launching a new NEI video series called Off the Menu with Monica.  It serves as the intersection of energy policy and DC’s thriving food scene.  Off the Menu is an innovative video series that will give viewers a seat at the table of DC’s power lunches and beyond.  The conversations – which start with ClearView analyst Kevin Book – are thoughtful and dynamic and dive in to the key energy policy issues of the day.

Finally, I close on a very sad note today hearing that my long-time friend and former McGraw-Hill oil/climate reporter Gerald Karey passed away last weekend in an accidental drowning in Pennsylvania.  While he retired a couple of years ago, Gerry stayed active In DC and our energy reporter circles.  He was an old-school reporter, funny author of books like Unhinged and great person.  It is a sad day that we have lost him too early.

Call with questions…Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN 

“I hate to take a credit for a man losing his job, but I guess I’d have to say that I take the credit.”

A very classy move by Kevin Chmielewski, former EPA deputy chief of staff for operations, who told The Hill on Friday that he was critical to the eventual departure of the former administrator.  (MY NOTE: I guess he just doesn’t get it.  Who in Washington really does that?)

ON THE POD

Columbia Podcasts Sits Down with OK Sect of Energy/Environment Teague – On a new episode of Columbia Energy Exchange, host Jason Bordoff sits down with Mike Teague, Oklahoma’s Secretary of Energy and Environment. Mike, who was appointed to this role in 2013, is responsible for coordinating over 30 state agencies, boards, compacts, and commissions in advancing policies that encourage energy production and environmental stewardship throughout Oklahoma. Prior to his appointment, Mike served in the US Army for 30 years.

 

FUN OPINIONS

Oil, Gas Industry Ready for Hurricane Season – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association and former Texas agriculture commissioner, said the men and women in the Texas oil and natural gas industry and its public and private sector partners are ready for the 2018 hurricane season in the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday. Staples said after Hurricane Rita in 2005, Texas created the Task Force on Evacuation, Transportation and Logistics, which developed a comprehensive slate of recommendations to fortify hurricane preparedness, response and recovery plans. Since then, Texas has become nationally renowned for our “lessons learned” approach of revisiting and strengthening hurricane plans and procedures as technology and best practices evolve. As part of ongoing work to innovate and improve, the energy sector is part of a collaborative effort among private and public sector entities such as the Department of Public Safety, Texas CEQ, the Railroad Commission, TDOT, Texas ports, FEMA, health care facilities and local emergency management officials. The oil and natural gas industry is part of the Fuel Team, which works with the Emergency Management Council to ensure Texans have sufficient access to the gasoline and diesel they need before, during and after a natural disaster.

IN THE NEWS

What other news is there besides Pruitt…

Houston Chronicle: Where Rubber Meets Road Could Kill Gas Mileage – The Houston Chronicle reports that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology think they have found ways of stretching more miles out of a gallon by addressing what type of pavement a vehicle drives on. Researchers are studying what they describe as “Pavement-Vehicle Interactions,” namely how road quality or the lack thereof effects vehicle efficiency.

DOE Invests in Techs to Innovate Power Systems – The DOE has selected 15 projects to receive nearly $8.8 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects to develop innovative technologies that enhance fossil energy power systems.  The newly selected projects fall under DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s Crosscutting Technology Research Program, which advances technologies that have a broad range of fossil energy applications. Specifically, the program fosters innovative R&D in sensors and controls, modeling and simulation, high-performance materials, and water management.  DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Brown to Speak at Solar ConferenceIntersolar North America will be held in San Francisco today through Wednesday.  The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, smart renewable energy and solar thermal technologies.

Forum to Look at States on Climate Action – Tomorrow morning, Route Fifty will hold a forum to explore state and local governments’ climate goals–and making changes locally, regionally, and internationally to achieve them. From the future of vehicle emissions to regional partnerships, we’ll delve into the policy issues at play–and the stakes. The event will cover States rights in setting emission standards, State and local governments’ work to set their own climate goals–and work internationally, regional cap & trade agreements between states and health equity – emissions impact on the least able citizens.

Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held tomorrow and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Speakers include Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD), Sen. Jack F. Reed (RI), Rep. Paul D. Tonko (NY), Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA), and Rep. Peter Welch (VT).

Senate Environment to Look at Infrastructure Loans – The Senate Environment Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the long-term value to U.S. Taxpayers of low-cost Federal infrastructure loans.

Forum to Look at State of Solar – On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Ipsun Solar holds a summer forum on passive design, solar design and the current state of the Solar Industry.

WCEE Forum Talks To Women Entrepreneurs – The WCEE Career Building Section holds a discussion to gain ideas and inspiration from some of the daring women who stepped outside their comfort zones and challenged themselves to pursue their dreams. Hear what inspired them to get started, what challenges and obstacles they overcame, and their thoughts on helping you launch your own enterprise. Panelists include Véronique Bugnion, co-founder and CEO of ClearlyEnergy, which provider of innovative search solutions to simplify energy decisions; Amy Konigsburg, the founder of She Wolf, is steeped in the energy industry with over a decade experience providing communications services to private sector and government clients and Molly Seltzer is the founder & chief storyteller of Electric America, a photojournalistic series and affiliated media outlet dedicated to highlighting stories of the American energy sector.

Forum to Look at Mexico Election Impacts – The Atlantic Council hosts a discussion on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on the Mexican election results and its impacts on energy and trade.  President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador won with almost 54 percent of the vote on July 1. This historic election comes at a critical moment for Mexico’s future. López Obrador campaigned on a transformative vision and will face several immediate tasks upon taking the office on December 1, including:  establishing new mechanisms to combat corruption; reducing crime in the short term while tackling its root causes in the long term; creating new economic opportunities while finalizing NAFTA talks; and navigating the shifting nature of US-Mexico relations.  As the transition of power begins, we will discuss the priorities he laid out on the campaign trail and the resulting road ahead.

Senate Energy Tackles Energy Delivery – The Senate Energy Committee will convene a hearing Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to consider the policy issues facing interstate delivery networks for natural gas and electricity.  The hearing will address primary challenges and opportunities for energy delivery networks and their customers today, as well as investment in building or upgrading pipelines, electric transmission lines, and other infrastructure keep pace with energy needs and how federal regulators are responding.

BPC Forum to Examine Oil, Gas Issues – On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convenes a panel of experts to examine the current state of the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) movement in the oil and gas sector and explore what’s coming next. This movement continues to gain traction in a time when the regulatory agenda has changed significantly under the Trump Administration. ESG is particularly significant for the energy sector, specifically as shareholder resolutions surrounding climate change continue to take center stage in the media and in the boardroom.

Wilson Forum to Look at China Environment – The Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum (CEF) holds a discussion on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  to look at sweeping reforms to streamline environmental governance in order to more rapidly mitigate China’s crushing air, water, and soil pollution.  CEF has invited three speakers to unpack the drivers and impacts of this major reform in China. Liu Zhuoshi (Environmental Law Institute) will detail how legal and regulatory authorities around pollution and climate issues are changing. He will also reflect on hurdles Chinese government faces to expand these reforms at the subnational level. Hu Tao (WWF – U.S.) will explore how the new MEE could act more holistically to manage complex pollution issues, like a better coordination on the joint management of air pollution and carbon emission regulations. Liu Shuang (Energy Foundation China) will reflect on the implication of China’s recent governance reforms on efforts to create a national carbon emissions trading systems and what other policies and institutional changes are needed to make it succeed.

Schools as Resilience Infrastructure – On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., the Congressional Green Schools Caucus will hold a briefing on Schools as Resilience Infrastructure, looking for new opportunities to strengthen disaster preparedness.  The event will look at the role that public school buildings play in strengthening community resilience through strategic investment.  Rep. Alan Lowenthal speaks.

GWU to Look at Protecting Energy Infrastructure – On Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion with senior security representatives from the utility industry and government on securing critical energy infrastructure. The panel will discuss physical and cybersecurity for the North American power grid, infrastructure resilience, and how industry and government partner to mitigate threats. Center for Cyber & Homeland Security Director Frank Cilluffo will moderate the session. Speakers include DOE Pat Hoffman, DHS’s Jeanette Manfra, EEI’s Scott Aaronson, PG &E’s Bernie Cowens, Duke Energy’s Brian Harrell and Entergy’s Chris Peters.

Energy Economists Look at Oil, Gas View – The US Energy Economists in the National Capital Area holds its monthly luncheon on Friday at Chinatown Gardens to offer a view Of US Oil and gas issues with former EIA head Guy Caruso, now at CSIS and CRS policy expert Michael Ratner.

IN THE FUTURE

 

NAS to Hold Truck Fuel Economy Meeting – The National Academies of Science’s Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences is hosting an event next Monday in the afternoon assessing technologies for improving fuel economy of light-duty vehicles.  Speakers include NHTSA, EPA DOE, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association and many others.

Forum to Look at Nuke Decommissioning – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) holds a briefing next Monday at 2:00 p.m. on the urgent need to safely decommission nuclear power plants, which are increasingly shutting down. Leading scientists, policy experts, NGO advocates, and local elected officials with experience of decommissioning will speak at the briefing. It will cover the impacts of decommissioning, current decommissioning options, waste storage vs. transport, thorny unsolved problems and best practices, financing and liability, a just transition for communities and workers, how communities and states can and can’t weigh in on these issues, and how they should inform the fast-changing legislative and regulatory landscape.  Speakers for this forum are Zion Illinois Mayor Al Hill (home of the decommissioned Zion Nuclear Power Station), former Department of Energy Senior Policy Advisor Robert Alvarez, NRDC’s Geoffrey Fettus and Kevin Kamps, of Beyond Nuclear.

Forum to Look at Nuke Energy Trends – Next Monday at 4:00 p.m., the Institute of World Politics hosts a lecture on the topic of “Energy Trends: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear” with Professor Henry D. Sokolski.  With the Trump administration’s proposed financial relief of the coal and nuclear industries in the name of national security, energy economics has re-emerged as a topic for national debate. So far, much of this discussion has been cast as a contest between market economics and national security.

Duke CEO, CARB Chair, Others Headline POLITICO Summit – POLITICO is hosting its second Pro Summit on July 17th at the Renaissance Hotel. The Pro Summit brings together Pro subscribers, expert reporters, key decision-makers, and others who are shaping the policy landscape for a full day of incisive conversations. Summit speakers include Rep. Joe Crowley, Duke CEO Lynn Good, FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, Amy Myers Jaffe of the Council on Foreign Relations, Coal CEO Bob Murray, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and many others.  Duke Energy is the main event sponsor.

EPA to Hold RVO Hearing – EPA is announcing a public hearing in Ypsilanti, MI on July 18th at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti to look at the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program Standards for 2019 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2020.

Forum to Look at Digitalization in Energy – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program and the Technology Policy Program host a discussion on Wednesday July 18th at 10:30 a.m. featuring Timothy Lieuwen (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Barbara Humpton (Siemens USA) about the new services and opportunities created for companies and regions as the energy industry continues its trend toward digitalization.  The session will begin with a presentation by Dr. Lieuwen, who will explain the findings of Georgia Tech’s recent study, Industrial Data in Power Generation.  The study is the first phase of an ongoing study of industrial data and regional economic development.  Following the presentation, Barbara Humpton will join Dr. Lieuwen to provide perspective on the ecosystem emerging around the digitalization of the energy industry, examining digitalization’s potential to simultaneously help increase reliability, decrease cost, and reduce environmental impacts. Speakers will also explain the behavioral standards for those firms handling data from the industrial sector, the role policy plays in the regulation of data transparency/ownership, and which actors have the most influence to establish and define values in this emerging sector.

Forum to Look at Iran Oil Issues – The Atlantic Council hosts a panel discussion on Wednesday July 18th at 1:00 p.m. focused on a goal of drastically reduce Iran’s oil exports is realistic and the impact the US campaign is having on global production and prices as well as on Iran. This event is jointly sponsored by the South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative, the Global Energy Center and the Global Business & Economics Center.

Health in Buildings Forum Set – The Department of Environment at the National Institutes of Health will gather government leaders and experts on Friday, July 20th across the health and buildings sectors to discuss new developments in research about health in buildings in our HiBR 2018, Health in Building for Today and Tomorrow conference.  Speakers and attendees will examine the many developments in this sector through lively conversations about buildings including innovation, energy, policies, building practices, community solutions and emerging technologies.

Grid Forum Set for Iowa – The TransGrid-X 2030 Symposium will be held on July 26th in Ames, Iowa. The event will showcase the long-awaited NREL Seam Study—a concept featuring bi-directional high-voltage transmission; 600 GW of wind, solar and gas-fired generation; and a trillion-dollar economic event, if fully built.  Our friends Rob Gramlich and former FERC Chair Jim Hoecker will be among the speakers.

EPRI Hosts Electrification Conference – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosts the inaugural Electrification 2018 International Conference and Exposition on August 20th to 23rd in Long Beach CA. Hosted by the and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe.  SoCo CEO Tom Fanning is among the many speakers.

Energy Update: Week of June 25

Friends,

It has been a great FIFA World Cup so far. Last week, there was some really great games and some big surprises, including Poland out, Argentina on the brink of elimination and Germany barely surviving with a super late goal to sneak past Sweden.  More action this week, including Uruguay-Russia today, a huge games in Groups D (Nigeria/Argentina & Croatia/Iceland) tomorrow, an important Brazil-Serbia game on Wednesday and a heavyweight bout on Thursday featuring both undefeated  Belgium and England.

This week should be pretty busy as we run up to the July 4th holiday.  We may see the RFS RVOs today and there are several key nominees hitting Capitol Hill tomorrow including Daniel Simmons to head DOE’s EERE office.  The Senate also expects to vote later today on the FY19 energy-water development legislation and there will be an interesting oil/gas hearing at House Energy tomorrow featuring Dan Yergin, Harold Hamm and Sempra’s Dennis Arriola.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is slated to meet tomorrow with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, just days after Russia joined with OPEC to raise oil exports and he also meets with the Israeli Energy Minister today at an event sponsored by the Chamber’s U.S.-Israel Business Initiative.  He also headlines at the World Gas conference today and Thursday which Is at the Washington Convention Center all week.  Other keynoters include Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Sens. Bill Cassidy, Lisa Murkowski and Joe Manchin, AGA’s Dave McCurdy, Exxon CEO Darren Woods, Dan Yergin, Canada Energy Minister Jim Carr, Cheniere CEO Jack Fusco and our friend Frank Fannon at State.  There are a bunch of WGC events, including the Chamber hosting Algeria’s Energy Minister tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. See the full schedule here.

My biggest event his week is the Wednesday National Press Club event that features Delta CEO Ed Bastian on Thursday when he discusses the future of airline travel, and many other issues.  You should definitely try to attend.

Forgot to mention this last week in the out of town activities, But the Aspen Ideas Forum launched last Thursday.  Most of the energy action is this week though when panels look at AVs and hurricane response with FEMA’s Brock Long (hosted by our friend Andy Revkin) today; a natural disaster rebuilding panel focused with SoCo’s Chris Womack, our friend Jeff Goodell and PR Gov. Rossello and a cybersecurity discussion with Ash carter and SoCo’s Tom Fanning; a Wednesday panel on cities and technology with Audi President Scott Keough and the signature conversation event featuring former Sect Of State John Kerry; a Trade conversation with Trade Rep Bob Lighthizer on Thursday and a Friday afternoon panel with former EPA head Lisa Jackson on the Clean Energy revolution.   See the full agenda here.

Finally, drawing your attention to two multi-association letters that will be released today urging support for DOE’s Daniel Simmons to head EERE and Jeff Clark to be assistant AG in DOJ’s Environmental Division.  I will forward later today when they are finalized.

I suspect that we won’t have an update next week with July 4th, but will urge you to attend the Wednesday July 4th concert on the National Mall.  It is one of the special events that you have to attend in your lifetime.  We will report though as necessary.

Call with questions and see you at the Press Club on Wednesday for Delta CEO Ed Bastian…Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

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“Because of the technological prowess of American manufacturers, U.S. businesses stand to gain from this deal – ratification will open new markets at a time when demand for refrigeration, heating, and air-condition equipment is projected to grow.”

A letter from conservative tax group leaders of Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks and the American Council for Capital Formation on moving the Kigali amendment forward in the Senate. 

 

ON THE POD

Bracewell Reloads Lobby Shop Podcast  – The latest episode of the Bracewell Lobby Shop is now live on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music.  We’re debuting a new format this week.  We’ll cover the latest DC news from three angles: diving into legislation and policy, understanding their context and politics, and the success/failure of the involved parties’ communications tactics. Our featured guest interview this week is with PRG’s departing intern, Taryn Taylor Brown.

FUN OPINIONS

Regs Take a Hit in SCOTUS – Adam White, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section that regulatory state had a bad Day in court last week.  White argued that while Conservatives long have questioned the administrative state, this past week Justices Elena Kagan and Anthony Kennedy each produced an opinion questioning longstanding features of the modern administrative state. Both opinions should encourage further reform and modernization of administrative law. Justice Kagan’s majority opinion in Lucia v. SEC raised concerns about administrative law judges, while Justice Kennedy joined an 8-1 ruling in Pereira v. Sessions but in a lone concurrence, he voiced doubts about “ Chevron deference,” the 1984 doctrine of judicial deference to agencies’ statutory interpretations.

IN THE NEWS

Conservative Tax Groups Urge President to Support HFC Reduction Effort – Last week, 13 Republican Senators urged the White House to send them the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol while 34 HVACR Industry CEOs made the same request. Now, leaders of three conservative tax groups – Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks and the American Council for Capital Formation – are urging the President to submit the Amendment to the Senate for ratification on economic and global competitive grounds.  According to a study conducted by JMS Consulting and Inforum, ratifying the Kigali amendment will grow the U.S. share for these products by 25%. Failing to ratify the Kigali amendment will see American market share decline by 14%.  The letter adds that “ratifying the Kigali amendment will increase economic output by $12.5 billion, leading to 33,000 more manufacturing jobs over the next decade and 117,000 indirect jobs in manufacturing dependent industries. The amendment also has broad support in the U.S. business and manufacturing community.  Finally, the groups detail the risk for US manufacturers if we don’t ratify the policy saying the agreement currently has enough support amongst other nations to go into effect on January 1, 2019. However, if the U.S. fails to ratify the agreement, American manufacturers will be restricted in their ability to sell into foreign markets at the cost of jobs and wealth.

ClearPath: Clean Energy Meetings Highlight US, Canada, Japan Alliance – The recent 9th annual Clean Energy Ministerial, a multilateral meeting in Copenhagen of high-level energy officials spanning the globe, launched two significant efforts to better recognize carbon capture and advanced nuclear as clean energy tools. ClearPath’s policy triumvirate – Jeremy Harrell, Spencer Nelson and Justin Ong – were there and in a new blog map out why the efforts led by the U.S., Canada, Japan and others shouldn’t be overlooked. But despite a good conversation, less than 10 of the 120 events at last month’s Nordic Clean Energy Week (of which the ministerial was showcased) were focused on either nuclear or carbon capture. As these technologies will be a significant part of the future of the low-carbon energy mix, the ClearPath policy trio note there is still much work to do to elevate those issues on the global stage, including at next year’s ministerial hosted by Canada.

IRS Sets Beginning of Construction for Tax Credit – In a huge victory for solar developers, the Internal Revue Service (IRS) has established two new tests to guide taxpayers on solar energy property construction requirements for claiming a renewable energy tax incentive. Taxpayers may establish the beginning of construction either by through a “physical work test”—starting physical work of “a significant nature”—or by meeting a safe harbor based on having paid 5% or more of the total cost of the energy property.  Solar Energy Industries Association CEO Abigail Ross Hopper said “the IRS has taken an important step forward with this guidance and provided certainty that will help solar project sponsors finance and build more solar. Our members have been working hard to secure financing for projects and keep them on track to meet critical development and construction milestones.”

Senate Approves Advanced Nuclear Fuel Spending – The Senate approved an amendment to a FY19 spending bill from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) granting $15 million for a demonstration project to ensure domestic supply of high assay low enriched uranium (HA-LEU), which will fuel many advanced nuclear reactors. There is a looming shortage in the domestic supply of HA-LEU, which is commercially produced in countries such as France, Russia and China, but not in the U.S. Former NRC Commissioner Jeffrey Merrifield and Pillsbury Law Firm Senior Associate Anne Leidich laid out 10 recommendations for lawmakers, policymakers and NRC to step up to this supply challenge in a recent white paper sponsored by ClearPath and the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council. A final Senate vote on their broader FY19 energy spending bill is scheduled for today.

DOE Grants $64M for Advanced Nuclear – The Department of Energy will award nearly $64 million in advanced nuclear awards to national labs, industry and 39 U.S. universities in 29 states. The 89 awards are allocated under the Nuclear Energy University Program ($47 million), Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program ($5 million) and the Nuclear Science User Facilities program ($6.6 million).

Oil Companies Help to Drive Offshore Wind –As states seek to rapidly escalate offshore wind, our Friend Elizabeth McGowan reports that there has been a ripple effect for logistics companies that are more accustomed to serving the oil and gas industry.  Our former Atlantic Wind Connection colleague, now at the University of Delaware, Stephanie McClellan has spent the last four years at guiding offshore wind from pie-in-the-sky blueprints to steel-in-the-water infrastructure that can deliver 8,000 megawatts of power to the Northeast by 2030.  McClellan says a linchpin to success has been developing buy-in from businesses 1,500 miles away in the Gulf Coast, where entrepreneurs are reshaping their expertise to meet the siting, construction, installation, and maintenance needs of a nascent, but promising, offshore wind industry.  One example of that union is the collaboration of Houston-based Zentech with Renewable Resources International in Virginia. Engineers have designed a marine vessel versatile enough to be used to install wind turbines and also decommission oil and gas rigs. Delivery of the modified ship is scheduled next year.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

World Gas Conference Features Perry, Industry Leaders – The International Gas Union (IGU) hosts the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC 2018) in Washington DC from June this week.  The triennial event aims to raise the voice of natural gas while offering timely updates on strategic, commercial and technical issues facing the entire gas value chain and offers the most comprehensive and diverse program to date for the natural gas industry. For the first time ever this includes topics for professionals working in sectors including finance, trading, law, sustainability/renewables, policy/government.

Wehrum, McCabe Speak to Air/Waster Conference – The Air & Waste Management Association holds its annual conference in Hartford, Conn today through Thursday.  The event will feature a keynote address by EPA air chief Bill Wehrum and Janet McCabe, who served at the agency during the Obama administration.

Fanning, Audi CEO Address Aspen Ideas Festival – The 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival continues this week after starting last Thursday and will turn its focus to energy.  Aspen is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.   Panels include an AV panel and a hurricane response panel with FEMA’s Brock Long (hosted by our friend Andy Revkin) today; a natural disaster rebuilding panel focused with SoCo’s Chris Womack, our friend Jeff Goodell and PR Gov Rossello and a cybersecurity discussion with Ash carter and SoCo’s Tom Fanning; a Wednesday panel on cities and technology with Audi President Scott Keough and the signature conversation event featuring former Sect Of State John Kerry; a Trade conversation with Trade Rep Bob Lighthizer on Thursday and a Friday afternoon panel with former EPA head Lisa Jackson on the Clean Energy revolution.   See the full agenda here.

Forum to Talk Eastern Europe Energy – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrád Group holds its “Towards 21st Century Energy Systems in Central & Eastern Europe” conference today.  The event will feature discussion and debate on the strategic and policy implications of the Trump Administration’s energy agenda and its impact on the transatlantic relationship, with special attention paid to the Central and Eastern European region.  The expert panels will discuss the impact of the US’ energy agenda on Central and Eastern Europe and innovation in Central and Eastern European energy systems.

Brookings Talking Global Markets With Experts – The Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy & Climate will host Fatih Birol in a discussion today facilitated by Initiative Co-Chair David G. Victor. Both renowned energy experts, they will discuss the latest updates in global energy, including recent evolutions in global markets and prices, and the intersections of climate change and energy policy.  Fatih Birol is executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people in world energy, and “Energy personality of the year” in 2017 by the Financial Times. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Sustainable Energy for All.  After the session, panelists will take audience questions.

ACEEE Forum Set – Tomorrow at the National Press Club, the American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will convene a one-day symposium to highlight international energy efficiency best practices, with a particular focus on opportunities for improvement in the United States. Our research has shown that energy efficiency can be a low-cost, powerful tool for countries to meet their energy and environmental goals and to sustainably increase shared prosperity. At this event, ACEEE will release its biennial International Scorecard, which examines the energy efficiency policies and performance of the world’s 25 largest energy-consuming countries. The scorecard evaluates countries based on 35 metrics and shows how all can substantially improve their energy efficiency. The symposium will feature four panels that will explore: (1) scorecard findings, (2) lessons learned from high-performing countries, (3) opportunities for the United States, and (4) notable efforts and opportunities for global companies.

CSIS Hosts Climate Investments Head – Tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, for a conversation on OGCI Climate Investments within the context of the OGCI, why the fund was founded last year, and how and why Climate Investments differentiates itself from other funds. OGCI Climate Investments intends to invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies which could significantly curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

Senate Energy Hosts DOE Nominees – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on pending DOE nominations, including Daniel Simmons to head the Renewable Energy office; Karen Evans to be an assistant secretary of Energy for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response; Teri Donaldson to be Energy General Counsel and Dr. Chris Fall to head the DOE Science office.

House Resources Panel to Look at Offshore Wind – The House Natural Resources panel on Energy will hold a legislative hearing on three bipartisan offshore wind energy proposals tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.  The hearing will cover H.R. 5291, would create a new federal grant program to educate and train offshore wind workers as they transition from other industries. It would give priority to community colleges and organizations that aid minority populations.  The second bill would require the federal government to devise a schedule and plan for offshore leases, while the third bill would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to apply to U.S. territories such as Guam.  BOEM’s James Bennett and NOIA’s Randall Luthi testify.

Opponents of Gas Compressor Hold Event – Opponents of a gas compressor station in Maryland will hold an event at George Washington’s Mount Vernon tomorrow at noon to outline a new campaign to oppose the construction.  I doubt Dominion will take the opposition sitting down given this has been underway for more than two years and there has been no opposition until now.

House Energy Panel Looks at Oil, Gas Geopolitics – The House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. on the shifting geopolitics of oil and gas.  Witnesses include Daniel Yergin, Harold Hamm and Sempra’s Dennis Arriola.

House Oversight Panel Looks at Forest Service Roads – The House Oversight and Government Reform Interior, Energy and Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on access to public lands and the effects of forest service road closures.

Indonesian Energy Minster to Address CSIS – The CSIS Southeast Asia Program and CSIS-Pertamina Banyan Tree Leadership Forum will host a forum tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. featuring Ignasius Jonan, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia. Minister Jonan’s speech will be preceded by opening remarks from Ms. Nicke Widyawati, acting Chief Executive Officer of PT Pertamina.  Jonan spoke to the US Chamber of Commerce today at WGC.

Forum to Look at Iran Enviro Challenges – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center holds a discussion tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. on Iran’s Environmental Challenges.  Environmental degradation has become a major issue in Iran and is a source of economic hardship, ill health, social disruption and recent political protests. The Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative will launch a new paper, Environmental and Wildlife Degradation in Iran, by David Laylin, an ecologist with extensive personal ties and experience in rural Iran.

Hydro Conference SetHydroVision International will be held in Charlotte, NC tomorrow through Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center.  HydroVision is the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

FERC Holds Grid Conference – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds technical conference tomorrow through Thursday on boosting grid resilience through improved software.

PLAYBOOK Breakfast to Feature McConnell – POLITICO Playbook holds a Breakfast interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. at Ajax.  POLITICO Playbook Co-Authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman hold the in-depth conversation to provide intelligence and insight on the Republican congressional agenda, along with policy, politics and news of the day.

Hearing to Look at Re-Org Plan – The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday examining the Administration’s Government-wide Reorganization Plan.

Forum to Look at National Lab Ideas – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation holds a forum on Wednesday at noon in 2325 Rayburn to look at new ideas for strengthening partnerships at DOE’s National Labs.  Two promising ideas for providing such connections are the proposed Impact for Energy Foundation and the pilot small business voucher program. The former would make it easier for companies and philanthropists to work collaboratively with intramural teams at DOE labs. The latter provides small businesses that need sophisticated insights with no-cost access to lab experts who can accelerate their innovations.  Speakers will include Reps. Randy Hultgren and Ben Ray Luján, as well as Rita Baranwal, Director of (GAIN) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Forum to Look at Russian NatGas Issues – The American Foreign Policy Council discussion on Wednesday at Noon in 902 Hart on Russian Revanchism and Nord Stream II pipeline Project.  The event features a discussion with the heads of parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and Lithuania. Representing countries that are in the zone of direct military threat from revanchist Russia, the speakers will discuss the complex security situation in Central and Eastern Europe as a result of the Russian Federation’s long-term aggressive policies.

Senate Hearing to Look at Infrastructure Permitting – The Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to look at ways of streamlining the permitting process for large infrastructure projects.  Witnesses will include CEQ’s Alex Herrgott, former Senate Energy Chair Mary Landrieu, acting executive director of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council Angela Colamaria, Joseph Johnson of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Christy Goldfuss of the Center for American Progress, North America’s Building Trades Unions head Sean McGarvey and Jolene Thompson, executive vice president of member services and external affairs at American Municipal Power.

Forum to Look at Energy Policy In Brazil – On Thursday at 9:00 a.m., the Inter-American Dialogue will hold a forum to look at energy policy in Brazil.  The event features a panel discussion on the recent oil licensing rounds, opportunities for private investment in the oil, gas and power sectors, and the outlook for energy policy next year.

Forum to Look at Fossil Fuels in Sustain Energy Future – The U.S. Energy Association holds a forum on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to look access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector.  This briefing seeks to discuss the following within the context of the 2030 Agenda including recommendations on Carbon Capture Use and Storage; financing investment in fossil energy; transformation of the Energy System, among other things.  The speaker will be Scott Foster, the Director of the Sustainable Energy Division with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Chatterjee Headlines Grid Forum – Icons of Infrastructure hold a forum at the National Press Club on June 28th afternoon looking at the transformation of the energy grid.  The forum will look at how needed research and development efforts gets funded and what are the stakes for consumers, the energy sector and policymakers.  In one packed day of headline speakers, panel debates, creative networking opportunities, open discussions, and an in-depth analysis, you’ll learn about exciting developments in domestic energy markets, and hear insider perspective on the challenges we face.  Speakers include FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, NREL’s Peter Green, DOE’s Eric Lightner and many more.

Forum to Look at Climate Risk – At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank will come together on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. At the World Bank to discuss each organization’s current and emerging approaches to climate risk management. The discussion will highlight each organization’s approach, initiatives to track and assess the effectiveness of climate risk management, lessons learned, and ideas for the future.

Mulvaney Headlines Annual CEI Dinner – On Thursday June 28th, the Competitive Enterprise Institute holds its annual dinner and reception at the Marriott Marquis.  National Review’s Jonah Goldberg will be master of ceremonies and keynoter is OMB chief Mick Mulvaney.

Wilson Forum to Look at Arctic – The Wilson Center holds forum on Friday focused on how the National Guard is contributing to the advancement of Arctic and cold weather capabilities within U.S. defense institutions. Senior leaders representing the National Guard Arctic Interest Council will discuss how the National Guard is contributing to the advancement of Arctic and cold weather capabilities within U.S. defense institutions.

IN THE FUTURE

 

JULY 4th HOLIDAY

Event to Honor Tesla Birthday – On Friday evening July 6th, the International Club of DC and the Embassy of Croatia host a dinner reception and delightful evening of Croatian culture, music, wine, and cuisine on the occasion of the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Croatian-born scientist Nikola Tesla. During the event, Tesla will have a Model S and Model X on display. Tesla product experts will be on hand to answer questions and show you how electric vehicles can fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Test rides will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held on July 10th and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

BPC Forum to Examine Oil, Gas Issues – On Thursday July 12th at 10:30 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convenes a panel of experts to examine the current state of the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) movement in the oil and gas sector and explore what’s coming next. This movement continues to gain traction in a time when the regulatory agenda has changed significantly under the Trump Administration. ESG is particularly significant for the energy sector, specifically as shareholder resolutions surrounding climate change continue to take center stage in the media and in the boardroom.

Duke CEO, CARB Chair, Others Headline POLITICO Summit – POLITICO is hosting its second Pro Summit on July 17th at the Renaissance Hotel. The Pro Summit brings together Pro subscribers, expert reporters, key decision-makers, and others who are shaping the policy landscape for a full day of incisive conversations. Summit speakers include Rep. Joe Crowley, Duke CEO Lynn Good, FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, Amy Myers Jaffe of the Council on Foreign Relations, Coal CEO Bob Murray, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and many others.  Duke Energy is the main event sponsor.

Grid Forum Set for Iowa – The TransGrid-X 2030 Symposium will be held on July 26th in Ames, Iowa. The event will showcase the long-awaited NREL Seam Study—a concept featuring bi-directional high-voltage transmission; 600 GW of wind, solar and gas-fired generation; and a trillion-dollar economic event, if fully built.  Our friends Rob Gramlich and former FERC Chair Jim Hoecker will be among the speakers.

EPRI Hosts Electrification Conference – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosts the inaugural Electrification 2018 International Conference and Exposition on August 20th to 23rd in Long Beach CA. Hosted by the and sponsored by more than 20 major utilities and organizations, this annual conference will bring together utility leaders, regulators, researchers, academia, vendors, economic development groups, and energy users from diverse manufacturing, transportation, industrial, and agriculture sectors around the globe.  SoCo CEO Tom Fanning is among the many speakers.

Energy Update: Week of June 18

Friends,

The winner of the 2018 US Open for golf this year was Shinnecock Hills.  Yes, Brooks Koepka took home the trophy for the second straight year – which is amazing and rare – but the course really was the overall winner, proving tougher than even many of the greatest players in the world could even imagine.  This was exemplified by the controversy when Phil Mickelson struck his own still moving ball on the 13th green on Saturday.  The crazy things a tough course does to these guys.

And talking about crazy.  How about Argentina/Iceland playing to a 1-1 tie?   And forget about natgas drilling or global warming, apparently, a World Cup victory over Germany can cause an earthquake in Mexico. Colombia/Japan kick off tomorrow’s FIFA World Cup action as Group Play continues.  See the full schedule here.

Trade talk is buzzing across town and it will likely get more heated this week when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss tariffs.  On the international trade front things are staying very busy: new tariffs on China, the future of NAFTA in question, and the ongoing dispute over the steel and aluminum tariffs. Secretary Ross will have to be prepared to answer questions on all of these topics and more.  Our team here has been in the trenches in this policy debates and has been watching all of these issues closely.  If you want to get a perspective on the ongoing trade disputes and what they may mean for the manufacturing and energy sectors feel free to contact Paul Nathanson (paul.nathanson@bracewell.com, 202-828-1714) or Josh Zive (josh.zive@bracewell.com, 202-828-5838).

Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Rick Perry will deliver remarks Friday at the Commerce Department’s SelectUSA 2018 Investment Summit, discussing energy investment and innovation technology.

Ahead of this week’s meeting of members and nonmembers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC members are considering a compromise agreement to increase oil production by 300,000 – 600,000 barrels per day in the next few months, according to people briefed on the discussions.  Action starts Wednesday and our friends from SAFE can give you the full brief if you call Bridget Bartol (bbartol@secureenergy.org).

In Congress, the House takes up a number of funding bills (including the Energy/Water funding legislation) on the House Floor.  Expect amendments and votes on all sorts of topics.  A House Energy panel meets Wednesday to explore the effects of the recent tax overhaul.  On Thursday, the House Science Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on state perspectives regulating background ozone. Then Friday, another House Energy panel gathers for a hearing on advanced biofuels.

Outside DC, CO2NNECT 2018 launches today in Jackson Hole today to look at progress on carbon capture and features remarks from Sen. EPW Chair John Barrasso, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and GOP Gov. Matthew Mead of Wyoming.  And starting tomorrow Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) NYC brings together the biggest investors and developers to drive investment in the renewable energy sector.  Finally, on Thursday, our friend Matt Letourneau from the Chamber’s Global Energy Institute (GEI) speaks to a group of utility communicators in Louisville, Kentucky at UCI’s 2018 annual conference.

Speaking of the Chamber’s GEI and Thursday, they will host a global energy security forum at 3:30 p.m. that will release the 2018 International Index of Energy Security Risk.  GEI President and CEO Karen Harbert and White House Energy Advisor Wells Griffith will offer remarks, while GEI international expert Steve Eule hosts a panel that Includes Embassy Energy officials from Canada, Mexico and the UK.

Summer Solstice on Thursday… Longest daylight of the year and first official day of Summer!!!  Call with questions…Best,

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Self-driving technologies will have an enormously positive impact on our country, our economy, and our society. This is an opportunity too great to ignore and now is the time to prepare and implement policies that will unlock these myriad benefits and mitigate any negative impacts of this technological shift. There is a balance we must strike to realize the billions in economic savings from increased travel access and productivity, to reduced congestion and fewer accidents. The more we maximize the economic and productivity benefits while minimizing any potential impacts on job holders, the better off our country and workforce will be.”

Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE on the release of its latest policy brief: America’s Workforce and the Self-Driving Future: Realizing Productivity Gains and Spurring Economic Growth. 

ON THE POD

Cap Crude: US Casts Big Shadow Over OPEC Meeting – As OPEC meets again in Vienna this week, the last US official to attend an OPEC meeting, Ken Hance tells Capitol Crude that the Trump administration should work closer with the producer group for price stability.

FUN OPINIONS

EIA: Adoption of AVs could increase U.S. transportation energy consumption – EIA release a great fact in its “Today in Energy series on autonomous vehicles.  EIA says AVs are one of the main sources of uncertainty in the future of U.S. transportation energy consumption, as autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to change travel behavior, vehicle design, energy efficiency, and vehicle ownership. Analysis in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) shows that the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles could increase overall light-duty vehicle travel and, depending on how those vehicles are powered, lead to slightly higher transportation energy consumption.

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IN THE NEWS

ClearPath Continues Help for Heller – ClearPath Action Fund is planning to spend $500,000 to help re-elect Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.  ClearPath Action Fund Founder Jay Faison said Heller has long been a leader among Republicans in expanding clean energy deployment and innovation.  The Heller effort includes a new set of digital ads that recognize his clean energy leadership in Congress. “Senator Dean Heller has worked across the aisle in Washington, taking bipartisan action for clean energy technologies that create good jobs in Nevada,” the 30-second ad states. That includes helping lead efforts to streamline clean energy project permitting on public lands and offer tax incentives for both clean energy production and storage. ClearPath will also run 15-second and 60-second ads showcasing Heller’s record.

Simmons Named to Head DOE Renewable Office – President Trump intends to make Dan Simmons the permanent head of DOE’s energy efficiency and renewable energy office, after more than a year as its top official.  Simmons became EERE’s principal deputy assistant secretary on May 1, 2017, after working on Trump’s DOE transition and beachhead teams.   Simmons has been well-received by both renewable advocates and Congress who have appreciated openness.  Before joining the administration, Simmons was the vice president for policy at the libertarian-leaning Institute for Energy Research, which regularly attacked the Obama administration’s renewable energy programs. He also directed the Natural Resources Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Report Provides Comprehensive View on Cost, Benefits of Self-Driving Tech – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) today releases its latest policy brief: America’s Workforce and the Self-Driving Future: Realizing Productivity Gains and Spurring Economic Growth. The study is an examination and in-depth economic analysis of the effects self-driving technologies could have on the American economy and its workforce. The report is based on research and individual reports led by three economists: former Bureau of Labor Statistics Commissioner Erica Groshen, former Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future W. David Montgomery and Compass Transportation CEO Richard Mudge.  The report found that by 2050, AVs will add between $3 to $6 trillion in cumulative consumer and societal benefits to the U.S. economy. Annually, $800 billion in economic and societal benefits could be realized when AVs are fully deployed. Nearly every American will benefit from improved safety, enhanced access to transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities and the disadvantaged, increased productivity, and the ability to gain productive time for work or errands.

Electrification Coalition Releases Inaugural Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Scorecard – The Electrification Coalition (EC) released the ZEV Scorecard, a ranking system and informational tool for policymakers, advocates, and the public to use as a guide to improve the effectiveness of state-level actions to increase adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). The ZEV states, which are already the country’s leaders of supportive PEV policies and adoption, were analyzed and placed into three tiers with California, Maryland and Connecticut placing in the top tier.  The ZEV Scorecard was developed by the EC to provide a single, comprehensive and data-driven ranking of the ZEV MOU states. By tracking policy changes over time it can help to determine effectiveness of certain strategies and can underscore the importance for states and other regulators to continue to create policies that support PEV adoption.  States can analyze the steps taken to date in order to determine if they should implement or add to financial and non-financial incentives, develop EV infrastructure and, or create public awareness campaigns.   The 2018 ZEV Scorecard Tiered Rankings include Tier 1: California, Maryland, Connecticut; Tier 2: Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Tier 3: Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Maine.  To determine the scorecard rankings, the EC used a weighted ranking system and appraised state-level policy actions for three categories: 1. State-provided incentives to consumers; 2. Availability and support of public refueling infrastructure; 3. Outreach campaigns to educate the public. The EC plans to update its analysis and the rankings of the participating ZEV states annually. The full report can be found here.

DOE Announces Prize Competition Winners to Bolster Onshore Manufacturing – The Department of Energy announced the winners of the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) Prize Competition at the 2018 MForesight National Summit in Washington, D.C.  AIM Onshore is part of a DOE initiative to close the gap between American innovators who develop new energy technologies and domestic manufacturers who produce them. The four winning organizations listed below will receive $150,000 to deliver DOE’s Build4Scale training to energy hardware innovators and help them forge partnerships with domestic manufacturers.  DOE’s Build4Scale training, released earlier this year, equips American scientists and engineers with knowledge of basic manufacturing processes, an understanding of product design for manufacturing, and the know-how to make and evaluate manufacturing-related decisions.  By requiring winners to demonstrate a sustainable revenue stream to continue providing the training, DOE is leveraging a small initial federal investment in an initiative that will ultimately be sustained by the private sector.  Winners include Innovation Works – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; mHUB – Chicago, Illinois; FuzeHub – Albany, New York and ADL Ventures – San Francisco, California

DOE’s Build4Scale training – developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in collaboration with industry, academia, and government and other resources – is available to the public for use and dissemination at Build4Scale.org.

Report Says Clean Energy Moon Shot Needed – The University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation released a new policy playbook last week saying a national moonshot goal should be launched to spur more public and private investments in clean energy technologies. The playbook lists five other actions that should be taken, including national clean-tech bank and lending models and a “New Deal” strategy for helping communities bring in clean tech industries and jobs. The purpose of the playbook is to present new and innovative ideas for more rapidly moving the needle on addressing climate change. The policy actions presented here are motivated by a need to catalyze clean technology innovation. Recognizing that leadership by the federal government is unlikely in the current politicized environment, the playbook suggests a bottom-up approach to influencing change. Innovating for climate change will require solutions that address both mitigation and adaptation. See the recommendations here.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Carbon Capture forum Features Barrasso, Govs – The Great Plains Institute holds CO2NNECT 2018 today in Jackson Hole today to look at progress on carbon capture.  event includes lawmakers such as Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso, who heads the Senate environment committee; state leaders such as Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and GOP Gov. Matthew Mead of Wyoming; and executives from companies such as NRG Energy Inc., NET Power LLC, Occidental Petroleum Corp., and Peabody Energy Corp. The event is designed to increase understanding and harness leadership support for carbon capture among governors; members of Congress; industry executives; labor, philanthropic and NGO leaders; and journalists and media influencers.

DOE, NEI, Westinghouse Address Nuclear Meeting – The American Nuclear Society’s annual meeting is today through Thursday in Philadelphia at the Marriott.  The event will feature business and government leaders delving into the global expansion of nuclear energy and revitalizing the struggling industry. Speakers include Westinghouse President and CEO Jose Gutierrez; Ed McGinnis of the Energy Department’s nuclear energy office; and Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick.

University Coalition Heads to CSIS – Today at 2:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Janet Napolitano (President, University of California), Kristina M. Johnson (Chancellor, The State University of New York) and Timothy Carter (President, Second Nature) for a discussion on the recent launch of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), the role of research universities in the development of climate action plans, and their own imperatives for a more sustainable energy system.  This spring, UC3 was launched by 13 research university systems in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to mobilize their resources and expertise to inform and facilitate climate solutions in partnership with businesses, local communities, cities, and states.  The coalition will utilize its research base and multidisciplinary approaches to craft innovative climate action plans, develop new energy technologies, and advance climate science.  UC3 will work in partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to take action on climate change and sustainability actions.  Climate Change and the National and Corporate Interest is a high-level speaker series showcasing a variety of country and corporate perspectives on plausible pathways for pursuing a climate change strategy and why those actions are in their national or commercial interest.

RFF Webinar Set to Discuss Electricity Resilience – Resources for the Future (RFF) hold a webinar today at 3:00 p.m. focused on the economics of electricity system resilience.  Researchers at Resources for the Future have published previously on decisionmaking on this topic, and on May 30, they co-hosted a workshop with the R Street Institute on economic approaches to identifying and addressing resilience in the bulk power system. This webinar will highlight the timely lessons from that workshop, including definitions of resilience and how it relates to reliability, what’s wrong and what’s right about existing markets and institutions, the role of consumers, and how to decide what to do next.

A careful analysis suggests that current institutions to support system reliability go a long way toward supporting system resilience—and that real threats to reliable electricity supply and quick recovery from outages may lie in other parts of the system, and therefore call for differently targeted measures.

Register to attend the webinar.  Speakers include former AWEA policy chief Robert Gramlich, R Street’s Devin Hartman, RFF’s Karen Palmer and former DOE official Susan Tierney.

Forum to Look at Ukraine Energy – The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe hold a briefing today at 3:30 p.m. in Dirksen G-11 on curbing corruption in Ukraine’s energy sector.  This briefing will review the challenges facing Ukraine’s energy sector with a focus on corruption’s role in preventing necessary reforms. Speakers will provide expertise and insight as to how Ukraine’s energy sector fits into the larger picture of Ukraine’s fight against corruption. They will also examine Russia’s malign influence in the country. Finally, the briefing will offer policy responses to these issues. Former Ambassador Bill Courtney and CSIS expert Ed Chow will speak.

REFF Wall Street Forum Set – The Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) New York City will be held tomorrow and Wednesday in NYC.  For 15 years, REFF-Wall Street has brought together the biggest investors and developers to drive investment in the renewable energy sector. This year features a special line-up of dynamic speakers, high-level networking opportunities, and the most active players in the renewable energy industry.  FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee and ACORE’s Greg Wetstone are among the speakers.

FERC Chair to Address NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host its monthly meeting at the University Club tomorrow at Noon.  FERC Chairman Kevin J. McIntyre, will be the guest speaker.

Stimson Center to Discuss China, Arctic – The Stimson Center’s East Asia Program discussion tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on regional perspectives of Chinese activities in the Arctic.

Landscape Architects Discuss Climate – The American Society of Landscape Architects holds a  discussion tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on smart policies for a changing climate. The event is a candid discussion with ASLA CEO Nancy Somerville and Diane Jones Allen of the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. They will discuss a recent Blue Ribbon panel’s findings and ASLA’s ambitious efforts to align landscape design approaches through the adoption of effective public policies.

Senate Finance Talks Trade with Ross – Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will appear Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss tariffs.

House Energy Panel to Look at Energy Tax Issues – The House Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the benefits of tax reform on the energy sector and consumers.

Senate to Host EPA Nominees – The Senate Environment Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of William McIntosh and Peter Wright to be assistant administrators of EPA on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

CSIS to Host BNEF Energy Outlook – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting the launch of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) New Energy Outlook 2018 on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  NEO 2018 is BNEF’s annual economic forecast for the world’s power sector.  Built over nine months, it is the result of international collaboration between 65 market and technical experts from BNEF’s 11 offices.  For the first time, NEO projects out to 2050, offering 10 more years of data and new insights about the energy transition in the long-term.  Seb Henbest (NEO Lead Author and Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa; BNEF) will present the findings of the NEO 2018, followed by Q&A and discussion led by MIT’s Francis O’Sullivan.

Book Event Looks at Chernobyl – The Woodrow Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies holds a book discussion on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. looking at a new book on Chernobyl and the history of the nuclear catastrophe. In his new book, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.

Atlantic Council Hosts BP Stat Review – On Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., Atlantic Council is hosting the US launch of the 2018 BP Statistical Review of Energy with BP Group Chief Economist Spencer Dale. As the energy landscape continues to undergo profound change, it is more important now than ever to understand the trends and developments driving this change. The 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy examines issues like who is winning the tug-of-war between OPEC oil and tight oil, why natural gas grew so fast in 2017, and if there is enough cobalt and lithium to fuel battery demand going forward.  BP’s Statistical Review provides an objective overview of what happened to energy markets in 2017 and a guide to future trends. Perhaps more importantly, it helps us better understand the complex world in which we operate. Dale will present the findings of BP’s 2018 report, one of the most widely respected and highly anticipated global energy publications, followed by a moderated discussion.

GTM to Host Grid Forum – Greentech Media host Grid Edge Innovation Summit on Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco.  The event is an energy conference that will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging.  GTM brings together forward thinking and prominent members of the energy ecosystem and as our research team explores the future of the market. Former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff will speak along with many others, including our friends Shayle Kann, Julia Pyper and Stephen Lacey.

Forum to Discuss Roof Top Solar – Bernstein Management Corporation, Carr Properties, WC Smith, New Partners Community Solar and Sol Systems host a forum on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. at the Greater Washington Board of Trade to discuss different ways each took advantage of available incentives and successfully “went solar” in DC. Each will share the benefits, the challenges, and the lessons learned.

AAAS Hold Science/Tech Forum – The American Association for the Advancement of Science holds the 2018 Science and Technology Policy Forum.  Former Rep. Rush Holt and other will speak on the agenda.

OPEC Meeting Set for Vienna – OPEC hosts its 7th International Seminar in Vienna with the theme Petroleum—cooperation for a sustainable future.  Our friends at SAFE can discuss.   Lots of big names speaking that you can see here.

S&P Hosts Transmission Forum – S&P Global Platts holds 2018 Transmission Planning and Development Conference on Thursday at the Hilton in Arlington, Va.  The event will address key growth drivers impacting the US electric transmission grid.  FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, analyst Christi Tezak, hydro expert Jeff Leahy, ITC’s Nina Plaushin and many more.

Forum to Look at Water Infrastructure – On Thursday at 9:00 a.m., the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program will host utility, workforce, and community leaders to discuss the economic and infrastructure opportunity offered in the water sector. The event follows the release of a new report, Renewing the water workforce: Improving water infrastructure and creating a pipeline to opportunity, which provides clearer metrics and actionable strategies on this front.  Louisiana Rep. Garrett Graves will keynote followed by a panel.

House Science Tackles Ozone Science – The House Science Environment Subcommittee holds a hearing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. looking at state perspectives on regulating background ozone. Witnesses include Diana Rath of Alamo Area Council of Governments, AZ DEQ air quality official Tim Franquist, EDF’s Elena Craft and scientist Gregory Stella of Alpine Geophysics.

House Transpo Looks at Pipeline Legislation – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials will host an oversight hearing Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to examine the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, enacted in June 2016 in the wake of a 100,000-metric-ton gas leak from the Aliso Canyon underground storage facility managed by Southern California Gas Co. directed the nation’s top pipeline regulator, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to set baseline safety standards for underground gas storage facilities, prioritize work on unfinished congressional mandates and study the potential for a centralized pipeline incident database, among other steps.

House Small Biz Committee Looks at Ag Regs – The House Small Business agriculture and energy subcommittee looks at how federal regulations affect small farmers.  Witnesses include Craig Martins on behalf of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and GROWMARK, John Weber of the National Pork Producers Council and Glenn Brunkow on behalf of the American Farm Bureau.

Wilson Forum Looks at Arctic Communities, Energy – The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Polar Initiative hold a conference call briefing on Thursday at 11:00 to discuss energy innovation in remote Arctic communities.  The webinar features a spotlight on the energy approaches of these remote Arctic communities and how innovations are contributing to economic development and community resilience.

Forum to Look at Air Quality Issues –The World Resources Institute holds forum on Thursday at Noon looking at open air quality data to fight unequal access to breathable clean air. This presentation shares stories of communities from Delhi to Ulaanbaatar to Sarajevo and from scientists to journalists, using open air quality data from the platform to advance their fight against air inequality. The subsequent open-source tools, the OpenAQ community has developed and the entire data-sharing platform may be of interest to other open data communities.

Chamber to Release Security Index – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute (GEI) hold a forum to release its 2018 International Index of Energy Security Risk on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.  GEI President and CEO Karen Harbert will offer remarks followed by a presentation and panel discussion on international energy security challenges moderated by GEI Vice President Steve Eule.  The Index of U.S. Energy Security Risk: Assessing America’s Vulnerabilities in a Global Energy Market is an annual energy risk indicator, which uses quantifiable data, historical trend information, and government projections to identify the policies and other factors that contribute positively or negatively to U.S. energy security. The Index provides a look at energy security retrospectively from 1970 to 2013 and prospectively from 2014-2040. From this data, policymakers and energy professionals can use the Index to track shifts in U.S. energy security over time and assess potential impacts of new policies.

Duke’s Good to Speak at Women Conference – The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  She will discuss trends impacting the energy industry, the challenges it faces, and the efforts being made to create a cleaner, smarter energy future.  The conversation will be moderated by Fortune’s Nina Easton.

NERO to Honor Scalise, Heitkamp – The National Energy Resources Organization will hold its 2018 Awards dinner on Thursday at the Capitol Hill Hyatt.  Awardees will be Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  NERO is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to engage in dialogue on energy issues, recognize outstanding achievements, and promote public awareness.

House Energy Loos at Advanced Biofuels in RFS – The House Energy and Commerce hearing on Friday at 9:15 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn on advanced biofuels Under the RFS.  The hearing will look at current status and future prospects.

Forum to Look at Climate Finance – On Friday at 10:00 a.m., Brookings hosts a panel of experts will provide an update on innovations in multilateral climate finance. John Roome, senior director for climate change at the World Bank, will discuss innovative approaches for supporting clean infrastructure in developing countries, since too often climate effects hit poor people the hardest. Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante, manager of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Blended Finance Unit, will discuss blended concessional finance for the private sector. Brookings Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer will discuss his latest research on the topic.

IN THE FUTURE

World Gas Conference Features Perry, Industry Leaders – The International Gas Union (IGU) hosts the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC 2018) in Washington DC from June 25-29.  The triennial event aims to raise the voice of natural gas while offering timely updates on strategic, commercial and technical issues facing the entire gas value chain and offers the most comprehensive and diverse program to date for the natural gas industry. For the first time ever this includes topics for professionals working in sectors including finance, trading, law, sustainability/renewables, policy/government.  Energy Secretary Rick Perry headlines.

Young Professional Program for World Gas Forum Set – The Young Professionals Program (YPP) will hold a special forum during the World Gas Conference June 25-29 in Washington, DC.  YPP will provide a great opportunity for promising young professionals in the energy sector to learn from top leaders in the natural gas industry and network with their peers throughout the world.  More on this as we get closer.

Forum to Talk Eastern Europe Energy – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrád Group holds its “Towards 21st Century Energy Systems in Central & Eastern Europe” conference next Monday.  The event will feature discussion and debate on the strategic and policy implications of the Trump Administration’s energy agenda and its impact on the transatlantic relationship, with special attention paid to the Central and Eastern European region.  The expert panels will discuss the impact of the US’ energy agenda on Central and Eastern Europe and innovation in Central and Eastern European energy systems.

Brookings Talking Global Markets With Experts – The Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy & Climate will host Fatih Birol in a discussion facilitated by Initiative Co-Chair David G. Victor. Both renowned energy experts, they will discuss the latest updates in global energy, including recent evolutions in global markets and prices, and the intersections of climate change and energy policy.  Fatih Birol is executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people in world energy, and “Energy personality of the year” in 2017 by the Financial Times. He is also chair of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and serves on the U.N. Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Sustainable Energy for All.  After the session, panelists will take audience questions.

ACEEE Forum Set – On Tuesday at the National Press Club, the American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will convene a one-day symposium to highlight international energy efficiency best practices, with a particular focus on opportunities for improvement in the United States. Our research has shown that energy efficiency can be a low-cost, powerful tool for countries to meet their energy and environmental goals and to sustainably increase shared prosperity. At this event, ACEEE will release its biennial International Scorecard, which examines the energy efficiency policies and performance of the world’s 25 largest energy-consuming countries. The scorecard evaluates countries based on 35 metrics and shows how all can substantially improve their energy efficiency. The symposium will feature four panels that will explore: (1) scorecard findings, (2) lessons learned from high-performing countries, (3) opportunities for the United States, and (4) notable efforts and opportunities for global companies.

CSIS Hosts Climate Investments Head – On Tuesday June 26th at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, for a conversation on OGCI Climate Investments within the context of the OGCI, why the fund was founded last year, and how and why Climate Investments differentiates itself from other funds. OGCI Climate Investments intends to invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies which could significantly curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

Hydro Conference SetHydroVision International will be held in Charlotte, NC on June 26-28th at the Charlotte Convention Center.  HydroVision is the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide. The event highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

Forum to Look at National Lab Ideas – The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation holds a forum on Wednesday, June 27th at noon in 2325 Rayburn to look at new ideas for strengthening partnerships at DOE’s National Labs.  Two promising ideas for providing such connections are the proposed Impact for Energy Foundation and the pilot small business voucher program. The former would make it easier for companies and philanthropists to work collaboratively with intramural teams at DOE labs. The latter provides small businesses that need sophisticated insights with no-cost access to lab experts who can accelerate their innovations.  Speakers will include Reps. Randy Hultgren Ben Ray Luján, as well as Rita Baranwal, Director of (GAIN) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Forum to Look at Energy Policy In Brazil – On Thursday, June 28th at 9:00 a.m., the Inter-American Dialogue will hold a forum to look at energy policy in Brazil.  The event features a panel discussion on the recent oil licensing rounds, opportunities for private investment in the oil, gas and power sectors, and the outlook for energy policy next year.
Forum to Look at Fossil Fuels in Sustain Energy Future – The U.S. Energy Association holds a forum on Thursday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. to look access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector.  This briefing seeks to discuss the following within the context of the 2030 Agenda including recommendations on Carbon Capture Use and Storage; financing investment in fossil energy; transformation of the Energy System, among other things.  The speaker will be Scott Foster, the Director of the Sustainable Energy Division with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Chatterjee Headlines Grid Forum – Icons of Infrastructure hold a forum at the National Press Club on Thursday, June 28th afternoon looking at the transformation of the energy grid.  The forum will look at how needed research and development efforts gets funded and what are the stakes for consumers, the energy sector and policymakers.  In one packed day of headline speakers, panel debates, creative networking opportunities, open discussions, and an in-depth analysis, you’ll learn about exciting developments in domestic energy markets, and hear insider perspective on the challenges we face.  Speakers include FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, NREL’s Peter Green, DOE’s Eric Lightner and many more.

Forum to Look at Climate Risk – At the June Adaptation Community Meeting, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Inter-American Development Bank will come together on Thursday June 28th at 4:00 p.m. At the World Bank to discuss each organization’s current and emerging approaches to climate risk management. The discussion will highlight each organization’s approach, initiatives to track and assess the effectiveness of climate risk management, lessons learned, and ideas for the future.

Mulvaney Headlines Annual CEI Dinner – On Thursday June 28th, the Competitive Enterprise Institute holds its annual dinner and reception at the Marriott Marquis.  National Review’s Jonah Goldberg will be master of ceremonies and keynoter is OMB chief Mick Mulvaney.

JULY 4th HOLIDAY

Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held on July 10th and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

BPC Forum to Examine Oil, Gas Issues – On Thursday July 12th at 10:30 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convenes a panel of experts to examine the current state of the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) movement in the oil and gas sector and explore what’s coming next. This movement continues to gain traction in a time when the regulatory agenda has changed significantly under the Trump Administration. ESG is particularly significant for the energy sector, specifically as shareholder resolutions surrounding climate change continue to take center stage in the media and in the boardroom.

Duke CEO, CARB Chair, Others Headline POLITICO Summit – POLITICO is hosting its second Pro Summit on July 17th at the Renaissance Hotel. The Pro Summit brings together Pro subscribers, expert reporters, key decision-makers, and others who are shaping the policy landscape for a full day of incisive conversations. Summit speakers include Rep. Joe Crowley, Duke CEO Lynn Good, FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, Amy Myers Jaffe of the Council on Foreign Relations, Coal CEO Bob Murray, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and many others.  Duke Energy is the main event sponsor.

Energy Update: Week of June 11

Friends,

What a sports weekend….  C-A-P-S, Caps, Caps, Caps.  As you know, I am a Detroit guy but kudos to my second hometown who won their first Stanley Cup ever on Thursday and it was a thrilling ride for DC.  The WaPo has the Day-In-The-Life and the Caps after-party details with Cup.  And the party has continued since… The Parade will be tomorrow morning starting at 11:00 a.m. running up Constitution Avenue between 17th Street and ending at 7th Street.  The action then moves to the National Mall.

Then Friday, the Golden State Warriors finished off LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavs for an NBA Finals sweep.   On Saturday, Justify rolled to the second triple crown in four years leading wire-to-wire in the Belmont Stakes boldly holding off a late run from long-shot Gronkowski.  While I didn’t think he would do it, I was impressed by his run and give a lot of credit to Baffert’s move to run stable mate Restoring Hope, who ran the first mile on Justify’s shoulder and prevented the field from pressuring Justify like Good Magic did in the Preakness.  While Justify didn’t pay out, I was a big fat winner on a trifecta box with Hofburg and Gronk.  Finally, on Sunday, Rafa Nadel again proved he is “King of Clay” winning his 11th French Open Title.

And while the sports were nuts, the Tonys were also awarded in NYC last night and featured some colorful language from Robert DeNiro.  The biggest winner was a great play Stacey and I saw earlier this year called The Band’s Visit with Tony Shalhoub.  The musical took home 10 Tonys including Best Musical. And for you Harry Potter fans, the Cursed Child won Best Play, among its six awards.  All the winners are here.

And looking forward, I know I usually adopt the Champ Kind sports philosophy of “No Soccer,” but it is hard to not pay attention to the FIFA World Cup which starts on Thursday with host Russia taking on Saudi Arabia.  Here are the teams from Fox, who is televising the event, and a guide from Yahoo! Soccer for those watching.   Finally, the US Open launches on Thursday in NY at Shinnecock Hills with World #1 Dustin Johnson at the top pf his game after holing out on 18 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic yesterday.

Between the Caps tomorrow and Thursday’s events, I suspect their won’t be much work done in DC this week but here we go: The Senate Appropriations Committee marks up its fiscal 2019 Interior-Environment bill this week, the Farm bill emerges in both the House and Senate and all five FERC Commissioners visit Senate Energy tomorrow.

The biggest event this week is Wednesday morning’s SAFE forum that releases a new groundbreaking study with original research on the magnitude of impacts from driverless cars at the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University.

Stacey heads to her annual trek to Delaware’s Firefly Festival, the 4-day music celebration at Dover Downs that this year features Foster The People, Jimmy Eat World, Eminem, The Killers, Portugal The Man, and many more. Finally, Thursday night at Nationals Park will be an emotional Congressional Baseball game with the return of Steve Scalise after last year’s shooting.  You can get tickets here.

Call with questions…Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

c. (202) 997-5932

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“As the puck drops, the words that D.C. fans have been waiting to hear since 1974: The Washington Capitals are the 2018 Stanley Cup champions! It’s not a dream! It’s not a desert mirage, it’s Lord Stanley and he is coming to Washington!”

Washington Capitals Radio broadcaster John Walton in the final moments of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

ON THE POD

Lobby Shop Hits Recess Cancellation, Caps – Bracewell’s latest episode of our podcast, The Lobby Shop, is now live on Stitcher, iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music.  Josh and Liam reunite for a look at the cancellation of Congress’s August recess by Senate Majority Leader McConnell, the outlook of the Midterm elections, DC’s Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final, and more.

FUN OPINIONS

Murkowski, Faison on CNN: Nuclear Power Important for Rural Communities – In a column on CNN’s website, Senate Lisa Murkowski and ClearPath’s Jay Faison argued that small reactors could be a huge success for rural communities.  They urged policymakers to develop policies that will unleash entrepreneurs to rebuild America’s nuclear industry.  While efforts to mitigate climate change are heating up, China is rushing to grab the strongest foothold in the clean energy race. China is already constructing and operating advanced reactors while we have none. The US — once the pioneer and undisputed champion of nuclear power and other breakthroughs — is falling behind.  Murkowski and Faison argue leadership in nuclear technology development allows leadership in nuclear regulation and safeguard regimes. A robust and healthy American nuclear sector is a prerequisite for national security in today’s world.

NEW MIDTERM WEBSITE

Morning Consult Mid-Term Election Tracker in Place – Speaking of midterms, with less than 150 days to go, Morning Consult has introduced The Midterm Wave Watcher.  It is a new interactive feature showcasing a range of survey research insights related to the 2018 midterm elections. MC interviews registered voters across the country every day to gauge their opinions on their elected officials as well as whom they’re planning to vote for in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections for House and Senate. This data, based on hundreds of thousands of surveys conducted in all 50 states, will be released on a monthly basis heading into November. See the full methodology here, and explore the full results here.

IN THE NEWS

Faison Joins DOE Nuclear Advisors – ClearPath Founder Jay Faison was named to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, which offers advice and recommendations from a range of experts to the assistant secretary for nuclear energy.  Energy Secretary Rick Perry has appointed Jay to the Committee through December 2019. NEAC was established in 1998 and provides advice and recommendation on scientific, commercial, technical and programmatic issues relating to DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Jay joins NuScale Power Chairman and CEO John Hopkins, Oklo Co-founder and COO Caroline Cochran, Nuclear Industry Council President and CEO David Blee, Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick and others on the committee.

Jay’s Take on NuclearVision – Now that he is on the DOE board, Faison outlined a number of opportunities that he will focus on.  Faison’s new blog out highlights what he calls NuclearVision, including (1) setting aggressive technology goals, in coordination with the private sector, that balance the pace of scientific innovation with commercial needs; (2) proactively encouraging thinking that challenges the status quo and pushes the limit of innovation and (3) empowering technical staff, including program managers that should come from the cutting edge of industry.  Following those and other guiding principles could result in proper investments in DOE’s research programs, facilitating advanced fuels development, constructing a versatile fast test reactor by 2026 and competitive cost sharing for our most promising advanced reactor designs.

FirstSolar Launches Ohio Facility – FirstSolar has broken ground on new $400-million, 1-million-square-foot solar plant in Toledo, OH that will triple the company’s manufacturing capacity in the U.S. The plant, which is set to reach full capacity in late 2019, will bring 500 jobs to the region, compensating for the 350 jobs First Solar cut to upgrade its Perrysburg Township plant, located less than two miles away, from Series 4 to Series 6 panel production last year. When the new plant is complete, the two factories will produce enough panels to generate a combined 1.8 gigawatts of power annually, three times the Perrysburg site’s current output.

More States Granted Delay in WOTUS Case – Late Friday a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on against the Waters of the U.S. rule to 11 states, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Kentucky. Federal Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia ruled that the states have a substantial likelihood of winning at least some of their claims against the 2015 rule.  POLITICO reports the judge singled out two of the states’ claims as particularly strong: that the Obama rule violated the Clean Water Act with its sweeping coverage of wetlands and streams high up in the tributary network, and that it violated the Administrative Procedures Act by making significant changes between the proposed and final versions of the rule.   With this ruling and North Dakota’s previous ruling which granted preliminary injunction to 13 states in 2015, the rule is on hold in nearly half the country.

Report Finds Offshore Wind Could Add Jobs – A new report by the American Jobs Project said Maine is well-positioned to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off.  It says the state should adopt policy positions to improve its opportunities thanks to advances in floating platforms developed by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.  It suggests that Maine could see 2,100 jobs if the state adopts “forward-thinking policies.” The report includes recommendations that include restoring an office that fast-tracked wind power projects during the administration of Democratic Gov. John Baldacci. Other recommendations include establishing offshore wind certificate or degree programs to support a skilled workforce and establishing a Northeast Offshore Wind Innovation Center.

Pope Meets with Oil CEOs – Pope Francis urged leaders in the financial, oil and gas industries at a conference at the Vatican to work on transitioning to energy sources that are “highly efficient while producing low levels of pollution,” saying that “there is no time to lose.” Francis told the group, which included the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp., the chief executive of the Italian energy giant Eni SPA and the chief executive of BP PLC, that the entire world is affected by climate change, though the poor would “suffer the most from the ravages of global warming.”

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

AWWA Holds Annual Conference – The American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition today through Thursday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Merrifield Headlines Nuclear Export Forum – Several groups are hosting forum in 2322 Rayburn this morning at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the importance of nuclear experts to the U.S.  Speakers will include former NRC Commissioner and ClearPath advisor Jeff Merrifield on industry/government collaboration, Westinghouse’s Graham Cable on understanding the export market, Nuclear Industry Council CEO David Blee on the export potential for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and several more.

Interior Official to Address Energy Policy – The Atlantic Council hosts a conversation on today at Noon with Vincent DeVito, counselor to the secretary for energy policy at Interior. DeVito will focus on the advanced energy aspects of the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

House Resources Holds MI Field Hearing on Fishery, Bird Controversy – The House Natural Resources Committee holds a field hearing today at 2:00 p.m. that examines the effects of mismanagement of the cormorant in the Great Lakes region at Alpena Community College in Michigan.  The boom in population of the cormorant has created controversy regarding its impact on fisheries quality and quantity nationwide. In Michigan, recreational and commercial fishing is an economically significant industry valued between $4 billion and $7 billion annually.  Speakers will discuss including Randall Claramunt of MI DNR and Tom Cooper, who is chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program in the Midwest Region.

Wilson to Host Brazilian Biofuels Experts – The Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a forum today at 4:00 p.m. featuring a delegation from the Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, charged with the new biofuels program implementation, and Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).  The group comes to the Wilson Center for a public conversation on RenovaBio. The delegation will be in Washington for meetings with the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the RFS and the LCFS, in order to improve the development and implementation of the new policy in Brazil.  RFA’s Geoff Cooper and UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Director Dan Sperling will also speak.

Marine Fuel Conference Set – Platts hosts its 15th annual Bunker and Residual Fuel Conference in Houston at the St. Regis Hotel tomorrow and Wednesday.  The event features the Latest on Bunker and Marine Fuels, and the Impact of the IMO Low-Sulfur Deadline of 2020 including strategies for ship owners and bunker fuel suppliers, shipping economics in a complex new environment and enforcement challenges and policies.

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Forum Set for DC – The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association will be hosting a full-day forum and showcase tomorrow in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center with leading executives, experts, and policymakers on fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The forum will bring together key federal and state policymakers, including the Department of Energy and White House, as well as the broader environmental, transportation, and energy communities to raise awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology. This event will precede the Department of Energy’s 2018 Annual Merit Review.

Ethanol Conference Set – The International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo takes place tomorrow and Wednesday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.  The event features programming that maintains a strong focus on commercial-scale ethanol production, new technology, and near-term research and development.  Growth Energy’s Emily Skor is keynoting.

Playbook to Feature Scalise – On the eve of his return to the Congressional baseball game, POLITICO Playbook holds breakfast interview with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Republican priorities and the leadership agenda tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

Sen Energy Hosts FERC Commissioners – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources holds an oversight hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on FERC.  All five FERC Commissioners will testify.

Forum to Look at Buildings of the Future – As a part of High Performance Building Week 2018, there will be a Congressional briefing tomorrow at Noon in 2322 Rayburn seeking recommendation for future buildings.  The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council serves a unique role in the building industry, bringing together representatives from leading organizations that represent all aspects of design, construction, operation and regulation to examine important issues before the industry.  The forum will look at ways to explore how the building industry can and should evolve to meet the changing needs of society and how new technologies and practices can attract a 21st century workforce.  Speakers include Reps. David McKinley and Peter Welch who are Co-Chairs of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus, as well as our friend Ryan Colker of the National Institute of Building Sciences and several others.  On Thursday in 2226 Rayburn, this same group will also hold an expert discussion focusing on how codes and standards play a significant role in supporting strong, practicable and resilient 21st century infrastructure solutions. These solutions include not only incorporating new technologies – such as 3D printing – into codes and standards, but also recognizing the value of hazard mitigation strategies in assuring that infrastructure and buildings are built to withstand future events.

DC Bar Hosts Enforcement Meeting – The D.C. Bar sponsors forum tomorrow at noon on environmental enforcement in the Trump administration. Speakers include Deborah Harris, chief of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section.

USEA Forum to Look at USE IT Act – Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., the U.S. Energy Association hosts a forum on the USE IT Act. In March, Sens. Barrasso, Capito, Whitehouse, and Heitkamp introduced the “USE IT” Act, which would support R&D for innovative carbon capture and use technologies. This workshop will explore the environmental and economic opportunities for innovative carbon technologies — including direct air capture and carbon utilization in building materials and fuels. The conversation will include a discussion of the policy landscape for these solutions, as well as the emerging industry and investment trends in the space.  Speakers will include USDA’s David Babson, C2ES’s Jeffrey Bobeck and Erin Burns of Third Way.

SAFE to Discuss Impact of Self-Driving Technology on Economy, Workforce – On Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., Securing America’s Future Energy will hold a forum and release a new groundbreaking study with original research on the magnitude of impacts from driverless cars at the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University.  The study done in collaboration with leading transportation and labor economists focuses on impacts from driverless cars and offers case-study analysis on the economic productivity gains.  It will also offer context on the history of network-scale innovations and the short and long-term impacts on the workforce.  Speakers include Report author J.D. Vance, former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, ep. Debbie Dingell, DOT’s Loren Smith ITIF’s Rob Atkinson and CBPP’s Jared Bernstein, all who are actively crafting AV Policy.  For further information, contact Leslie Hayward lhayward@secureenergy.org.

Senate Energy to Look at Hydro Legislation – Senate Water and Power Subcommittee holds a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday looking at a hydropower bill and other legislation.

Senate Enviro Looks at Infrastructure – The Senate Environment Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on innovation and America’s infrastructure.  The hearing will examine the effects of emerging autonomous technologies on America’s roads and bridges.

Harvard’s Stavins to Speak at Webinar – Harvard hosts a free live webcast with Professor Robert Stavins at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. During this 45-minute webcast, Professor Stavins will review the past year’s development on the economics, policy, and politics of climate change, including ongoing work on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.   Stavins will also address the types of policies that countries have put in place and may launch in the future. He will conclude with reflections on the path ahead for the Paris Agreement. Register Here.

Forum to Look at Grid for E-Mobility – At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the National Press Club, the Electric Drive Transportation Association holds a discussion on building the modern Grid for E-Mobility.

Senate Enviro Looks at Crops Water Issues – The Senate Environment Superfund and Waste Management Subcommittee holds a hearing on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Army Corps’ regulation of surplus water and the role of states’ rights.

Drillers to Host Seminar – The International Association of Drilling Contractors hosts its “IADC Onshore and Offshore Drilling Rigs 101” event on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. IADC members representing both onshore and offshore companies will talk about the latest drilling rig technology and discuss the role of the drilling contractor in the well construction process, along with a presentation of industry safety data.

House Energy Panel to Look at Chemical Facilities – The House Energy & Commerce’s Environment Panel hosts a hearing Oat 10:00 a.m. Thursday to get a progress report on the chemical facilities anti-terrorism standards.

Forum to Look at Political; Interference in Climate Data – The Center for American Progress holds a discussion on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. on the large amount of high-quality data and analysis needed to understanding climate change and its potential remedies and responses.  Speakers will include former DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, Rep Paul Tonko and MIT’s Bina Venkataraman, among others.

Forum to Look at Boosting Climate Resilience – On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion with representatives from USAID projects in East Africa on how to build resiliency when facing uncertain future scenarios. Panelists will share tools, technologies, good practices and approaches that are applicable and relevant to ongoing and future USAID bilateral and regional programming.

Congressional Baseball Game – Thursday 7:05 p.m.

DOE Science Heads to CSIS for Forum – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting a discussion with Paul Dabbar, DOE’s Under Secretary for Science on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Dabbar will discuss DOE’s priorities and the role of innovation in DOE’s mission and the U.S. energy sector broadly.

Forum to Look at Spent Fuel in Sweden – The Global America Business Institute will host a discussion on Friday at 12:00 p.m. on the current status of spent fuel management in Sweden.  This forum will discuss progress and lessons learned.

IN THE FUTURE

University Coalition Heads to CSIS – On Monday June 18th at 2:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Janet Napolitano (President, University of California), Kristina M. Johnson (Chancellor, The State University of New York) and Timothy Carter (President, Second Nature) for a discussion on the recent launch of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), the role of research universities in the development of climate action plans, and their own imperatives for a more sustainable energy system.  This spring, UC3 was launched by 13 research university systems in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to mobilize their resources and expertise to inform and facilitate climate solutions in partnership with businesses, local communities, cities, and states.  The coalition will utilize its research base and multidisciplinary approaches to craft innovative climate action plans, develop new energy technologies, and advance climate science.  UC3 will work in partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to take action on climate change and sustainability actions.  Climate Change and the National and Corporate Interest is a high-level speaker series showcasing a variety of country and corporate perspectives on plausible pathways for pursuing a climate change strategy and why those actions are in their national or commercial interest.

REFF Wall Street Forum Set – The Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) New York City will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in NYC.  For 15 years, REFF-Wall Street has brought together the biggest investors and developers to drive investment in the renewable energy sector. This year features a special line-up of dynamic speakers, high-level networking opportunities, and the most active players in the renewable energy industry.

RFF Webinar Set to Discuss Electricity Resilience – Resources for the Future (RFF) hold a webinar next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. focused on the economics of electricity system resilience.  Researchers at Resources for the Future have published previously on decisionmaking on this topic, and on May 30, they co-hosted a workshop with the R Street Institute on economic approaches to identifying and addressing resilience in the bulk power system. This webinar will highlight the timely lessons from that workshop, including definitions of resilience and how it relates to reliability, what’s wrong and what’s right about existing markets and institutions, the role of consumers, and how to decide what to do next.

A careful analysis suggests that current institutions to support system reliability go a long way toward supporting system resilience—and that real threats to reliable electricity supply and quick recovery from outages may lie in other parts of the system, and therefore call for differently targeted measures.

Register to attend the webinar.  Speakers include former AWEA policy chief Robert Gramlich, R Street’s Devin Hartman, RFF’s Karen Palmer and former DOE official Susan Tierney.

CSIS to Host BNEF Energy Outlook – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting the launch of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) New Energy Outlook 2018 on Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 a.m.  NEO 2018 is BNEF’s annual economic forecast for the world’s power sector.  Built over nine months, it is the result of international collaboration between 65 market and technical experts from BNEF’s 11 offices.  For the first time, NEO projects out to 2050, offering 10 more years of data and new insights about the energy transition in the long-term.  Seb Henbest (NEO Lead Author and Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa; BNEF) will present the findings of the NEO 2018, followed by Q&A and discussion led by MIT’s Francis O’Sullivan.

GTM to Host Grid Forum – Greentech Media host Grid Edge Innovation Summit on June 20th and 21st in San Francisco.  The event is an energy conference that will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging.  GTM brings together forward thinking and prominent members of the energy ecosystem and as our research team explores the future of the market. Former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff will speak along with many others, including our friends Shayle Kann, Julia Pyper and Stephen Lacey.

Duke’s Good to Speak at Women Conference – The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good on Thursday, June 21st at 6:00 p.m.  She will discuss trends impacting the energy industry, the challenges it faces, and the efforts being made to create a cleaner, smarter energy future.  The conversation will be moderated by Fortune’s Nina Easton.

NERO to Honor Scalise, Heitkamp – The National Energy Resources Organization will hold its 2018 Awards dinner on Thursday, June 21st at the Capitol Hill Hyatt.  Awardees will be Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  NERO is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to engage in dialogue on energy issues, recognize outstanding achievements, and promote public awareness.

Chamber to Release Security Index – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute (GEI) hold a forum to release its 2018 International Index of Energy Security Risk on Thursday July 21st at 3:30 p.m.  GEI President and CEO Karen Harbert will offer remarks followed by a presentation and panel discussion on international energy security challenges moderated by GEI Vice President Steve Eule.  The Index of U.S. Energy Security Risk: Assessing America’s Vulnerabilities in a Global Energy Market is an annual energy risk indicator, which uses quantifiable data, historical trend information, and government projections to identify the policies and other factors that contribute positively or negatively to U.S. energy security. The Index provides a look at energy security retrospectively from 1970 to 2013 and prospectively from 2014-2040. From this data, policymakers and energy professionals can use the Index to track shifts in U.S. energy security over time and assess potential impacts of new policies.

Forum to Look at Climate Finance – On June 22nd at 10:00 a.m., Brookings hosts a panel of experts will provide an update on innovations in multilateral climate finance. John Roome, senior director for climate change at the World Bank, will discuss innovative approaches for supporting clean infrastructure in developing countries, since too often climate effects hit poor people the hardest. Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante, manager of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)’s Blended Finance Unit, will discuss blended concessional finance for the private sector. Brookings Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer will discuss his latest research on the topic.

World Gas Conference Features Perry, Industry Leaders – The International Gas Union (IGU) hosts the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC 2018) in Washington DC from June 25-29.  The triennial event aims to raise the voice of natural gas while offering timely updates on strategic, commercial and technical issues facing the entire gas value chain and offers the most comprehensive and diverse program to date for the natural gas industry. For the first time ever this includes topics for professionals working in sectors including finance, trading, law, sustainability/renewables, policy/government.  Energy Secretary Rick Perry headlines.

Young Professional Program for World Gas Forum Set – The Young Professionals Program (YPP) will hold a special forum during the World Gas Conference June 25-29 in Washington, DC.  YPP will provide a great opportunity for promising young professionals in the energy sector to learn from top leaders in the natural gas industry and network with their peers throughout the world.  More on this as we get closer.

CSIS Hosts Climate Investments Head – On Tuesday June 26th at 9:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments, for a conversation on OGCI Climate Investments within the context of the OGCI, why the fund was founded last year, and how and why Climate Investments differentiates itself from other funds. OGCI Climate Investments intends to invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies which could significantly curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

Mulvaney Headlines Annual CEI Dinner – On Thursday June 28th, the Competitive Enterprise Institute holds its annual dinner and reception at the Marriott Marquis.  National Review’s Jonah Goldberg will be master of ceremonies and keynoter is OMB chief Mick Mulvaney.

JULY 4th HOLIDAY

Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held on July 10th and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Duke CEO, CARB Chair, Others Headline POLITICO Summit – POLITICO is hosting its second Pro Summit on July 17th at the Renaissance Hotel. The Pro Summit brings together Pro subscribers, expert reporters, key decision-makers, and others who are shaping the policy landscape for a full day of incisive conversations. Summit speakers include Rep. Joe Crowley, Duke CEO Lynn Good, FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, Amy Myers Jaffe of the Council on Foreign Relations, Coal CEO Bob Murray, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and many others.  Duke Energy is the main event sponsor.

Energy Update: Week of June 4

Friends,

After a fun trip through SoCal (yes, my kids always love that we drive right past things like the San Onofre nuclear plant, San Gorgonio Wind Park and Andeavor’s LA Refineries), we are ready to get back to the action.  Before that though, it is exciting to see the energy in DC and Vegas around the Stanley Cup Finals.  Game 4 tonight…  Don’t think it is quite as exciting in Cleveland and Oakland for the NBA finals, but we should have winners in both NHL and NBA sometime next week.   Finally, get ready for the Belmont on June 16th where Justify will go for the Triple Crown.  Full breakdown next week.

Starting on a sad note today with the news of the passing of our friend Doug Goudie, who was Director of International Government Relations for Pfizer.  Doug passed away last night after a courageous battle with cancer.  Doug was a friend and colleague of many in the trade community. Doug, who also worked at NAM and the Auto Trade Policy Council, leaves behind his wife, Ann McCulloch, and his two young children, Will and Maggie.  If you would like to help Doug’s family, a website has been set up to support the education of Doug’s kids: https://www.gofundme.com/goudie-education-fund, and please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

The energy narrative this week will be impacted by Friday’s move by the Administration on using national security issues to preserve coal and nuclear plants.  Also, we have also heard the White House may be moving as soon as today on the biofuels agreement to resolve long-standing RFS issues.  More on each of these as necessary.  As you know, we are covering them closely. To that end, Platt’s hosts Joni Ernst tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for its Energy Podium roundtable.

Outside DC, tomorrow is a big primary day in several states including California, New Jersey and Iowa.  And just flipping on the TV while eating In ‘n Out burgers last week in Cali, you could definitely tell the primary was right around the corner given the commercials.  Also, at the Vatican later this week, Pope Francis convenes a meeting with oil company CEOs, energy investors and former Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz.  Amy Harder had her take on it in Axios. Finally, tomorrow is the UN’s World Environment Day.

The full House will consider the Water Resources Development Act this week. Look for potential Congressional moves on last week’s action on coal/nukes. The House is also expected to take up its first “minibus” package of fiscal 2019 spending bills. A measure that funds the Energy Department and Army Corps of Engineers is being bundled with bills funding military construction, veterans affairs, and the legislative branch. On Wednesday, NM Gov. Susana Martinez appears at House Resources on oil/gas legislation.  Finally on Thursday, a House Energy panel examines ways to improve the hydropower licensing process. While in the afternoon House Science’s energy panel looks at the electric grid of the future in a hearing that features our friend Rob Gramlich.

The biggest event in town this week is today and tomorrow’s EIA Energy Forum on the many changes going on in the electric power and petroleum sectors.   The program will discuss natgas drilling, Appalachian energy industry development and exports of oil and LNG. There also will be talk about electric power system transitions and reliability issues which will lead into discussions around nuclear and coal-fired power plants.  Among the speakers ids will be FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, NERC reliability chief Mark Lauby and ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie.

Remember to mark your calendars for NEXT WEDNESDAY when SAFE hold a forum to release a new groundbreaking study with original research on the magnitude of impacts from driverless cars at the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University.

Finally, while the hurricane season kicked off on Friday, many of you have focused on on-going recoveries in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Let me remind you that our friends at MIT, who are focused on responding to more intense hurricanes through better building resilience and recovery, have a full array of research on these topics and are happy to discuss how they affect communities and policymakers response – especially after last year’s difficult hurricane season in the Southeast and Caribbean.

Best,

Frank Maisano

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““I eagerly await the administration’s regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster.”

Ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, reacting via tweet to the Trump administration’s plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants.

 

ON THE POD

MIT Experts Weigh in on Hurricane, Building Resiliency – The episode of PRG’s podcast The Lobby Shop this week features my interview with MIT resiliency expert Jeremy Gregory discussing the 2018 hurricane season and what vulnerable communities and their resident/policymakers can do to withstand and rebuild in more resilient ways.  Good stuff with the start of the hurricane season slated for June 1.  Check it out ln Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, and Google Play Music.

FUN OPINIONS

API: Tariffs Hinder Energy Growth –API’s Mark Green argued in an opinion piece in RealClearEnergy that Steel tariffs will create three huge problems for the energy industry that will hinder its growth.  Green said the tariffs will cause higher costs and project delays, questions whether steel manufacturers will increase production and says if steel shipments are delayed, then energy projects will be delayed.

IN THE NEWS

Administration Imposes Tariffs – Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced on a conference call last week Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel (25% tariff) and aluminum (10% tariff) will be applicable to imports from Canada, Mexico, and the EU. The White House followed shortly by posting new proclamations formally adjusting the tariffs for steel and aluminum.  In addition to removing the exceptions for Canada, Mexico and the EU, the proclamations also formalize the “hard” export quotas that Australia, Argentina, and Brazil have agreed to accept in lieu of 232 tariffs.  My trade expert colleague Josh Zive said this is a significant decision and the economic and diplomatic consequences of it are likely to be significant and complex.  EU and Canada have already promised retaliation against US exports—minutes after Ross’s announcement the EU released a statement outlining $3.3 billion in new tariffs on US products ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Kentucky Bourbon, and Mexico announced new tariffs on US pork, fruit, and flat steel products.  This retaliation will likely get worse before it gets better as diplomacy moves from bilateral discussions to WTO dispute resolution.  Additionally, it is likely that the prices and lead times for steel and aluminum, already climbing in the wake of the 232 tariffs, will increase at an accelerated pace.  Finally, the Department of Commerce will likely see thousands of new exclusion requests filed, adding to the thousands waiting for action from the agency.  Zive says the actions should be “viewed as a disappointment, but not a surprise.”  He adds the many details surrounding the tariffs require further elaboration, and it is essential that companies harmed by these policies redouble their efforts to educate policymakers and thought leaders about the consequences of this protectionism.

CCS Project hits Key Milestone – NET Power said last week that it has successfully achieved “first fire” of its landmark demonstration plant in La Porte, TX, that is intended to capture all of the carbon from new power plants that can use both coal and natural gas.  The milestone included the firing of a 50MW Toshiba commercial-scale combustor, which involved the integrated operation of the full NET Power process. The combustor will be integrated with the turbine and power will be generated after further testing, with the goal of global deployment of 300MW commercial-scale plants beginning as early as 2021. First fire is a critical milestone for the demonstration plant, as it validates the fundamental operability and technical foundation of NET Power’s new power system.

ClearPath’s Powell Praises NET – If successful, NET Power will greatly simplify the process and equipment needed to produce not just cleaner power, but emission-free power from coal and natural gas. It would emit no carbon and use no water. ClearPath Executive Director Rich Powell explained the Allam Cycle in a recent video, the process used by NET Power, and how it could revolutionize clean energy in the U.S. and globally.

RINs Awarded to Small Refiners after Winning Case – After winning a case to force EPA to grant it a waiver from the RFS, last week EPA said it would grant Sinclair and Holly-Frontier, two refineries that sued over the waivers.  HollyFrontier will receive credits for this year to reverse a denial for a waiver for one of its Wyoming plants dating back to 2015, while Sinclair will receive them for two of its facilities in for 2014 and 2015.  Both companies had challenged EPA’s denials in a federal appellate court in Colorado in 2016. That court in August 2017 ruled EPA had erred in denying Sinclair’s applications for exemptions by being too strict in its definition of disproportionate economic hardship and remanded the case back to EPA to come up with a remedy.

REN21 Report Says Despite New Renewables, Emissions Increased – The latest edition of the Renewables Global Status Report says even as new power installations were dominated by renewables, energy-related carbon emissions rose in 2017.  REN21, a network of governments, nonprofits and academics focused on renewable energy released its annual report and said that renewable power made up 70% of net additions to global power generating capacity in 2017, but energy demand and energy-related CO2 emissions increased substantially for the first time in four years, mainly due to economic growth in emerging economies and population growth.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

FERC Chair Headlines EIA Annual Energy Conference – EIA holds its annual 2018 Energy Conference today and tomorrow at the Washington Hilton.  The program will discuss natgas drilling, Appalachian energy industry development and exports of oil and LNG. There also will be talk about electric power system transitions and reliability issues which will lead into discussions around nuclear and coal-fired power plants.  Among the speakers ids will be FERC Chair Kevin McIntyre, NERC reliability chief Mark Lauby and ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie.

FERC Commissioners Headline Western PSC Forum – The Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners holds a conference in Boise, Idaho today through Wednesday.  WCPSC is a regional association within NARUC and the conference takes place at the Boise Centre, located in the heart of downtown Boise.  Speakers include Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur and Rich Glick, AGA Richard Myers and Montana PUC Chair Travis Kavulla, among many others.

TX Solar Conference SetSolar Power Texas 2018 will be held today and tomorrow in Cedar Creek, TX at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa.  The event looks policy drivers and leading businesses in the region.

New England Energy Conference Set – The New England Energy Conference runs today and tomorrow in N. Falmouth, Mass at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.  The event brings together industry professionals including generation and transmission companies, project developers and operators, utility representatives, load aggregators and end-users, equipment suppliers, finance and legal experts, risk managers, environmental and engineering professionals, commodity traders and wholesalers, as well as government officials and industry regulators.

Perry Headlines DOE Cyber Conference – Today through Thursday, the Energy Department holds its annual Cyber Conference in Austin at the Renaissance.  The event features keynote speech today from Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a speech from Undersecretary Dan Brouillette tomorrow and many more Panels featuring DOE and industry security experts.

NAS to Look at Nuke Waste, Seismic Activity – Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., the National Academies host forum on seismic hazards in storing nuclear waste.

EEI Conference Set for SD – The Edison Electric Institute holds its annual convention in San Diego tomorrow through Thursday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  Speakers will include Tony Byers of Starbucks, ABC Shark Tank panelist Robert Herjavec and a panel of CEOs including Duke’s Lynn Good, Exelon’s Chris Crane and Berkshire-Hathaway Energy Chair Greg Abel.

Platts to Host Conversation With Ernst – Platts Energy Podium will host a conversation with Sen. Joni Ernst and the future of the US biofuel mandate tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. The Trump administration is preparing to make changes to the RFS that could have big impacts in the oil, biofuel and agriculture sectors. Ethanol credits have plunged 60% since the start of the year. Refinery workers have protested at the US Capitol.  Ernst has been at the negotiating table for several rounds of White House talks on the issue. She is one of Congress’ strongest advocates for farmers and biofuel makers. Ernst will share the latest on the White House deal that would expand sales of ethanol while allowing traders to get renewable fuel credits for ethanol exports.

ITIF to Host Forum on European Innovation Policy – Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation hosts a panel of experts from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom as they discuss how their countries are approaching innovation policy and regulation.  Europe has introduced new innovation policies or strategies, many tailored to boost competitiveness in advanced and emerging industries such as clean energy, AI, autonomous driving, advanced manufacturing, and innovative life sciences. Policymakers also are grappling with how to establish enabling regulatory environments to meet social needs such as safety or privacy while encouraging innovators to experiment and allowing new technologies to flourish.

Senate Energy to Look at Fire Outlook, Programs – The Senate Energy Committee holds a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. on the 2018 Wildland Fire Outlook and Wildland Fire Management programs. Interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and Jeff Rupert, director, Office of Wildland Fire, Department of the Interior testify.  On Thursday, Christiansen heads to House Resources on the same topic at 2:00 p.m.

Forum to Look at Nuclear Cooperation with Korea – The Global America Business Institute will host a presentation tomorrow at Noon on U.S.-Korea cooperation in new nuclear markets, looking at opportunities, challenges and imperatives.”

Forum to Look at Transatlantic Energy – The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Polish Institute of International Affairs host a discussion on Transatlantic energy cooperation tomorrow. The one-day conference at GMF’s Washington, DC office brings together a group of political leaders, government officials, and experts and will provide a platform for debates on key policy issues.

Forum Tackles Iran Policy – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy holds a discussion tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. on the Gulf’s view on Washington’s Plan B for Iran.  The expert conversation and live webcast will look at Washington and its Arab partners’ favorable rhetoric on the new Iran policy, and what concrete actions will curb Tehran’s regional adventurism.

FERC Hosts Quarterly Users Report – The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold the 5th bi-annual Electric Quarterly Report Users Group meeting tomorrow afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m. This meeting provides a forum for dialogue between Commission staff and EQR users to discuss potential improvements to the EQR program and the EQR filing process. Recent meetings have focused on issues pertaining primarily to EQR filers. However, in the upcoming meeting, staff will also include sessions for those accessing and using EQR data.

Forum to Look at Plastics Crisis – National Geographic hosts a Hill briefing tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in 485 Russell to discuss its multiyear campaign to raise awareness of the “global plastic crisis.” The event will feature remarks from Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and NG CEO Gary Knell.

KPMG Energy Conference Set – KPMG’s 16th Annual Global Energy Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas. The event features senior energy executives and luminaries to share ideas and gain insights on the current issues and emerging challenges that are shaping the next generation of energy.  Speakers include broadcaster Soledad O’Brien and former Senate Leader George Mitchell, as well as our friends WSJ’s Erin Ailworth, Bloomberg’s Joe Carroll and Reuters’ Ernest Scheyder.

Wilson Forum Talk Transatlantic Energy Cooperation – The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program holds a forum on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on Transatlantic research Cooperation to protect the Atlantic Ocean. This event will include a visit of the Ocean Plastics Lab which will be in Washington DC.

House Resources Looks at Interior Legislation – The House Natural Resources Committee marks up six bills, including four dealing with Utah focused on Department of Interior issues.  They also will tackle four other bills in the afternoon hearing will that are focused on oil and gas issues.  New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez and Interior’s deputy assistant secretary for Land and Minerals Management Katharine MacGregor will testify.

FERC, NRC Hold Joint Meeting – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a joint meeting on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. that will consist of discussions between the two sets of Commissioners following presentations by their respective staffs.

Forum, Report to Discuss Renewables – ACORE and the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will host a special event around the U.S. launch of the 2018 REN21 Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.  The event will feature a highlight presentation of the GSR, the most comprehensive annual overview of the global state of renewable energy, followed by a panel discussion on the role of renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles in modernizing the U.S. electric grid. Speakers include REN21 Executive Secretary Rana Adib, EDTA President Genevieve Cullen, AWEA’s Tom Kiernan and our friend Dan Whitten of SEIA.

House Transpo Looks at Arctic Maritime Action – The House Transportation and Infrastructure’s maritime transportation panel looks at the U.S. role in maritime transportation in the Arctic in a hearing at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

House Energy Looks at Hydro Licensing – The House Energy and Commerce’s energy panel on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. examines ways to improve the hydropower licensing process.

Speakes-Backman to address Women in Energy Leadership – Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy will host a WRISE DC lunch and learn with Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association on Thursday at AWEA at 12:30 p.m.  Kelly is a former Commissioner of the Maryland Public Service Commission, who has spent more than 20 years working on energy and environmental issues in the public, NGO and private sectors.

House Science Panel Looks at Future Grid – On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., the House Science Committee’s energy panel looks at the electric grid of the future in a hearing that features our friend Rob Gramlich, a former AWEA policy chief.  DOE’s Bruce Walker, John Sarro of the Los Alamos Nat Lab and Texas Tech’s Joe Heppert also testify.

Mexico Gas Forum Set for San Antonio – The 4th Mexico Gas Summit will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday and Friday.  The event that brings together internationally recognized industry speakers, investors, government officials, and executives from the energy, infrastructure, and transportation industries. The geographic scope for the event will cover Mexico as a region with a strong focus on Gulf Coast onshore exploration and production, midstream infrastructure and development, natural gas commercialization and the evolving refined fuels market.

Offshore Wind Conference Features Interior, DOE, Industry Officials – New Energy Update holds a conference on U.S. offshore wind development on Thursday and Friday in Boston.  Speakers include Interior’s Walter Cruickshank, DOE’s Dan Simmons, Equinor (formerly Statoil)’s Mike Olsen, Deepwater’s Bryan Martin, Mass Energy/Enviro Affairs Sect Matt Beaton and many more.

USEA Hosts Kenyan Energy Official – On Friday at 9:00 a.m., the U.S. Energy Association hosts Charles Keter, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Energy and Mrs. Rebecca Miano, Managing Director/CEO of KenGen as they discuss the state of the Kenyan energy market and opportunities for expansion and international partnerships. They will also share some of the lessons learned earlier in the week while visiting The Geysers Geothermal Field and Coso Geothermal Field in California.

Forum to Look at Cyber Security – The Lexington Institute holds a forum on Friday at Noon looking at cybersecurity of the electric grid on Capitol Hill in CVC-201.  This forum will be a series of ten-minute back-to-back presentations delivered by subject matter experts. Here is a link to a similar event they held last year.

Forum to Discuss European Clean Energy – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Embassy of Germany host a forum on Friday at Noon in G50 Dirksen showcasing how Germany has been successfully integrating clean energy into its electrical grid. Representatives from the public and private sectors on both sides of the Atlantic will discuss parallels between the German and American economies and how the United States may benefit from energy development policies Germany has developed and implemented over the course of its nearly 20 year-long national Energiewende (“energy transition”) program.  Speakers include Thorsten Herdan, Director-General of Energy Policy with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, plus representatives of the energy and manufacturing sectors.

Energy Economists to Host Discussion of Bay Runoff – The NCAC of the US Energy Economists hosts its June luncheon on Friday to explore that reality of just how difficult finding a solution to a significant environmental problem might be. And this solution relates to nothing less than fouling Chesapeake Bay by run-off from chicken farms on the DELMARVA. The run-off comes from chicken waste – called “litter” in publications suitable for family reading.  CleanBay Renewables (CBR) was established in 2013 to find alternative uses for chicken litter. And there are lots of them, including jet fuel, facial creams and electricity.  There are lots of problems too. The speaker is Jason Levine, Chief Business Development Officer of CleanBay Renewables. Jason has lived through all of these problems and is ready to break ground on CBR’s first digester, located near Princess Anne, Maryland.

IN THE FUTURE

Forum to Look at Carbon Removal in Climate Efforts – Next Monday at 10:00 a.m., Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosts a forum on new research about the range of carbon removal options; especially ecosystem stewardship and approaches that combine bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS). Stanford experts will discuss carbon removal technologies and opportunities for the United States and beyond.  Panelists will evaluate near-term opportunities for deployment across the US. Policy levers include tax credits just revised by Congress in the 2018 Budget Act. These incentives support sequestration of CO2 in geologic storage and make carbon capture from ethanol production facilities profitable. Overall, the discussion will right-size expectations for carbon removal in ambitious climate responses, spanning from constraints at large-scale through to opportunities that exist now.  Keynote Speaker for the event is Bob Perciasepe, former EPA deputy and current President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Merrifield Headlines Nuclear Export Forum – Several groups are hosting forum in 2322 Rayburn next Monday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the importance of nuclear experts to the U.S.  Speakers will include former NRC Commissioner and ClearPath advisor Jeff Merrifield on industry/government collaboration, Westinghouse’s Graham Cable on understanding the export market, Nuclear Industry Council CEO David Blee on the export potential for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and several more.

Interior Official to Address Energy Policy – The Atlantic Council hosts a conversation on next Monday at Noon with Vincent DeVito, counselor to the secretary for energy policy at Interior. DeVito will focus on the advanced energy aspects of the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” agenda.

Wilson to Host Brazilian Biofuels Experts – Next Monday, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a forum at 4:00 p.m. featuring a delegation from the Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, charged with the new biofuels program implementation, and Brazil’s National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).  The group comes to the Wilson Center for a public conversation on RenovaBio. The delegation will be in Washington for meetings with the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss lessons learned from the implementation of the RFS and the LCFS, in order to improve the development and implementation of the new policy in Brazil.  RFA’s Geoff Cooper and UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies Director Dan Sperling will also speak.

Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Forum Set for DC – The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association will be hosting a full-day forum and showcase next Tuesday, June 12 in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center with leading executives, experts, and policymakers on fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The forum will bring together key federal and state policymakers, including the Department of Energy and White House, as well as the broader environmental, transportation, and energy communities to raise awareness of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology. This event will precede the Department of Energy’s 2018 Annual Merit Review.

Forum to Look at Buildings of the Future – As a part of High Performance Building Week 2018, there will be a Congressional briefing on Tuesday June 12th at Noon in 2322 Rayburn seeking recommendation for future buildings.  The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council serves a unique role in the building industry, bringing together representatives from leading organizations that represent all aspects of design, construction, operation and regulation to examine important issues before the industry.  The forum will look at ways to explore how the building industry can and should evolve to meet the changing needs of society and how new technologies and practices can attract a 21st century workforce.  Speakers include Reps. David McKinley and Peter Welch who are Co-Chairs of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus, as well as our friend Ryan Colker of the National Institute of Building Sciences and several others.  On Thursday in 2226 Rayburn, this same group will also hold an expert discussion focusing on how codes and standards play a significant role in supporting strong, practicable and resilient 21st century infrastructure solutions. These solutions include not only incorporating new technologies – such as 3D printing – into codes and standards, but also recognizing the value of hazard mitigation strategies in assuring that infrastructure and buildings are built to withstand future events.

USEA Forum to Look at USE IT Act – Next Tuesday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m., the U.S. Energy Association hosts a forum on the USE IT Act. In March, Sens. Barrasso, Capito, Whitehouse, and Heitkamp introduced the “USE IT” Act, which would support R&D for innovative carbon capture and use technologies. This workshop will explore the environmental and economic opportunities for innovative carbon technologies — including direct air capture and carbon utilization in building materials and fuels. The conversation will include a discussion of the policy landscape for these solutions, as well as the emerging industry and investment trends in the space.  Speakers will include USDA’s David Babson, C2ES’s Jeffrey Bobeck and Erin Burns of Third Way.

SAFE to Discuss Impact of Self-Driving Technology on Economy, Workforce – On Wednesday June 13th at 8:30 a.m., Securing America’s Future Energy will hold a forum and release a new groundbreaking study with original research on the magnitude of impacts from driverless cars at the Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University.  The study done in collaboration with leading transportation and labor economists focuses on impacts from driverless cars and offers case-study analysis on the economic productivity gains.  It will also offer context on the history of network-scale innovations and the short and long-term impacts on the workforce.  Speakers include Report author J.D. Vance, former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, ep. Debbie Dingell, DOT’s Loren Smith ITIF’s Rob Atkinson and CBPP’s Jared Bernstein, all who are actively crafting AV Policy.  For further information, contact Leslie Hayward lhayward@secureenergy.org.

Forum to Look at Boosting Climate Resilience – On Thursday, June 14th at 3:00 p.m., the Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion with representatives from USAID projects in East Africa on how to build resiliency when facing uncertain future scenarios. Panelists will share tools, technologies, good practices and approaches that are applicable and relevant to ongoing and future USAID bilateral and regional programming.

Congressional Baseball Game – Thursday June 14th 7:05 p.m.

Forum to Look at Spent Fuel in Sweden – The Global America Business Institute will host a discussion on Friday, June 15th at 12:00 p.m. on the current status of spent fuel management in Sweden.  This forum will discuss progress and lessons learned.

DOE Science Heads to CSIS for Forum – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting a discussion with Paul Dabbar, DOE’s Under Secretary for Science on Friday June 15th at 11:00 a.m. Dabbar will discuss DOE’s priorities and the role of innovation in DOE’s mission and the U.S. energy sector broadly.

University Coalition Heads to CSIS – On Monday June 18th at 2:30 p.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Janet Napolitano (President, University of California), Kristina M. Johnson (Chancellor, The State University of New York) and Timothy Carter (President, Second Nature) for a discussion on the recent launch of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), the role of research universities in the development of climate action plans, and their own imperatives for a more sustainable energy system.  This spring, UC3 was launched by 13 research university systems in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to mobilize their resources and expertise to inform and facilitate climate solutions in partnership with businesses, local communities, cities, and states.  The coalition will utilize its research base and multidisciplinary approaches to craft innovative climate action plans, develop new energy technologies, and advance climate science.  UC3 will work in partnership with Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network, a group of hundreds of colleges and universities that have committed to take action on climate change and sustainability actions.  Climate Change and the National and Corporate Interest is a high-level speaker series showcasing a variety of country and corporate perspectives on plausible pathways for pursuing a climate change strategy and why those actions are in their national or commercial interest.

CSIS to Host BNEF Energy Outlook – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is hosting the launch of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) New Energy Outlook 2018 on Wednesday, June 20th at 10:00 a.m.  NEO 2018 is BNEF’s annual economic forecast for the world’s power sector.  Built over nine months, it is the result of international collaboration between 65 market and technical experts from BNEF’s 11 offices.  For the first time, NEO projects out to 2050, offering 10 more years of data and new insights about the energy transition in the long-term.  Seb Henbest (NEO Lead Author and Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa; BNEF) will present the findings of the NEO 2018, followed by Q&A and discussion led by MIT’s Francis O’Sullivan.

GTM to Host Grid Forum – Greentech Media host Grid Edge Innovation Summit on June 20th and 21st in San Francisco.  The event is an energy conference that will examine the energy customer of tomorrow and how new innovative business models are quickly emerging.  GTM brings together forward thinking and prominent members of the energy ecosystem and as our research team explores the future of the market. Former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff will speak along with many others, including our friends Shayle Kann, Julia Pyper and Stephen Lacey.

Duke’s Good to Speak at Women Conference – The Center for Strategic and International Studies is hosting a Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good on Thursday, June 21st at 6:00 p.m.  She will discuss trends impacting the energy industry, the challenges it faces, and the efforts being made to create a cleaner, smarter energy future.  The conversation will be moderated by Fortune’s Nina Easton.

NERO to Honor Scalise, Heitkamp – The National Energy Resources Organization will hold its 2018 Awards dinner on Thursday, June 21st at the Capitol Hill Hyatt.  Awardees will be Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.  NERO is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to engage in dialogue on energy issues, recognize outstanding achievements, and promote public awareness.

World Gas Conference Features Perry, Industry Leaders – The International Gas Union (IGU) hosts the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC 2018) in Washington DC from June 25-29.  The triennial event aims to raise the voice of natural gas while offering timely updates on strategic, commercial and technical issues facing the entire gas value chain and offers the most comprehensive and diverse program to date for the natural gas industry. For the first time ever this includes topics for professionals working in sectors including finance, trading, law, sustainability/renewables, policy/government.  Energy Secretary Rick Perry headlines.

Young Professional Program for World Gas Forum Set – The Young Professionals Program (YPP) will hold a special forum during the World Gas Conference June 25-29 in Washington, DC.  YPP will provide a great opportunity for promising young professionals in the energy sector to learn from top leaders in the natural gas industry and network with their peers throughout the world.  More on this as we get closer.

Clean Energy Forum on Schedule – The 2018 Congressional Clean Energy Expo and Policy Forum will be held on July 10th and brings together up to 45-55 businesses, trade associations, and government agencies to showcase renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.