Saturday night while sitting in Baltimore Harbor celebrating the bicentennial of the penning of the Star Spangled Banner on a good friend’s boat, I was inspired to start today’s update by the “rockets’ red glare” and “the bombs bursting in air” from the massive fireworks display. On Sept. 14, 1814, a 35-year-old Washington lawyer Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that eventually became our national anthem. As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Key was negotiating the release of his friend, Dr. William Beanes. While he was able to secure the good doctor’s release, he unfortunately was aboard the British ship HMS Tonnant while the Brits were drawing up the battle plans to take Baltimore, at that time a hugely important international port. Because of that bad timing, Beanes and Key were held on the Tonnant until the battle was completed. For 25 hours, a fleet of British ship shelled Fort McHenry, yet the resilient Americans held on.
The focus on the flag comes from US Maj. George Armistead, who commanded Fort McHenry and wanted a flag so large that the approaching Brits would be able to see it. A year earlier, he commissioned second-generation, Baltimore flag seamstress Mary Young Pickersgill to make two flags, “one American ensign, 30 X 42 feet, first quality bunting” and another flag 17 by 25 feet. Using a local Malt House’s floor because of its massive size, Pickersgill led a team of seamstresses to produce Armistead’s flags. According to historian Marc Leepson’s Flag: An American Biography, the Fort McHenry flag contained over 400 yards of fabric. Each of the 15 stripes was two feet wide while each of the 15 stars measured 24 inches across from tip to tip. You can still see Pickersgill’s “Flag House” if you ever head to Little Italy in Baltimore. It is right next to the “Old Bay” Garage off Pratt Street. Of course, you can still visit Fort McHenry on Whetstone Point where Baltimore Harbor meets the Chesapeake Bay. (Been there for a couple of school field trips, as well as the Maryland Offshore wind lease announcement. It is really worth the trip.)
Messages, Politics, Polls
Congress should wrap its action this week and head back for campaign season, with most of the voting, especially on energy issues, being symbolic, message voting. The races are very tight in many areas (especially a number of key Senate seats). Next week as Congress rolls out, we’ll give you an election preview with a number of places to watch over the next six weeks. And thanks to our friends at POLITICO, who released a new poll of voters in battleground states that found just two percent of those surveyed identified the environment as the issue that concerns them most, one of the lowest-ranked issues.
Congress Is Busy Wednesday
Meantime, Wednesday seems to be the busiest day in Congress with the Senate Finance Committee starting a longer discussion on energy tax issues that should extend into the next session. With our friends Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Finance and David Kreutzer of Heritage testifying, expect a spirited discussion of the PTC for sure. Also on Wednesday, House Science has John Holdren and EPA’s Janet McCabe to discuss the White House Climate plan. A House Energy panel looks at energy workforce issues with API’s Jack Gerard and Black Chamber President Harry Alford among the witnesses. Finally, the Senate HELP Committee is expected to approve legislation that will speed approval of new sunscreen ingredients. The “Sunscreen Innovation Act” has the support of dozens of bipartisan co-sponsors who have signed on to both the Senate version, S. 2141, and a companion House version, H.R. 4250. It is something we have been working on all year and my colleague Salo Zelermyer (202-828-1718) is the sunscreen expert and can help you with sources and background.
Sources for New NatGas Report
Just in case you’re watching, there has been a recent flurry of activity/discussion/studies on natural gas drilling, including today’s new NAS report that finds that neither drilling nor hydraulic fracturing is to blame for water contamination. Our BG experts, as well as several others we know, can be hugely helpful at addressing these reports and providing some context. Please let me know what you need.
Next Week is Jammed Too
Several important events to put on your agenda for next week. 1) President Obama leads a UN meeting on Tuesday in New York on climate issues with no China and India, but thousands of activists protesting on Monday (check out my thoughts in Morning Consult), 2) GW’s Solar Institute holds its 6th annual Solar Forum Tuesday focused on utility solar integration, 3) Shale Insight starts in Pittsburgh on Wednesday and Thursday and will feature a discussion with my college Scott Segal and Fox News personality and former WH press sect Dana Perino and 4) Thursday, RFF host EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for a discussion on EPA’s Carbon rule ad many other Items.
Finally, next Monday at 10:00 a.m., the American Gas Association will unveil a new report examining how the natural gas delivery system was tested, how utilities prepared and responded, and what last winter has taught us about the upcoming season. Speakers will also address where the nation stands going into the 2014-2015 winter heating season and what customers can expect.
Don’t look now, but we only have three weeks left in the baseball season…Hard to believe… While last week’s climate change/bird report said the Baltimore Oriole would be leaving Baltimore, it seems to me they are actually back. Here’s hoping for a Beltway World Series (without apologies to my Midwest/Detroit/St. Louis friends). It may also be possible that we have an I-5 LA World series, but who would notice. Sorry LA. Get ready for more on this is a few weeks….
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IN THE NEWS
Palen Solar Project Gets Likely Approval from CEC – The California Energy Commission is expected to approve a Concentrated Solar tower at the 500-MW Palen solar project. The energy commission issued a preliminary approval late Friday afternoon for the first of Palen’s two 250-megawatt solar towers. The project is being developed by BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar. According to The Desert Sun, the decision was written by the two commissioners overseeing Palen’s review process and is not final, but it is unlikely to be overturned by the full commission. A final decision will be issued on October 29th after a 30-day comment period and a conference at UC Riverside’s Palm Desert campus on October 6th to discuss Palen.
New Analysis Cites Challenges to State Implementation of GHG Rule – Last week, the House Energy Committee held a detailed hearing on state implementation challenges of EPA’s new GHG rule. To that end, two of the best and most influential documents out there on implementation challenges of the proposed rule on carbon emissions from existing power plants have been author by two former Colorado PUC Chairs, Ray Gifford (303.626.2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Greg Sopkin (303.626.2327 or email@example.com). The first says the EPA’s CO2 Rule collides with flexibility asserted by States. The second outlines institutional and practical issues with state and multi-state implementation and enforcement.
Govs Raise Concerns about GHG Rule, Yucca, Other Items – In a new letter to EPA, 15 Republican Governors raised major concerns about EPA and its ability to work with states to adequately implement the new GHG rules for power plants. Governors Robert Bentley of Alabama, Sean Parnell of Alaska, Jan Brewer of Arizona, C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho, Mike Pence of Indiana, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gary Herbert of Utah, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Matt Mead of Wyoming signed the letter, explaining that EPA’s proposal exceeds federal authority as afforded by the CAA, and creates significant obstacles to state compliance, which the President’s Administration has failed to address. They also challenged EPA on a number of areas including enforcement of state plans, natural gas infrastructure, nuclear waste storage, concerns about importing/exporting electricity and the availability of renewables.
Sens. Also Ask for Comment Extension on GHG Rule – To that end, a bipartisan group of 53 senators sent a letter to EPA asking it to extend the public comment period another 60 days for the agency’s proposal to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The letter was led by Nebraska Sen Deb Fischer and ND Sen Heidi Heitkamp who also wrote a similar letter earlier this year asking for at least a 120-day comment period. The letter says the complexity and magnitude of the proposed rule necessitates an extension to “ensure that state regulatory agencies and other stakeholders have adequate time to fully analyze and comment on the proposal. It is also important to note that the challenge is not only one of commenting on the complexity and sweeping scope of the rule, but also providing an opportunity to digest more than 600 supporting documents released by EPA in support of this proposal.” Forty-three Republicans and 10 Democrats — Heitkamp, Mark Begich, Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, Mark Warner, Tom Harkin, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, Tim Kaine and Tim Johnson — signed the letter.
Morning Consult Interactive Map Details – Morning Consult is Compiling the latest information on state and national developments on the EPA’s proposal to cut carbon emissions. MC says since the draft rule was released on June 2, there has been an onslaught of news and analysis explaining the 645-page plan. To help sort through all that information, MC will be routinely updating this page with stories, reports and economic analysis that help explain the proposal and state responses. I would advise making it a bookmark.
AP Report Says Energy Boom Supports 30K Companies – A new report from the American Petroleum Institute says the U.S. oil and natural gas boom is bringing business to almost 30,000 companies within the industry’s supply chain. The industry has also maintained nearly 10 million jobs within the last three years and has accounted for almost 8% of domestic economic activity, the report said. Even in states where oil and natural gas resources are less common, the industry is still a major source of economic activity. Here is the interactive link to impacts from every state. Three states with big oil and gas production — Texas, Oklahoma and California — led the survey with the largest number of vendors supplying the industry. Texas is by far the largest with 11,033 businesses engaged, $308 billion to Texas and nearly 2 million workers. Oklahoma had 2,500 vendors with $39 billion to economy and 364,000 workers, while California had 2,000 vendors contributing $131.4B and nearly 800K jobs. While 19th in oil production, Pennsylvania ranked third in natgas production with 1,347 vendors contributing $34.7 billion to the state’s economy and created 340,000 jobs.
EIA Launches New Energy Outlook Data – EIA is launching an improved interactive, online Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) Data Browser that provides enhanced capabilities for analysis and visualization of the historical and forecasted data in EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook. The STEO Data Browser works with all types of mobile devices and tablets to provide easy access to STEO data and forecasts covering everything from U.S. energy production, consumption, inventories, imports, exports, and prices to international petroleum supply and demand.
AGA Launches Threat Information Sharing Center for Natural Gas Utilities – The American Gas Association recently launched a new tool to help further enhance the security of natural gas utilities. The Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center (DNG ISAC) is a platform for sharing cyber and physical threat intelligence, incident information, analytics and tools. Now fully operational, the DNG ISAC will help local natural gas utilities throughout the nation share and access timely, accurate and relevant threat information as part of their continued commitment to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to the more than 177 million Americans who rely on it to meet their daily needs. Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs), as described by the National Council of ISACs, are trusted entities established by critical infrastructure sectors to provide comprehensive analysis that may be shared within the sector, with other sectors and with government. ISACs take an all-hazards approach to combating threats with services including risk mitigation, incident response, alert systems and information sharing. There are currently more than one dozen ISACs covering a wide range of industry sectors, including the electric, nuclear, financial, telecommunications, information technology and water industries. Combination gas and electric utilities, which already access the Electric Subsector (ES) ISAC for electric threat information, will eventually also be able to access the DNG ISAC, and vice-versa. This integration of the two ISACs will strengthen situational awareness of these two industries for the ultimate benefit of their shared customers. Partnership between the private sector and the federal and state governments is the key to addressing cybersecurity threats to our nation’s critical infrastructure.
NRG Launches CCS Project – While Southern’s Kemper plant in Mississippi is well on its way to developing the first Commercial CCS Plant in the U.S., our friends at NRG with their partner JX Nippon broke ground last week on a coal-fired power plant in Texas is that will capture 1.4 million tons of CO2. The Petra Nova project will apply carbon capture technology to an existing coal-fired power plant — helping to advance the technologies that enable cleaner, safer and more sustainable energy production from our abundant fossil energy resources. It was awarded $167 million from the Energy Department to capture emissions from 60MW, but the developers quadrupled the size of the project with no additional federal funding. When completed, the project will capture the same amount of CO2 as taking 250,000 cars off the road. Using a process previously tested in a three-year pilot scale test in Alabama, the project will capture 90% of the plant’s carbon. The captured carbon will then be compressed, dried and transported to an oil field where it will be used in the Enhanced Oil Recovery or EOR.
UMich Shale Report Makes Recommendations Public Trust, Methane – The American shale gas boom has the potential to revitalize domestic manufacturing, and a new report from a University of Michigan-led panel recommends steps to make that happen in a responsible manner. Those steps include increasing public trust of hydraulic fracturing, monitoring and reducing methane emissions, and using shale gas profits to advance renewable energy technologies, among other efforts. The report, “Shale Gas: A Game-Changer for U.S. Manufacturing,” summarizes and expands on the U-M-sponsored daylong conference of the same name held this spring in Washington, D.C. In addition to U-M faculty members, representatives from industry, environmental organizations and government agencies participated.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Enviro Commissioners Discussing GHG Rule Issues in Santa Fe – The Environmental Council of States (ECOS) will hold its Fall meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico today through Wednesday. Of Course, EPA’s GHG rules will be on the agenda and both EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Air Chief Janet McCabe are expected to speak.
Chamber to Host Keystone Tour – The Chamber’s 21st Century Energy Institute will hold a tour of locations along the Keystone pipeline route next week to highlight the 6th anniversary of the filing of TransCanada’s initial permit for the pipeline. The roadshow starts Monday and goes through Friday. You can follow the events here.
Marshall to Host Curry on Climate Issues – The George Marshall Institute will hold a discussion tomorrow by noted climatologist Dr. Judith Curry, who will make the case that the climate change problem and its solution have been vastly oversimplified. The key issues to be discussed are evidence reported by the IPCC AR5 weakens the case for human factors dominating climate change in the 20th and early 21st centuries, weaker linkages between anthropogenic climate change and extreme weather, and the importance of natural climate variability and challenges to decision making under deep climate uncertainty. Arguments are presented that greater openness about scientific uncertainties and ignorance, and more transparency about dissent and disagreement, would provide policymakers with a more complete picture of climate science and its limitations, and ensure that the science community, policymakers, and the public are better equipped to understand, respond and adapt to climate change.
Pace Webinar Looks at GHG Rule – Tomorrow at 1:00 p.m., Pace Global will hold a roundtable discussion on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan as they provide their perspectives on the program and summaries of select analyses performed to date. Many questions have been voiced about this proposed rule. Given the near-term deadline of October 16 for submitting comments to the EPA on the Clean Power Plan on the proposed rule, impacted organizations need to formulate informed positions for federal comment submissions and for discussions with the state stakeholders on implementation planning.
REFF-West Forum Set for SF – The 7th annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West will be held tomorrow and Wednesday at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA to focus on the state of renewable energy financing In the region. Speakers will include our friends Dan Reicher of Stanford, EEI’s David Owen, among others.
Fuel Cell Caucus to Hold Hydrogen Vehicle Briefing – The House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus will host a special briefing tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on the introduction of mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into the retail market. The agenda will include remarks from Members of the Caucus as well as presentations by Administration officials and corporate fuel cell specialists. Following the event from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle will be made available for Ride & Drive opportunities for any interested participants at 300 1st Street SE.
DOE Webinar to Highlight CNG – The Energy Department will hold a webinar tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) infrastructure. The webcast will present an overview of the costs and design of CNG fueling stations. Mark Smith from the Energy Department and John Gonzales from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present an overview of the key components of a CNG station, how a CNG station works, and factors that affect the cost. Jeremy Talbot from Phoenix Energy will describe the design and costs of a CNG station on the smaller end of the design range. Graham Barker from ANGI Energy Systems will describe the design and costs of a larger CNG station. This webinar will complement an upcoming white paper on the same subject.
CSIS Forum to Look at Energy Security, Ukraine – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a forum Wednesday on U.S. – Europe Transatlantic Alliance and assessing the NATO Summit. The focus will be on energy security in light of the Ukraine crisis. Speakers will include Reps. Michael Turner and William Keating, Lithuanian Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov and François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the EU to the United States.
Browner, UN Official to Discuss Climate Ambitions – Center for American Progress will hold a forum on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the upcoming climate summit, looking at how to increase global ambition to address the issue. Next week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a Climate Leaders Summit in New York City, at which he expects world leaders to announce “bold pledges” and “concrete action” to reduce emissions and lay the groundwork for an ambitious 2015 global climate agreement. The Center for American Progress is pleased to invite you to a discussion of what we should expect world leaders to deliver at the Climate Leaders Summit and beyond in order to lock in a strong 2015 global climate deal and drive low-carbon economic growth. Former EPA administrator Carol Browner will speak, along with the UN’s Bob Orr, Rachel Kyte of the World Bank and Nigel Purvis.
House Energy Panel to Look at Energy Workforce – The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on energy workforce development legislation. Witnesses will include DOE’s LaDoris Harris, API’s Jack Gerard, Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Paula Jackson of American Association of Blacks in Energy and ACEEE’s Jim Barrett.
EPA Webinars Aim to Explain Key Elements of GHG Rule – The EPA is holding a series of webinars over the next six weeks to give interested stakeholders the information they need to learn about and provide public comment on these proposed rule. I meant to send this last week as they held their first meeting last Wednesday, but they continue this week with a webinar for environmental stakeholders at 1:00 p.m. to delve deeper into the key aspects of the proposed Clean Power Plan.
Stanford Climate Experts to Address Issues – On Wednesday at the Hoover Institute, scientists from the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment will travel to Washington, D.C., to lead a panel discussion on the findings of their latest work related to climate change impacts and risks. Topics will include regional “hot spots” where the effects of climate on atmospheric conditions will be most profound and potentially disruptive, water management in the face of increased water scarcity, resiliency challenges and efforts in U.S. cities and urban regions and impacts on global agriculture production and responses. A question and answer session will follow panelists Noah Diffenbaugh, David Lobell and Buzz Thompson’s remarks.
American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit Set –As part of the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership, the Council of Competitiveness and the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will co-host the 2014 AEMC Summit next Wednesday at the Reagan Building in DC. The event is an annual gathering of preeminent leaders from industry, government, academia, labor, and the national laboratories to address critical national imperatives in manufacturing and energy. The 2014 AEMC Summit is one of several activities launched through the Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative to achieve the dual goals of increasing U.S. competitiveness in the production of clean energy products by strategically investing in technologies that leverage American competitive advantages and overcome competitive disadvantages, as well as increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board by increasing energy productivity through strategic investment in technologies and practices to enable U.S. manufacturers to increase their competitiveness through energy efficiency, combined heat and power, and taking advantage of low-cost domestic energy sources.
House Science to Hear From McCabe, Holdren – The House Science Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. looking at the Administration’s overall climate plan. The hearing will feature John Holdren, Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as EPA Air chief Janet McCabe.
Senate Finance to Look at Energy Tax Reform – The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. focused on longer term reform of the energy tax code. Witnesses will include former Oklahoma Sen. Don Nickles, retired Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine, Tufts University economics professor Gilbert Metcalf, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Ethan Zindler and David Kreutzer, a research fellow in energy and climate change at the Heritage Foundation.
House Energy Panel to Look at Energy Workforce – The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on energy workforce development legislation. Witnesses will include DOE’s LaDoris Harris, API’s Jack Gerard, Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Paula Jackson of American Association of Blacks in Energy and ACEEE’s Jim Barrett.
Wilson Center to Look at Energy , Security in China, Asia – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold a forum on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. on energy and security in China and Asia Pacific. China’s search for expanded, more reliable, and more sustainable sources of energy to fuel its development has become a major driver of China’s foreign relations. Beijing’s recent agreement to purchase Russian natural gas via a new Siberian pipeline and its use of drilling platforms to assert sovereignty claims in the South China Sea demonstrate that energy contracts, exploration and production have become primary goals and tools of Chinese foreign policy. The challenges and opportunities of China’s rise cannot be understood without expert appraisal of its energy needs and strategies – and consideration of alternative policy responses. Speakers will include expert Amy Myers Jaffe, Mikkal Herberg of UC San Diego, Wilson’s Jan Kalicki, former State Department official David Goldwyn and several others from government and energy industries.
Forum to Tackle Energy Exports – Rice University’s Center for Energy Studies will hold a breakfast forum on Wednesday looking at regulation, politics and the economics of US energy exports. Although the U.S. currently ranks as the world’s top producer of crude, policies put in place more than 40 years ago largely prevent that oil from accessing international markets. The national de facto ban on crude oil exports has started to generate interest and attention from Washington – along with a fair share of controversy. WY Sen. John Barrasso will address the issue as will a panel featuring our friend Mike Catanzaro and Rice’s Ken Medlock.
Forum to Look at Methane Hydrates – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will hold a forum on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to discuss recent developments in methane hydrates. The event will feature Ray Boswell, Technology Manager for Methane Hydrates with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Takami Kawamoto, Deputy Director General of the Methane Hydrate Research and Development Group with the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC). While global resource estimates vary greatly, methane hydrates, or ice compounds that contain natural gas, have largely been hailed as potential game changers. The energy content of the formations is immense and the United States, Canada and Japan have already carried out a number of projects investigating their potential. Nonetheless, technological and environmental challenges remain. The session, part of the program’s Frontier Energy Series, will focus on methane hydrate extraction technologies, the global resource base, public sector involvement and the potential for more mainstream adoption. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow in the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.
House Resources Hearing Aimed at Data, Coal Leases – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will conduct a legislative hearing on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. on legislation on coal lease issues and data preservation.
Wilson Forum to Discuss New Climate Economy – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Managing Our Planet forum will reconvene on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to discuss the upcoming “Global Commission on the Economy and Climate” report. The New Climate Economy is the flagship project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, and was established by seven countries, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as an independent initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. Chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and co-chaired by renowned economist Lord Nicholas Stern, the Commission comprises 24 leaders from 19 countries, and is led by a core team under Program Director Jeremy Oppenheim. The research has been carried out by a partnership of leading global economic and policy institutes, including the World Resources Institute (Managing Partner), and will launch September 16 at the United Nations. On September 17, a panel will convene to discuss the findings and recommendations set forth by the Commission and what policies and actions can be implemented. The “Managing Our Planet” seminar series is developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale, requiring planetary-scale solutions.
Forum to Look at National Labs, National Security Role – The Technology, Policy, and National Security Series, co-sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories and the George Washington University, will hold a forum on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on the contribution of the National Laboratory System to U.S. National Security. Speakers will include Paul Hommert, Director, Sandia National Laboratories, Charles McMillan, Director – Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Adam Schwartz, director of the Ames Lab.
Minot Forum to Discuss Nuclear Road Map – The Minot (ND) Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum on Thursday at the Army-Navy Club on strategic nuclear enterprises and the road ahead. There will be some 14 speakers on the agenda.
Murkowski, Scott to Address Energy Forum – On Thursday at 8:00 a.m., the Manhattan Institute Center for Energy Policy will host a forum at the National Press Club’s Holeman Lounge to discuss American energy insecurity. Speakers will include Lisa Murkowski and Tim Scott in a conversation with Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Mark Mills. The American economy and quality of life are inextricably linked to an affordable and secure energy supply. But energy discussions that focus on geopolitical, environmental, and macro-economic issues can overlook the impact of policies on the well-being of America’s economically disadvantaged households. Energy policies that lead to higher energy prices, whether or not intentional, give rise to “energy insecurity”—where household budgets and quality of life are eroded, including pushing many below the poverty line.
Forum to Address SCOTUS Cases on Energy, Environment – The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law will host an event Thursday at 8:30 a.m. where legal and economic scholars will preview cases accepted for review by the Supreme Court in the 2014-2015 term that have significant impacts or implications for energy and environmental concerns. The speakers will also address cases that are rising for potential Supreme Court review from the nation’s lower courts and will highlight the importance of those cases and the necessity for Supreme Court review.
Seoul-DC Policy Forum Set – The Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and The Korea Foundation will host the 7th Seoul-Washington Forum at JHU’s Kenney Auditorium on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Leading experts from South Korea and the United States will examine strategic changes in the region and what this means for the U.S. rebalance to Asia, challenges related to U.S.-Korea-Japan relations, the politics of unification and North Korea’s nuclear threat, and South Korea’s leadership in green economy and climate change.
NYU Forum to Look at Climate Engineering – On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., New York University’s DC campus will host a seminar on Climate engineering (CE). Also known as geoengineering, CE encompasses a set of proposed ideas that aim to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or to reflect sunlight away from the Earth to counter some of the effects of climate change. In the past decade, CE has garnered prominent attention in scientific and policy circles and environmental discourse in Europe, North America and other regions and countries. In the United States, the National Academy of Sciences is set to present its report on geoengineering by the end of the year. At the international level, the IPCC recently included climate engineering in the summary for policy makers of its working group I and working group III reports in its Fifth Assessment, as well as including extensive sections on the topic in all three of its full working group reports. Speakers include Wil Burns, of the Washington Climate Geoengineering Consortium and AEI Geoengineering expert Lee Lane, among others.
Revkin to Headline Wilson Program Celebration – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Wilson Center will celebrate 20 years of exploring the intersection of environmental security, population dynamics, and resilience. For the last 20 years, Wilson’s Environmental Change and Security Program has brought together a wide range of communities that do not always interact with one another to create new connections and discuss some of the most critical challenges facing the world today. ECSP reaches a unique network of experts, policymakers, and journalists working where conflict meets international development, reproductive health and women’s empowerment, and the environment. Our friend Andy Revkin, columnist for The New York Times, will moderate a panel featuring three current and former ECSP directors alongside three renowned experts from the environment, security, and population and reproductive health sectors. Panelists will include Sharon Burke of the New America Foundation, Ohio U professor Geoffrey Dabelko, and USAID’s Carmen Tull, among several others.
Solar Report to Address Trends – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s will release its 2014 U.S. Solar Market Trends report answers these questions by providing public data on U.S. solar installations in 2013 by technology, state and solar market sectors. It offers insight on the major factors affecting the solar market, such as photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, available financing, renewable portfolio standards in some states, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities. The report includes ranking of Top 10 States in several categories. Solar Market Trends Report author and IREC Vice President Larry Sherwood will take an in-depth look at PV installations in 2013, including growth trends by sector and state rankings for installations. If you’re involved in the solar industry, or wish to become involved, this webinar will provide valuable information about the rapidly changing solar market in the U.S.
Diesel Tech Forum to Host Emergency Grid Webinar – To assist policymakers, planners and businesses prepare for a wide variety of weather-related emergencies, the Diesel Technology Forum is sponsoring a free webinar Thursday at 2:00 p.m. that will provide a basic understanding of the issues surrounding the use of emergency back-up power systems, technology and fuel choices, operating conditions and incentives to provide critical electrical power. Emergency backup electrical generators can save lives during an emergency. Interruptions of electrical power, even of short duration, create situations that could imperil public health and safety. Blackouts also wreak havoc for businesses and create significant inconveniences for individuals. Emergency generators must be able to provide reliable, immediate and full strength electric power when there is a failure of the primary power supply system. From hurricanes, floods, mud slides, to wild fires and tornadoes, frequent weather-related disasters call attention to the vulnerability of the nation’s electrical grid and the importance of continuous electrical power. Weather events, both large and small, cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people and businesses for days exposing the importance of emergency back-up power as part of local, state and federal emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
Forum to Look at Carbon Accounting, Vehicle Fuels Research – The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a briefing on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. examining recent research regarding the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of transportation fuels, such as crude oil and ethanol. The panel will also consider the economic costs and benefits of renewable fuels as a CO2 reduction strategy. Speakers for this forum are Argonne’s Michael Wang, Steffen Mueller of the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dean Drake of the Defour Group.
Forum to Look at Energy Company Start Ups – Potential Energy DC will host a discussion on Thursday
in McLean to Look at funding opportunities for energy companies. Speakers will provide insight into grants for concepts, demo and post-demo options, and share their perspectives as angels and VCs. Also hear from PEDC’s CFO-in-residence about how to position your company for success.
Forum to Target Japan, Germany Renewable Policy Discussion – On Friday at 1:00 p.m., the Energy Security Initiative (ESI) at Brookings will host a discussion on renewable energy in Germany and Japan. This event serves as the launch of ESI’s new policy brief, “Transforming the Electricity Portfolio: Lessons from Germany and Japan in Deploying Renewable Energy.” Report authors John Banks, a nonresident senior fellow with ESI, and Charles Ebinger, ESI’s director, will join ESI Nonresident Senior Fellow and Public Policy Consulting Principal Ron Binz in a panel discussion on the findings of the study. Lisa Wood, the executive director for the Institute for Electric Innovation and a nonresident senior fellow at ESI, will moderate.
AGA to Release Winter Heating Season Report – On Monday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m., the American Gas Association (AGA) will unveil a new report examining how the natural gas delivery system was tested, how utilities prepared and responded, and what last winter has taught us about the upcoming season. AGA Chairman Gregg Kantor, AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy, AGA Vice President of Policy Analysis Chris McGill and other AGA experts will provide an in-depth discussion of the factors that go into safely and reliably delivering natural gas to millions of American homes and businesses on the days it is needed most. Speakers will also address where the nation stands going into the 2014-2015 winter heating season and what customers and investors can expect.
RPS Summit to Focus on EPA Carbon Rules, Impacts – The Clean Energy States Alliance will hold a 2014 National Summit on RPS next Monday and Tuesday at Gallaudet’s Kellogg Conference Hotel. The event is the best way to learn about developments and trends related to state RPSs and to network with many of the people from across the country that are most engaged in implementing and analyzing state RPSs. Sessions this year will cover a wide range of topics, including how EPAs carbon regulations may impact state RPSs, harmonizing different states’ methodologies for determining the costs of an RPS, the status of Commerce Clause cases with potential impacts on RPSs, and the intersection between RPS, net metering, and other solar policies. There will also be plenty of time for networking.
CSIS to Hold Russia, Asian Energy Discussion – Next Monday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a forum looking at Russian energy activity in Asia. European sanctions have accelerated Russia’s political and economic push into Asia. At the center of Russia’s turn to Asia is energy: Moscow sees new markets in Asia as an alternative to stagnant, politically risky Europe, while Asian investment is crucial for Russia’s ability to tap new source of oil and gas. Despite the signing of a $400 billion gas deal with China in May, Russia’s ability to make good on its Asian energy ambitions remains uncertain. The forum will feature Edward Chow, Senior Fellow in the CSIS Energy Program; Shoichi Itoh, Institute for Energy Economics in Tokyo; and Andrew Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program
UN Climate Summit Set – The UN will host a climate summit on September 23 in NYC. The summit will be hosted by the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon for generating “political momentum on climate action” ahead of the December climate deal negotiations in Lima, Peru. President Obama is expected to address the forum.
Hill Hosts 2030 Energy Summit – The Energy 2030 Summit will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. The event will generate a discussion on what the federal government can do to help spur activity at the state and local level to achieve the goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Taking place on Capitol Hill, the Energy 2030 Summit will feature keynote addresses from congressional members and timely discussions from leading voices in energy efficiency about the work being done at the state, local, and federal level and highlight the support that has been generated across the nation for the Energy 2030 goal.
Solar Forum to Look at Utility Solar Opportunities – The GW Solar Institute will host its 6th Annual Solar Symposium on Tuesday September 23rd at the SMPA’s Jack Morton Auditorium. This event convenes policymakers, industry experts, business leaders, academics, and students to discuss innovative solutions to today’s biggest solar policy questions. This year’s theme, “Using Solar Energy to Generate Wealth in Lower Income Communities” will be the first national gathering of stakeholders dedicated to achieving solar energy affordability and accessibility for Americans with limited means. The dynamic, action-oriented agenda will focus on creative incentive and financing models, eliminating legal and regulatory barriers, and integrating solar investments into existing federal programs. The event will also feature an Innovation Showcase highlighting low-income solar pioneers and initiatives from across the country.
Richardson, Perino, Ridge to Headline Shale Insight Conference – The Marcellus Shale Coalition will hold SHALE INSIGHT 2014 on September 23 – 25 in Pittsburgh focusing on shale development, featuring some of the most prominent industry and government leaders. The event will feature three days of pre-conference workshops, technical and public affairs insight sessions, major keynote addresses, and a dynamic exhibit hall featuring all the major shale players. Speakers will include former Energy Secretary and NM Governor Bill Richardson, former PA Gov and first Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former White House Press Secretary and Fox News Personality Dana Perino, XTO President Randy Cleveland and many more.
Forum to Explain NatGas Drilling – On Tuesday September 23rd at 1:00 p.m., natgas expert Barry Stevens will conduct a live conference on hydraulic fracturing, focusing on the advanced technologies used to recover oil and gas from oil formations and shale gas formations. Barry will talk about how the industry uses science and technology to improve production through unconventional recovery methods, both improved and enhanced. He will also explain on-shore oil extraction and shale gas hydrofracturing. Stevens is the founder and president of TBD America, Inc. a Technology Business Development consulting group serving the public and private sectors in the energy, fuels and water treatment industries.
NY PSC Chair to Address 100th Energy Breakfast – ICF International holds its 100th Energy Breakfast at the National Press Club on September 24th. Energy expert Audrey Zibelman will speak. As Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and former COO of PJM, Zibelman will share the issues involved in trying to gain consensus within the power industry in a time of great flux. She will address challenges and questions including reliability, rates environmental issues and regulators’ roles.
NatGas Forum to Tackle Western Issues – The Energy Institute at Colorado State University will hold its 4th Natural Gas Symposium on September 24 and 25th at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, Colorado. For the past three years, Colorado State University has built a reputation for hosting a balanced symposium discussing all sides of the natural gas issue while remaining an “honest broker” of information and education. Prior to the 2014 symposium, CSU experts will craft a white paper that covers the State of Oil and Natural Gas Development. The draft will be revised during the two-day symposium. A public comment period will follow the symposium and will be open for feedback until Sept. 30, 2014. The white paper will be published before Oct. 31, 2014 on the symposium website. All symposium sessions will be live video streamed from www.naturalgas.colostate.edu.
WAPA Forum to Look at Safety in Vehicle Communications – Global Automakers and the Washington Automotive Press Assn (WAPA) will hold a panel discussion Wednesday, September 24th about vehicle-to-vehicle communications and automotive safety at the National Press Club’s First Amendment Lounge. Speakers will include Toyota Safety Technical & Regulatory Director Kevin Ro, DENSO International’s Doug Patton, Lars Reger of NXP Semiconductors and Morgan Stanley Research Executive Director Ravi Shanker. Global Automakers CEO John Bozzella will moderate.
EcoDistrict Summit Set – The 6th annual EcoDistricts Summit is being held in Washington, DC on Wednesday through Friday on September 24-26th. EcoDistricts works to help create sustainable cities from the neighborhood up, and Washington, DC—a case study in inventive collaboration—has captured that spirit like few others. At this year’s Summit, we’ll explore district-scale sustainable development from every angle and dig deep into the public-private-civic partnerships that are laying the groundwork for the neighborhoods of the future: resilient, vibrant, resource-efficient and just. Participants will get an insider’s look at the projects (and players) behind the world’s most livable cities, and they’ll dig into information-rich education sessions, mobile workshops and studios designed to inform and inspire with updates on emerging best practices from cities across North America and beyond.
USEA Forum to Look at Renewable Integration – On Wednesday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m. the U.S. Energy Association will Hold a forum on renewable energy integration. Renewable Energy Integration is a ground-breaking book which offers a distilled examination of the intricacies of integrating renewables into power grids and electricity markets. Through thirty-five chapters, this first of its kind volume offers informed perspectives from internationally renowned experts on the challenges to be met and solutions developed by operators around the world. The book focuses on the practical implementation of strategies and provides real-world context for theoretical underpinnings and the development of supporting policy frameworks. It lays out the key issues around the integration of renewables into power grids and markets, from the intricacies of operational and planning considerations to supporting regulatory and policy frameworks; provides global case studies that highlight the challenges of renewables integration and present field-tested solutions; illustrates enabling technologies to support the management of variability, uncertainty and flexibility in power grids. In this briefing the speakers will discuss the background to the book, provide an overview of different parts and key themes, and how they relate to the U.S. renewable energy industry. The speakers will also give their perspectives on the future outlook of renewable integration and enabling technologies. They will include Alstom Grid’s Lawrence Jones and Charles Smith of the coalition, Utility Variable-Generation Integration
ACORE Webinar to Feature Bloomberg New Finance Experts – ACORE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 24th that will give an update and near-term outlook on the North American market, provided by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Topics to be covered include trends in distributed solar, prospects for emerging energy smart technologies, impact of proposed EPA regulations, and opportunities in Mexico. Speakers will include Bloomberg Energy Finance Analysts Michel Di Capua, Nick Culver and Thomas Rowlands-Rees.
BPC to Discuss GHG Rules – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a forum on Thursday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. on how early action is accounted for in the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan. This panel of experts from state, utility and environmental advocate perspectives will discuss the treatment of: energy efficiency savings prior to 2020, renewable energy and existing cap-and-trade programs, among other topics. Over the last year, BPC’s Energy Project has held a series of workshops and events on the Clean Power Plan to inform both the debate and the comments submitted to EPA. Our friends Jean Chemnick at Greenwire moderates a panel with Southern Company’s Ray Harry, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Assistant Commissioner David Thornton and EDF’s Megan Ceronsky.
McCarthy to Address RFF Session – Resources for the Future presents a Policy Leadership Forum on Thursday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. featuring a conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. RFF President Phil Sharp will conduct a conversation with McCarthy about the critical energy and environmental issues facing the nation.
Geothermal Event, Expo to Review Latest Techs – The Geothermal Energy Association is hosting its annual Meeting and Expo in Portland, OR at the Portland Convention Center. The event is world’s largest gathering of vendors providing support for geothermal resource exploration, characterization, development, production and management. It provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their projects, equipment, services and state of the art technology to the geothermal community. The Expo is co-held with the Geothermal Resources Council’s annual meeting and will look at the latest developments in geothermal energy. Last year, the GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Expo hosted representatives from more than 37 countries. The meeting will offer technical, policy, and market conference sessions and educational seminars, as well as tours of local geothermal and renewable energy projects.
Inglis to Headline Midwest Energy Conference – The Midwest Energy Policy Conference will be held in St. Louis on September 30th and October 1st. The event will address the 2014 environmental and energy rulings of the SCOTUS, the path forward following the EPA greenhouse gas 111(d) ruling and what makes successful state energy plan programs relevant and successful in several key focus areas (economic development, education, research, regulations, portfolio mix, biofuels, and more) The Keynote speaker will be former SC Rep. Bob Inglis.
Shale, Coal Exports Conference Set – Law Seminars International will host a forum on October 1st and 2nd in Baltimore. The event is co-hosted by Bracewell’s Chuck Shoneman and will focus on export policies for coal, oil and natural gas. B&G’s Scott Segal will also join a panel to discuss the politics of export policies.
USEA Forum Set – The US Energy Assn will host its 7th annual Energy Supply Forum at the National Press Club on October 2nd.
RESA to Convene 3rd Annual Retail Energy Markets Symposium — The Retail Energy Supply Association’s 2014 Energy Competition Symposium will hold its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, on October 2nd, a half-day event exploring the leading issues affecting retail energy competition nationally. They will also address the future of competitive retail and wholesale energy markets, product innovations for retail customers and improving the shopping experience for consumers. Distinguished speakers include Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chairman Thomas Johnson, Cheryl Roberto of the Environmental Defense Fund, Kristin Munsch of the Citizens Utility Board, Bruce Weston with the Office of Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, Sam Randazzo of the Industrial Energy Users, Ohio Gas Association President Jimmy Stewart, PUCO Commissioner Asim Haque, EnerNOC’s Katie Guerry, former Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Philip O’Connor, former PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler, Clean Power Finance’s Sierra Peterson, and Karen Moury with Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney. The symposium will feature a keynote address by Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz, Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee.
Clean Tech Forum Set – On Thursday, October 9th, former White House Climate Task Force leader Roger Ballantine and former FCC Chair Reed Hundt will speak at a forum looking at the future of energy, renewables and clean tech markets. The event will be at 9:00 a.m. at the Wooly Mammoth Theater’s Melton Rehearsal Hall.
Shale Water Expo Set – On October 14 and 15, Shale Water Expo 2014 will be held in Houston at the Stafford Convention Centre. The event is focused on shale play water management is the only national fluids-specific event for the oil and gas industry. It will present timely, in-depth insight from industry leaders sharing their expertise on water management, logistics, sourcing, recycling, market forecasting and industry trends.
ANGA, Penn State to Host Gas Utilization Conference – Penn State University and ANGA will hold a forum on October 14-15 in Canonsburg, PA at the Hilton Garden Inn. The conference aims to develop a better understanding of natural gas development issues across the nation and the impact shale plays have on the world energy market. Top industry experts, government officials and academic researchers will address the major issues driving the natural gas revolution as America moves to expanding its use of natural gas for transportation, manufacturing and power generation.
Christie to Address Chamber Legal Forum – The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is hosting its 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit on Tuesday October 21st. The Legal Reform Summit gathers business and industry leaders, government officials, as well as the media, to explore hot legal issues and discuss the current state of legal reform and its importance to the greater business community and national economy. This year’s Summit will feature a keynote address from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as well as remarks by Tom J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Panels will explore the increase in government overreach and serial enforcement, the outsourcing of public powers to private parties, and follow-on litigation.
Nichols to Address EMA Forum – The Emissions Marketing Assn’s 18th Annual Meeting will be held on October 22-24th at the Double Tree Suites in Santa Monica. Discussions will include AB 32, the EPA GHG rules and renewable energy credits. Speakers will include CARB’s Mary Nichols, our friend Bill Peters of Argus and Joel Bluestein of ICF, among many others.
Holmstead to Address EPA Rules at FL Conference – The Florida Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association will hold a forum at its annual conference in Jacksonville on October 29-30th on the proposed Section 111(d) guidelines for CO2 emissions from existing utility units. My colleague Jeff Holmstead will address the panel as will out friend Mike Kennedy of Duke Energy.
Atlantic, Aspen to Host Washington Ideas Forum – The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute are holding their 6th annual Washington Ideas Forum on October 29-30th in Washington, D.C. to discuss vital issues of our time from politics and the economy to technology and the fabric of our culture. Speakers will include former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, edX CEO Anant Agarwal, Revolution Founder Steve Case, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), The Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, genomic research scientist Craig Venter, and House of Cards Screenwriter Beau Willimon. Among those moderating the Forum will be Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief James Bennet, Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, Editor Scott Stossel, and National Correspondents Ta-Nehisi Coates and James Fallows.