With all the talk in Washington about the government shutdown drama, I have to start off with super good news. My son Adam read/chanted all his Hebrew passages from the Torah in front of a big crowd and actually completed his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday. Then, he and his friends had gorgeous late September weather (probably because the IPCC’s report global warming report on Friday) for an outdoor kayaking/water sports fest down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Definitely a fun day and a very proud moment for him and us, although really only the 6’10” Rabbi Goldstein and my Bracewell Colleague Salo Zelermyer (whose father is a Rabbi) actually probably knew what he was saying as he read.
DC is atwitter this week over the impending potential government shutdown which kicks in tonight unless some quick and unlikely action prevents it. Tomorrow, most agencies have already made plans, although I actually think it might do wonders for the usual TERRIBLE DC traffic. But it does affect a lot of things we might not think about. To that end, the FBI Agents Association released a report that provides agents’ first-hand accounts of the impact of budget cuts on daily operations and investigations. The accounts include how budget cuts are affecting FBI Agents’ daily operations, hampering criminal and national security investigations, as well as the risks associated with any additional budget cuts and furloughs. It is definitely worth a read. The Washington Post also covered the report and outlines new FBI Director James Comey’s reaction in his first week on the job.
Despite the government shutdown talk, tomorrow is also the start of something special. With the hope and promise for every team thinking they have a shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup, the NHL kicks off a full season tomorrow with newly realigned divisions and some spunk after last year’s lockout-shortened giveaway to the Blackhawks (just kidding Chicagoans). Speaking of the Hawks, the Capitals kick off tomorrow in Chicago aGAINst the defending Stanley Cup Champion. Also Toronto/Montreal and Edmonton/Winnipeg are on the docket. Most everyone else opens Wednesday.
In addition to the aforementioned battle over the budget and the opening of the hockey season, the week also is exciting for Wednesday’s start of our favorite environmental journalist event. The Society of Environmental Journalists launches its annual conference in Chattanooga featuring many interesting panels and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaking. As usual, Bracewell will hold its annual Thursday night reception which will feature excellent food/drink (yes, our usual carving station and top shelf open bar) as well as excellent policy discussion on recycling, CCS, the RFS, natural gas drilling and renewable energy. If you are going to be in Chattanooga, the reception is a “must attend” event.
If you are not heading to SEJ, the US Energy Assn holds a great event on Thursday at the National Press Club with its 6th annual Energy Supply Forum. There will be numerous industry speakers, including my friend Joe Desmond of BrightSource Energy who will be there to discuss last week’s major development at the Ivanpah Solar Project, among other things. BSE, Google and NRG synched unit 1 to the California Grid and are delivering solar power.
We’re still on top of the new GHG rule, CCS and other developments including the recent IPCC climate report (remember the first one in 1990, and I have to tell you, it still pretty much sounds the same only with more violent hand-wringing). Also, start marking you calendars for Mid-October when several events – including a major Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) forum – will focus on the 40th anniversary of the oil embargo. Call with questions.
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IN THE NEWS
Ivanpah Connects Phase I to CA Grid – The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synchronized to the power grid for the first time. Achieving this critical “first sync” is a major milestone for the project, which is jointly-owned by NRG Energy, Inc., BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Google. This successful test demonstrates the effectiveness of the station’s power tower technology, which includes large heliostats that track the sun throughout the day, solar field integration software and a solar receiver steam generator. Power generated from Ivanpah’s initial sync testing will go to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which has a power purchase agreement (PPA) for energy produced out of the plant’s Unit 1 station. Power generated from Ivanpah’s Unit 3 station is also sold under a PPA with PG&E, while Unit 2 is under a PPA with Southern California Edison. Proof-of-concept testing will also be conducted at Unit 2 and 3 in the coming months.
Valero CEO to EPA on RFS, RINs: You can Fix This – Valero CEO Bill Klesse told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that Congress, with the Administration, should develop an alternate RFS that encourages the development of the renewable fuels, but also represents the real world. Klesse said EPA has the flexibility to establish waiver volumes which will lower the price of Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs now, which will lower consumer costs and make the marketplace fair. Klesse added the high price of RINs is causing an unfair wholesale and retail market, all-the-while picking winners and losers based on existing assets and luck. Valero, the largest independent petroleum refiner, is very unique in the RFS debate. They are also the third largest U.S. ethanol producer, owning 10 ethanol plants that make 1.1 billion gallons per year of corn-based ethanol. I can send a copy of the letter if you would like to see it.
IPCC Issues 5-Year Climate Assessment – On Friday, the UNFCCC’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published Working Group I’s (WRI) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM), a document that assesses climate change science, with the full WRI report being released this week. The SPM reflects the work of 209 climate scientists, with input from thousands of additional government officials and experts, and draws on 9,200 peer-reviewed studies and publications regarding climate change. Two additional sections of the report, Working Group II (WRII) and Working Group III (WRIII), will be published at a later date. WRI is primarily concerned with the physical science of climate change and contains detailed information on projections and changes to the atmosphere, lithosphere, oceans and the poles due to climate change. Later portions of the report (WRII and WRIII) will contain information on climate change impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and mitigation.
EIA: Solar, Wind Growth Highest – The EIA’s Monthly Energy Review says renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, solar, and wind) provided 9.81% of U.S. energy consumption and 11.82% of domestic energy production for the first half of 2013. Compared to the same time frame in 2012, overall renewable energy production, including conventional hydropower, was 2.00% higher while production from non-hydro renewables grew by 4.13%. Specifically, solar grew by 32.46% in 2013 and wind by 20.14%. Hydropower slipped by 2.59% and biofuels by 5.92%. Among the renewable energy sources, hydropower’s share during the first half of 2013 was 30.18%, biomass 25.26%, biofuels 20.18%, wind 18.80%, solar 3.19%, and geothermal 2.39%. Production from all renewable energy sources, including conventional hydropower, is about 60% higher in 2013 than it was in 2003 while production from non-hydro renewable energy sources has more than doubled. Over the past decade, domestic energy production from wind has increased by a factor of nearly 16 while output from both biofuels and solar is now about five times higher than in 2003.
Frates Heads to CNN – Our National Journal Influence reporter friend Chris Frates will join CNN as a correspondent. Frates will be part of the CNN Investigations unit. The Investigations unit produces exclusive, in-depth reports for all CNN platforms and programs. Frates served as a national correspondent at the National Journal, where he covered congressional leadership and the intersection of money, politics and policy. While at NJ, Frates founded and managed Influence Alley, a blog that covered the ties between Congress and K Street.
CSIS Moves to Rhode Island…Ave That Is – After more than 35 years in it K Street location, the Center for Strategic and International Studies has packed up and moved into a new state-of-the-art headquarters at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue. Constructed to establish a landmark destination for the development of bipartisan policy solutions, CSIS will continue its long tradition of thoughtful policy events – many in the energy and environment arena – in its new permanent home. Check out the tour of the new CSIS HQ here.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
WH Official to Discuss Climate at ELI Forum – The Environmental Law Institute will hold a brown-bag lunch event today to look at President Obama’s climate initiative. The event will feature an Administration official, a representative from a non-governmental environmental organization, and an industry representative discussing the President’s priorities and upcoming benchmarks related to climate issues. They will provide their reaction to the Climate Action Plan and identify possible shortcomings and suggest areas to emphasize, including implementation concerns as well as business opportunities and risks. Panelists will include Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change in the White House’s Domestic Policy Council Dan Utech and C2ES expert and former Clinton Administration climate official Elliot Diringer.
OMB Official Returns to House Judiciary – The House Judiciary Committee’s regulatory panel will hold a hearing today at 4:00 p.m. in 2141 Rayburn on federal regulations featuring OMB’s OIRA chief Howard Shelanski. Other witnesses include former Bush 41 White House aide C. Boyden Gray, former Clinton OIRA Administrator Sally Katzen, Mercatus Center Scholar John Morrall, III and Virginia NFIB State Director Nicole Riley.
Senate Environment, House Oversight to Discuss EPA IG Report on Beale – The Senate Environment Committee is holding a briefing at 4:00 p.m. on the EPA inspector general’s investigation of EPA official John Beale. Last week, Beale plead guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 from the agency over multiple years. Tomorrow, House Government Oversight will also hold a hearing on the investigation at 9:30 a.m. At the House hearing, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, EPA Assistant Inspector General for Investigations Patrick Sullivan and former EPA air official Rob Brenner will testify.
Senate Energy to Discuss US –Mexico Offshore Drilling Plan – The Senate Energy Committee will discuss the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement in a hearing tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. The agreement clarifies American and Mexican drilling rights along the maritime border and would promote development, improve safety and ensure regulatory certainty. Speakers will include State Department official Carlos Pascual, BOEM’s Tommy Beaudreau, API’s Erik Milito and Jackie Savitz of Oceana.
Zichal, Congressmen Address Carbon Forum – Carbon Forum North America 2013 will be held tomorrow and Wednesday at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. Now in its third year, Carbon Forum North America offers the latest thinking and developments in the North American carbon space for policy insiders and market-players. Speakers will include policy-makers, leading analysts, and practitioners for an in-depth look at some of the most critical topics in climate and energy – from forthcoming California-Quebec linking, the interaction between state programs and EPA action, progress on public private partnerships and climate finance, voluntary efforts among corporations, and the development of emissions trading systems around the world. Among the speakers will be Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal, Reps Ben Ray Luján and Paul Tonko and former DuPont exec and current Bank of America Chair Chad Holliday.
WCEE, NOAA Expect Discuss Blue Carbon – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) continues its Brown-bag Luncheon Series with a forum tomorrow at Noon at Cassidy to look at Blue Carbon, featuring NOAA Program Analyst Ariana Sutton-Grier. Coastal, estuarine and marine ecosystems play a substantial role in sequestration and storage of so-called “blue” carbon. Coastal wetlands are net carbon sinks storing up to 3-5 times more carbon than tropical forests by area. This means these ecosystems play an important role in climate mitigation and adaptation. However, these ecosystems are some of the most threatened on Earth with loss rates ranging from 1-7% of global area per year. And because these habitats are important sinks for carbon, when they are disturbed or destroyed by coastal development (such as shrimp farming or hotel development) they become significant carbon sources. This discussion will introduce participants to blue carbon science and policy and will focus on recent advances and opportunities for a “win-win” for conservation and climate.
House Energy to Look at Energy Legislation – The House Energy and Commerce panel on Energy and Power holds a hearing Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, which would speed approval of pipeline and energy transmission projects, including waiving certain environmental reviews. Witnesses will include Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute, Canadian Electricity Association president Jim Burpee, John Kyles of Plains All American Pipeline, Marty Cobenais of the Indigenous Environmental Network and David Mears, commissioner of the Vermont DEC.
House Oversight to Look at Wind Tax Credit – The House Government Oversight Committee’s energy panel will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. looking at details of the wind production tax credit.
RFF Seminar to Look at Water Supply—Resources for the Future will hold its October First Wednesday Seminar at 12:45 p.m. looking at the future of US water supplies. Two significant agency reports were released in the past year evaluating US water supplies moving forward and the potential of both growth patterns and climatic changes to increase the risk of water shortages. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) released the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study, and The Vulnerability of US Water Supply to Shortage, released by The US Forest Service, suggest that the US water supply will be more susceptible to shortages due to changes in supply rather than demand. Although these reports have some limitations (clearly identified in the reports themselves), they provide significant insights into water availability issues over the next 50 to 100 years. Additionally, a collaborative study was released by the American Meteorological Society—Understanding Uncertainties in Future Colorado River Streamflow—that examines and explains the wide range of projected reductions in Colorado River streamflows due to climate change. Resources for the Future’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth is hosting a dialogue to discuss these findings and explore the potential for economic mechanisms (water pricing, trading, and ecosystem service valuation, for example) to help reduce future gaps between supply and demand. Panelists will include US Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station Economist Thomas Brown, US Bureau of Reclamation Hydrologic Engineer Ken Nowak, University of Colorado Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources Director Brad Udall and RFF experts Yusuke Kuwayama and Len Shabman.
NGSA to Release Supply Outlook – The Natural Gas Supply Assn will release its Natural Gas Outlook on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in the National Press Club’s Zenger Room.
Energy Efficiency Issues Take Center Stage – Wednesday is also Great Energy Efficiency Day 2013 in Congress. Events will be held in the Russell Caucus Room starting at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will discuss doubling U.S. energy productivity through efforts at the local, state and federal levels. They will include Sen. Mark Warner, Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, New York State Research and Development Authority President Frank Murray and DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan.
SEJ Set for Chattanooga – The Society of Environmental Journalists will hold its 23rd annual conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Wednesday through Saturday. The central location — with the Appalachian Mountains and the Tennessee Valley Authority headquarters nearby – will allow trips to a nuclear plant, hydroelectric dam and a landscape analysis lab on the Cumberland Plateau that is helping to save the keystone tree of the Appalachians. As well, on Thursday Night, Bracewell will again sponsor its legendary reception. See you there.
Forum to Look at Energy, Environment, Security Landscape – Tufts Fletcher School of Diplomacy will hold the 2013 Fletcher Triplomacy Seminar on Wednesday through Friday at the Loews Madison. The event will focus on the changing landscape on energy, environment and security, addressing shifts in energy use and their implications. Using a Triplomacy approach, the event will bring together leaders from three sectors—public, private, and NGO—to discuss interconnected issues across three industries—energy, environment, and security. Position yourself to lead in the changing energy landscape.
FERC to Hold Hydro Workshop – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will convene a workshop Wednesday at Noon to begin investigating the feasibility of a two-year process for issuing a license for hydropower development at non-powered dams and closed-loop pumped storage projects in compliance with section 6 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013. Participants will present ideas on the details of a two-year licensing process, discuss potential criteria for identifying projects that may be appropriate for a two-year licensing process, and recommend potential pilot projects to test a two-year licensing process.
JHU Forum to Look at NatGas, Russian/US – The Johns Hopkins University will hold a discussion in its Rome Building Room 535 on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. featuring Thane Gustafson, professor of government at Georgetown University and senior director of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Gustafson will discuss the global revolution in natural gas and what it means for Russia and the United States.
Desmond, Other Execs to Address USEA Forum – The US Energy Assn will hold 6th Annual Energy Supply Forum on Thursday in the National Press Club’s Ballroom to discuss topics ranging from unconventional energy supply resources to onshore exploration and production to technological advances in the supply sector. Speakers include my friend Joe Desmond of BrightSource Energy, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Association Board Chair David Lamp of HollyFrontier Corporation, Peabody Energy exec Fred Palmer, Shell Oil Exploration EVP Mark Schuster and Chevron Gas Supply VP Greg Vesey, among others.
Senate Ag Look at Advanced Biofuels – The Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. on advanced biofuels. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will testify as well as NASCAR’s Mike Lynch, Brooke Coleman of the Advanced Ethanol Coalition, Jim Collins of DuPont Polymers & Industrial Biosciences, Sapphire Energy’s Tim Zenk and Sumesh Aurora of Innovate Mississippi & Director of Strategic Biomass Solutions.
Forum to Look at China Energy Issues – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold a forum on Thursday focused on emissions and energy efficiency in China. In 2007, the Chinese government answered the call by the Global Environment Facility to begin banning all inefficient light bulbs. According to a 2008 study by China’s Energy Research Institute, if China pursues a LED-heavy switchover by 2020 (which now appears likely), approximately 85 TWh of energy could be saved, roughly equivalent to the Three Gorges Dam’s annual output. The speakers at this CEF meeting will go well beyond light bulbs in discussing China’s sweeping, comprehensive and aggressive measures to improve air quality by capping coal consumption and better regulating pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants. These measures build upon China’s recent adoption of PM2.5 standards and requirements for cities to publish PM2.5 data in real time. At this meeting, Christopher James (Regulatory Assistance Project) will address these and other new comprehensive and stringent air quality measures targeting the energy sector. Jeremy Schreifels (U.S. EPA) will focus on emission trends in NOx, a key precursor of PM2.5, and China’s 12th Five-Year Plan reduction targets for NOx emissions from power generation. Finally, Darrin Magee (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) will briefly explore radical end-use efficiency and large-scale hydropower as two options for addressing electricity production and carbon reduction needs in China.
RFF Forum to Discuss Reliability Impacts on NIMBY – Resources for the Future will hold an Academic Series forum on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. looking at energy reliability featuring Virginia Tech’s Klaus Moeltner. Existing studies on the acceptability of energy-related infrastructure have centered around how to overcome the Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) phenomenon amongst local stakeholders, focusing primarily on drivers such as community participation, provision of information, and direct economic benefits to impacted communities. Most of this work is based on international case studies, qualitative comparisons, and stated choice experiments that offer respondents a variety of implementation bundles. To date, none of these contributions have related the acceptability question to the value of power provision to the same stakeholders. We fill this gap by combining an analysis of outage vulnerability with an examination of infrastructure acceptability using a unique, EU-15 data set with household-level information on both aspects of power provision. Local residents’ sensitivity to outages can significantly boost acceptability of new energy infrastructure projects. This stresses the importance of creating awareness amongst stakeholders on how planned infrastructure expansions relate to energy security at the individual level.
McCarthy to Headline Forum to Discuss Energy, Climate Leadership – The Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute will host a conference on Thursday at 12:45 p.m. to discuss Transatlantic Cooperation on Energy Security and Climate. The event will connect exceptional rising energy and environmental leaders with senior policymakers and business experts in Washington, DC. The event will feature keynote presentations, two dynamic panel discussions on the Transatlantic Cooperation on Energy Security and Climate Change conference is an initiative of the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy (ELEEP) Network that aims to connect a new generation of decision-makers in the Euro-Atlantic region with senior policymakers in these fields and inject new voices into the transatlantic policy discourse. EPS’s Gina McCarthy will provide remarks at the end of the event. Our friends Steve Mufson of the Washington Post and Mark Drajem of Bloomberg News will be featured on panels, as well as Senate Energy staff director Karen Billups, among others.
Solar Webinar to Look at Distributed Generation – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will present the second of two educational webinars focusing on distributed generation (DG) solar for the utility, regulatory, electric power, and solar industries – “New Utility Business Models: Distributed Solar as a Business Opportunity.” The first webinar offered an introduction to third-party-financed DG solar. This second webinar will delve into more specific implications for utilities, and propose specific business models that utilities could incorporate to profit from third-party-financed DG solar.
BPC to Discuss NatGas, Climate Mitigation Issues – The Bipartisan Policy Center will host a forum on October 8th at 8:30 a.m. in the Washington Court Hotel to look at how expanded natural gas production affect climate change mitigation. The development of abundant, low-cost natural gas supplies in the United States has facilitated a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But there are concerns that natural gas will crowd out investments in other low carbon energy technologies, such as renewables, carbon capture and storage and nuclear energy. Debate ensues as to whether natural gas is a transition or a destination fuel, largely based on estimates of the cost of incentives to develop and commercialize the next generation of low carbon energy technologies. BPC senior fellow and former Senator Pete Domenici will examine whether natural gas and low carbon energy technologies can play complementary roles in transitioning the global economy to a cleaner, more sustainable trajectory. We will consider the scientific and technological prospects for natural gas and other low carbon energy technologies, their respective near- and long-term impacts on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction, the economic (and politically practical) alternatives for deploying them, and policy lessons from abroad. David Goldwyn of Goldwyn Global Strategies, LLC, former State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, will moderate the event.
RFF to Update Carbon Tax Initiative – On Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m., Resources for the Future will provide an update on ongoing carbon tax research. Over the past six months, researchers at Resources for the Future (RFF) have completed a new round of work related to the role that a federal tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) could play in the context of fiscal policy and tax reform. This new research covers three themes: 1) options for revenue recycling; 2) mechanisms for addressing the concerns of energy-intensive, trade-exposed industries; and 3) scaling CO2 tax rates to recent estimates of the social cost of carbon.
Forum to Address Grid Modernization – The MIT Club of Washington will start a seminar series on modernizing the U.S. Electric Grid on Tuesday, October 8th running through March 2014 at the Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Six monthly dinner seminars with presentations by speakers will look at grid modernization. The monthly speaker for October is Anjan Bose of Washington State University. Others will include November 12 – Ralph Masiello, KEMA, Inc., December 10 – David K. Owens, Edison Electric Institute, January 14 – Vickie A. VanZandt, Western Electricity Coordinating Council, February 11 – Michael Chertoff, The Chertoff Group and March 11 – Richard Schmalensee, Sloan School, MIT
EIA Winter Fuel Outlook Event Set – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and the National Association of State Energy Officials will host the 2013–2014 Winter Fuels Outlook Conference on Tuesday, October 8th at the National Press Club. The conference will address global oil supply uncertainty, and the effects of projected winter weather on the demand for heating and key transportation fuels. A range of market factors that may impact the supply, distribution and prices of petroleum, natural gas and electricity this winter will be discussed in great detail by some the nation’s leading energy data and forecasting experts.
NJ Summit to Tackle Biofuel Mandate – The National Journal will hold a policy summit on biofuels on Wednesday October 9th at 8:00 a.m. at The Newseum. Our friend Amy Harder will moderate a discussion of members of Congress and experts to explore whether the mandate should be revised, eliminated or remain in place. Speakers include Paul Beckwith of Butamax Advanced Biofuels, Michael Brower of ACORE and Kris Kiser of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.
SNL Conference to Look at Electric Generation – SNL Energy is hosting the 2nd Annual Electric Generation Landscape Conference in Houston on October 10th and 11th at the Houstonian. The event is specifically created for generation executives, investors and regulators to discuss and solve the myriad issues of the industry.
WAPA Road Rally Set – The Washington Automotive Press Association will host its annual Road Rally Ride & Drive event on Friday, October 11th at Rockwood Manor just outside Washington, DC. The event will feature a number of new products to drive.
SAFE Oil Embargo Forum Set – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) will hold a major national energy conference, OPEC Oil Embargo +40: A National Summit on Energy Security, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on October 16th. At the event, it will also award its inaugural Energy Security Prize, which aims to reward companies whose ingenuity, leadership, and perseverance are poised to advance American energy security by helping bring an end to U.S. oil dependence. The SAFE Energy Security Prize will be divided into two categories including 1) Emerging Innovation Award (EIA), which will recognize up to three technologies not currently in the marketplace that are expected to be available for sale within five years that have the potential to meaningfully reduce long-term U.S. oil consumption; and 2) the Advanced Technology Award (ATA) will recognize up to three groundbreaking technologies already established in the marketplace today that reduce the amount of oil consumed in the United States.
Wellinghoff to Speak at MD Clean Energy Summit – Maryland will host its Clean Energy Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday October 15th and 16th and will focus on distributed energy. Former FERC Chair John Wellinghoff will speak among others.
Webinar to Focus 40 Years Since Oil Embargo – The U.S. is approaching the 40th anniversary of the 1973 OPEC Oil Embargo — an event that launched an on-going search for a comprehensive national energy policy. The date of the anniversary is roughly October 16 so on that Wednesday, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is hosting a webinar to discuss the significance of the anniversary and to provide an overview of changes in the nation’s energy situation during the past four decades. Speakers will include former CIA head James Woolsey, Scott Sklar, and others. Details about the webinar are on ACORE’s web page: www.acore.org.
RINs/RFS 2 Forum to Discuss Ethanol Issues – The 5th Annual Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) RFS2, RINs & Biodiesel Forum will be held on October 17-18th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
ELI Dinner to Honor Steyer, Shultz – The Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual dinner on October 22nd at The Omni Shoreham Hotel, honoring political energy gadfly Tom Steyer and former Secretary of State George Shultz. Of course, the annual event will lead off with the Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum at 4:00 p.m., which will focus on the environmental and human effects of modern agriculture. This year’s Keare Forum will not only consider the potential environmental costs and benefits of the legislation, but also the effects on consumers and the 47 million Americans who depend on food assistance.
Offshore Wind Conference Moves to Providence – AWEA’s 7th annual Offshore Wind Conference will be held in Providence, RI on October 22nd through 24th. Topics will include the Federal PTC/ITC extension, DOE demonstration project funding and new state off-take mechanisms. Each day of the conference will include powerful General Sessions featuring high-level government officials, visionaries for the offshore wind industry, a panel of leading OEM companies active in the offshore market, and another panel of U.S. offshore wind developers giving the latest insights into their projects.
Shelanski to Headline Cost-Benefit Forum – The NYU School of Law’s Institute for Policy Integrity will hold a forum on October 28th in NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall to discuss cost-benefit analysis. The event will feature leading practitioners, government officials, and academics for NYU’s 5th annual practitioners’ workshop on the federal regulatory process. The workshop will be an introduction to economic analysis and its role in the regulatory process, as well as a nuanced look at how the technique is used by federal administrative agencies. This year’s workshop will also mark the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12,866. Howard Shelanski, Administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will keynote.
Argus Carbon Summit Set for Cali – Argus will hold its California Carbon Summit on October 28-30 in San Francisco, California.
OPIS Event to Look at Oil Market Dynamics – The 15th annual OPIS National Supply Summit will be held in Las Vegas on October 28-30 at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental. Speakers will include PBF Energy Executive Chairman Thomas O’Malley, Tesoro Corporation Operations VP Dan Romasko, and expert Phil Verleger, among many others. Topics will include “re-wiring” of the North American distribution system, the architectural shifts in North American and world crude oil prices, and the inter-market and intra-market refined products price volatility.
Ex-Officials, Hofmeister to Address Energy Conference – The NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) will host the Target Energy 2013 Conference on October 31st and November 1st at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference will address the latest issues facing energy operations and security across NATO Member and Partner nations. Target Energy 2013 will address energy issues ranging from how best to protect on-and-offshore infrastructure to preventing the increasingly frequent millisecond cyber-attacks against network systems and infrastructure. The objectives are to actively stimulate civil-military co-operation and exchange on shared energy concerns, further public outreach between NATO bodies and private industry technology and solutions’ providers. Speakers will include former EU Ambassador Boyden Gray, former CIA Director James Woolsey, former NSA head Robert McFarlane and former Shell CEO John Hofmeister, among many others.