While many of you may have heard this sad news, I still wanted to start today with a giant collective energy update hug for our friend Maureen Lorenzetti who suddenly lost her loving husband of 27 years last week. Many of you may not have known Maureen’s husband Stephen, but if you have been to Washington DC in the last 20 years to visit the National Mall, you have been impacted by his work. Lorenzetti worked his way through the National Park Service to the executive ranks, all-the-while overseeing big projects like the restoration of the Washington Monument, the construction of the National World War II and MLK Memorials among other sites and helping the Washington Monument recover from the unusual East Coast earthquake in 2011. Most importantly, he was a loving dad, husband, coach, colleague, outdoor enthusiast and volunteer who will be sorely missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made to Stephen Lorenzetti Tree Replacement Fund, Trust for the National Mall, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 370 Washington, DC 20004.
While it was nice to wake up very early each morning over the weekend and watch nonstop coverage of the Ryder Cup from Scotland, the results (a 16½-11½ victory for Europe to win their third-straight Ryder Cup) were disappointing. Less disappointing, Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium heroics in his last days as a Yankee and the Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmerman closing the 2014 regular season with a no-hitter, setting the table for the start of the MLB playoffs. The Playoffs launch this week with the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles in key spots. The LA Dodgers and Angels are also strong, so we have the potential for an all Beltway or LA I-5 World Series. Of course you can never count out those teams with Midwestern values like Detroit, St. Louis or wild card underdogs Pittsburgh or Kansas City. Finally with San Francisco and Oakland as the other wildcards, the Bay Area also still plays on at least through Wednesday. AL Wildcard play begins tomorrow from Kanas City while the Pirates host SF on Wednesday.
With five weeks remaining in the 2014 campaign season, here is part two of my update election preview. Remember last week, we covered general issues/trends and some races that are seemingly already locked up. This week, we’ll mention to the key toss-up Senate races to watch.
Finally, not much action this week, but US Energy Assn will host its 7th annual Energy Supply Forum at the National Press Club Ballroom on Thursday. Speakers will include Tesoro CEO Greg Goff, Brattle Group’s Peter Fox Penner, AEP’s Mark McCullough, Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy and many more. Call with questions.
POLITICAL REPORT PART II, IN BRIEF
General Outlook – Generally, the President’s party fares poorly in second-term elections. In 2006, Republicans lost 30 House seats and 6 Senate seats under George W. Bush’s watch. Recent Gallup polling says more than three in four Americans, 76%, is currently dissatisfied with the direction of the country, while only 23% are satisfied. It is the 10th consecutive month that satisfaction has fallen between 23% and 25% — a remarkably narrow range in a measure that has reached as high as 70% and as low as 7% since 2000. Finally, the Rasmussen Generic Congressional ballot remains generally tied with either side slightly leading in the recent weeks. Americans have typically rated the Democratic Party more positively than the Republican Party, so the current parity between the two is a positive sign for the GOP and a negative one for Democrats. Indeed, current opinions of the Democratic Party are among the worst Gallup and Rasmussen has measured in the past 20 years. Interestingly, the only time Gallup measured a lower favorable rating for Democrats was in late March 2010, just after Obama signed the health care law.
Mid-term Turnout – This is a midterm election and the fact is fewer people will vote this year than did in 2012. When that happened in 2010, Democrats suffered accordingly, losing several key governorships in states that President Obama won like Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania. According to research from the Pew Center, voter turnout regularly drops in midterm elections, and has done so since the 1840s. In 2008, for instance, 57.1% of the voting-age population cast ballots — the highest level in four decades. But two years later only 36.9% voted in the midterm election that put the House back in Republican hands. For Obama’s re-election in 2012, turnout rebounded to 53.7%. What will happen in November will tell the key story.
President’s Approval – Unfortunately for Democrats, President Obama is uniquely unpopular, only slightly higher at this point in his presidency than that GW Bush (2006) and scandal-ridden and about to resign Nixon (1974). The President’s popularity matters because a majority (51%) of people planning to vote Republican in their district say they mean it to be a vote against President Obama.
Senate Outlook Gloomy for Dems – Democrats are starting with 55 seats, so Republicans need a net gain of 6 to take control of the Senate. We already mentioned last week that it looks as if 3 seats in the Senate that are Democrat open seats will likely switch in South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia. These remaining seats seem to be in play, particularly in Louisiana, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and even Georgia. While each of the races has its own flavor and tempo, the consensus seems slightly to favor a GOP takeover. Feel free to call or look here more details.
Close House Races – While Republicans will likely maintain the House majority, there will be a number of close races to keep your eye on in Congress. Out of the 17 toss up races, 13 are in Democrat hands. Among the most interesting races are those in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Hampshire and West Virginia. You can get a run down on any of these races here.
IN THE NEWS
Cabot Adds to Eagle Ford Play Assets – Cabot Oil & Gas said Wednesday that it reached a $210 million deal with an undisclosed seller to purchase approximately 30,000 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale. The assets were producing approximately 1,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day (92% liquids) and include approximately 17,000 net acres near Cabot’s Buckhorn operating area, increasing the total Buckhorn leasehold position to approximately 60,000 net acres. Cabot’s total Eagle Ford Shale leasehold position to approximately 83,000 net acres. Based on the Company’s current spacing configuration of 400 feet between laterals, Cabot has identified 191 net locations on this additional Buckhorn area acreage with an average lateral length of over 6,500 feet. The Company is currently testing 300-foot downspacing across its existing Buckhorn position, which would add an additional 45 net locations on the acquired leasehold. As a result of this transaction, the Company has added a fourth operated rig in the Eagle Ford to begin drilling on the newly acquired properties. The transaction is expected to close in October 2014.
India Hits Back on Climate – While Indian leaders did not attend the much-ballyhooed climate meetings at the UN in New York last week, they did push back on President Obama’s plea for “every country” to help cut carbon pollution. Late last week, India’s environment minister told the media his nation’s top priority is boosting the economy and relieving poverty, not climate change. Our friend Coral Davenport reports that Prakash Javadekar said India won’t offer a CO2-reduction plan before next year’s climate talks in Paris, and that any actions the country takes would just lower the rate of increase in carbon emissions for at least the next 30 years. “ Javadejar said 20% of the Indian population doesn’t have access to electricity, and that’s their top priority. He added: “We will grow faster, and our emissions will rise.” Javadekar also pushed the need for action back on developed countries. He said the US and others have had more than a century to burn fossil fuels and that the “moral principle of historic responsibility cannot be washed away.”
China Releases a White Paper – the docket maintained by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) now contains a white paper produced by the delegation from China that raises some interesting points about Chinese positions on carbon regulation. Seeming to reject the Obama Administration’s leadership on climate, the paper explicitly makes China’s commitment “dependent on the adequate finance and technology support provided by developed country parties” and insists that cash payments from the West come from “new, additional, adequate, predictable and sustained public funds”. It regards the current commitment of $100 billion from Western nations as only a “starting point” and calls for elimination of intellectual property claims regarding green technologies developed in the US and elsewhere. The Chinese Working Group Paper can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/world/interactive/2014/09/24/china-working-group-paper/
Interior Releases Desert renewables Plan – The Department of the Interior released a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) last week. The plan is a landscape-scale blueprint that is the result of an extensive public participation process, which included collaboration among the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and other stakeholders. The public will have until January 2015 to provide additional comments on the draft plan, which includes lands in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The draft DRECP proposes to protect areas in the California desert important for wildlife, recreation and other uses while streamlining permitting in areas appropriate for siting of solar, wind and geothermal energy projects and associated transmission. The plan presents six alternative approaches for meeting renewable energy and conservation goals through 2040. Each alternative proposes a different conservation design and configuration of lands available for streamlined renewable energy permitting. The plan also includes an analysis of the potential environmental impacts of these alternatives. The draft plan has three key components that support the goals of the DRECP including the BLM’s Land Use Plan Amendments would designate renewable energy development areas and promote conservation of wildlife, cultural, and recreational values in other areas, including by expanding National Conservation Lands, across the 10 million acres of public lands in the planning area; the FWS’s General Conservation Plan would allow the FWS to streamline the permitting process for renewable energy applicants on non-federal lands that agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the General Conservation Plan; and CDFW’s Natural Community Conservation Plan would identify and provide for the regional or area-wide protection of plants, animals, and their habitats, while allowing compatible and appropriate economic activity.
WoodMac Report Says Crude Price Could Fall Dramatically – A new report from experts at Wood Mackenzie says the price of domestic crude oil could “tumble” $30 a barrel below the international benchmark if the U.S. continues to ban crude exports.” The falling prices could be made worse by new drilling technology that may boost recovery rates by as much 100% and is expected to add an additional 1.5 million to 3 million barrels per day of new oil production. The report also weighed in on the current debate about whether the United States should lift its ban on crude exports. Wood Mackenzie said if U.S. crude prices fall compared to international benchmarks lifting the ban would help preserve current investment levels. The report argued that lifting the ban would also improve domestic tight oil wellhead margins by about $5 per barrel, encouraging investment and raising production rates.
SAFE Report Gas Spending at all-time High –Speaking of gasoline, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released a report analyzing new government data that finds that despite record domestic oil production, U.S. consumer spending on gasoline remained near all-time highs last year. Recent data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) indicates that the average U.S. household spent more than $2,600 on gasoline in 2013 for the third consecutive year — a 111% increase from the $1,235 spent in 2002. Moreover, gasoline spending increased by an average of 8% annually over the past decade, while non-gasoline discretionary spending increased by an average of 1% annually. Closely correlating with global crude oil prices, not domestic crude streams, increased U.S. gasoline spending proves a result of stubbornly high global oil prices and American consumers’ near-complete reliance on oil as a transportation fuel. Despite a retreat from historical highs in 2013, Brent crude oil prices remained elevated, averaging $108 per barrel, and as a result, U.S. gasoline prices declined little in 2013 from 2012. The full report, “Consumer Gasoline Spending Near All-Time High in 2013 Despite Domestic Oil Boom,” can be found here.
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
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 today and tomorrow. 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.
Poneman Addresses Energy Changes – The Wilson Center held a forum this morning with DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman discussing the changes in the world’s energy environment that he has witnessed during his tenure. Poneman contrasted the world of energy between his entry in 2009 and his departure in 2014 as Deputy Secretary, during a time of revolutionary changes in the world’s energy environment. He also reflected on lessons learned from the US government such as: Fukushima and Hurricane Sandy, non-proliferation diplomacy and advancing US energy policy on the global stage.
McCarthy to Hit Water Conference in NOLA – As if she hasn’t been speaking enough lately, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver a keynote speech at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans. McCarthy’s remarks will focus on why the Clean Water Act proposed rule is so vital to protecting our water resources, communities and economy. One suspects mentions climate change will also be evident.
Inglis to Headline Midwest Energy Conference – The Midwest Energy Policy Conference will be held in St. Louis tomorrow and Wednesday. 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.
Forum to Tackle Energy Tech, Climate – The American Security Project will hold a panel tomorrow for a discussion about the next generation of energy technology and climate policy. This conference will discuss how to truly ensure that natural gas is the transition fuel that it has been touted as – not a “bridge to nowhere.” It will look at the challenges of how to bring more renewable power into an antiquated energy system – and how to overcome those challenges. It will discuss how to catalyze the development of new energy technologies that can bridge the gap between what has been promised and what current technology can achieve. Speakers will include Chris Guith, Julia Piper, Mark Petri, Kate Ling.
India Energy Forum Set – Tomorrow and Wednesday, the 5th US-India Energy Partnership Summit will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The Summit is a multi-stakeholder platform to address US-India collaboration on energy access, efficiency, security and technology. Participants will deliberate on new avenues as the Indian Government reinforces its priority to strengthen partnership in renewable energy, sustainable cities, and sustainable transport. A landmark edition, the fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit is scheduled during the Indian leadership’s visit to Washington, DC, and in the wake of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit. The Summit will be graced by the presence of senior government officials from both countries – invitations have been extended to the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Summit will broadly look at ‘Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development’, while addressing various issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology. Stakeholders from all sectors will come together to discuss avenues for new and strengthened collaboration in various aspects of clean technologies and renewable energy, green buildings and sustainable cities, decentralized energy access, alternatives such as shale gas, etc. Climate change will also form a key component of the discussions, with the proceedings at the General Assembly and Climate Summit providing significant inputs to the Summit deliberations. The focus throughout will be on bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and related areas.
Webinar to Focus on Smart Grid – Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid will hold a webinar to discuss time-based meters are being installed and pilot projects in Oklahoma and California. New research on how customers feel about pricing continues to be rolled out. Some of the newest information on this comes from the large and well-studied pricing programs at Oklahoma Gas & Electric and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). This webinar will present findings on four different pricing options under various marketing and enrollment options, including both opt-in and default enrollment. Join us and hear what customers think about time-variant rates compared with standard rate options, see how load impacts vary across different rate options and enrollment strategies, see what drives rate choice and opt-out decisions, whether impacts persist across multiple years, and more.
UT Forum to Look at Energy, NatGas – On Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m., University of Texas-Austin’s Institute of the Americas and the Latin America and Caribbean Program for a discussion on how the U.S. energy revolution and natural gas can be most effectively utilized to increase diplomacy and support economic development across the Western Hemisphere. Panelists will also analyze where the export question, as well as social and environmental concerns, fit into the broader debate on the U.S. shale revolution. Speakers will include DOE’s Fossil Assistant Secretary Chris Smith, Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador Neil Parsan, State Department Policy expert Richard Westerdale and former State Department official David Goldwyn,
Energy Engineering Conference Set – The World Energy Engineering Congress will be held next Wednesday through Friday in the Washington Convention Center. The event is the nation’s largest, most active buying venue for end user energy products and services. The WEEC expo is attended each year by the nation’s leading energy professionals in business, industry, and government who seek the best solutions for all aspects of today’s energy cost and supply challenges.
WCEE Forum To Look at Big Data – The Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment will host a lunch forum on Wednesday featuring IBM Institute of Electronic Government experts on big data and sustainability. More data than ever are being generated from many different sources (from satellites to smart phones), leading to the concept dubbed “Big Data”. Jane Snowdon, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM Federal, will discuss IBM’s trailblazing methods of harnessing Big Data and using analytics to achieve sustainability objectives. IBM’s approach is twofold: working to make existing products and processes more efficient for both the environment and for business, while also developing new innovations that can help the world drive economic and operational improvements, increase accountability and lessen environmental impact.
USEA Forum Set – The US Energy Assn will host its 7th annual Energy Supply Forum at the National Press Club Ballroom on Thursday. Speakers will include Tesoro CEO Greg Goff, Brattle Group’s Peter Fox Penner, AEP’s Mark McCullough, Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy and many more.
Brookings to Look at Utilities, Climate – On Wednesday afternoon, the Energy Security Initiative (ESI) at Brookings will host Peter Fox-Penner for a discussion of the future of the electric utility industry. This event serves as a follow-up to Fox-Penner’s initial book launch at Brookings in April 2010. After his opening remarks, Fox-Penner will be joined in a panel discussion by Adele Morris, fellow and policy director for the Climate and Energy Economics Project at Brookings, and Rudy Stegemoeller, staff led on the New York State Public Service Commission “Reforming the Energy Vision” initiative. ESI Director Charles Ebinger will moderate the discussion.
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 Thursday, 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.
SEIA Webinar to Look at Termination Issues – On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., the Solar Energy Industries Association will hold a forum on Federal procurement for solar projects. Some developers are all too familiar with termination for convenience (T4C) requirements in federal renewable energy projects. Some avoid federal projects because of T4C alone, while some lenders feel T4C conflicts with common financial underwriting assumptions. But are they right? As the Obama Administration ramps up federal solar use, this webinar features experts from the U.S. Navy well-versed in federal solar procurement best practices. They will clarify federal T4C issues and common misperceptions, while explaining how the impact of federal T4C differs substantially from similar provisions in private deals … and may not be as problematic as some think. The speaker will be Jermaine Hector, who serves as Senior Contracting Officer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Nat Lab to Release Reports – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will hold a webinar to discuss its latest annual solar reports: “Tracking the Sun and Utility-Scale Solar” hosted by lead report authors Galen Barbose and Mark Bolinger of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The webinar will feature highlights from the most-recent editions of Berkeley Lab’s two annual solar reports.
JHU to Host NatGas Drilling Forum – On Thursday at 5:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University will host a forum on natural gas drilling. The event will feature Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy; Amy Mall, senior analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Jan Mares, senior advisor at Resources for the Future.
Green Homes Tour Set for DC Region – The 24th Annual Tour of Solar & Green Homes will be held this weekend in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Every year during the first weekend in October, thousands of Americans learn about the solar and other clean energy features of homes, schools, and businesses in their communities. This year’s local tour will feature a remarkable variety of solar design, technology and sustainable living concepts illustrated in over 50 homes in the Washington DC area.
Moniz to Speak at SXSW Eco – The South-By-Southwest sustainability Conference will be Held In Austin on October 6th through 8th. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will keynote the conference. Other speakers will include Tom Steyer and Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Our friends Kalee Kreider, Jim Motavalli, BNA’s Larry Pearl, Peter Fox Penner of Brattle and AGA’s Kathryn Clay will be among the other panel speakers.
WCEE to Feature Cheniere For LNG Discussion – Next Monday at Noon, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment will host Cheniere Energy for a backgrounder on LNG and discuss why natural gas exports are important to the U.S. and its economy at the BP office in Washington, D.C. Cheniere’s Majida Mourad will speak. The U.S. is undergoing an energy renaissance, due in part to newly discovered shale plays and advances in technologies that enable us to extract natural gas that was previously unobtainable by conventional extraction methods. The U.S. is now in a position to be a natural gas exporter, and over 30 applications have been made by energy companies to develop LNG export terminals. Cheniere Energy was the first to apply for, and receive, all of the necessary permits to develop its Sabine Pass LNG export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2015. Cheniere also has applied to export LNG from a second facility in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Forum to Address Second Gen Biofuels Progress – Next Monday at 3:00 p.m., the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a briefing in 2226 Rayburn examining the technologies leading commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production. Cellulosic ethanol is produced from agricultural residue – primarily, at this time, from corn stover (leaves, stalks and husks), which is removed in a sustainable manner after the harvest. Cellulosic ethanol is commercially produced at one U.S. facility, with two more coming on-line later this year. Combined, these three facilities are expected to produce a total of approximately 80 million gallons of renewable fuel per year. Contrary to popular belief, cellulosic fuels are not ‘phantom fuels’ but commercially viable ethanol fuels, which have been scaled up in a relatively short time period. Speakers for this forum are Poet’s Rob Walther, Abengoa Bioenergy’s Christopher Standlee, DuPont’s Nancy Clark and Amy Davis of Novozymes North America.
TIDES Forum to Look at Defense, Environment Issues – The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU) will host the 8th Annual TIDES Fall Field Demonstration on Tuesday, October 7th through Friday, October 10th at Ft. McNair. The forum’s theme this year is “Collaborate, Respond, Recover.” The event will showcase a myriad of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, stabilization and reconstruction technologies and ideas from the private sector (business, not-for-profit, and academic) in providing shelter, power, water, sanitation, lighting, heating & cooling, cooking and information communication technology solutions. In addition to the technology display, the forum will feature a lunchtime speaker series and facilitated discussions.
EIA Winter Outlook Conference Set – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and the National Association of State Energy Officials will host the 2014 – 2015 Winter Energy Outlook Conference on Tuesday, October 7th. Each year, this important winter fuels supply and demand forecast event serves as the public release of EIA’s Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook and brings together the nation’s leading public and private energy market experts. Internationally recognized energy data and forecasting experts and industry representatives will address global oil supply uncertainty, electric reliability, and the impacts of projected winter weather on the demand for key heating and transportation fuels. Presenters will explore the range of factors that affect the supply, distribution, and prices of propane, petroleum, natural gas, and electricity. This conference will inform state and federal officials, energy sector representatives, and consumers about the current and anticipated energy supply and demand balance to provide the resources they need to make educated and informed financial, program, and policy decisions.
Forum to Look at Keystone – On Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m., the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute will host a forum convening a panel of experts to discuss the environment Keystone XL pipeline. The event will look at what has made KXL the political football it is today, what the proposed project means for the upcoming elections, the legal underpinnings of the approval process, and where the pipeline goes from here, both in Nebraska and in Washington. Speakers include House Energy Counsel Ben Lieberman, Omaha World-Herald Washington Correspondent Joseph Morton, POLITICO’s Elena Schor and Adam Vann of CRS.
Webinar to Look at Women in Solar Advocacy – On Tuesday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m., SEIA will hold a webinar on a new non-profit focusing on Women in Solar Energy. WSE is a newly formed non-profit resource and membership organization for women in the solar industry. This webinar will educate listeners on the state of women in the industry and you will learn what you can do to get involved. Speakers include Carrie Cullen Hitt, Kristen Nicole and Sara Rafalson.
EPA Webinar to Focus on Non-Utility Scale Solar – On Tuesday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m., EPA will hold a webinar on non-utility solar projects. Large-scale, non-utility solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) are still a rarity despite the growing popularity of PPAs across the country. In this webinar, participants will learn more about how the nation’s largest non-utility solar photovoltaic PPA east of the Mississippi came to be. To help other organizations learn how to develop and implement similar PPAs, representatives from American University, the George Washington University and the George Washington University Hospital, along with CustomerFirst Renewables, will discuss their recently announced solar PPA that was launched in 2014 and will be fully operational by 2015. The 52 megawatt (MW) solar PV power plant, located in North Carolina, will deliver ~123 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year, meeting more than 50% of each of the three organizations’ annual electricity needs. Speakers will include EPA’s Mollie Lemon, AU’s Chris O’Brien, GWU’s Meghan Chapple, GW Hospital Administrator Amy Mendoza and Gary Farha of CustomerFirst Renewables
Forum to Host Ambassador of Singapore – The Chino Cienega Foundation will hold the next installment of the PISA-ASEAN Roundtable on Climate-wise Development featuring a representative of the Singaporean Embassy on Wednesday October 8th at 2:00 p.m. in George Washington U’s Lindner Family Room. The speaker will be Nedyam Nitya Menon, First Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore.
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.
WRI to Release New Climate Report – On Friday, October 10th in Washington, D.C., the World Resources Institute will release a new climate report “Seeing Is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States. Building on the forthcoming global New Climate Economy report, this new analysis provides evidence and real-world examples demonstrating how the United States is already seizing economic returns while reducing its greenhouse gas emissions — and outlines what can be done to further hasten these positive trends. The New Climate Economy is the flagship report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, led by former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, with a group of world-leading economic advisors. The new U.S. installment is authored by the World Resources Institute and provides a deep dive into the economic dynamics within the United States. At the event, recognized leaders in government, business and civil society will discuss the findings and how policies to drive investment in energy efficiency, innovation and low-carbon technology can reduce capital costs while expediting the shift to a low-carbon future.
Forum to Look at IGCC in China – The U.S. Energy Association will host a forum on Friday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. to look at IGCC and enhanced water recovery injection. Dr. Xu Shisen, President of China Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute, is a 2014 recipient of the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy’s Annual China CCUS Prize. In his presentation, Dr. Xu will discuss the Huaneng Clean Energy Center R&D Program with focus on the current status of the GreenGen IGCC Plant at Tianjin, China, its Phase II Program, and Enhanced Water Recovery with CO2 injection.
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.
Border Energy Forum Set – The 21st Border Energy Forum will be held on October 15-17th in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. More than ever, the potential of clean energy like natural gas and renewables, combined with traditional oil production, in the ten border states is boundless. The Border Energy Forum is a collaborative effort among the 10 border states along the US / Mexico border. The original idea for the Forum was to gather 50 people each from the United States and Mexico once a year to exchange information about the best ways to produce and consume energy in our fast-growing region, forge new partnerships and help each other work together on our twin goals of economic development and environmental protection. The event will feature representatives from the federal governments of both Mexico and the United States, as well as state and local officials from both sides of the border. The Forum has met at least once in each of the 10 U.S. and Mexican border states.
CIBO Meeting to Address New GHG Rules, EPA Challenges – The Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) will hold its 36th annual meeting at the Hotel Santa Fe in New Mexico on October 15-17th. The theme for this year’s annual meeting is Energy 2014 and beyond focusing on the nexus of energy, air, water, fuel and energy. It is impossible to make or do anything without energy. And the cost of energy impacts everything we make or do. For years, Climate Change (Manmade Global Warming) has been and continues to be the driver for the environmental community and their supporters in the Obama Administration including the President. With the 2014 Clean Power Plan proposal, this administration could reshape the energy landscape for the foreseeable future raising the cost of energy to drive the need of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and adversely impact the poor, less fortunate, retired people on fixed incomes and all those people and companies who cannot afford the capital cost to improve efficiency to keep their energy costs stable.
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.
Mid-Atlantic Energy Summit to Look at PJM Issues – The National Energy Marketers Association (NEM) hosts its Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Energy Policy Summit with Federal, State and PJM Officials on October 22-23 in Baltimore’s Center Club. A diverse cross-section of industry stakeholders that participate and oversee the PJM wholesale and retail markets are confirmed and have been invited to attend, including Federal and State regulators, PJM officials, Attorneys General, Consumer Counsels, Municipalities, and Utilities as well as NEM’s Executive Committee and Policy Leadership.
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.