Energy Update: Week of July 17

Friends,

How about a cheer for the old folks as Roger Federer continues to amaze with another Wimbledon title, his record breaking 8th victory.  And while Venus Williams came up just short in her 20th Wimbledon at age 37, they both deserve kudos for another great Grand Slam performance.   While I was working on the update last night, my house was abuzz with talk of the season premiere of Game of Thrones.  It sounded in the post-show discussion like the season opener didn’t disappoint.

This week, we will probably finally see the DOE Grid Study.  On Friday, our friends at Bloomberg got a draft which says renewables are not risking the grid.  The DOE and others say just wait for the report.  Sect. Perry is slated for a NPC event tomorrow morning, so that may be it.

Also in case you missed it on Sunday, with potential action soon in the Senate on incentives for nuclear power on the agenda, former Constellation nuclear executive Mike Wallace had an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun over the weekend urging focus on the nation’s nuclear current and future nuclear fleet and the important role It will play in providing reliable power, improving National Security and reducing emissions.

Capitol Hill this week is abuzz with budget items.  Senate Approps marks up Interior, AG and Energy/Water budgets.  Tomorrow, a House Energy Panel looks at the state of the electricity industry  and Senate Energy will discuss North American energy and security issues.  House Resources looks at Alaska oil and gas while on Wednesday, House Science looks at energy innovation.  Finally, on Thursday, the Senate Energy Committee takes up Interior and DOE Nominations, including our friend Mark Menezes at DOE.

A number of good other energy events also this week in DC led by Wednesday’s CSIS event on the RFS featuring our friend Kevin Book and Friday’s USEEE event with BP’s Mark Finley to discuss their 2017 Energy Outlook.

Congrats to our friend Bill Murray, who joined R Street Institute as federal energy policy manager after editing the RealClearEnergy website for two years.

Finally, on Thursday evening, Bracewell will host the Women’s Energy Network Summer Networking Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. WEN DC is an organization that prides itself on supporting the professional development and advancement of women in the energy industry through relationships and networking. Come enjoy great food, networking, and policing wonkery with folks from across the energy industry.

Call with questions.

 

Best,

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

(202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“I think there has been way too much build up (regarding the DOE Study). The study has been built up the point no matter what it says it is likely to disappoint everybody.”

Tom Pyle, head of the American Energy Alliance commenting in a Bloomberg news after obtaining a draft of the long-awaited, upcoming DOE Grid Study.

 

IN THE NEWS

Bloomberg: Grid Study Says Not Much Impact From Renewable – Bloomberg reports that the new DOE Grid Study will say wind and solar power don’t pose a significant threat to the reliability of the U.S. power grid according to Energy Department staff members.  “The power system is more reliable today due to better planning, market discipline, and better operating rules and standards,” according to a July draft of the study obtained by Bloomberg.  The findings are still under review by the department’s leadership.

Advanced Nuclear Highlighted in Op-Ed – Over the weekend, former Constellation exec and nuclear Power expert at CSIS Mike Wallace penned an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun extolling the importance of protecting our current nuclear fleet while expanding opportunities to develop new plants.  In the piece, Wallace argues that “an integrated nuclear energy infrastructure is necessary for geo-political relevance for any meaningful country in the 21st century. It is a fundamental strategic national asset, and just like the Pentagon, or the Interstate Highway System, it provides broad-based benefits to the whole country, including domestic energy, grid reliability, support for advanced academic physics and engineering programs, manufacturing, training programs for skilled labor, and providing geo-political influence on global standards for safety, security, operations, emergency response and nonproliferation.”

Groups Asks for Expedited Review of Projects – The Center for LNG and the Natural Gas Supply Association is asking DOE to speed up reviews for LNG applications.  The groups submitted comments to DOE, who is reviewing regulations. “Regulatory certainty is essential for the U.S. LNG industry and we are thankful that DOE is looking at the regulatory process. Our recommendations provide a framework for a more certain future for American LNG and the billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs it entails,” they wrote.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Forum to Discuss Self-Driving Cars – The R Street Institute will host an afternoon panel today at 2:00 p.m. featuring a discussion of policy questions surrounding self-driving technologies Self-driving vehicles have yet to be deployed en masse on America’s streets. But their potential to reduce auto fatalities drastically and free our morning commutes makes expediting this process and providing a permissive regulatory framework a top priority. In the halls of Congress, members of both the House and Senate are actively grappling with what enabling legislation is needed to deliver our autonomous future safely and securely. Panelists will include Paul Brubaker of ATI21, Paul Lewis of the Eno Center for Transportation, Daimler’s Jessica Nigro and David Strickland of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.

Perry to Discuss Global Security, Grid Study – Tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m., DOE Secretary Rick Perry and Dr. Fatih Birol will participate in a news conference on global security in the National Press Club’s Murrow Room.

House Energy to Discuss State of Electricity Industry – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy will convene a hearing tomorrow examining the state of the electric industry through market participant perspectives.  Witnesses will include Duke’s Alex Glenn, NextEra’s Joe Kelliher, PSEG’s Tamara Linde, Lisa McAlister of American Municipal Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative head Jackson Reasor, Ken Schisler of EnerNOC and Steven Schleimer of Calpine.

Senate Energy Looks at Energy, Security Issues – The full Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene a hearing tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to examine the status and outlook for U.S. and North American energy and resource security.

House Appropriations Committee Marks Interior Budget – Tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., the Full House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY2018 Interior Appropriations Bill.

RFF to host Webinar On Cali Cap/Trade – Resources for the Future and other experts will hold an interactive online panel discussion tomorrow looking at the proposed changes to California’s cap-and-trade program, potential implications for the state’s carbon market, and the potential effects on linkage with the programs in Quebec, Ontario, and other jurisdictions that might consider linkage in the future.  Speakers include RFF’s Dallas Burtraw, James Bushnell of UCal-Davis, Stewart Elgie of the uOttawa Institute of the Environment, Jan Mazurek of the ClimateWorks Foundation Duke Nicholas Institute expert Brian Murray and Dave Sawyer of EnviroEconomics.

WCEE to Host Sustainable City Event – Tomorrow at Noon, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will host a forum with National Geographic’s Senior Manager of Sustainability, Susan Kolodziejczyk. Kolodziejczyk will present an interactive exploration of the intersection of urbanization and sustainability, what that means in terms of society’s choices and priorities, and examples of successful, innovative city solutions around the world.

House Resources to Look at Alaska Oil, Gas Issues – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on: promoting oil and gas development in Alaska.  Witnesses will Include Gary Dixon of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 959 Alaska, Richard Glenn of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and ConocoPhillips Alaska’s Scott Jepsen.

Senate Approps Panel Marks Energy/Water Budget Bill – The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development will meet to markup the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.

Webinar to Focus on NJ Solar Issues – Utility Dive is hosting a webinar tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. focused on the PSE&G approach to proactively studying and accommodating the impacts of DER on the PSE&G system.  NJ is experiencing some of the strongest solar PV growth in the U.S. NJ-based Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) takes an active role in understanding feeder and substation capacity to accommodate solar PV, and to avoid negative impacts to grid reliability, voltages, thermal capacity, flicker and more. The webinar will cover PSE&G’s method to study and accommodate the impacts of DER, in collaboration with Siemens PTI. An overview of the study and its methodologies and the distribution system at PSE&G, available DERs, challenges, the need for the study and the results.  Speakers include PSE&G’s Ahmed Mousa and Siemens PTI’s Hugo Bashualdo.

AGA to Discuss NatGas Supply – The American Gas Association (AGA) and the Potential Gas Committee (PGC) will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 9:30 AM EDT, to release the major findings of the PGC’s year-end 2016 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United. The report is expected to reveal that domestic estimates of undiscovered natural gas resources continue to grow, due largely to the existence of technologies that continue to unlock energy resources from shale and other producing formations.  Alexei V. Milkov, director of the Potential Gas Agency, Colorado School of Mines and AGA’s Chris McGill will speak.

Forum to Look at RFS – CSIS will host an update on the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  The event will feature Harvard’s James Stock and our friend Kevin Book of ClearView, a Senior Associate of the CSIS Energy & National Security Program.

Cramer to Headline Forum on Innovation – Microsoft and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will hold a conversation on Wednesday looking at clean innovation and why it makes business sense. The discussion will bring together stakeholders from industry, government and civil society to discuss the business drivers for innovation in clean energy and low-carbon technologies across a broad range of industries.  Keynoter will be Rep Kevin Cramer, while a panel lead by Bob Perciasepe, will explore the business drivers and challenges associated with clean innovation across multiple sectors and geographies.  These issues include growing customer demand, competitiveness concerns, cost pressures, efficiency gains and enhanced performance.

House Science to Look at Energy Innovation – The House Committee on Science will convene a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. looking at energy innovation and letting technology lead.  Witnesses will include Jacob DeWitte of Oklo, UCLA’s Gaurav Sant, Harvard’s Venky Narayanamurti and Kiran Kumaraswamy of AES Energy Storage.

Atlantic Forum to Look at Russia Sanctions – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center will hold a conversation about the recently Senate-passed legislation on Russia sanctions on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The ongoing discussions in Congress provide an opportunity to take stock of existing sanctions policy, discussed the proposed legislative changes, and assess the current and future impact of sanctions on Russia’s energy sector.    Speakers will include the Atlantic Council Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center’s Ambassador Daniel Fried, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Senior Fellow David Mortlock,and Jeffrey Turner of Squire Patton Boggs.

Forum to Look at Energy, Transportation Systems – The Johns Hopkins University SAIS will hold a day-long conference on Thursday looking at the Atlantic Basin’s four ‘continental’ energy and transportation systems. This conference seeks to explore the drivers, dynamics and limits of this Atlantic Basin energy and transportation world, and to map its contemporary technical, economic, social and political contours. Current status quo configurations (geographical, technical, market, policy) and business-as-usual trajectories of these five transportation regimes – four ‘continental’ terrestrial systems and one pan-Atlantic Basin maritime transportation system which links them together – will be examined, along with the new types of energy policy and transportation infrastructure requirements (and new transnational and pan-Atlantic collaboration mechanisms) that could be demanded by any future Atlantic Basin pathways consistent with the Paris Accord’s objective to defend the 2-degree guardrail.

Senate Energy Holds Hearing on Energy Nominees – On Thursday, Senate Energy Committee will convene a hearing to consider new energy nominations.  They include Brenda Burman of Arizona to be Commissioner of Reclamation of the Department of the Interior; Susan Combs of Texas to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Policy, Management and Budget); Paul Dabbar of New York to be Under Secretary for Science of the Department of Energy; Doug Domenech of Virginia to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior (Insular Affairs); David Jonas of Pennsylvania to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; and Mark Menezes of Virginia to be Under Secretary of the Department of Energy.

Senate Approps to Mark up Budgets – On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., the full Senate Committee on Appropriations will meet to markup the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 as well as the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Act, 2018.

Forum to Feature BP’s Finley on Energy Report – The US Association for Energy Economics, National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC-USAEE) will host BP’s Mark Finley for its July luncheon on Friday at the Chinatown Garden.  Finley will present the just-released 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy.

 

IN THE FUTURE

Grid Evolution Summit Set – The Grid Evolution Summit is set for July 25th through 27th at the Washington Hilton.  The event, sponsored by the Smart Electric Power Alliance, will be a conversation of industry stakeholders that will determine how the electric sector evolves, modernizes the grid and better integrates distributed energy resources.  Speakers will include Rep Paul Tonko, House Energy Committee Counsels Rick Kessler and Tom Hassenboehler, PSE&G Renewable VP Courtney McCormick, Xcel’s Doug Benvento DOE’s Eric Lightner, Maryland PSC Chair Kevin Hughes, Kit Carson Electric Co-op CEO Luis Reyes and Utility Dive Editor Gavin Bade.

Forum to Look at Clean Energy Innovation – On Wednesday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m., the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will release a new report assessing recent federal efforts to overcome Clean Energy Development challenges and consider how this record might be extended and improved upon in the future.  Transformational clean-energy innovations are required to achieve the nation’s economic, environmental, and national security goals. Smart grids that can integrate massive distributed resources, power plants that can capture and sequester carbon emissions, and other advanced technologies must be demonstrated at scale before they can be fully commercialized. Public-private partnerships are needed to cross this “valley of death” between prototype and commercialization and strengthen investor confidence in the affordability, reliability, and practicality of such innovations. Speakers will include William Bonvillian, Former Director of the MIT Washington Office; Joseph Hezir of the Energy Futures Initiative, Rice University Baker Institute’s Christopher Smith and our friend Sam Thernstrom, Founder and Executive Director of the Energy Innovation Reform Project.

CSIS to Look at NAFTA Energy Issues – On Wednesday July 26th at 10:00 a.m., CSIS will hold a forum on renegotiating NAFTA, looking at energy challenges and opportunities.  The event will feature CSIS experts Dave Pumphrey and Scott Miller.

Community Solar Forum Set for Denver – The Coalition for Community Solar Access will host the first annual National Community Solar Summit in Denver on July 26 – 28.  A few highlights for Denver include energy company CEOs including Tom Matzzie of CleanChoice Energy, Jesse Grossman of Soltage, Zaid Ashai of Nexamp, Rick Hunter of Microgrid Energy and Steph Spiers of Solstice.  Other speakers include energy company leaders Hannah Masterjohn of Clean Energy Collective, Dan Hendrick of NRG Energy, Adam Altenhofen of US Bank, Adam Capage of 3 Degrees and Lori Singleton of Salt River Project.

USEA Energy Supply Forum Set – On Thursday, July 27th, USEA will hold its 10th Annual Energy Supply Forum in the Ballroom of the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  This annual gathering brings together the country’s top energy industry and policy leaders to examine the current state of energy exploration and production, electricity generation, and global and domestic fuel supply. Detailed agenda coming soon.

INGAA Chair to Address NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host INGAA Chair Diane Leopold as the guest speaker at its next luncheon on Thursday July 27th at Noon. Leopold is an executive vice president of Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion Energy, and is the president and chief executive officer of the company’s Gas Infrastructure Group.

Texas EnviroSuperConference Set – The 29th annual edition of the always educational and entertaining Texas Environmental Superconference will be held on Thursday and Friday, August 3rd and 4th in Austin at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The Superconference will cover an engaging array of practice areas and topics including air and water quality, endangered species, and environmental aspects of infrastructure projects and legal issues associated with oil and gas activities. Timely presentations from current and former government officials will give key insights on latest developments and priorities at state and federal agencies, and compelling ethics topics will include internal investigations and climate change.

Energy Update: Week of June 26

Friends,

Despite the searing 100+ degree heat, the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships came to a stirring finale yesterday at Sacramento State.  Dalilah Muhammad led a scintillating 400M hurdle competition, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs threw haymakers at each other in a crowd-pleasing shot put and Olympic 1500M Gold medalist Matt Centrowitz was clipped at the wire by Robby Andrews.  Other repeat winners included Jenny Simpson winning her 4th straight 1500M title and Evan Jager and Emma Coburn each took their 6th straight 3000m Steeplechase titles.  Top 3 in each event head to London for the World Championships in early August.   Tonight also launches the final “Best of 3” series of the College World Series in Omaha featuring Florida and LSU, who bounced out top-ranked Oregon State over the weekend.

While most of the focus this week will be on the Senate and its healthcare legislation, it is officially “Energy Week” at the White House.  Part one is today when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a trip to Washington DC in what is being characterized as a “get-to-know-Trump” visit involving the first meeting between the two leaders. Coal exports, clean energy and Paris will likely be on the agenda.  Wednesday, the President hosts Govs.  LePage (ME), Walker (WI), Pete Ricketts (NE) and other local and tribal Leaders to talk local issues and Thursday, the President speaks at DOE on his favorite topic – Energy Dominance – with Pruitt, Zinke and Perry.  Perry will also host labor and industry folks as well at the event.  Expect some discussions of energy exports, especially LNG to Eastern Europe.  My Colleague Eric Washburn is in the model of it.  No trips outside DC are planned despite earlier rumors (most suspect because of the healthcare debate), but DJT is headed to Poland soon, who just started receiving LNG shipments.

Hearings include a House Energy & Commerce hearing on autonomous vehicle policy on tomorrow following last year recommendations from our friends at SAFE’s Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety, who are studying the issue and have recommend best practices for industry and other parties for testing autonomous vehicles in real-world conditions.  Also tomorrow, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will be before the Senate Approps EPA subpanel at 9:30 a.m.  Then Wednesday, the House Energy & Water Approps panel will mark up its FY2018 version of the budget.

While it was expected today, the Energy Department said it will delay a study on ensuring the reliability of baseload power generation on the electric grid until July.  Many of you have heard the rumors of a draft, but there is no real indication that there is much to that.  Secretary Perry will review a draft in early July.

The Senate will vote today to approve another five-year term for NRC Chairman Kristine Svinicki, who needs to be confirmed by this Friday to ensure a stable quorum.  Unfortunately, with healthcare taking the bulk of the attention, it is unlikely we will see any action on other nominees like those that could provide a quorum to FERC, which is currently delaying nearly $50 billion in energy projects.

Starting Thursday, the region gets its only regular stop on the PGA tour with the Quicken Loans National at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms.  Rickie Fowler and Naval Academy grad/local story Billy Hurley (who won the tournament last year) will be among the stars at Avenel.  Hard to believe, but it is 4th of July coming up next week, which also means le Tour de France is also just around the corner!!!  Here is a look at the route which launches Saturday.

No update next week, but will be in touch if important news breaks.  Call with questions.

Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

(202) 997-5932

 

FRANKLY SPOKEN

“NuScale’s technology is one of the biggest opportunities for nuclear over the next decade and these reforms to 45(j) would significantly bolster their ability to demonstrate the first American small modular reactor.”

Spencer Nelson, policy associate with ClearPath Action on passage of legislation to expand the use of tax incentives for new nuclear power plants.

 

IN THE NEWS

House Moves Urgent Nuclear Tax Credit Legislation – House lawmakers swiftly gave broad approval Tuesday to a bill, H.R. 1551, from Reps. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) modifying the 45(j) production tax credit to remove a 2021 deadline for new reactors to be placed in service. “Without this legislation, the nuclear power industry may cease to exist as we know it today in this country,” Rice said, adding it may be “another 30 or 40 years before this country builds another cutting-edge nuclear facility” without this incentive. The reforms in this legislation were designed to allow more time for the nation’s four new nuclear reactors under construction to receive the credit. But it is also potentially beneficial for helping come online future advanced nuclear facilities using state-of-the-art small modular reactors, such as those being designed by NuScale Power. “NuScale’s technology is one of the biggest opportunities for nuclear over the next decade and these reforms to 45(j) would significantly bolster their ability to demonstrate the first American small modular reactor,” ClearPath Action Policy Associate Spencer Nelson said. The White House also supports the bill. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has introduced a companion bill.

Groups Send Congress Letter on Advanced Energy – A number of groups promoting an advanced energy agenda sent a letter to Senate and House Appropriators last week.  ClearPath was part of joined a monster lineup that included Third Way, the Nuclear Energy Institute, Bipartisan Policy Center, Carbon Utilization Research Council, the American Council on Capital Formation, a number of environmental groups and several research universities in asking leading Senate appropriators to push through strong federal energy innovation funding. “While American innovators have a long history of developing and improving energy technologies, it is essential that the nation maintains its competitiveness,” the letter to Chairman Alexander and Energy Appropriations Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein states. “American historical leadership in this area is unparalleled, but it is not guaranteed. … If steps are not taken to bolster U.S. leadership in this sector, the nation could eventually need to import energy technologies from China, rather than domestically manufacture them and export them across the world.”

FERC Opens LNG Project Docket – FERC is seeking comments on Jordan Cove LNG export project in Oregon.  It a document published today, it asked for comments to be part of an extended environmental impact statement FERC is preparing for the Coos Bay, OR project.  Comments are due by July 10th.

EIA: Renewable Continue to Grow – The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through April 30, 2017) reveals that – for the first time since the beginning of the nuclear era – renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar – inc. small-scale PV, wind) are now providing a greater share of the nation’s electrical generation than nuclear power.  For the first third of this year, renewables and nuclear power have been running neck-in-neck with renewables providing 20.20% of U.S. net electrical generation during the four-month period (January – April) compared to 20.75% for nuclear power. But in March and April, renewables surpassed nuclear power and have taken a growing lead: 21.60% (renewables) vs. 20.34% (nuclear) in March, and 22.98% (renewables) vs. 19.19% (nuclear) in April.  While renewables and nuclear are each likely to continue to provide roughly one-fifth of the nation’s electricity generation in the near-term, the trend line clearly favors a rapidly expanding market share by renewables. Electrical output by renewables during the first third of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 has increased by 12.1% whereas nuclear output has dropped by 2.9%.

Solar on the Line – The Smithsonian American History Museum has recently opened an ongoing exhibit on solar energy. The showcase will be on display through most of 2017.  A synopsis can be found on line at: http://invention.si.edu/solar-line

Rig Count Still RisingOilfield-services company Baker Hughes said the US oil-rig count rose by 11 to 758.  The oil-rig count has risen for 23 straight weeks, extending a record-long streak of increases.  The gas-rig count fell by three to 183, and miscellaneous rigs were unchanged at zero, making the total rig count 941.

Cap Crude Looks at Russia – Our friends at Platts’ Capitol Crude are focused on Russia’s energy sector this week.   The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved new sanctions targeting Russia’s energy sector, but the effort has hit a major hurdle in the House and resistance from the Trump administration. Our friend Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow and director of the energy, economics and security program at the Center for a New American Security, talks about why this sanctions package, as proposed, could have disastrous consequences. Also, Nadia Rodova, Platts’ Moscow bureau chief, talks about the impact of current sanctions on Russian production and the view of the Trump administration from Moscow.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Conference of Mayors Meets in Miami – As it meets in Miami Beach for its 85th annual conference, the US conference of Mayors is certain to discuss climate change and role cities will play in addressing it.  The also intend on looking at Autonomous Vehicles.  The event will feature special guests such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.  They are expected to vote today on policy resolutions to send to federal lawmakers in Washington.  Bill Clinton spoke to the group yesterday and had an extensive discussion about climate change Issues.

EIA Energy Conference Set – The 2017 EIA Energy Conference is set for today and tomorrow at the Washington Hilton in DC.  The event features leaders from the coal, petroleum, natural gas, electric, renewable, and nuclear energy sectors, as well as policymakers shaping energy legislation and regulations, company executives developing and transporting energy resources, researchers finding energy solutions, and entrepreneurs pushing the latest energy technologies.  Main speakers will include FERC’s Colette Honorable, House Energy & Commerce Chair Greg Walden, International Energy Forum head Sun Xiansheng.  Walden and Pioneer’s Scott Sheffield will sit with EIA Head Howard Gruenspecht in the opening plenary next Monday.

Hudson to Hold Forum on India – The Hudson Institute’s South and Central Asia Program and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will host an event today at Noon on  building stronger trade relations between India and the United States. Rep. George Holding of North Carolina will give opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion.

Smart Cities Conference Headed for Austin – The 2017 Smart Cities Connect Conference will be in Austin, TX at the Convention Center tomorrow.  The event convenes more than 200 global city leaders to prospect and partner with innovative technology and service providers.

ClearPath Experts to Discuss Hydro at Conference – Tomorrow through Friday, Pennwell’s HydroVision will be held in Denver Colorado at the Colorado Convention Center.  Among the speakers will be ClearPath’s Rich Powell and Jeremy Harrell, as well as NHA’s Linda Church Ciocci and DOE’s Hydropower program manager Tim Welch.

Shimkus, Udall Headline Forum on TSCA – The Environmental Law Institute will hold a conference tomorrow at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health on chemical safety.  House Energy subpanel chair John Shimkus and Se. Tom Udall will headline the event, as well as former American Cleaning Institute CEO Ernie Rosenberg.

Pruitt Heads to Senate Approps Subpanel – The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. on the proposed fiscal 2018 budget estimates and justification for the EPA.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will testify.

House Resources to Mark up Legislation – The House Natural Resources Committee holds a markup tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. moving on several bills, including H.R. 2053, the Mining School Enhancement Act; H.R. 2425, the Public Lands Telecommunications Act; and H.R. 2939, the Water Rights Protection Act.

House Energy Panel to Look at Autonomous Vehicles – The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. looking at self-driving vehicle legislation.  Last year, our friends at SAFE formed a Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety who are studying the issue and have recommend best practices for industry and other parties for testing autonomous vehicles in real-world conditions. Witnesses will include Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers CEO Mitch Bainwol, Global Automakers CEO John Bozzella, the US Chamber’s Technology Engagement Center Tim Day, David Strickland of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer, GWU Law Professor Alan Morrison, and Will Wallace of Consumers Union.

Stanford-Hoover event to Look at Nuclear – The Stanford University’s Hoover Institution hold a forum at Noon tomorrow in SVC 202 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center looking at the necessity and viability of America’s nuclear power plants.  Among the speakers will be Ed McGinnis, DOE’s principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy.

Senate Enviro to Look at Advanced Clean Energy Tech – The Senate Environment Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety panel holds a hearing tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. looking at developing and deploying advanced clean energy technologies.

Global Security Forum Set – The Center for a New American Security hosts its 2017 Annual Conference in partnership with The Washington Post on Wednesday at The Mayflower Hotel. This year’s conference will bring together U.S. national security policymakers and experts to highlight major divides and identify potential bipartisan solutions. CNAS is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

DOJ Enviro Lawyer Confirmation Hearing Set – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold the confirmation hearing for Jeffrey Bossert Clark on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. Clark is an attorney at law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP who represented BP during the litigation following the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Timothy Kelly and Trevor McFadden, nominees to be judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Beth Ann Williams, nominee to be assistant attorney general for DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy, will also be testifying at the hearing.

CSIS to Host IEF Head on Energy Markets – The CSIS Energy & National Security Program on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. will host Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), for a presentation and discussion on the forces impacting the security of global oil and gas supplies. Adam Sieminski will moderate the session that will focus on three key aspects of current markets: (1) why the volatile nature of the energy markets continues to pose many challenges for producers and consumers and (2) how, despite policy shifts in Washington, tightening greenhouse gas emission thresholds around the world could continue to shape many long-term decisions made by policy makers.  Dr. Sun has over 30 years of practical industry experience in oil & gas production, trading, and pipeline construction. He was elected Secretary General of the IEF in August 2016.

AHRI Hosts CA State Summit – The HVAC industry will also hold a California State Summit on Wednesday and Thursday looking at energy and efficiency issues relating to the industry at the Hyatt in Sacramento.  Speakers will include CARB member Dean Florez, House Assembly Republican Leader Chad Myers and Senate President Kevin de Leon.

House Approps to Look at Energy Water – After last week’s testimony from Secretary Perry, the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee Energy and Water Development will meet Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to markup the FY 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

House Resources to Look at Oil, Gas on Fed Lands – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee holds a hearing on Thursday examining access to oil and gas development on federal lands. Witnesses and will include Interior’s Land and Minerals Management Deputy Kate MacGregor, Ryan Flynn of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, the Utah Governor’s Energy Advisor Laura Nelson and Mark Squillace, Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School.

CSIS to Discuss Energy Efficiency Issues – On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the CSIS Energy & National Security Program will host Philippe Benoit, former head of Energy Efficiency and Environment Division of the International Energy Agency, to discuss some of the benefits and pitfalls in shifting the focus of energy efficiency from savings to growth. Ariel Yépez, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will discuss how the IDB is working to increase the appeal of energy efficiency as a development tool for its client countries by also emphasizing its potential to support expanded service delivery. Laura Van Wie McGrory, Alliance to Save Energy, will discuss how energy efficiency also brings important benefits other than just energy savings to the U.S. and other developed countries.

Water Threat Discussed at Forum – The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and Clean Water Action will hold a briefing on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. looking at federal protection for clean water, which is increasingly under threat from steep proposed EPA budget cuts and recent decisions rescinding key federal rules (including the rules that applied the Clean Water Act to smaller waterways and wetlands or prohibited discharge of coal mining waste into streams).  Speakers will discuss impacts of proposed funding cuts and rollbacks in clean water protections on public and environmental health, and how to undo the damage, including NY Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former EPA Environmental Justice official Mustafa Ali.

AEE Webinar to Look at PURPA – Advanced Energy Economy’s Arvin Ganesan and Davis Wright Tremaine’s Glenn Benson will hold a webinar on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. featuring an overview of the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), a 1970s-era law that drives procurement of certain types of advanced energy generation.  Congress along with FERC are considering changes to this law and related regulations that could positively or adversely affect development of such generation projects. Join us to understand what PURPA is, how it’s implemented and what some of the contemplated and potential changes to the law may be.

USEA Forum to Look at Carbon Capture – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., US Energy Association will hold a forum on carbon capture.  This briefing will provide some insight into the development pathway for two of these technologies – MTR’s membrane-based approach and ION Engineering’s advanced solvent-based technology. Their developers will discuss the current status of their efforts and opportunities available given continued support of the development process.  Most of the CO2 captured to date has been used to support enhanced oil recovery efforts and has come from high-concentration sources where separation of CO2 is an inherent part of an industrial process, such as natural gas processing or fertilizer production. Costs associated with separating CO2 from lower-concentration sources, such as power generation, are too high to prompt widespread deployment of currently-available technologies. However, research and development efforts supported by the U.S. Department of Energy are leading to the development of 2nd generation technologies with substantially reduced costs and energy requirements. Further development and commercialization of these advanced technologies represents a large potential global market opportunity.  Among the speakers will Be Global CCS Institute expert Ron Munson.

Forum Looks at Energy, Transportation – The Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) announced its newest event series: Hot Topics in Public Policy. These events are a panel series focusing on issues currently — or soon-to-be — moving through the 115th Congress. These panels bring together thought leaders in the industry to discuss the state-of-play, providing insights and intel to help attendees stay ahead of the game in the current policy discussions heating up DC.  The first event in this series will be Thursday at the American Trucking Assn at 3:00 p.m. and will be a discussion of legislative and regulatory developments at the intersection of the energy and transportation industries. Among the panelists will be our friends Chris Guith of the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy and Nick Juliano, Deputy Energy Editor of POLITICO.

 

IN THE FUTURE

JULY 4th Recess – June 30th to July 11th

Forum to Tackle Clean Power in Latin America – On Thursday, July 6th at 8:45 a.m., the Inter-American Dialogue will host a forum on clean energy in Latin America.  Latin America faces many challenges to decarboninzing the power sector, such as fossil fuel subsidies, the lack of a carbon tax or carbon market in most countries, and inadequate grid integration. However, expanding clean power could bring many benefits, such as energy security through the use of domestic energy resources, employment, and regional integration and technology development. A decarbonized power sector would also allow for reduced carbon emissions from the transport sector through the expansion of electric vehicles fueled by clean power.  The event will feature a discussion with Walter Vergara, senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, Samantha Gross, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy, Energy Security and Climate Initiative, and Gabriela Elizondo Azuela, senior energy specialist at the World Bank Group.

Congressional Renewable Expo Set – The 20th annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO and Policy Forum will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from at 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In Rayburn.

Community Solar Forum Set for Denver – The Coalition for Community Solar Access will host the first annual National Community Solar Summit in Denver on July 26 – 28.  A few highlights for Denver include energy company CEOs including Tom Matzzie of CleanChoice Energy, Jesse Grossman of Soltage, Zaid Ashai of Nexamp, Rick Hunter of Microgrid Energy and Steph Spiers of Solstice.  Other speakers include energy company leaders Hannah Masterjohn of Clean Energy Collective, Dan Hendrick of NRG Energy, Adam Altenhofen of US Bank, Adam Capage of 3 Degrees and Lori Singleton of Salt River Project.

Energy Update: Week of February 15

Friends,

With the snow and ice in the Mid-Atlantic yesterday, I was grounded in Florida for an extra day when our President’s Day return flight was cancelled.  I guess it’s not so bad to be stuck in FL when there is bad weather in DC – especially with the region’s less-than-competent, foul-weather driving skills.  But, I did finally make it back.

Has our energy world changed in the past week?  Wow… First, the SCOTUS stayed the Clean Power Plan and then on Saturday, conservative legal icon Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away on a hunting trip in Texas.

I initially planned to have a primer on the SCOTUS decision, but I have altered some that given Justice Scalia’s passing.  There has been plenty of reporting and analysis on Scalia, the court impact and the politics, so we won’t weigh in there other than to point out an interesting opinion piece in the Washington Post from Legal scholar and friend Jonathan Adler and say that Tom Goldstein’s SCOTUS blog is a great place to keep pace with the action. My colleague Scott Segal adds his thoughts on Scalia below. You can use them “On-the-Record” or on background.

With President’s Day, the Congress is in a recess (maybe it’s last for the year to avoid any recess appointments).  It is a slow week, but NARUC Commissioners are here for their Winter Meetings and there are still a few good events on the schedule.  CSIS hosts EIA’s Howard Gruenspecht on the state of the oil markets and WCEE looks at government and business views on sustainability tomorrow, while the Atlantic Council discusses the implications of falling oil prices and CSIS hosts the BP Energy Outlook on Thursday.

And mark your calendars for Leap Day when ARPA-E launches it annual innovation conference with three days of R&D/Technology policy discussions.  Air Liquide CEO Mike Graff will launch the Summit with the featured “Fireside Chat” with FORTUNE innovation writer Katie Fehrenbacher, who interviews Graff and BASF CEO Wayne Smith.  Other speakers at the three-day event will include Sen Energy Chair Lisa Murkowski, Energy Secretary Moniz, former VP Al Gore, EPA’s Gina McCarthy and Sen. Chris Coons.

Finally, this week, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training 2016, the first informal part of the change of seasons and baseball’s annual sign of eternal World Series hope.  Hoping the Nationals will be able to rebound this year and, as always at the beginning of the season, the Cubs are still tied for first.  Call with questions.

 

Best,

Frank Maisano

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THE BIG NEWS

Segal on Impacts of Passing of Scalia – The were numerous stories about the impacts of Justice Scalia.  My colleague Scott Segal adding to that with focus on its relation to the Administration’s Clean Power Plan.    Segal: “The truth is that there are significant legal problems with the Clean Power Plan that would raise questions with any composition of the Supreme Court.  Liberal legal scholars like Harvard’s Laurence Tribe have pointed to statutory and constitutional shortcomings that will need to be resolved.   For its part, the panel assigned to the case at the D.C. Circuit may not have entered a stay, but they did adopt an unusually expedited schedule for the case which may reflect misgivings with the rule, and a desire to resolve them before compliance became a foregone conclusion.  And of course, the Supreme Court stay remains in place likely until an eventual Supreme Court judgment after the end of the Obama Administration.  While Justice Scalia’s untimely passing creates more uncertainty, the Clean Power Plan is still predicated on an extraordinarily shaky legal foundation.

Adler Pens Solution to Political Dilemma – Case Western University law Professor and former EPA lawyer Jonathan Adler addressed the political problem a new SCOTUS appointment faces in an interesting, thought-provoking Washington Post Op-ed.   Adler’s academic piece is unlikely to sway partisans but It is an eye-opener to the challenge that faces both the President and the Senate.   Adler argues “the long run of continuing to escalate the current brinkmanship in judicial nominations are significant, however. Republicans should recall that Senate obstruction of judicial nominees has kept several highly qualified conservative nominees from the federal bench as well, and that refusing to allow Scalia’s seat to be filled for a year would further politicize an already soiled process.”

SCOTUS Stays Obama GHG Rule – In an unprecedented move on an environmental rule, The Supreme Court of the U.S. granted a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon regulations for the electricity sector while the regulations are under review by the courts.

Some Key Reacts – Here were a few of the major reacts:

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey: Morrisey hailed today’s decision blocking the Environmental Protection Agency as a monumental victory.  Morrisey praised the decision saying it provides immediate relief for workers and businesses across the country. It also reinforces confidence in the broader challenge as the Supreme Court found the coalition’s arguments strong enough to stop EPA even before the lawsuit concludes.  “Make no mistake – this is a great victory for West Virginia,” Morrisey said. “We are thrilled that the Supreme Court realized the rule’s immediate impact and froze its implementation, protecting workers and saving countless dollars as our fight against its legality continues.”

Scott Segal, ERCC: “We have long maintained that the legal rationale for the Clean Power Plan stood on extremely weak ground.  Some 40 years of precedent contradicted the rule.  Problems of statutory interpretation were apparent from the moment of the architecture of the rule was proposed.  While stays of administrative rules are rare, they are not unknown and in this case the outcome was richly deserved.  The Court has held that the rule be stayed not only through DC Circuit consideration, but also through ultimate Supreme Court judgment should appeal to the High Court ultimately be sought.  There are many things that can be done to cost-effectively encourage the use of renewables and efficiency projects, but the Clean Power Plan was not the right approach.  The threats it posed to state prerogatives, reliability and energy security concerns made the rule a bad bet for policy reasons as well.”

Mike Duncan of the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE): “We are pleased the Supreme Court took this unprecedented step to protect the states from further economic harm while the courts are deciding whether the administration’s Power Plan is unlawful and unconstitutional,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “The stay is a signal the Supreme Court has serious concerns with the Power Plan. We’re optimistic the Power Plan will ultimately be rejected.”

Jeff Conner of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn (NRECA): “Charging ahead with implementation of the Clean Power Plan would have caused immediate and irreparable harm to America’s electric co-ops,” said NRECA Interim CEO Jeffrey Connor. “Had the stay not been granted, co-ops would have been forced to take costly and irreversible steps to comply with the rule, which is a huge overreach of EPA’s legal authority. The Clean Power Plan is a direct threat to co-ops’ ability to provide affordable and reliable electricity to their member consumers and should be erased from the books.”

Tom Donohue, US Chamber of Commerce President: “We welcome the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay the EPA’s unlawful greenhouse gas rule for the power sector. The Supreme Court’s stay of this rule and the D.C. Circuit’s order to hear the case quickly will ensure that America will not be forced to make costly and irreversible implementation decisions based upon an unprecedented regulation until judicial review is complete.  The EPA’s rule would put the government in control of our energy choices, drive up electricity costs for American businesses, consumers and families, impose tens of billions of dollars in annual compliance costs, and reduce our nation’s global competitiveness. Staying this rule is the right decision.”

AGs Lead Fight – Attorneys General from 28 states lead by West Virginia and Texas lead the effort to block the rule saying EPA exceeded its authority by double regulating coal-fired power plants and forcing states to fundamentally shift their energy portfolios away from coal-fired generation among other reasons. Those joining West Virginia and Texas were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Holmstead, Segal Weigh in USAT – The USA Today featured an op-ed from former EPA Air head Jeff Holmstead and ERCC director Scott Segal on the decision that said the Court’s order to stay the Obama administration’s “Clean Power Plan”  was “something it has never done before” when they put the regulation on hold until the courts can decide whether it is legal. They add the rule would mean higher energy costs and a less reliable electricity system for average Americans.

Chamber Official Point Out Paris Pledge Short Fall Already – Steve Eule, US Chamber climate expert who was in Paris, discussed the Stay decision in the context of the US UN pledge made in Paris.  Eule said the implications of this decision are likely to extend well beyond the United States and call into question the durability of the Obama Administration’s pledge to the United Nations (UN) to slash U.S. net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26% to 28% by 2025 from the 2005 level.”    He added at the Paris climate talks, administration officials spent considerably energy assuring anyone who would listen that the Clean Power Plan was legally unassailable.  See the Blog Here.

 

IN THE NEWS

Loveless Launches Columbia Energy Exchange Podcast – Our friend Bill Loveless, former Platts TV host has launched a new podcast program with Columbia University.  Expanding on its existing programming, Columbia Energy Exchange features in-depth conversations with the world’s top energy and climate leaders from government, business, academia and civil society. The program explores today’s most pressing opportunities and challenges across energy sources, financial markets, geopolitics and climate change as well as their implications for both the U.S. and the world.  Examples of recent guests on Columbia Energy Exchange have included EPA’s Gina McCarthy, Southern CEO Tom Fanning, Duke CEO Lynn Good and many more.

AFPM Hits RFS – The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) also filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rulemaking for 2014-2016.  AFPM President Chet Thompson said despite EPA’s best efforts, certain aspects of the final RFS rule still run afoul of the Clean Air Act. Thompson:  “EPA failed to provide obligated parties with requisite lead time and used flawed methodologies in establishing volume requirements. This rule further confirms that the RFS program is dysfunctional and that the only real solution is full repeal by Congress.”

Co-ops, NRDC Launch “Community Storage” Initiative – The nation’s 50 million residential electric water heaters collectively represent a significant – and vastly underutilized – energy storage resource capable of leveraging substantial environmental and cost benefits according to new research commissioned NRECA, NRDC, the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and Great River Energy (GRE).  This finding from the global economic consulting firm The Brattle Group was announced today (Feb. 10, 2016) at the launch of an initiative designed to promote growth in a novel, community-based approach to energy storage, dubbed “community storage.” By aggregating distributed energy technologies and home appliances, electric cooperatives are developing community storage to increase energy efficiency, better integrate renewable energy resources onto the grid, and reduce customers’ monthly electric bill.

One such community storage program managed by Minnesota-based generation and transmission cooperative Great River Energy has been able to store a gigawatt of energy each night by controlling the electric resistance water heaters of 65,000 end-use members.  Even in regions heavily reliant on coal and natural gas to generate electricity, the Brattle research shows that consumers have options for saving money on their electric bills and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with their water heating. Consumers can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent using their water heater as a thermal battery. Consumers can reduce their CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent using heat pump water heaters.  These same consumers will be enabling integration of clean, renewable resources. Further, the emission reductions of community storage will compound as more consumers participate and the electricity sector transitions to cleaner fuels and generation technologies.

Rural Co-ops Launch Major Vote Initiative – Speaking of NRECA, they also launched a major initiative to enhance voter engagement. The goal of the “Co-ops Vote” campaign is to boost voter turnout in areas served by cooperatives by encouraging electric co-op employees and their consumer members to exercise one of their most basic rights—the right to vote.  Working in collaboration with states and local co-ops, this non-partisan campaign will educate and engage all voters on important issues, such as ensuring continued access to reliable electricity, promoting co-ops’ development of innovative renewable energy solutions, and expanding broadband coverage throughout rural America.  Co-ops Vote will provide a wide variety of tools to its more than 900, not-for-profit members to help educate and engage employees and communities, including voter registration information, candidate information and a campaign video. Co-ops are urged to take simple steps, such as encouraging employees to register to vote, hosting voter registration drives at co-op offices, and partnering with local civic groups to plan voter registration efforts.  For more information, visit www.vote.coop and follow #CoopsVote.

AHRI Releases Refrigerant Management Research Report – AHRI recently published research project AHRI 8018: Review of Refrigerant Management Programs. This project characterized refrigerant management and recycling programs implemented in key regions of the world, evaluated their effectiveness, and determined best practices as they relate to the U.S. refrigerant landscape.  The report provides clarity and insights on seven primary jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, California, the European Union, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The report also includes a high-level review of activities in China and Brazil. The focus areas of research included characterizing the current processes for original equipment manufacturers, contractors, end users, and reclaimers to handle refrigerants, how and where refrigerant recycling happens, and the amount of refrigerants ultimately destroyed.  Navigant Consulting, Inc., conducted a literature review and interviewed key personnel in the target jurisdictions to develop the detailed content of this report. Research covered the regulations, roles and responsibilities, funding sources, incentive and enforcement mechanisms, performance, refrigerant recovery, tracking and reporting, outreach, training, and flow of refrigerants in the nine jurisdictions.

New Data Highlights Natural Gas Savings for Consumers and Our Economy – Low domestic natural gas prices led to savings of almost $69 billion for residential natural gas customers over the past four years, according to the 2016 American Gas Association Playbook, released last week. Filled with new data and detailed graphics, this essential handbook provides a comprehensive explanation about the role natural gas plays in American’s daily lives and how it can help our nation achieve economic prosperity.  The 2016 AGA Playbook includes the latest data surrounding natural gas and its role in changing the way Americans use energy. It includes pertinent information about pipeline safety, natural gas supply and usage, industry safety, energy efficiency, economic growth, cybersecurity and more. It also details information on the latest natural gas utility initiatives to enhance cyber and physical security including the AGA Peer Review Program, the Downstream Natural Gas Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

National Trade Association for Community Solar Launched – Leading energy companies in the solar market today announced the formation of the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), the first-ever national trade association for community solar. The Coalition’s founding leadership includes Clean Energy Collective, Community Energy, Ecoplexus, Ethical Electric, First Solar, and Recurrent Energy.  CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by individual community members, who receive credits on their electricity bills for their portion of the power produced.  Community solar projects provide American homeowners, renters and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation unconstrained by the physical attributes of their home or business, like roof space, shading, or whether or not they own their residence or building.  These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households.  CCSA will work in partnership with consumers, local stakeholders, and utilities to promote smart policies and innovative program models to give all Americans in every community the ability to directly benefit from clean, affordable, and reliable solar power. CCSA’s initial goals are: to open markets in key states; serve as the resource for policymakers, utilities and advocates who seek clear, practical options for establishing community solar programs; and to be the messenger to highlight the growing success of the community solar market.   CCSA will target several key states in 2016, including New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland, and broaden its reach as the organization and the community solar market grows. The coalition will work with legislators, regulators and utilities to help develop fair policy and regulatory frameworks to drive sustainable growth for community solar.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Federal Leaders, “Lights Out” Talk Highlight NARUC Winter Meetings – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) holds its 2016 Winter Meeting today and tomorrow at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. Meetings will feature talks from FERC Chair Norman Bay, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and PHMSA Administrator Marie Therese Dominguez. The federal representatives will discuss current rulemakings, priorities within their agencies, and the role of state regulators.  Also among the General Session speakers is USAID Power Africa Deputy Coordinator Sean Jones. Power Africa is a federal interagency effort working to significantly increase access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program works with public and private entities to decrease barriers to energy resources coming online and supports necessary reforms in regulatory and political structures to ensure the long-term viability of energy sectors. NARUC President Travis Kavulla of Montana will lead well-known author and journalist Ted Koppel in a thought-provoking question-and-answer session on his book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.  Along with cybersecurity, panel topics will cover high-profile regulatory matters such as the Clean Power Plan, pipeline safety, decarbonization, broadband, natural gas, and transportation issues. Panel participants include state commissioners, subject-matter experts and consumer advocates.

NE ISO Chief to Address Dinner – This evening, the National Capitol Area of the US Assn Of Energy Economists will host its annual dinner featuring a presentation by Gordon van Welie of ISO-New England on balancing clean energy integration with reliable and competitive power markets.  van Welie is president and chief executive officer of ISO New England Inc., having previously served at Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution LLC, where he served as vice president and general manager of the Power Systems Control Division and was responsible for managing information technology solutions for electric companies.

WCEE to Feature Sustainability Discussion – Tomorrow at 12:00 noon at Johnson Control DC office, the Women’s Council on Energy and the  Environment (WCEE) will host a lunch focused on the challenges and opportunities of leading the sustainability function within organizations.  From defining sustainability, to embedding it into the organization’s values and strategy, to operationalizing it, the event will explore some of the current issues faced by these sustainability officers.  Speakers will include GWU Sustainability Director Meghan Chapple Brown, CEQ’s Christine Harada, WRI’s Kevin Moss and Johnson Controls Catherine Potter.

CSIS to Look at Oil Markets for 2016 – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a public session on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to preview what 2016 may look like and the state of the oil market. The panel will discuss updated forecasts of supply and demand, the outlook for U.S. unconventionals production, and the implications for the midstream and refining sector. A month into the new year, oil and gas markets, companies, and lenders are off to a turbulent start, in many ways continuing trends from over the past 18 months. Despite the risk of supply disruptions around the globe and the most recent uptick in oil prices, resilient production, especially from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iraq, combined with the reentry of Iranian volumes, a strong dollar, abundant inventories, and the uncertainty surrounding new demand growth are likely to sustain low prices well into this year.  Speakers will include EIA’s Howard Gruenspecht and several others.

Forum to Look at Climate Innovation, Partnerships – On Thursday at 9:00 a.m., the Wilson Center will hold a forum on Innovation in solving climate goals.  Debra Knopman and Zhimin Mao from RAND will discuss how RAND has worked with the Guangdong Provincial Department of Housing and Rural Development since 2011 to develop a system of quality of life indicators and identify policy options to advance sustainability in the Pearl River Delta region. Mark Ginsberg, Senior Fellow at U.S. Green Building Council and Principal of Ginsberg Green Strategies, will discuss how various LEED certification and scoring mechanisms are helping Chinese cities and professionals better measure and manage buildings and other urban systems. Abby Watrous, Senior ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), will discuss how DOE is working with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to deploy low-carbon development policy and planning tools for cities across China.

Forum to Tackle Strategic Impact of Falling Oil Price on Middle East – The Atlantic Council will host a discussion on Thursday 9:00 a.m. focused on the strategic implications of the fall of crude oil prices on the security and stability of the Middle East.  With the recent escalation of tensions between OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and Iran, there are many challenges.  Riyadh and Tehran are at odds in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, as Iranian officials boast about their plans to increase oil production by as many as one million barrels per day. As the Kingdom and its Gulf partners pursue costly security efforts abroad, low oil prices have forced them to consider painful and traditionally unpopular economic reforms at home. Middle Eastern oil producers could very well face a dual threat – can they continue to balance demanding security challenges at home and abroad?  Speakers will include former WSJ Publisher Karen Elliot House, IHS Petroleum Risk Director Raad Alkadiri and Atlantic’s Sherri Goodman.

CSIS Hears BP Energy Outlook – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a presentation on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. of the BP Energy Outlook – 2016 Edition with Spencer Dale , Group Chief Economist with BP p.l.c. The BP Energy Outlook attempts to describe the “most likely” trajectory of the global energy system – based upon assumptions around economic and population growth as well as developments in policy and technology – as well as examining key uncertainties. Questions to be addressed in the 2016 edition include: what factors will shape energy markets over the next 20 years? What impact would a slowdown in global economic growth have on energy demand? How could agreements reached at COP21 affect energy consumption?

Forum to Look at Russia, Oil Price Crash – On Thursday, the Woodrow Wilson Center will hold a forum Russian and the impacts of the oil price crash. Like every energy exporter, Russia is suffering from low commodity prices. But, since the beginning of the slump (mid-2014), Russia’s economic policy response has been reasonably effective. Drawing on policies developed over the past 15 years, Russia has let its currency fall against the dollar, helping to balance the budget, and has continued adjusting oil taxation to incentivize exports. With Duma elections coming this fall, 2016 is likely to be a more difficult environment for Russian policy makers.  Yale’s Chris Miller will speak.

Forum to Look at Low Oil Price Impacts – The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center will hold a discussion on Friday at 12:30 p.m. the impact of low oil prices on economic and political stability in Latin America. The collapse in crude oil prices since mid-2014 has shaken the foundation of global energy markets, with far-reaching economic implications in Latin America. Today, governments across the region face fiscal constraints, market upheaval, challenges to longstanding fuel subsidy programs, and lagging economic growth. Some are adapting creatively, while others are not. With this volatile landscape as a backdrop, panelists will address the following questions about impacts of the low-price environment.

RFF Policy Leadership Forum to feature Québec Premier – On Friday at 12:45 p.m., Resources for the Future will host a conversation between RFF President Phil Sharp and the Premier of Québec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, as they discuss critical environmental and energy issues facing North America.  Elected leader of his party and Premier of Québec in 2014, Premier Philippe Couillard is a neurosurgeon, former cabinet minister, member of Parliament, and respected leader, both in Canada and on the world stage.  Highlighting both the actions of state-level initiatives in addressing climate change—such as the Québec and California linked emissions trading system—as well as their roles on the world stage at COP21 in Paris, Québec has exercised significant leadership in the global community as part of the collective effort to solve the climate crisis.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

NACo to Meet – The National Assn of Counties holds it legislative meetings In Washington next week at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

WCEE Tackles Solar – Next Monday, February 22nd at Noon, WCEE will host a forum on the many opportunities and challenges for the solar industry in the coming year. This event is first in a series about solar power.  Speakers will include SEIA’s Katherine Gensler, SEPA CEO Julia Hamm and EEI’s Lola Infante, who directs EEI’s Generation Fuels and Market Analysis.

Forum Looks at Enviros, Nuclear – The New America Foundation and Future Tense will host a lunch and conversation next Monday at Noon in Washington, D.C., to consider whether you can truly be an environmentalist without embracing nuclear energy.  Speakers will including for WSJ reporter and author Steve Levine, Aaron VanDevender of the Founders Fund, ASU’s Jennifer Richter and Argonne’s Nuclear R&D Technical Director Robert Hill.

Forum to Look at Enviro Justice Issues in GHG Plan – On February 22, at 3:00 p.m., the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is rescheduling its GHG briefing cancelled by the January snow storm.  The forum will be a webinar and discuss how environmental justice (EJ) is addressed through EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  The panel will explore how incorporating environmental justice concerns into the Clean Power Plan’s implementation can impact vulnerable communities.  Speakers for this forum include EPA Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice Mustafa Ali.

Brooking to Look at GHG Rules, State Implementation – Next Monday at 2:00 p.m., the Economic Studies group at Brookings will host an event to key issues related to state implementation of EPA’s GHG rules.  EPA has given states some flexibility in how they achieve their targets, and some states can continue work on implementation plans that balance the objectives of compliance, reliability, affordability, cross-state coordination, safety, and efficient long term low-carbon capital investment in the sector. States’ nearer term strategies could influence the evolution of the electricity sector for decades to come, well past the targeted 32 percent reduction in 2030 emissions from the sector relative to levels in 2005. Former Colorado Gov Bill Ritter will keynote, followed by a panel that includes former NJ Gov. and EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, NARUC Executive Director Greg White, Jonas Monast of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and RFF’s Josh Linn.

Senate Energy to Hear Jewel on Interior Budget – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to examine the Department of the Interior’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017.  Secretary Jewell will testify.

ELI Looks at Circular Economy Issues – Environmental Law Institute holds an afternoon forum regulatory and commercial law implications of a “circular economy” next Tuesday.  In response to the resource constraints, environmental pressures and economic barriers that characterize our “take and dispose” economy, many have put forward a vision for a “circular economy” that would not only conserve and recycle materials, but also contribute to new technological, financial and environmental innovations.  This session looks at the approach to supplant the way global production and energy systems operate. The purpose of this program is to explain the meaning of the “circular economy” and how it is being applied at the intersection of energy, environment and materials management and present some of the specific regulatory, procurement, financial structuring, and other legal initiatives that are emerging to help actualize its objectives globally.

Women in Solar Event Set – Women in Solar Energy (WISE) will hold its second annual NationWISE event on Tuesday, February 23rd  at 6:00 p.m. The goal of NationWISE is to discuss stories of women in different areas of the solar industry to show their diverse career paths and experiences and to prompt open discussion about female-friendly work environments. WISE is hoping to use this discussion to baseline its “best practices” that solar companies can adopt for human resources guidelines, female recruitment, and opportunities for women to excel in the solar energy industry.  Speakers include SEPA CEO Julia Hamm, Solar Foundation Executive Director Andrea Luecke and DOE SunShot Initiative head Lidija Sekaric.

Forum  to Look at CPP – New America and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will hold a forum on February 24th for a close look at the current gap between climate goals and climate action, and ways that gap can be filled.  John Larsen of the Rhodium Group will present a new analysis of progress toward meeting the U.S. climate target. Then an expert group, convened by C2ES President Bob Perciasepe and New America Senior Advisor Sharon Burke, will explore how technology innovation and stronger action by cities, states and the federal government can help reach the goal.  Speakers include Scott Fulton, President of the Environmental Law Institute, Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center, and Dr. Ellen Williams (invited), Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Senate Environment to Tackle RFS – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will convene an oversight hearing on Wednesday, February 24th to examine the renewable fuel standard.

IEA Medium-Term Oil Report Released – On Wednesday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m., the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Keisuke Sadamori, Director of the Office for Energy Markets and Security with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to present the IEA’s 2016 Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR). Our friend Kevin Book, Managing Director with ClearView Energy Partners LLC, and Senior Associate with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will moderate the discussion.

House Resources to Look at Enviro Mitigation – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Oversight will hold a hearing on Wednesday February 24th on new environmental mitigation regulations.

Distributed Wind Assn Hits Capitol – The Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) holds its annual Capitol Hill Reception in S-115, The Capitol on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

NatGas Roundtable Feature Berkeley Research Expert – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host its February lunch on Thursday, February 25th featuring James Koehler, Associate Director of Berkeley Research Group. Koehler is an energy finance, markets, and policy expert in Berkeley Research Group’s international Energy and Natural Resources practice, based in Washington, D.C.

Paper Details NatGas, Propane In PA – The US Energy Assn will hold a forum on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. to look at natural gas and propane and their increasing foothold as alternative fuel sources for Pennsylvania’s transportation sector. Across the state, transit agencies and other large fleets are converting from gasoline to natural gas or propane because of cost and environmental benefits. However, use of natural gas or propane is not limited to large fleets. Opportunities exist for small fleets or individual vehicles such as mid-size delivery vans and trucks, taxis, and high-mileage commercial vehicles. Opportunities also exist to become a station owner.  This paper was written as an educational tool for Pennsylvanians on the options for fuel conversions, refueling options, and a summary of what is available in the market. This paper covers a broad range of topics concerning natural gas and propane opportunities within the Commonwealth.

USEA to Look at Australia, US Competition Issues – Next Friday, February 26th at 10:30 a.m., the US Energy Association will hold a briefing to discuss similarities and differences between the US and Australian energy industries and other competition issues.

ASE to Host Congressional Briefing – The Alliance to Save Energy will hold a Congressional Briefing next Friday on the Role of Benchmarking, Transparency and Codes in Driving a More Efficient Built Environment. The purpose of the briefing is to educate and engage congressional staff and energy efficiency professionals on the work and progress being done in this area, while also discussing solutions and best practices that can help further advance energy efficiency in the built environment.

Air Liquide CEO, Others Headline ARPA-E Event — On February 29th, Air Liquide CEO Mike Graff will launch the annual ARPA-E Innovation Summit with the featured “Fireside Chat.”  Graff will be interviewed by FORTUNE innovation writer Katie Fehrenbacher along with BASF CEO Wayne Smith.  Other speakers at the three-day event will include Sen Energy Chair Lisa Murkowski, Energy Secretary Moniz and former VP Al Gore on Tuesday, March 1st.  EPA’s Gina McCarthy and Sen. Chris Coons will speak on Wednesday, March 2nd.

Canada Energy Future Highlighted – The CSIS Energy Program will feature a discussion on March 2nd of Canada’s 2016 energy future.  The event will feature members of the Canadian National Energy Board, including Abha Bhargava, Director of Energy Integration, as well as Energy Futures Project Managers Bryce Van Sluys and Matthew Hansen.

GEA Sets Geo Energy Showcase – The Geothermal Energy Assn will be holding its 3rd U.S. and International Geothermal Energy Showcase in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 17th at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. This year’s Showcase will focus on the building blocks for successful geothermal projects and highlight key geothermal projects, trends, and governmental policies in the U.S. and the international markets. The program will showcase geothermal projects, trends, and governmental policies in the U.S. and around the world. Topics covered will include: the geothermal market today, projects under development in the U.S. and internationally, outlook for the future of the geothermal market, policies driving geothermal development, new technologies, and federal agency support at home and abroad.

Defense Renewables Summit Set – Infocast hosts the 6th  Defense Renewables Summit on March 15-16th at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA, to bring DoD, Air Force, Army and Navy decision-makers together with renewable energy developers, utilities, system integrators, financiers, EPCs, cybersecurity, energy storage, smartgrid and telecom experts to meet the renewable energy goals and security needs of the DoD. The summit will explore how viable, financeable projects can be developed to the benefit of all. The summit will provide the latest on emerging guidelines and processes that merges the complexity of federal acquisitions with the risk allocation methods of project finance.

Chamber to Host Aviation Summit – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation are hosting the 15th annual Aviation Summit on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Renaissance Hotel to bring together top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss critical issues facing the industry. The 2016 Summit will focus on innovation and emerging technologies.

Water Power Conferences Set for DC – The all-new Waterpower Week in Washington will present three events in one, showcasing the entire world of waterpower.  The National Hydropower Association Annual Conference, International Marine Renewable Energy Conference and Marine Energy Technology Symposium will all take place at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., April 25-27.

Energy Update: Week of November 16

Friends,

 

Last Friday’s attack in Paris have now taken up a large portion of the news coverage and cast a long shadow on the upcoming Paris Climate meetings.  While most leaders are dedicated to forging on, reports are showing that the security will be much tighter and many outside groups that had planned to attend are now reconsider plans.  Already, the French have suggested that side events will be cancelled.  We will keep you In the loop as to what we hear.

 

With Paris two weeks away, leaders of the G20 countries were meeting in Turkey this weekend and upcoming climate talks did make the agenda as a major topic.  One interesting twist out of the meeting so far seems to be an unwillingness from India and Saudi Arabia to agree to five-year reviews.  This may be a signal as to how some will approach the talks in Paris.

 

Congress returns this week for a pre-Thanksgiving session and there will be significant action on the climate issues.  Both the Senate Environment Committee and the House Science Committee will hold hearings Wednesday on the negotiations.  Meanwhile, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will move resolutions of disapproval on the Administration’s GHG rule for new and existing power plants through Committee and to the Floor, although the House Schedulers have said the resolutions will not get a vote this week – the last days in session before the beginning of the Paris conference.    Many are expecting a House vote the week following Thanksgiving while the President is in Paris.

 

Finally, throughout the week, EPA will hold public hearings in Denver, DC and Atlanta on the controversial Federal portion of the GHG rule.  The Denver action starts today while DC is Wednesday/Thursday and Atlanta is Thursday and Friday.  We have folks sharing their views at all the hearings, including our friends at Tri-State in Denver and Segal here in DC.

 

Call with questions…Best,

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

(202) 997-5932

 

 

IN THE NEWS

 

Miss State Report: Energy Security is Viable through Use of CO2-EOR – Using CO2-EOR as a framework could lead to energy security and result in a new United States energy policy, according to a new report from the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, a research unit (NSPARC) at Mississippi State University. “CO2-EOR can advance a “triple e” approach resulting in energy security, environmental quality and economic viability,” said Dr. Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, executive director of NSPARC.  Parisi said CO2-EOR is a mature technology that creates a safe, secure and economically viable supply of fossil fuel-based energy and reduces CO2-EOR emissions. The CO2-EOR technology generates around 300,000 barrels of oil each day in the U.S., or about three percent of all the oil produced, leaving room for substantial growth. In Mississippi, in the latest year reported, around 50 percent of oil produced was extracted by means of CO2-EOR, said Parisi. Another economic advantage of the CO2-EOR technology in Mississippi, added Parisi, is that pipeline infrastructure continues to expand with private sector investment, which has the advantage of not being subject to common carrier provisions.

 

Kemper Cost Agreement Set – Speaking of Kemper, last week Mississippi Power and Mississippi Public Service Commission staff reached an agreement related to the recovery of certain costs for portions of the Kemper County energy facility that are already in service. While the innovative coal gasification project is expected to be completed next year, the facility has already been generating electricity to meet Mississippi Power customers’ energy needs using natural gas for more than a year. The agreement is contingent upon PSC approval.  Part of the deal includes Mississippi Power Co. accepting a smaller rate increase for part of Kemper.  The agreement will reduce the increase to 15% from 18%. For a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, rates would fall from $144 a month to about $138. More on this here.

 

House Energy Leaders Question EPA Delay of Routine, Nonpartisan Codification of Law – House Energy Committee leaders sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking further information concerning apparent efforts by the agency to prevent the codification of an important provision of the Clean Air Act. Based on documents introduced at a House Judiciary Committee markup earlier this week, it appears that EPA officials may have inhibited the nonpartisan congressional Office of Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) as it sought to fulfill its responsibility to codify the language used in the Clean Air Act and other statutory provisions. OLRC has been undertaking a systematic, multi-year process and EPA has declined for almost seven years to review the codification bills submitted by the OLRC to the Judiciary Committee. During this time period the agency was developing its proposed (Clean Air Act section) 111(d) rule for existing power plants. The correspondence appears to show that EPA may have been blocking this routine, statutorily-prescribed process because it would undermine the agency’s legal arguments supporting its 111(d) rulemaking.

 

Wisconsin Field Hearing Blasts CPP, Water Rule – Sen. Ron Johnson hosted a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee field hearing at the Dreyfus University Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on Friday.  Johnson, chairman of the panel who is locked in a reelection battle, heard from state government and trade group officials that hammered EPA for its rules, specifically the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Bruce Ramme, a vice president at WEC Energy Group Inc., said EPA’s plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants could lead to higher energy costs: “One thing is certain: Costs will increase for our customers,” Ramme said.  The Wisconsin Farm Bureau blasted the water rule and Wisconsin assistant deputy attorney general Danielle Breuer called the rule “the largest overreach we have seen in decades.”

 

AGA Report Shows Growth, Success of Federal Pipeline Safety Program – America’s natural gas pipeline network is safer and more reliable today than at any other point in history. According to a report published last week by the American Gas Foundation entitled Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Reliability: An Assessment of Progress, this is due to collaborative efforts between industry, federal and local regulators and programs set forth in federal legislation passed in 2006 and 2011 that are still being instituted. The report states that observations to date indicate that these new approaches are making meaningful contributions to the safety of customers and communities.  The report charts the growth of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) oversight of the nation’s federal pipeline safety program for more than five decades. The program has expanded significantly, growing from a fledgling agency with a handful of federal employees and very limited financial resources to a more robust regulator with a projected federal workforce of more than 300 federal employees and almost $150 million in annual funding. Data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, part of the DOT, shows a significant reduction over the last two decades in the number of natural gas pipeline incidents per year involving fatalities or injuries.

 

IEA Details Oil Price Forecast – The International Energy Agency predicted last week that oil prices will likely to remain flat until demand catches up to supply in 2020.  Then, IEA says they expect crude prices to go back to around $80 per barrel.  In its annual energy outlook, the IEA also predicted that China would increasingly rely on natural gas while demand for oil in developed countries like the United States will continue to decline.

 

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

CSIS Global Forum Set – CSIS’s International Security Program will hold its flagship annual Global Security Forum 2015 today.  It will feature John Brennan as Keynote and will have an energy panel that features EIA Director Adam Sieminski as a panelist.

 

Hudson Forum to Look at China, US Emission, Energy – The Hudson Institute will host a day-long conference today featuring energy policy experts from both China and the U.S.  As the world’s second largest economy, China’s energy demands are growing fast. In the next fifteen years, China is projected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest oil consumer, and Russia as the world’s second largest natural gas consumer. By 2035, China is expected to become the world’s largest energy importer, as its energy production rises 47%, while consumption rises by 60%. China’s oil import dependence is projected to rise from 60% in 2013 to 75% in 2035.

 

Fuel Cell Seminar Set for LA – The 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition will be held in Los Angeles this week at the Westin Bonaventure.  The event is the premier U.S. conference for the fuel cell and hydrogen industry and attracts an international audience.  The Fuel Cell Seminar features the latest fuel cell and hydrogen products, technical and market research, policy updates and commercialization strategies for all applications and market sectors. The Fuel Cell Seminar is the foremost event for networking with industry representatives, customers, stakeholders and decision makers interested in the clean, reliable, and resilient power potential of fuel cells.

 

Solar Groups Look at Green Building – The SunShot Initiative, SEIA, and PVMC are hosting a Green Building Solar Summit today at 1:00 p.m. that will coincide with Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which will bring thousands of architects, builders, and real estate professionals to Washington DC.  The Summit will feature a mix of panels and facilitated discussion to explore critical structural, contractual and financial barriers and identify opportunities to work collaboratively to find innovative solutions and expand the commercial solar market.  Elaine Ulrich, Program Manager, Soft Costs with the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, and Rhone Resch, President & CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association, will open the day with introductory remarks followed by a series of lighting talks to provide context on the trends and issues across the solar and green building communities. PVMC will also provide a preview of its 2016 Commercial Solar Initiative.  The second part of the afternoon will be dedicated to engaging the commercial real estate and green building communities in discussion on innovative financing instruments. SEIA will also present its new Finance Initiative, spearheaded by the organization’s Senior Director, Project Finance, and Mike Mendelsohn.

 

VLS Forum to Look at CPP –The Vermont Law School tomorrow holds its second annual alumni in Energy Symposium will look at EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the lawsuits challenging it. This panel will discuss the ongoing litigation related to the Clean Power Plan and likely outcomes.  Speakers will include NRDC’s David Doniger, RFF’s Dallas Burtraw, former EPA General Counsel and industry Coalition legal lead Roger Martella and NYU’s Richard Revesz.

 

Wilson Center to Focus on Climate, Security Issues – Tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., the Wilson Center will release a report exploring the intersection of climate change, drivers of insecurity, and U.S. national security priorities in the Asia-Pacific region.  As the United States reorients its foreign policy approach to the Asia-Pacific region, it must seriously consider the impacts of climate change, argues a new report from the Center for Climate and Security. How can the United States help improve the region’s climate resilience, and at the same time, strategically adapt to a rapidly changing security environment?

 

EPA CAAAC to Meet on Ozone Implementation, CPP – EPA will host a CAAAC and Air Toxics Work Group meetings tomorrow and Wednesday.

 

McCarthy to Talk Energy with Bloomberg – On Wednesday, Bloomberg will host a breakfast conversation with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and hosts of “With All Due Respect” on Bloomberg Television, to discuss the future of energy and where the 2016 candidates stand.   EPA’s Gina McCarthy will sit down with Mark and John for an interview about the state of energy and climate policy in America, followed by a wide-ranging panel discussion about how policy and politics intersect to shape the energy marketplace, featuring former South Carolina Republican Congressman and Executive Director of republicEn.org Bob Inglis, GE Ventures’ Senior Executive Director of Energy Ventures Colleen Calhoun, and more.

 

EPA to Host DC Public Hearing On Power Plant  Rule – WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY

 

Senate Enviro to Hold Climate Hearing – On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Environment Committee will hold a hearing examining the International Climate negotiations.  Witnesses will include Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy VP Steve Eule, Lisa Jacobson of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and several others.

 

Former EPA Official to Address Climate Issues – ICF will host an Energy Breakfast on Thursday at the National Press Club to look at the Paris Climate Meeting.  Starting in late November, the 21st  meeting of the Council of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Paris to deliberate on how countries can individually and collectively mitigate global climate change.  Former EPA #2 Bob Perciasepe, a regular participant in these negotiations, as he handicaps the negotiations and informs us about what will be the “make or break” issues in Paris this time.

 

House Science Tackle Paris Climate Meeting – The House Science Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on the international climate discussions.  Witnesses will include NERA Expert Anne Smith, ERCOT General Counsel Bill Magness, CT DEEP Deputy Commissioner Katie Dykes, and Cato’s Paul Knappenberger.

 

Science Looks at National Labs – Later that afternoon at 2:00 p.m., House Science will hold a hearing to examine the recommendations of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories.  Witnesses will include TJ Glauthier and Jared Cohon, Co-Chairs of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories, as well as Peter Littlewood, Director of the Argonne National Laboratory.

 

POSTPONED — Senate Energy to Look at Well Control Rule – Thursday’s Senate Energy Committee oversight hearing on the Well Control Rule and other regulations related to offshore oil and gas production has been postponed to early December.

 

Carolina Climate on My Mind – The UNC Institute for the Environment (IE) Energy and Environment Seminar Series will host an energy discussion with Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Harder on Thursday.  The seminar presents speakers working in the nexus between issues of energy management, policy and technology, and environmental concerns.

 

Forum to Look at Climate Solutions – DC Net Impact will hold a discussion on Thursday looking at how donor agencies and implementers are adapting to, and mitigating the effects of, climate change in the energy and agriculture sectors. In addition to discussing climate change, the panelists will describe their career paths and answer your questions.

 

Forum to Look at Russian Oil Issues – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Tatiana Mitrova, Head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute in Moscow  on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her latest paper on the Russian energy sector. Russia remains one of the of the world’s largest hydrocarbon resource holders, producers, and exporters. It is a dominant supplier both for Europe and for its neighbors. Russia is now going through an uncertain economic and energy transition.  Mitrova will present the initial findings of her research on how the Russian oil and gas sector is evolving, including an examination of future potential changes under a range of oil price scenarios and potential ways Russia might use to overcome those challenges.

 

Rep. Beyer to Host Climate Forum I Arlington – On Thursday at 7:00 p.m.,  U.S. Rep. Don Beyer will host a forum on climate change in the auditorium of George Mason University’s Arlington campus.  Panelists will include experts from government, academia and nonprofit organizations, including Megan Ceronsky of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change, EPA’s Shawn Garvin, GMU’s Mona Sarfaty and NRDC’s Aliya Haq.

 

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Cheniere Exec to Discuss LNG at NatGas Roundtable – The Natural Gas Roundtable will host Cheniere’s vice president of finance, Tarek Souki to be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, November 24th luncheon.  He will discuss the outlook for natural gas exports from the US and the dynamics of the global LNG market including supply, demand and pricing linkages to Henry Hub.

 

THANKSGIVING – November 26

 

PARIS UN COP 21 Meeting –  November 30th  to December 11th

 

IEA Outlook Discussed at CSIS – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director at the International Energy Agency to present the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015 on Monday November 30th at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will include updated projections for the evolution of the global energy system to 2040, based on the latest data and market developments, as well as detailed insights on the prospects for fossil fuels, renewables, the power sector and energy efficiency and analysis on trends in CO2 emissions and fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies.   In addition, the WEO 2015 includes in-depth analysis on several key issues including the implications of a lower oil price future, India’s energy sector, on the competitive position of fast-growing renewable energy technologies in different markets, new analysis of energy efficiency policies, and unconventional gas with a particular focus on China.

 

Transmission Forum Set – The 5th  annual TransForum East, will be held December 1st and 2nd in Washington, D.C. at the Westin Georgetown.  As in previous Forum events, our presenters and panelists have been hand selected by the TransmissionHub editorial team to address the most important issues facing stakeholders in the Eastern Interconnection. You can view the agenda and speaker lineup here.

Utility Execs Looking at Storage – The 2015 U.S. Energy Storage Summit will be Held in December 8th and 9th in San Francisco.  Utility speakers will offer presentations, case studies, and panel sessions on the status and technology of energy storage.  Our friend Stephen Lacey will be among those leading the discussion.

 

Bloomberg Reception Honors Hess Book – Bloomberg will host a reception on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. congratulating our friends Tina Davis and Jessica Resnick-Ault on the publication of their new book, Hess: The Last Oil Baron, published by Bloomberg Press and John Wiley & Sons.  It will Be at the Bloomberg offices in NYC on Lexington Avenue.

 

FERC’S Clark to Address ICF Breakfast – ICF will host FERC Commissioner Tony Clark at its December 10th Energy Breakfast at the National Press Club.   Clark will discuss FERC’s cutting-edge energy agenda.

 

Energy Update: Week of February 17

Friends,

With President’s Day holiday, snowy blizzards lacing New England and the Mid-Atlantic and Fat Tuesday all upon us, this week will be a short week  Therefore also a short Intro, but mostly because I traveled to Connecticut College, Colby College and Skidmore College (Yes all sound very expensive and offer no scholarships) this weekend, driving through a massive blizzard, that would even test the most hearty New Englanders.  I’ll tell you it was pretty amazing on Sunday morning driving Boston’s 495 Outer Loop in blizzard conditions and virtually no cars on the road.  We had the road to ourselves…

As well, my colleague Scott Segal again graced the streets of the Crescent City in the run up to Mardi Gras as his usual Krewe worked the Bacchus Parade on Sunday.  I will get a full report tonight in when we meet up in the Big Apple.  That’s right…Fat Tuesday is today so have a king cake for me.

The snow in DC should slow folks down this week, (not us here at the Update as I was able to get into office in record time with the roads empty) but also not our friends at NARUC, who are holding their (REALLY) Winter meetings at the Renaissance Hotel.  Today’s line-up includes EPA’s Gina McCarthy, Energy Secretary Moniz, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler and FERC Chair Cheryl LaFleur.  Platts also starts its nuclear conference today in DC with NRC’s Stephen Burns keynoting.

While Congress is in a brief recess this week for President Day, the action swings to FERC though as on Thursday, they will hold the first of four planned technical conferences on the market and reliability impacts of EPA’s proposed carbon GHG rules. The technical conferences will provide more insight on the Commission’s thoughts on the plan and on the state of power markets in general.  We will be there…

 

At the NARUC event and at FERC on Thursday, you may come across a detailed ERCC White Paper on Reliability issues and the new GHG rule, a key point shared by several members of FERC and a number of NARUC Commissioners.   More of this and interviews with Holmstead and Segal as the week rolls on.  And speaking of white papers, did you catch the Ameren CEO’s thoughts on fixing the EPA’s GHG rule last week.   Ameren, a coal-heavy utility in Missouri, feels like some tweaks in the EPA rule can not only make the plan achievable, but also save consumers billions.  A number of trade press folks detailed the idea here and here.  And speaking of trade press, our friends at EE News have activated an on-line Clean Power Plan tool they built that includes a number of state related documents and articles.  It’s free for all to check out.

 

Finally, for those of you focused on rail safety issues in light of the crude accident in West Virginia and the ethanol derailment in Iowa, my colleague Lowell Rothschild is the best expert to discuss the overall status of the DOT rule and its policy impacts.  Look for members of both parties to increase the heat on getting a new rule moving.  Feel free to connect with him if have questions at 202-828-5817 or lowell.rothschild@bgllp.com

 

Frank Maisano

(202) 828-5864

(202) 997-5932

 

IN THE NEWS

Ameren Says With Minor Changes EPA Rule Can Work – Ameren Corp CEO Warner Baxter says in a new white paper says constructive and common-sense alterations to the EPA’s GHG plan could avoid imposing staggering costs on utility customers and significant risks to electric grid reliability. Ameren’s approach would achieve the same final CO2 emission reduction goals as EPA’s own plan while saving $4 billion in costs.  You can get see the white paper on-line here, but I am also attaching it and a press release (below) from the Ameren PR team with contact info for reaching out to Mr. Baxter, although he may be difficult to reach today. Feel free to quote freely from the paper, as it is on the record. You will also be able to discuss the issue with Ameren Washington office head Joe Power, who you can reach at 703-624-3234 or jpower@ameren.com.  Finally, my colleague Scott Segal, who heads the industry coalition ERCC, has seen the paper and would be happy to discuss it, as well, should you want an outside voice. You can reach Scott at 202-262-5845 or scott.segal@bgllp.com.

DOE Rolls Out Furnace Rule – In case you missed it late yesterday, DOE rolled out its new efficiency proposal for certain residential natural gas-fired furnaces.  Here is the link for the rule.   My colleague Salo Zelermyer, former DOE Senior Counsel and attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani who represents energy efficiency and technology clients said “DOE’s proposed rule clearly admits that increasing the standards on residential furnaces leads to increased switching from natural gas to electric furnaces. Such an approach would actually increase lifecycle GHG emissions and stands in stark contrast to the goals of the President’s climate action plan.”  We are working on a number of these EE rules with many different members of the EE and HVAC industries and these are items that Salo watched closely when he was at DOE.  He is a great resource.

 

AGA Releases NatGas Use Guide – Americans continue to save money and improve their environmental footprint by using natural gas, according to the 2015 American Gas Association (AGA) Playbook. The freshly updated guide for natural gas information shows that natural gas customers saved an average of $693 per year from 2012-2013 while reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by half a million metric tons. In addition, emissions from distribution pipelines dropped an additional six percent in 2014 as utilities continued to upgrade and modernize infrastructure to enhance safety.

 

New PA Gov Proposes NatGas Tax – Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a five-percent severance tax on natural gas drilling activity in Pennsylvania. The natural gas industry already pays significant taxes in Pennsylvania and natural gas operators pay the same taxes that every other business in Pennsylvania pays, which has helped generate more than $2.1 billion through 2013.  Pennsylvania is the only state that imposes a special impact tax that will have generated nearly $830 million by April of this year, directly benefitting all 67 counties throughout the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvanians have realized more than $700 million in royalties from energy-development on public lands. By any measure, these are significant revenues that are boosting local communities, as well as important environmental programs.  More importantly, revenue estimates fail to account for the more than 200,000 hard-working Pennsylvanians who are employed by or support this industry and generate substantial revenue for the Commonwealth by paying their taxes.  Marcellus Shale Coalition president David Spigelmyer said while they will evaluate the policy details outlined by Wolf, “it’s clear that new energy taxes will discourage capital investment into the commonwealth and make Pennsylvania less competitive. Make no mistake, adding a five percent tax to any business sector – including the energy industry – is going to reduce capital spending and hit the supply chain, especially Pennsylvania-based small and mid-sized businesses, as well as our region’s labor and building trades.”

 

Global Divestment Day Passes…And No One Noticed – It’s kind of a steady stream of bad news for the global divestment movement, an effort by activists aiming to get Universities & Colleges to divest their endowments from fossil fuels.  The problem is, four plus years into the effort and none are doing it.  Even some of the most vaunted liberal institution like Harvard, Yale, Middlebury College and Brown have rejected pleas to divest.  A recent article by Val Richardson highlighted the woes out at the University of Colorado this weekend, where a Global Divestment Day rally was held and only a handful of people showed.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

FCC Chair, Moniz, McCarthy to Address NARUC Winter Meetings – The 2015 NARUC Winter Committee Meetings launched yesterday and will run through Wednesday at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.  The Winter Meetings is the first substantive utility-regulatory conference of the year. Discussions will focus on the new Congress’ outlook for energy and telecommunications priorities.  DOE Secretary Ernie Moniz, EPA’s Gina McCarthy and FCC Chair Tom Wheeler will be among the keynote speakers.

 

NRC Commissioner to Address Nuclear Forum – Platts holds its 11th annual Nuclear Energy Conference at the Mandarin Oriental today and tomorrow.  NRC’s Stephen Burns will speak, as well as our friends Craig Piercy and Senate Energy Committee staffer Pat McCormick among many others.

 

Ameren CEO, EPA’s McCabe , DOE to Address Utility Conference – EUEC 2015 is the 18th annual energy, utility and environment conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on today and tomorrow.  EPA’s Janet McCabe, will be the keynote speaker at EUEC 2015, which offers a ten track technical program with over 400 expert speakers from utility, government and academia, presenting current issues and updates on air policy and regulations, mercury and multi-pollutant control, air pollution monitoring, energy policy, control technologies. EPA climate change regulations, renewable energy, operations and management, carbon capture and storage, water and EPA 316(b) rules, and alternate fuel technologies. EUEC is the longest running and largest event of its kind in the U.S.  Other speakers will include DOE’s Julio Freedman and Ameren CEO Warner Baxter.  EUEC will be jointly held with the Clean Car Expo, which will bring together the world’s leading alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) manufacturers, infrastructure developers, fuel providers, and consultants to discuss the latest developments in electric vehicles (EVs), compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG), hydrogen vehicles (H2), natural gas vehicles (NGV), biofuel, ethanol, propane, hybrid and fleet vehicles. Over 3,000 delegates including 400 fleet operators are expected to the joint conference and expo.

 

Smart Grid Forum Set – The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society holds the 6th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies today and tomorrow at the Washington Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. The Conference will be a forum for participants to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in smart grid technologies and will feature plenary and panel sessions as well as technical paper presentations and poster sessions. Tutorials by international experts on smart grid applications will also be available. The overall theme for 2015 is “Smart Grid – Present and Future”, focusing on the future migration path for the smart grid as new and emerging technologies converge with power system developments to create smart energy systems.  DOE’s Pat Hoffman is the keynote speaker.

 

George P. Bush to Address TX, Mexico Forums – The Border Energy Forum is hosting two forums where new Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will present a keynote address addresses.  The first is the Mexico Shale Summit in San Antonio today and tomorrow.  The event is highly focused Mexico Energy industry event bringing the relevant players together to discuss the opportunities associated with entering the Mexican energy market.  Then the following week in Austin, Bush will keynote the Texas Mexico Business Forum, which provides insight into business opportunities in four sectors important to the wealth of Texas and Mexico: Technology, Energy, Automobile, Higher education and Healthcare.

 

SNL to Host Forum – SNL Energy is hosting the 28th Annual Power and Gas M&A Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York.  The Power and Gas M&A Symposium attracts senior executives and advisers from across the industry in an interactive conference that connects people, provides insights and fosters new opportunities like no other forum.  Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Ameren CEO Baxter Warner will address the forum.

 

Forum to Focus on DOE Labs – On Wednesday at Noon, the Technology Transfer Society will host a forum on reforming the DOE National Labs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.  DOE’s 17 national labs stand as potentially pivotal institutions in many of the nation’s metropolitan economies and for overall national growth, innovation, and competitiveness. As centers of basic and applied technology research and development (R&D), the labs are well-positioned to serve as unique focal points for technology exchange among regional firms, universities, and economic development intermediaries. However, the labs have not made technology transfer, commercialization, or metropolitan cluster development a top priority. As a result, they have struggled to properly connect to the broader U.S. innovation ecosystem and deliver on their responsibility to contribute to regional and national economic growth.  There is a growing recognition among policymakers that it’s past time for lab reform, opening a window of opportunity to reshape the role of the labs as engines of national and regional economic growth. Congress has taken up bipartisan legislation to enhance lab flexibility when engaging with the private sector. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz has made lab reform a priority. And a Congressionally-mandated commission is assessing potential areas of reform, including technology transfer, lab management, private sector engagement, and budget consolidation. This presentation, featuring information technology expert Matt Stepp, will discuss some (but not all) potential issues at the national labs and give an overview of ongoing policy discussions.  Stepp is Executive Director of The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation (CCEI), where he researches, analyzes and comments on a number of issues related to climate and energy policy.

 

FERC GHG Technical Conference to Focus on EPA Rule – The FERC holds its GHG technical Conference on Thursday in Washington. There will be four conferences: one “National Overview” conference led by the Commission at FERC headquarters on Thursday followed by three staff-led regional conferences in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and Denver.  According to FERC’s website, participants at the National Overview technical conference will discuss whether state utility and environmental regulators, regulated entities and others have the appropriate tools to identify reliability and/or market issues that may arise.  They will also look at potential strategies for complying with the EPA regulations and coordinating with FERC-jurisdictional wholesale and interstate markets.  The full announcement, including a quote by FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, is available here.  The full text of the notice in the Federal Register, including instructions on how to register for the conferences, is available here.  Commissioner Tony Clark released his own statement, available here.

 

ICF Breakfast to Look at Climate – On Thursday morning at the National Press Club, ICF International will hold its energy breakfast featuring energy experts from the World Bank. Discussion topics will include hot-button greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions issues and key questions.  Speakers will include World Bank’s Charles Feinstein and former State Department negotiator Jonathan Pershing.

 

New Website Looks at Governing Uranium – CSIS and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) will host the launch of the new, interactive Governing Uranium website at 9:00 a.m. Thursday.  Based on the results of the Governing Uranium research project, the website allows users to explore the front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle and ‘follow the uranium trail’ from mining to conversion.  It offers information, maps and analysis on the regulatory structures and industry best practices that govern uranium production and trade across fifteen uranium producing and consuming states.

 

Forum to Explore Perspectives on Energy, Water & Agriculture – On Thursday at 12:15 p.m., the International Food Policy Research Institute will hold a forum on how clean energy technology can be used to intensify agricultural production.  Former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. will speak from his experience working both domestically and internationally with legislators, regulators, planners, and policymakers to make clean energy a reality and focus on the major issues and opportunities both in the U.S. and in developing countries. A panel of experts will join Governor Ritter to explore the nexus between clean energy, water and agriculture, and share their thoughts on ways to ramp up partnerships–working across sectors–and apply cutting edge technologies to tackle some of our greatest development challenges.

 

Forum Look at Mediterranean Energy – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative and the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will launch three papers dealing with the Eastern Mediterranean gas energy discoveries. The first looks at the potential development of the Palestinian Gaza Marine gas field and its importance to the Palestinian economy. The second discusses the evolution of Israel’s energy policy since large discoveries were made in Israeli waters, and the effect of this process on regional cooperation. The third publication, an edited volume published by the PRIO Cyprus Centre, explores the hydrocarbon findings offshore Cyprus and their effects Cypriot relations with its neighbors.  The panelists, who authored the papers, will discuss the natural gas findings in the Eastern Mediterranean and the potential of these discoveries to enable regional energy cooperation. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.

 

ASE to Offer Primer on Energy Efficiency – The Alliance to Save Energy will host a Capitol Hill Briefing on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. focusing on the building blocks of energy efficiency policy.  A full load of speakers will be announced on topics like EnergySTAR, building codes, Weatherization, Appliance Standards and much more.

 

Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza Set for New GWU Science Hall – On Friday afternoon, the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineer’s will co-host the Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza at George Washington University/s new Science and Engineering Hall.  Other co-hosts include the GW School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Office of Graduate Admissions, the Alexandria Emerging Technology Center, and DC Green Drinks.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Climate Conference Set – The Climate Leadership Conference 2015 will be held next Monday through Wednesday, February 23-25th at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.  The Climate Leadership Conference is an annual exchange for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community convene to explore market transformation, share energy and climate related solutions, and provide support for those addressing climate change in their operations.  Speakers include Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg, and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone.

 

Forum to Look at NatGas Global Markets – The Johns Hopkins University will hold a forum in its Rome Auditorium on Monday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. featuring SAIS alumnus Nikos Tsafos and a senior commentator to look at global markets for natural gas.

 

Forum to Oil, Latin America – Next Tuesday, February 24th at 8:30 a.m., Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy will host presentations from two distinguished IADB experts focused on oil markets and Latin America.  Dr. Ramon Espinasa and Dr. Osmel Manzano. Will offer an oil market overview and impact on consumers and producers in the region.

 

Heller to Headline Geothermal Event – The Geothermal Energy Association’s State of the Geothermal Energy Industry Briefing will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. The program will provide an update on the US and international geothermal industry featuring release of the 2015 Annual Geothermal Industry Update and presentations and panel discussions by key leaders in US and international development, finance, technology, policy and regulatory issues.  Nevada Sen Dean Heller will lead a list of speakers.

 

Jewell Heads to Senate Energy – The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will convene a hearing on Tuesday February 24th to examine the President’s proposed budget request for fiscal year 2016 for the Department of the Interior.  Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will testify.

 

Kenderline to Address NatGas Roundtable – Next Tuesday, at Noon, the Natural Gas Roundtable will host Melanie A. Kenderdine, Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis of the Department of Energy will be the guest speaker at the next luncheon.

 

RFF to Look at Climate Engineering – Resources for the Future will hold a forum next Tuesday, February 24th at 12:45 p.m. to look at climate engineering.   On February 10, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released two major reports on climate engineering (also known as geoengineering), to help inform the ethical, legal, and political discussions on climate “intervention.” At this seminar, a panel of experts will first review the reports’ major findings and then consider their political and economic implications.  The release of the reports comes at a critical moment. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent Fifth Assessment Report suggests that the window for addressing global warming is fast closing. This year, the international community is working toward a post-Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The United States has already announced new bilateral cooperation with China and India on renewable energy development and climate action. Climate engineering has long hovered on the fringes of these conversations. Panelists will include NRDC’s David Goldston, former House Science Committee Chair Bart Gordon, EDF’s Steve Hamburg,  and NOAA’s Admiral David Titley.

 

Ambassador, Louisa Rep to Focus on Japan, US Energy  Issues – The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is hosting a forum on adapting to a new energy strategy for U.S., Japanese, and Asian energy security.” This event will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 2:00 p.m. in 2322 Rayburn.  The event will detail the findings of NBR’s two-year program on “Adapting to a New Energy Era” and will feature panel discussions with senior experts on energy security, including Minister Yasushi Akahoshi from Embassy of Japan in the United States and Rep. Charles Boustany.

 

CSIS Paper to Look at Trade Issues – On Wednesday morning, February 25th the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will release a new paper, Opportunities in Strengthening Trade Assistance, the final report of the CSIS Bipartisan Task Force on Trade Capacity Building. The task force, co-chaired by Reps. Charles Boustany and Jared Polis, met in 2014 to determine how the U.S. government can best implement TCB programs that build physical, human, and institutional capacities across the developing world and allow countries to benefit from trade and investment opportunities.  CSIS’s new paper highlights the critical role that TCB can and should play in an evolving U.S. development agenda. The report distills lessons from past TCB efforts and builds a practical.

 

RFF to Discuss AB 32 Legislation – Resources for the Future will hold a forum on Wednesday, February 25th assessing progress under California’s AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Program.  At this RFF seminar, experts from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will examine the market, emissions, and economic data behind California’s successful climate agenda as detailed in their recent report: Carbon Market California: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Golden State’s Cap-and-Trade Program, Year Two. Presenters from RFF, EDF, and California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, will discuss the current and future direction of the state’s climate policy, including the status of accomplishments such as putting a carbon price on transportation pollution and establishing a climate dividend for ratepayers.  Speakers will include EDF’s Tim O’Connor and Derek Walker, as well as PG&E’s Ray Williams and Melissa Lavinson.

 

Forum to Look at EERE Budget – On Wednesday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m. in 210 Cannon, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute — in partnership with the House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus – will host a briefing on the energy efficiency and renewable energy implications of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget proposal released by President Obama on February 2. The Administration’s overall $4 trillion budget proposal provides a renewed focus on addressing climate change, and would invest $7.4 billion in clean energy technology programs across all agencies, led by the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Agriculture. This briefing will focus on the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), whose budget would increase 42 percent over 2015 enacted levels, to $2.7 billion.  Speakers from the Department of Energy and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) will give an overview of the EERE budget requests, explain the Office’s budget priorities, and provide context on how these priorities and trends compare to prior years.

 

Forum to Address Mexico Energy Reform – The Atlantic Council will hold a forum on Thursday, February 26th at 9:00 a.m. on Mexico’s energy reform and its exciting promise and challenges. The event will feature a conversation with Juan Carlos Zepeda, the head of Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH), Mexico’s upstream oil and gas regulatory agency charged with playing a key role establishing and overseeing the rules of the road governing Mexico’s reform process.   He will chart the progress CNH has made to date implementing the reforms, offer a real-time update on the energy reform regulatory infrastructure, and explain the efforts CNH has undertaken to ensure the regulations provide for energy sector transparency. The Atlantic Council’s David Goldwyn will also provide commentary.

 

Bracewell Experts to Lead Platts LNG Conference – Platts will hold its 14th Annual Liquefied Natural Gas Conference on February 26-27th in Houston, Texas.   The event will feature a number of key LNG players including Philip Olivier of GDF Suez, Bill Allen of Dominion Cove Point and my Bracewell colleague Kevin Ewing and Kristin Gibbs, among several others.  Issues covered will include North American exports from Canadian and US East, West, and Gulf Coast facilities, with focus on regulatory questions, timelines and contracts; Global competition and export capacity in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Russia focused on growth outlook and competitive forces/differentiators.  They will also look at issues like regional demand and pricing.

 

Conover, Louda to Talk CHP at Webinar – On Thursday at Noon, the Combined Heat and Power Assn and Grayling will hold a joint webinar looking at state energy efficiency programs and how many of them impact combined heat and power.  The webinar will feature speakers from CHP Association, Grayling, and experts in state energy efficiency policies.  Speakers will include Our friends Dale Louda of the CHP Association and former DOE official Dave Conover.

 

Green Tie Event Set – The 14th Annual Green Tie Affair will be held on Thursday evening, February 26th at the  Capitol Riverfront District  The USGBC National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) host one of the premier social events for the clean energy industry. In addition to the usual activities, this special edition of the event will serve as a kickoff for what promises to be a landmark year for sustainable building in our region, as DC prepares to host 30,000 guests for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November.

 

Forum Focused on Geopolitics of Energy – On Friday, February 27th,  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a forum on the geopolitical implications of rapid change in energy markets.  The AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program  will hold a for a conference focused on a German and American perspective of global energy markets.  Experts from both countries will discuss their work on topics such as the future of fuels and cities, instability and the resource nexus, and energy and statecraft.

 

CP CEO to Address US Chamber Energy Forum – The Institute for 21st Century Energy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host their CEO Leadership Series luncheon featuring on Tuesday, March 3rd art Noon featuring Ryan Lance, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ConocoPhillips.  Lance will address the current state of the oil industry and challenges it is facing with lower oil prices.

 

Interior Official to Address Policy Issues at UColorado—The University of Colorado Law School will host Deputy Secretary of Interior Mike Connor for a policy speech on March 10th.

 

Aviation Forum to Feature Blakey – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting its 14th Annual Aviation Summit on Tuesday, March 17th at the Renaissance Hotel to bring together top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss critical issues facing the industry. The 2015 Summit will focus on the future of space and aviation in the global economy.  Confirmed Speakers include Chamber CEO Tom Donohue, Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza, Former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, former FAA/NTSB/NHTSA head and current CEO of  Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Marion Blakey, and many others.

 

AHRI to Host Annual DC Meeting – The Heating and Air Conditioning trade association AHRI will hold its annual Washington Conference on March 24-25th.  More on this as it comes into shape.

 

 

Energy Update: Week of January 5

Friends,

 

Welcome back…Hope your holidays were restful and fun!  Just a short intro today because 1) I want to get to the first five issues of the Top 15 for ‘15 and 2) I am completely overloaded with sports.  From the Winter Classic at Nationals Park (AWESOME!) to the football playoffs, the firing of a bunch of NFL coaches (and then one of them being hired by UMich YEAH!) and the thrilling College Bowl season which concludes next Monday at the Cowboy’s ATT Stadium with the National Championship game between Oregon and Ohio State, there is a lot to watch and do.

 

As regular as the ball dropping in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, this week starts the “State of the (Fill in the Blank)” events that go on in Washington every January.  Tomorrow at Noon will be the first and often most widely-attended hosted by API’s Jack Gerard at the Reagan Building’s Atrium.

 

Also a regular staple of January are AUTO SHOWS…Yes, the world-famous North American International Auto Show launches next week in Detroit followed closely by the Washington Auto show, which has recently become a great, policy-focused follow up to the big Detroit product car show.

 

On the job front, NRC has Mr. Burns (Stephen that is) in charge of NRC, taking over for Allison MacFarlane on January 1st and our friend Abby Hopper moves to the head of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management starting today.

 

Congrats to our friends Bryan Anderson and Christy Ihrig of Southern Company.  Bryan was been elevated to senior vice president of governmental affairs where he will continue leading Southern Company’s Washington office and directing the company’s political, policy and regulatory activities.  Christy, who moved over from subsidiary Mississippi Power, has been named vice president of corporate communication and will lead all aspects of external and internal communication strategy for Southern.

 

Finally, in case you missed it, Harvard Constitutional Law professor and environmental legal expert Laurence Tribe blasted the EPA GHG rules in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal just before Christmas, saying the agency is “asserting executive power far beyond its lawful authority.”  It is an interesting read.

 

On to the Top 5 of the 15 for ‘15…

 

Frank Maisano

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Top 15 Issues for ’15  (TOP 5)

 

As you know, each year for the first update of the year, we highlight a number of important issues for you to put on your agenda for the year.  This year, we are spreading the cheer over the first three updates doing five at a time.  I will include the previous week for your review in case you miss any.  So here we go with PART I of the Top 15 issues for 2015:

 

1) Republicans in Control – In 2014, Republicans won big victories in the Midterm Elections, winning key gubernatorial and congressional races in what many are viewing as a “wave election.”   My colleague Scott Segal said in a video that several changes are anticipated in the new Congress, with both chambers set for Republican control.  He adds key factors include more oversight of key Administration initiatives, notably in energy, the environment, and immigration; a return to a more traditional appropriations process; and the prospects for negotiations between the White House and Congress on key policy initiatives.  Energy issues will be an important part of the in the 114th Congress, according to Segal. With Sen. Murkowski as Senate Energy chair and Sen. Inhofe as Senate Environment chair, both Committees will undoubtedly step up their oversight of EPA, with a particular focus on the President’s “Clean Power Plan.” Murkowski is a strong advocate of oil and natural gas development on federal lands, will work aggressively on reliability issues.

 

2) GHGs, Clean Power Plan – This epic battle began in full force in 2014.  So much to say…but in 2015, this battle will hit it high point as the Administration tries to jump through the legal and procedural morass to finalize the regulations for both new and existing power plants.  Most experts continue to say the challenges will be much more difficult, more costly and legally questionable.   They also expect the timelines to slip even more than they did this year, which turned out to be an especially tough political year for the President and Democrats.  A first test may be seen in in January when the Congress moves Keystone legislation, looking at what legislative amendments and/or riders may be advanced to curtail the scope and speed of the Clean Power Plan.  Points of focus for States and Republican legislators include: the interim targets for emissions reductions states must meet by 2020, the impact the Clean Power Plan is likely to have on electrical reliability, and the enforceability of the Clean Power Plan in light of widespread opposition from numerous governors.

 

3) Falling Oil, Gas Price Impacts – The most amazing change we’ve seen in 2014 was the rapid fall of the crude price toward the end of the year, and the requisite fall of the gasoline price.  While I haven’t put gas in my Volt for almost two months, my wife’s SUV has welcomed the change, saving us $30 a fill up, and the diesel price for our Jetta is also sunk to $2.70  That cost drop has had a positive impact for consumers, but it has hurt production, especially offshore drillers who have been hit not only by the price drop but by a long-term demand slide.  The implications for 2015 will be as dramatic, both from a domestic and foreign policy perspective.  Here at home, the boom has brought us closer to energy independence than we have ever been since the 1970s.  From an international perspective, our domestic boom and the international price drop has put significant pressure on many oil-producing countries like Iran, Venezuela, Russia and OPEC nations.

 

4) Ozone 2015 – One of the biggest political and policy fights of 2015 reared its head the day before Thanksgiving: the Ozone/NAAQS fight.  While the low end of the range in the proposed rule (65ppb) is very troubling for industry and states, as low as background levels of ozone in many parts of the country and pushing as much as 94% of the nation out of attainment, EPA is also taking comment on 60ppb, which would be devastating for manufacturing, oil and gas production and agriculture across the country.  The approach seems to be part of EPA’s typical proposing an unreasonable standard; take comment on a more unreasonable one; and claim the government is reasonable by comparison.  But the Administration only has so much political capital at its disposal and it has made clear that controlling greenhouse gases is its legacy issue.  It is unclear that the Administration has the bandwidth to sustain both rules.  There is no doubt that many in Congress and the states will demand that the proposed ozone NAAQS be placed on a more realistic course.  One thing to keep in mind with Ozone/NAAQS: Oil and gas production has been one of the only bright spots in the jobless recovery, and the range proposed for ozone may impose real, practical limitations on that production.  The expense associated with the rule could reverse what economic gains we have seen recently.

 

5) Keystone – Is it finally time?  Probably yes given the new makeup of Congress and the fact that is it one the agenda in the first week.  Many question why this has become such a flash point for some environmental activists and they will turn all their focus to lobbying the Administration to stop the pipeline and veto any legislation.  Last year, I expected the President to eventually accept the pipeline, but a year later and with the current Congressional change, now I’m not so sure.  He probably gets more political mileage by fighting the bipartisan Congressional effort (although somewhat less bipartisan that in the last Congress).  No matter the decision, it is vital to remember implementing the new GHG rules, will have a much more dramatic impact on the environment and the economy.

 

Next week:

 

6) UN Climate: We’ll Always Have Paris

7) NatGas 2015: Still Booming

8) Nuclear Over the Top

9) Crude Oil Exporting New Policy

10) Tax Reform Finally?

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

Gerard to Address  State of Energy – API will hold its 2015 State of American Energy luncheon on Tuesday, January 6 at the Ronald Reagan Building.  API head Jack Gerard will speak.

 

DC PSC Holds Public Hearing on Exelon-Pepco Merger – The DC Public Service Commission will hold a community hearing to receive comments from the public tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. to determine if the proposed Pepco Holding, Inc. and Exelon Corporation merger, transaction is in the public interest.  They will also hold meeting next week in Montgomery and Prince Georges County Maryland.

 

Senate Energy Committee Keystone XL Hearing – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. looking at legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Witnesses will include Andrew Black of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, CAP’s Greg Dotson and LIUNA’s David Mallino, Director, Legislative Department, Laborers’ International Union of North America.  A business meeting to move the legislation will be held on Thursday.

 

Moniz on 2015 Global Policy Outlook – On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to keynote an event at the Wilson Center looking at the 2015 U.S. Energy Policy Outlook.  An additional panel of experts from academia, government and the private sector will discuss current global challenges and opportunities in energy markets and politics.

 

WRI’s Stories to Watch 2015 Set – On Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute will discuss the issues and stories that will shape the world in economics, business, natural resources, and the environment in 2015.  Now in its 12th year, Stories to Watch is a popular event among D.C.’s media, policymakers, business executives and consultants.

 

WCEE to Hold Brainstorming Event – On Thursday at Noon, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a kick off planning meeting for the coming year.  Topics will include climate change and clean air, energy, water, sustainability, and international issues and how WCEE will cover them this year.

 

Forum to Look at U.S. Energy Diplomacy Priorities for 2015 – On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center will hold an event featuring Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the US Department of State Mr. Amos Hochstein.  Hochstein oversees US foreign policy engagement in the critical intersection of energy and national security. In his role, he advises the secretary on global energy security and diplomacy.  Hochstein will share his insights into the US energy diplomacy priorities for 2015. Welcoming remarks will be made by Ambassador Richard Morningstar, founding director, of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, followed by a discussion moderated by David Koranyi, director of the Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Detroit Auto Show to Roll Out New Vehicles – The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will open for Press Preview January 12-13th at Cobo Center in Detroit.  Now in its 27th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most – up close and in one place.  On January  16th, rock legend Steve Miller Band will perform at the largest single night fundraiser in the world: the North American International Auto Show’s Charity Preview.

 

CP Chair To Discuss Oil, Gas – On Wednesday, January 14th, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Ryan Lance, Chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, to discuss the new North American oil and natural gas resource abundance and its U.S. energy policy implications. Burgeoning tight oil and shale gas development in the United States, oil sands development in Canada and underexplored conventional resources in Mexico combine to make North America one of the most dynamic oil and gas development plays in the world. The ability to continue developing these vast resources and benefiting from the resulting job creation and economic stimulation represents great opportunity, while also posing non-trivial challenges, particularly in the face of new price realities and impending surpluses. Mr. Lance will discuss these and other key issues. Frank Verrastro, Senior Vice President and James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at CSIS, will moderate.

 

IIHS President Adrian Lund to Look at Vehicle Safety – On Thursday January 15th, WAPA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will hold a luncheon to discuss “Vehicle Safety Improvements and What’s Ahead.”  The Institute’s president, Adrian Lund, will be sharing research on how better vehicle crashworthiness is saving lives and how technology – both new and old – can improve safety in the future.

 

Forum to Feature UN Environment Programme, Climate Change – On Thursday, January 15th at 12:00 p.m., the Environmental Law Institute and the DC Bar will host Patricia Beneke, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office of North America, to discuss UNEP’s work on climate change. As time allows, Beneke will also address UNEP’s work to support governments in establishing, implementing and strengthening the necessary institutions, laws and policies to achieve sustainable development.  UNEP is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. Created in 1972, UNEP uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global level.

 

DOE Webcast on Hurricane Metocean Environment – On Thursday, January 15th at 3:00 p.m. the Energy Department will hold a live webcast on design conditions for the Hurricane Metocean Environment.  Joel Cline from the Energy Department will moderate speakers including NOAA’s Mark Powell, Peter Vickery of Applied Research Associates and George Hagerman of Virginia Tech.

 

SOTU Set – President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, January 20th.

 

DC Policy Auto Show Set – The 2015 Washington Auto Show Public Policy Days are set for Wednesday, January 21st in the Cannon House Office Building and Thursday, January 22nd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.    The annual Sneak Peek Reception, the highly anticipated social and networking event held before Washington’s largest public show opens to attendees, offers automotive industry thought leaders and decision maker’s exclusive early access to the most impressive new models and technological innovations on display at the 2015 Washington Auto Show.  Set for Thursday, January 22, from 5-8 p.m. the Sneak Peek Reception marks the finale of the 2015 Public Policy days, which brings together executives and legislators who influence the automotive sector to address the key issues affecting the industry, its employees and customers, including energy conservation, the environment, and consumer safety technologies.  The Show opens on January 23rd and runs through February 1st.

 

FCC Chair to Address NARUC Winter Meetings – The 2015 NARUC Winter Committee Meetings will be held on February 15-18th at the Renaissance Washington Hotel.  The Winter Meetings is the first substantive utility-regulatory conference of the year. Discussions will focus on the new Congress’ outlook for energy and telecommunications priorities.  Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the  Federal Communications Commission will be among the keynote speakers.

 

Geothermal Event Set for February – The Geothermal Energy Association’s State of the Geothermal Energy Industry Briefing will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

 

 

Energy Update: Week of November 17

Friends

 

Just a short opening this week to get us moving as the temperatures dip and we approach the Thanksgiving Week.  Next week I will be in Cali to eat (In ‘n Out Burger), work (Ivanpah/LA Times) and play (umpiring Hannah’s USAFH Festival Field Hockey Tourney); and with limited action because of the holiday, we won’t have an update.   So Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy some football and remember, the first American “President” to call for a national day of thanksgiving was Maryland native (eastcoast beach Route 50 namesake) John Hanson in 1782, seven years before Geo Washington’s first proclamation.

 

Congress rolls back into a second week of “Lame Duck” session with a major vote expected today or tomorrow in the Senate on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Already on Friday, the House passed the Cassidy bill (which the Senate is taking up) to give both sides a little energy to the December 6th Senate runoff in Louisiana.  Right now vote counts have the Pro-Keystone side at 59, and whether they get the 60th vote or not, the President seems to be headed to veto the legislation.  Also on the House floor this week will be two pieces of Republican legislation targeting the science behind U.S. EPA regulatory actions, aimed at EPA’s Advisory panels and the “secret science” that House Republicans say serves as the basis for agency regulations.

 

Speaking of EPA panels and secret science, late-breaking news from Gina McCarthy this morning says the agency will release its long-awaited Ozone rule by the court-ordered December 1st deadline(Monday after Thanksgiving).  My colleagues Scott Segal and Jeff Holmstead and our friend Joe Stanko of Hunton/Williams all can help with the ozone issue and its impact.

 

In the run up to the Lima UN Climate meeting starting Dec 1, there also has been a lot of climate news related to China and the commitments made in the bilateral discussions last week.  Having followed these issues since 1996, I am often skeptical of random and vague Chinese claims to make future commitments on climate issues.  In other words, while the pro-climate political class and the editorial pages like China’s “commitment,” it is highly unlikely that China will follow the reductions part after 2030 – more than 16 years from now.    And certainly, $3 billion commitments to the international climate fund – which will need to be funded by Congress – seem like a non-starter.  Rather than agreeing to deals that won’t be followed or are only worth a press release, perhaps we should focus on energy-technology-sharing issues like last week’s Shanghai Electric and BrightSource Energy’s JV that will build six CSP solar projects, which will inevitably will actually reduce emissions. (See Below)

 

Some good events this week…today at Noon, my colleague Josh Zive will headline a forum on energy issues in the next Congress sponsored by the George Marshall Institute and departing NRC Chair Allison MacFarlane makes her farewell remarks at the National Press Club.  The NARUC Winter Meetings run today through Wednesday in San Francisco, while EPA Air Chief Janet McCabe Speaks at CSIS tomorrow.  On Thursday, National Journal hosts a forum on the EPA GHG rules at the Newseum, while the BPC starts talking newly-revived nuclear waste issues at a forum in Chicago.

 

Finally, for those of you who attended the Concert for Valor last week that were excited to see Metallica (among others), I will mention one other bit of cool Metallica news.  This week is Craig Ferguson’s Last week on the Late, Late Show on CBS and apparently, he asked Metallica to be the House band all this week…and they said yes.  So set the DVRs (I really don’t even know what time that Ferguson’s show starts), and catch Metallica playing a regular TV gig.

 

Call with questions.

 

Frank Maisano

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IN THE NEWS

 

China Climate Deal Not so Good for US – On his first trip since the election, last night the President announced in Beijing that the US would reduce its carbon emissions by 2025 by at least 26%, and as much as 28% over 2005 levels. In return, Beijing set a target for its carbon output to peak by 2030 or sooner,  with the goal to start reducing its emissions after that.   The deal allows China to continue increasing carbon emissions for 16 years, and only then to stop increasing (as opposed to decreasing) carbon. It locks China into its number one position as a carbon emitter, and greenlights US approval to the longstanding disagreement that developed countries should pay more because of past emissions issues.

 

Tech Transfer better strategy for Success – Rather than shaming China and Others into reducing emissions, a better strategy for encouraging emissions reductions in countries like China would be to develop advanced energy technologies to help them grow smarter and more efficiently.  One crystal example of this approach emerged on Monday, just before the China climate announcement.   Last week, BrightSource and Shanghai Electric rolled out a joint venture to build utility-scale CSP plants in China.  The joint venture’s first proposal will construct two 135 megawatt (MW) CSP plants as part of the first phase of the Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Generation Project.

 

FERC Chair Raises Concerns about GHG Rule – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Cheryl LaFleur said FERC must formally weigh in on reliability matters as part of the future compliance efforts with EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  In a speech with our friends at Energy Daily, LaFleur FERC should help in the compliance process to ensure that reliability is sustained.   LaFleur added there are reliability considerations: “Protecting reliability isn’t optional – the lights are going to stay on – so that that should somehow be built into the process seems to make sense.”

 

Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Driving American Energy Renaissance – A new ICF International study says hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in America’s energy revolution have reduced costs for a gallon of gasoline by an estimated 29 cents to 94 cents.  The study found that production from wells using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling accounted for 48% of U.S. production in 2013, while government data shows that U.S. oil production happens to have increased by the same amount – 48% – since 2008. Thus, nearly every barrel of new U.S. production over the last five years can be attributed to the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Other key findings include U.S. oil production from hydraulic fracturing/horizontal drilling increased to 4.78 million barrels per day in 2013, up from 750,000 barrels per day in 2008; international Brent crude oil prices were between $12 and $40 per barrel lower in 2013 than they would have been without U.S. fracking/horizontal drilling; ICF estimates that international Brent crude oil prices would have averaged $122 to $150 per barrel in 2013 without increases in U.S. production of crude and condensates from fracking/horizontal drilling; and the decline in prices for gasoline and other refined products saved U.S. consumers as much as $248 billion in 2013 and as much as $624 billion over the 2008 to 2013 period.

 

Report: DOE Loan Program A Success – A new report says the DOE’s loan program is a success and is making money for the government.  Despite some high-profile losses from companies like Solyndra, DOE so far has received $810 million in interest payments on its loan portfolio, more than offsetting the $780 million in actual and estimated losses the program has suffered.  And DOE says it expects to ultimately make $5 billion from the interest payments on the projects.  The DOE report says the losses from Solyndra and the rest make up about 2.3% of the $34 billion it has issued via loans, loan guarantees and conditional commitments. DOE has actually disbursed $21.71 billion of that, and $3.49 billion of principal was repaid as of September.  Many of the projects that received loan guarantees alongside Solyndra are solar or wind power projects that are now generating electricity, including BrightSource Energy’s Ivanpah Project which is already repaying its loans.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

Bingaman, Moeller Headline NARUC Meeting – The 126th Annual NARUC meeting will be held today through Wednesday at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.  In addition to the usual topics, the event will look at topics like distributed generation,  emergency phone calls, alternative-fuel vehicles and ride-sharing services.   The meeting agenda is nearly final, though new speakers and panels will be announced over the several weeks. Panel discussions will be held on the proposed Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Next Generation 911 services, workforce development, methane emissions, and much more.  A complete agenda is available online.   In addition, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2014-2015. Current NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas’s term will conclude, with new officers being voted in during the meeting.   Confirmed speakers will include former Senate Energy Chair Jeff Bingaman, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller, EPA Air counsel Joe Goffman, National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell and Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo.

 

Solar Conference Set for DC – The 8th annual Solar Focus 2014 will be held today and tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.  This year marks MDV-SEIA’s 30th anniversary.  Speakers will include SEIA’s Rhone Resch, Amit Ronen of GW’s Solar Institute, Dominion’s Bill Murray, SEPA’s Bob Gibson and many more.

 

MacFarlane to Make Final Address at Press Club – Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane, who recently announced she will leave the commission at the end of December, will deliver her final public address at a National Press Club luncheon today.  She will reflect on the agency’s accomplishments and challenges during her tenure and talk about the issues facing the agency going forward.

 

Zive to Headline Marshall Forum – The George C. Marshall Institute is hosting a forum on energy and the new Congress today at Noon at the Capitol Hill Club.  A panel of distinguished energy policy experts will discuss the challenges facing the new Congress.  They include Bracewell’s Josh Zive, Digital Power Group CEO Mark Mills Partner and Marshall CEO Bill O’Keefe.

 

Heritage Book Event to Look at Positives on Fossil Fuels – The Heritage Foundation will hold a forum today at Noon where energy expert Alex Epstein will discuss a new book.  IN the book, Epstein argues in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels that we usually hear only one side of the story and that most of what we do hear about traditional fuels is a myth. We’re taught to think only of the negatives of gas, oil and coal, their risks and their side effects, but not their positives – their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. And furthermore, the moral significance of cheap, reliable energy is woefully underrated. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental.

 

Forum to Address Pipeline Issues in Eurasia – Georgetown University will host a forum on Eurasia and Pipeline issues today at 12:30 p.m.  Russia and China signed a deal in May that opened the way for a $400 billion gas pipeline in Siberia, and President Putin’s recently announced deal – bringing Russian gas to western China – may be imminent. While the conflict in Ukraine has shaken the European energy market, it may signal a new era for energy and financial cooperation in Eurasia.  Professionals in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Affairs (PREEA) with the support of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) will host a discussion of the trends and recent developments in the Eurasian energy market.

 

White House, EPA on Tackling Climate Change – Later today at 5:15 p.m., the Union of Concerned Scientists will host a forum with the White House and EPA officials for a briefing on climate change and use of clean, renewable energy like wind and solar.  UCS President Ken Kimmell and senior White House and EPA officials will discuss the EPA’s plan to limit global warming emissions from power plants, the single largest source of these emissions in the United States, and other administrative actions to address climate change.  Janet McCabe and White House official Rohan Patel will speak.

 

Lugar to Address Forum on Project Sapphire – The CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program in cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan and the National Security Archive of the George Washington University is hosting a forum tonight celebrating the 20th anniversary of the United States and Kazakhstan completed an unprecedented, highly secret, joint operation removing approximately 600 kilograms of highly enriched uranium from a former Soviet nuclear plant in Ust-Kamenogorsk to permanent storage in the United States. The operation, dubbed “Project Sapphire”, was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar) Program. This program helped secure nuclear warheads and fissile materials in the former Soviet Union and ensured their relocation to Russia from Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus. Kazakhstan’s early decision to become a nuclear weapon-free state made it a global leader in the non-proliferation movement.  Senator Lugar will be the keynote speaker and Kazak Ambassador will also speak.

 

McCabe to Headline EPA Rule Forum, Report – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program and the Rhodium Group will host a forum tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. featuring EPA Air office head Janet McCabe.  The event will also discuss the findings from CSIS/Rhodium’s new report, Remaking American Power: Potential Energy Market Impacts of EPA’s Proposed GHG Emission Performance Standards for Existing Electric Power Plants. The report seeks to inform federal and state policymakers, energy producers, investors and consumers about the potential energy market impacts of state and federal policy decisions associated with the Clean Power Plan as proposed. McCabe will provide keynote remarks to introduce the session. Presenting findings will be John Larsen, Senior Analyst with the Rhodium Group, and Trevor Houser, Partner with the Rhodium Group, followed by comments from a panel. Sarah O. Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Energy and National Security program, will provide introductory remarks and moderate.

 

Groups to Launch Energy Security Report – The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation will host a Capitol Hill launch for NBR’s 2014 Energy Security Report, “China’s Energy Crossroads: Forging a New Energy and Environmental Balance.”  The event will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the Reserve Officers Association and will feature on-the-record discussion on the key issues driving the quest for energy security in the Asia-Pacific. A light breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m.   This half-day event will feature panel discussions with senior energy specialists including Admiral Dennis C. Blair (Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; NBR Board of Directors), Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) and many others  Participants will discuss major shifts underway in Beijing’s energy security strategies, and how the country will impact market, geopolitical, and environmental outlooks for the Asia-Pacific more broadly.

 

Wilson to Focus on Climate Assessment – The Wilson Center will hold a forum tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on tracking a changing climate through citizen science contributions to the national climate assessment.  The vision for the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) includes creating a set of indicators – measures of key physical, ecological, and societal variables and values – that would inform and support decision-making about climate changes, impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses.  This roundtable will explore ways in which crowd-based approaches, such as citizen science and community-based monitoring, are and can be used to support indicators or indicator systems of climate change, impacts and response.   Speakers include USGS’s Virginia Burkett and NOAA’s Richard Spinrad.

 

Forum to Look at Security, Military, Environment – The Johns Hopkins University will hold a forum tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. featuring Ryan Mulholland, a senior renewable energy trade specialist for the International Trade Administration in the US Department of Commerce.  He will  discuss how sustainability initiatives support national security objectives, new strategies for energy security and greening the military.

 

Green, Boustany Headline Asia Coal, Gas Forum – On Wednesday, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) will host an event on Capitol Hill at 9:00 a.m. in 210 Cannon in the implications of North American coal and gas to Asia. The event will feature remarks by Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. and Congressman Gene Green, followed by panel discussions with senior experts on energy and environmental security, including our friend Armond Cohen of the Clean Air Task Force.  Building off discussions at the 2014 Pacific Energy Forum in Seattle, Washington, and the 2014 Pacific Energy Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea, this event will explore the opportunities that exist for closer energy and environmental cooperation between North America and the Asia-Pacific.

 

Webinar Set to Cover Offshore – WINDExchange, the DOE Wind Program’s platform for disseminating credible information about wind energy, is hosting a webinar on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.  Guest speakers will focus on recent developments in the economics of offshore wind. They will discuss the 2014 Offshore Wind Market Report, U.S. wind energy manufacturing, and potential impacts of wind project development on job growth. The webinar is the first in a series designed to inform participants about offshore wind’s technological and industry developments, recent Energy Department-funded research results, and opportunities to move the industry forward in the United States.

 

Forum to Look at Transportation Future – The Hill will host a forum Wednesday morning at the National Building Museum looking at the next generation of electric transportation innovation.  The event will  explore the next generation of electric vehicles and how they are transforming both the transportation industry and the power sector.  Government leaders, business executives, and industry experts will offer varying perspectives on innovations in the use of electric cars and trucks, where the industry stands today, what to expect over the next decade, and what new technologies and policies could be required to get there.  Speakers include Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Reps. Janice Hahn and Jared Huffman, as well as PG&E’s Des Bell, SAFE’s Robbie Diamond, DOE’s Tom Roston and EEI’s Brian Wolff.

 

Forum to Tackle Electricity Supply – The American Security Project will hold a forum on Wednesday at Noon looking at electricity supply and what it means for security, development and geopolitics.  The nexus of electricity, development, and security is significant, yet its nuances are too often overlooked. The half-day event will bring together development and energy experts, government officials, and policy makers to better establish the important linkages between power, security, and development, share successful implementation strategies and consider how these successes can be replicated in diverse contexts.

 

Forum to Look at Transportation – The R Street Institute and the Washington Examiner will hold an in-depth discussion on Wednesday evening on the state of transportation in America’s 50 largest cities. Centered on R Street’s recently released “Transportation Regulation Scorecard: 2014,” the panel will examine how cities foster or stymie a healthy transportation economy and will make recommendations for how cities can improve their rankings.  The panel will take a particularly close look at the District of Columbia, the top scoring city in America, and the District’s new ridesharing legislation which helped vault it to the top of the list.  R Street will also introduce its new user-friendly website, www.ridescore.org, which outlines the cities studied and their rankings, taking into consideration cities across the United States.

 

NJ to Host Power Forum – The National Journal will host a policy summit on Powering the 21st Century: what the next decade will mean for industry, consumers, tech-driven innovations, and action in Washington on Thursday November 20th at 8:00 a.m.  There’s an ‘energy renaissance’ underway in the U.S., thanks in part to a variety of innovative technologies that have improved access to new energy sources. These advances mean the U.S. will be able to meet all its own energy needs by 2035, if not sooner.   These innovations are taking place while the Obama administration attempts to regulate emissions and lower greenhouse gasses by 17% by 2020. The event will focus on the new energy boom’s meaning for sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives, as well as power distribution and reliability.

 

Forum to Look at Clean Energy Tax Issues – The Pew Charitable Trusts and AGRION will hold a forum on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. on the pending clean energy tax legislation in Congress, and the outlook for these critical policies before the end of 2014.  Representatives from Pew, clean energy industries, and Capitol Hill will provide an update on the latest developments in clean energy policy and innovation.   Sen. Tom Carper, AWEA’s Jim Reilly and First Solar’s Kathleen Weiss will speak.

 

BPC to Look at Nuke Waste Issues – The Bipartisan Policy Center will host a series of forums starting Thursday in Chicago at 10:00 a.m. on nuclear waste in the Midwest.  The first panel will discuss transportation issues associated with the movement of nuclear waste, such as transportation readiness, emergency preparedness and safety. The second panel will include representatives of local communities and state regulatory agencies who will analyze the resulting consequences of the lack of progress on addressing nuclear waste in their state and communities.  Speakers will include emergency managers in Wisconsin, Tennessee and Missouri , as well as Michigan PSC Commissioner Greg White.

 

ITIF Forum Focused on Global Energy Trade – ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation will hold a forum on Friday at 10:00 a.m. in B318 Rayburn to discuss the problems and promise of global clean tech trade.   Significant barriers to advancing international trade have plagued global clean technology growth. For example, the solar trade dispute between the United States and China is impacting the deployment of first-generation solar panels, while China’s use of cyber hacking to gain industrial intelligence has further complicated clean tech trade relations. In addition, a number of other nations have now turned to similar “green mercantilist” policies to boost domestic industries and wipe out international competition.  As a result, significant market uncertainty threatens rapid international growth and the industry’s innovation capacity is hindered at a time when the world needs more low-carbon technological advancement, not less.  A panel of leading experts to discuss the challenges surrounding global clean tech trade, including an update on existing trade cases and what the future holds.

 

USEA Forum Looks at CCS, China – The U.S. Energy Association will hold a forum on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. on the most recent CCS Developments in China, including an overview of the ongoing research, demonstration and deployment as well as an overview of recent policy actions taken.  WRI’s Sarah Forbes will discuss.

 

CAL Forum to Look at Transportation – The California Institute for Federal Policy Research is holding a forum on Thursday in 121 Cannon looking at electric transportation in California.

 

Forum to Look at Nuclear Power – The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs will host a forum on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on the underutilized potential of nuclear energy.  Today, the prospects and potential impacts of climate change have spurred consideration of other options and expansion of non-fossil carbon resources. In this presentation, the strengths and limitations of fission-based nuclear energy will be discussed and compared with the benefits and liabilities of other power production options.  Kenneth L. Nash of Washington State University will discuss.

 

Forum to Look at Wellbore Issues – On Friday morning, the U.S. Energy Association will hold a forum on subsurface technology engineering challenges and R&D opportunities surrounding wellbore integrity.  The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking to understand the broader technical challenges related to subsurface technology and engineering for energy applications such as oil and gas, carbon storage, geothermal, and waste disposal.  This briefing will aim to facilitate a dialogue with industry on what they perceive as the key challenges and opportunities regarding wellbore integrity.  Apache’s George King and Baker Hughes’ Ron Sweatman will address the issues.

 

WRI to Discuss GHG Issues – On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the World Resources Institute will be hosting a launch event for two new Greenhouse Gas Protocol Standards to inform government climate change strategies. The event will feature presentations and panel discussions on the new standards, a networking lunch, and a training workshop.  These important new standards can help answer some of the most fundamental questions facing our planet going forward: Are countries on track to meet their climate commitments? How effective are specific local or national policies to drive carbon reductions? And will countries’ actions add up to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius?  At the event, government representatives and other experts will reflect the far reaching significance of these new standards. The launch event will be followed by lunch and a free training workshop for how to use both standards. Participants are invited to attend the morning and/or afternoon sessions depending on their interest.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

IEA Chief to Headline CSIS Forum – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host a forum on Monday November 24th at 9:30 a.m., hosting Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Birol will present the IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook. The global energy landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, reshaping long-held expectations for our energy future. Dr. Birol will help shed light on the rapidly evolving global energy landscape, presenting the WEO’s comprehensive analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends. This year’s edition of the WEO also has a special focus on the outlook for nuclear power and its implications, and an in-depth study of sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the prospects for improving access to modern energy services and for developing the region’s huge resource potential in a way that contributes not only to regional and global energy balances, but also to local and social well-being. Sarah Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.

 

USEA Releases Energy Report – Next Monday, November 24th at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club the United States Energy Association (USEA) will the launch of the 2014 Trilemma report and host a panel discussion, chaired by Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma. CEOs from the energy and finance sectors along with policymakers discuss the issues raised in the report and provide insights into how the energy sector can deliver sustainable and resilient energy systems by working together with the finance community.

 

Forum to Look at China, Coal – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold a forum next Monday at 10:00 a.m.to look at China and coal.  Despite nearly a decade of aggressive policies pushing energy efficiency and renewables, coal use in China has continued to rise and air pollution problems are worsening. At this meeting Fuqiang Yang and Jake Schmidt from the Natural Resources Defense Council will introduce the work of the coal consumption cap plan and policy research project which brings together over 20 leading Chinese government research institutes, universities and industry associations. The project aims to develop a comprehensive roadmap and policy package for establishing and implementing a binding national coal consumption cap for China’s 13th Five-Year Plan helping China to peak its coal consumption by 2020. They will discuss the benefits and challenges of establishing a national coal cap policy as part of China’s transition to a more efficient, balanced and low-carbon development path.  Good luck with that…

 

ELI to Look at RFS, Invasive Species – Next Monday at 2:00 p.m. the Environmental Law Institute will host a forum on bioenergy and invasive species with the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Bioenergy has substantial promise—it can reduce our carbon footprint, promote domestic energy security, and have other benefits. However, many species proposed for bioenergy production are also invasive species. As a result, bioenergy development can lead to the introduction of known invaders, and associated environmental and economic harm, unless feedstock species are carefully selected and cultivated.  Agencies have begun to incorporate invasive species considerations into bioenergy programs. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is one of the foremost programs supporting the development and use of renewable biofuels in the United States. This webinar will consider these emerging efforts to address invasion risks under the RFS program, with speakers representing EPA, USDA, conservation, and industry perspectives.

 

UN Climate Meeting Set for Lima, Peru – The UN will hold its annual climate meeting in Lima, Peru.  The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from December 1-12.

 

GenForum Set to Discuss GHG, Reliability, NatGas – PennWell’s GenForum will be held on December 8th in Orlando, Florida.  At the event, there will be a panel  discussion on the future of coal power during a dash to gas, as well as EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA rule proposal is meant to have states implement plans to cut power sector emissions 30% by 2030. GenForum is organized by PennWell’s GenerationHub. GenForum brings together power generation executives who operate, plan, build, regulate and invest in power generation systems in North America. Other speakers will include PJM Interconnection Chief Economist Paul Sotkiewicz, Ph.D., will kick off GenForum with a keynote presentation on electric power demand. Julie Turner, Duke Energy general manager for combined-cycle gas generation in North and South Carolina will be part of a panel discussion on natural gas generation. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) President and CEO John Shelk will discuss issues surrounding competitive power in today’s marketplace. Florida PSC Commissioner Eduardo Balbis will discuss the Florida electric power landscape. ScottMadden Consulting Partner Stuart Pearman will discuss issues posed by distributed generation.

 

Energy Update: Week of October 20

Friends

 

Two weeks to go to 2014 midterm elections.  Several races remain interesting and within the margin of error until election day, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Alaska, North Carolina and Colorado.  Kansas veteran Pat Roberts has rebounded, but the race with independent Greg Orman remains tight.  And in South Dakota, Larry Pressler’s independent run continues to make the race a wild card, while Rep. Gary Peters Michigan seems to be separating in Michigan.  And the fun won’t likely end on Election Day with an almost certain runoff for Louisiana and one also possible in Georgia.  Finally, I would also say that Mark Warner seems to have the edge on veteran Republican operative Ed Gillespie, but it might be closer than some think given the all-of-a-sudden, tough ads with which Warner has started blanketing the airwaves.

 

The comment period for EPA’s proposed carbon standards for modified or reconstructed power plants closed on Thursday and ERCC was among the commenters.   See below for a summary, but let me know if you want to see Scott Segal’s full remarks.  Secondly, a new report from NERA projects significant negative economic impacts resulting from EPA’s proposed plan to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants.  NERA projects that the costs to comply with EPA’s proposed plan could total $366 billion or more.  The analysis also finds that 43 states will have double-digit electricity price increases, with 21 states potentially facing electricity price increases that exceed 20%.  Finally, digging back into the politics of nuclear waste, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the latest volume of its safety evaluation report regarding the proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear-waste repository late last week.  Some have speculated that the waste issues could be back on the table, especially if the Democrats lose control on the Senate.  (I will remind all though that Sen. Reid was pretty effective at slowing or undercutting Yucca Mountain even when he wasn’t Majority Leader)

 

Tomorrow, the Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual forum where they will honor the state of California with award presentation by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman at The Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Alongside the dinner, ELI will hold its annual Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum just before, which will look at the state challenges to the EPA GHG Rule.

 

On Friday morning, The Hill and Nuclear Matters will host a forum at the National Press Club with former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner and leading experts for a discussion on America’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the business of nuclear power plants, and the EPA’s new carbon rules.

 

And speaking of the National Press Club, the star of one of the best football movies ever, Rudy, Sean Astin will be addressing a Club event next Monday.   Astin will discuss his political radio show, Vox Populi, as well as his career in the entertainment industry.  Can’t wait to see the speech:  I’ve been ready for this my whole life!  Remember, Goonies never say die…  (Please note I DID stay away from ANY Lord of the Rings References).

 

Frank Maisano

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IN THE NEWS

 

EPA New Power Plants Rule Comment Period Closes – The comment period for EPA’s proposed carbon standards for modified or reconstructed power plants.  ERCC’s Comments made five key points:  1) finalizing the proposed rule is insufficient to authorize a rule for existing power plants under Section 112(d); 2) EPA’s standard is arbitrary and capricious in light of other proposals; 3) EPA’s proposed standard is not achievable or “adequately demonstrated;” 4) Mod/Recon sources cannot also be subject to 11(b) as well; and finally 5) EPA’s proposal mistreats startup and shutdown operations.  Happy to forward a copy of the full remarks if you need them.

 

NERA Study Raises Woes of EPA Rule – New analysis from National Economic Research Associates (NERA) projects significant negative economic impacts resulting from EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” to regulate CO2 emissions from existing power plants.  NERA projects that the costs to comply with EPA’s proposed plan could total $366 billion or more.  The analysis also finds that 43 states will have double-digit electricity price increases, with 21 states potentially facing electricity price increases that exceed 20%.  Despite these significant costs, EPA’s proposal would have a meaningless effect on global climate change:  atmospheric CO2 concentrations would be reduced by less than one-half of a percent, equating to reductions in global average temperature of less than 2/100th of a degree, and sea level rise would be reduced by 1/100th of an inch—equal to the thickness of three sheets of paper.  NERA also projected that EPA’s Clean Power Plan could cost consumers and businesses a staggering $41 billion or more per year, far outpacing the costs of all Clean Air Act rules for power plants in 2010 ($7 billion) and the annual cost of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule ($10 billion).  Much of NERA’s cost projection is based on consumers having to spend more than $500 billion to reduce their use of electricity.  The NERA analysis also finds that the proposal could shutter 45,000 megawatts or more of coal-based electricity, which is more than the entire electricity supply of New England.  EPA’s proposal sets state CO2 emission rate targets for 49 states based on four EPA “building blocks.”  The new analysis is based on combinations of building blocks that states might use to comply with the EPA targets.

 

ERCC ‘s Segal on the NERA Study – A number of groups commented on the new study including ERCC’s Scott Segal.  Segal: “The proposed rule on existing power plants is likely to produce very little if any environmental or health benefits.  However, as NERA’s data clearly demonstrates, the rule will come at extraordinary cost to consumers including businesses, households, and individuals living on fixed incomes or at or near the poverty level.  The rule will also have profound effects on electric reliability, as our regional transmission organizations have reported.”  ERCC is a diverse group of power companies serving millions of consumers nationwide.

 

NRC Releases Yucca Report – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the latest volume of its safety evaluation report regarding the proposed Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear-waste repository late last week.  Some have speculated that the issues could be back on the table, especially if the Democrats lose control on the Senate.  Our friends at NARUC have been the watchdog on the case.  They said the “long-delayed review” shows that the experts have found the Yucca Mountain repository “meets the requirements” for safely storing nuclear waste after the facility is closed. NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal Chair Greg White of Michigan said it is time for Congress and the Administration to assure the NRC can complete its statutorily obligated review of the license application and that the Department of Energy actively support the license application as required by law.   White: “After all, consumers of nuclear power have contributed billions for this program over the last 30 years; our government owes it to them to finish the job. Whether or not Yucca Mountain is ultimately approved, the analysis will inform our nation’s nuclear-waste policies going forward. We look forward to working with Congress, the White House, and the NRC as the license review progresses.”

 

Tesoro Acquires QEP Logistics Assets – Tesoro Corporation has created a full service logistics company with its latest acquisition of QEP Resources’ wholly-owned natural gas gathering and processing business, QEP Field Services.  TSO CEO Greg Goff said the acquisition advances “our distinctive strategy to build a customer-focused logistics business, broadening our capabilities across the value chain to deliver enhanced shareholder value.”  The acquisition, valued at approximately $2.5 billion, provides TSO access to strategically located, high-quality assets that provide product and service diversification within our geographic footprint. The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, and is subject to regulatory approval.

 

EIA Launches Expanded Winter Heating Fuels Data Program For Winter 2014-15 – The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is expanding the State Heating Oil and Propane Program (SHOPP) this winter heating season.  SHOPP is a joint effort between EIA and participating states to collect weekly residential heating oil and propane price data. The SHOPP program has traditionally included 24 states in the Northeast and Midwest regions, but the program was expanded after many other states expressed interest in the program following the winter of 2013-14.

 

Marcellus to Hit 16B Levels in November – Speaking of EIA, it is projecting that Marcellus Shale gas production will exceed 16 billion cubic per day in November, revising a previous estimate that production might surpass the mark this month.  In September, the administration forecasted production would reach 16.06 billion cubic feet per day this month. But in the more recent estimate, issued on Tuesday, it said production might actually be around 15.8 billion cubic feet per day.

 

Aspen Study Highlights Benefits of Crude Exports – The Aspen Institute’s manufacturing program released a new study that says allowing unrestricted export of U.S. crude could boost domestic oil production by more than 3 million barrels per day and shave 9 cents from the per-gallon price of gasoline by 2025.  The study acknowledges the political potency of the prediction that removing 1970s-era constraints on overseas crude sales would push gasoline prices higher by enabling U.S. producers to fetch higher prices for light shale oil. But its authors argued that unfettered exports would spur new drilling that ultimately would push U.S. prices at the pump slightly downward.

 

New Project to Focus On Military Edge – The Center for a New American Security has rolled out a major new project, “Beyond Offset: Will the United States Maintain Its Military Edge?” The project will examine how the U.S. military can maintain its technological advantage through a period of declining defense budgets.  Co-chaired by the Honorable William Lynn III, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and CEO of Finmeccanica North America, and the Honorable Michèle Flournoy, CEO of the Center for a New American Security, the project will be co-directed by Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies and Ben FitzGerald, Director of the Technology and National Security Program. The Beyond Offset project aims to build a community of interest that will examine the challenges of U.S. technology strategy and advance candidate solutions for the Pentagon and industry. The project will release a number of reports, co-host discussion and debate on War on the Rocks – the popular online platform on strategy and defense – and convene a variety of public events.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

GW Oil Event to Focus On Central Asia – The George Washington University will host a business forum today on hydrocarbons, governance and social accountability in Russia and Central Asia.  Speakers include Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos of the French Institute of Geopolitics, Sergei Gretsky of the Foreign Service Institute, Wesleyan University’s Peter Rutland, UConn’s Oksan Bayulgen, Kate Watters of Crude Accountability and Sebastien Peyrouse of the GW East West Center.

 

Oil Event to Look at China, Sudan Civil War – The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will host Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies to discuss oil issues with China and Sudan/ South Sudan tonight.  For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of China’s national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged China to chart a new course. The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last December only deepened the instability and insecurity and sent Chinese diplomats scrambling to protect their interests and bring an end to the conflict.  The lecture will discuss the overseas investments of Chinese national oil companies, their close ties with their respective governments in Beijing, and experiences with political and security risks in Sudan and South Sudan. It draws from Luke Patey’s recent book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan. Beyond examining the economic and political impact of Chinese and Indian engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, the book argues that the two Sudans are examples of how Africa is shaping the rise of China and India as world powers.

 

Christie to Address Chamber Legal Forum – The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform is hosting its 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit tomorrow.  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.

 

PJM to Host Grid Forum – Tomorrow at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel,  PJM will host a forum on the impacts of shifting trends in resource types, as well as the benefits and challenges associated with achieving a reliable resource mix.  PJM has assembled industry experts and executives to discuss the following topics like changing fuel/resource mix, the EPA CO2 rule and other items.  The event will feature PJM members, state regulatory commissioners, electric utilities, power marketers, consumer advocates, consultants, staff members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and other government officials.

 

ELI Annual Forum Set – The Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual forum tomorrow when they will honor Mary Nichols and the state of California with award presentation by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman at The Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Alongside the dinner, ELI will hold its annual Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum just before.  The event will focus on state leadership in environmental protection, examining the inherent tension underlying state-federal partnerships and inconsistencies in state approaches to cooperative federalism.  During this year’s timely Keare Forum, participants will hear from expert panelists representing a range of corporate, non-profit, and government perspectives on state challenges for the new EPA GHG rule. All of our panelists have held key leadership roles in the environmental field, and they bring a wealth of insight to this discussion. The panel will discuss the new EPA rule through the lens of state leadership, and it will opine on how the state-federal partnership will likely evolve in the future.  Panelists will feature former NJ DEP head Brad Campbell, former EPA chief Linda Fisher of DuPont, former NY enviro official and NRDC executive director Peter Lehner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau, EPA Region 1 head Curt Spalding and Montana Department of Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning,.

 

Forum to Discuss Russian Energy – The Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, the Energy Charter Secretariat, and the Brussels Energy Club, will hold an event tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. featuring Ambassador Urban Rusnák, secretary-general of the Energy Charter Secretariat.  Russia, currently in an economic crisis, was ordered by international arbitration tribunals in July 2014 to pay fifty billion dollars to former shareholders of Yukos. Ambassador Rusnák will discuss how the ruling affects the current state of energy relations between Russia and the West, as well as the repercussions of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine on European energy security. The discussion will be introduced by Marat Terterov, executive director of the Brussels Energy Club and moderated by David Koranyi, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.

 

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 Wednesday and Thursday 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.

 

Forum to Look at Mexico Energy – On Wednesday, the Atlantic Council will hold a conference focused on reform in the Mexican energy industry.  It is set for transformation after President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the reform’s secondary legislation in August. Join us for the first major policy address in the United States by one of the top Mexican officials leading this reform.   This event follows two publications in step with the reform process and written by the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s nonresident senior energy fellow, David Goldwyn, Mexico’s Energy Reform: Ready to Launch (August 2014) and Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last? (December 2013).  Keynote Speakers will include María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons at the Secretariat of Energy of Mexico and former State Department official David Goldwyn.

 

DOE to Look at Vehicles, Transportation – On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., the Energy Department Vehicle will present a live webcast featuring updates on Energy and GHG Emissions Accounting Tools for Transportation.” The webcast will describe how two macroeconomic tools provide estimates on energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector.  Yan Zhou and Anant Vyas, from Argonne National Laboratory, will describe the methodologies and data sources used to develop the VISION and NEAT tools, as well as how participants can use these models for scenario analysis. VISION estimates the effects of advanced light-and heavy-duty vehicle technologies and alternative fuels on potential energy use, oil use, and carbon emissions through 2100. NEAT evaluates alternative scenarios relating to non-light duty transportation demand, mode choice, energy intensity changes, and alternative fuel use. Non-light duty transportation options in NEAT include freight truck, rail, domestic marine, domestic freight aviation and pipeline.

 

Cal Science Head to Discuss Food, Climate – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will hold a forum on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., focused on the goals of the California Academy of Sciences.  Appointed to lead the prestigious California Academy of Sciences in August, Jonathan Foley is tasked with leading a world class institution in the pursuit of discovering, documenting, and sharing knowledge of the natural world.  Serving as one of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences has a clear mission of promoting exploration, providing educational opportunities, and engaging the public.  Wilson’s Managing Our Planet series will host Foley where he discusses his vision for the Academy and discuss issues related to food security, demographics and sustainability.

 

Clean Energy Forum Set – The 3rd annual Southeast Innovation Summit will be held on Wednesday and Thursday  at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria.  The Southeast Innovation Summit showcases the region’s cleantech innovation and convenes key stakeholders from investors, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 managers, policy makers, and academia.  Innovation is catalyzed when market participants from different geographies and focus areas have regular dialogue and establish working relationships.  The Summit provides an annual platform for these connections to be fostered.

 

Nichols to Address EMA Forum – The Emissions Marketing Assn’s 18th Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday through Friday 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.

 

Marcacci to Speak at EnviroRun Social Event – Our friend Silvio Marcacci will speak following the EnviroRun on Wednesday evening at Bar Louie.  The EnviroRun is a group that goes on a four-mile run then holds a social event after.

 

ARPA-E Hosts Workshop on Energy Efficiency – On Thursday, ARPA-E will hold a workshop on reducing CAPEX for energy-efficient building controls. This workshop will convene leading experts in building science, control systems, and computer science to identify innovative research paths to increase the adoption of energy-saving building controls by reducing one-off design and installation costs. Technologies of specific interest include adaptive controls, online model learning, predictive analytics, automated fault detection and correction, and data fusion from new sources. Application areas include residential and commercial air-conditioned spaces, but will focus on the challenges of small and medium sized multi-zone systems.

 

ICF Breakfast to Look at Energy Efficiency – On Thursday morning, ICF International Energy and Environment Breakfast at National Press Club featuring energy experts that will discuss the substantial increase in energy use efficiency due to a variety of utility, state, and federal programs. As a result of these programs, there is more economic output for every dollar of energy expenditure.  Speakers will include ICF’s Gene Rodrigues and Kateri Callahan of the Alliance to Save Energy.

 

Bracewell to Host Webinar on Global Business Issues – Bracewell & Giuliani will host a webinar on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on the challenges of global business operations.  Doing business on a global basis presents many challenges, some more obvious than others. Join us as we decipher and demystify some of the thorny issues facing both U. S. companies conducting business abroad and foreign companies doing business in the U. S., including the broad scope and penalties of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), enhanced privacy and data restriction and immigration options.

 

World Green Forum to Discuss New Innovations – On Thursday, the World Green Energy Symposium Council will host the DC World Green Energy Symposium Executive Forum in the Washington Post Conference Center.  This is the world stage for latest launches, policies, unveiling of procurement opportunities and showcase of sustainable technologies and innovations in new energy.  The World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) proudly returns to Washington DC and is bringing top experts featuring economic programs, sustainable products & technologies in new energy. The WGES program is known for its focus on green/renewable energy technology and innovations in existing technologies as the vantage point in the new economy creating and maintaining jobs, contract and exporting opportunities, and new policies leading to economic vitality and a healthier planet.  The WGES attracts the best minds and top decision makers through a carefully planned strategic process which has developed into the foundation leading to an outstanding premier technical educational program providing a world stage for a platform of education and information exchange on new and existing advances in sustainable energy.

 

NAS to Look at Uranium Issues – The National Academy of Sciences will be a convening a meeting on Thursday and Friday looking at the current status of and progress toward eliminating highly-enriched uranium use in fuel for civilian research and test reactors.

 

Ocean Renewable Energy Event to Feature BOEM Officials – On Thursday evening , Leaders in Energy will be co-hosting its professional networking Happy Hour on the topic of ocean energy issues at the Arlington Garden Hilton Inn .  Speakers will address the science and misperceptions regarding the impacts of seismic surveys and noise on marine life associated with offshore energy resource mapping as well as ocean renewable energy systems including ocean thermal energy conversion, tidal, etc.  Featured Speakers include Jill Lewandowski, who currently serves as the Chief, Environmental Consultation Branch in the Headquarters Office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Stan Labak is a Physical Scientist (Marine Acoustician) in BOEM’s Division of Environmental Sciences and Sean O’Neill, Executive Director of the Foundation for Ocean Renewables, dedicated to promoting ocean renewable energy.

 

Abraham, Browner to Address Nuclear Future – On Friday morning, The Hill and Nuclear Matters will host a forum at the National Press Club with U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, and leading experts for a discussion on America’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the business of nuclear power plants, and the EPA’s new carbon rules.  Other speakers will include Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at DOE and Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Our friend, The Hill Energy Correspondent Laura Barron-Lopez will moderate.

 

McCarthy to Headline Georgetown Conference – On Friday, the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy will host the 2014 LEAD Conference, on the power of opinion and energy/climate change.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will keynote the event.  The event will examine how American public opinion may hold the key to unlocking a politically viable path forward on energy policy and climate change.   Other speakers include Harvard’s Stephen Ansolabehere, David Konisky of McCourt School of Public Policy, our friend Eric Holdsworth of EEI and Malcolm Woolf of Advanced Energy Economy, among several others.

 

Urban Planning Forum Set to Discuss Climate – On Friday at 2:30 p.m., the Sustainable Urban Planning Program is hosting its 5th biannual Research Symposium at GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium. This year’s symposium focuses on the question: Do cities hold the solution to climate change?  Speakers will include UCLA Professor Matthew Kahn, Marianne Fay of the World Bank Group, David Archer of the University of Chicago, Global Inheritance executive director Eric Ritz and Virginia Tech Urban Planning professor Yang Zhang.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

Goonie Rudy to Address Politics, New Radio Show at Press Club – Award-winning actor, director, voice artist, producer, and radio show host Sean Astin comes to The National Press Club at 6:30 p.m. on October 27 to discuss his political radio show, Vox Populi, as well as his career in the entertainment industry.  The event is sponsored by the National Press Club’s Young Members Committee.  Vox Populi is a bipartisan political radio show that aims to provide a forum for discussion of politics, government, and world events with divergent viewpoints and a high standard of civil discourse. The show airs online on the TradioV on Thursdays from 12:00-2:00 PST. Of the origin of Vox Populi, Astin has said, “I’ve wanted to do a political show for twenty-five years. I’ve campaigned for three presidents…I’ve lobbied in front of Congress, I actually managed a Congressional campaign – I’m a guy who likes to get involved.” Astin has said he tries to operate from a “center modality” and conflict resolution on his show in a way he thinks is missing in current political discourse.

 

Brookings to Host IEA Expert – Next Tuesday, the Brookings Energy Security Initiative (ESI) and Africa Growth Initiative (AGI) at Brookings will host the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Chief Economist Fatih Birol for the U.S. launch of the IEA’s Africa Energy Outlook. This special report highlights key actions in the energy sector that can promote economic and social development in sub-Saharan Africa (with particular attention to the role of renewables on the continent), ways in which emerging oil and gas producers can maximize their resources for development, and the benefits of greater regional integration. The report offers a comprehensive study of Africa’s future energy prospects and details how African nations can meet their growing energy needs while simultaneously mitigating their impacts on climate change through the promotion of clean technology. Following Birol’s presentation, AGI Senior Fellow Amadou Sy and ESI Director Charles Ebinger will join the discussion.

 

USEA Looks at China, Clean Coal – On Tuesday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m., U.S. Energy Association will host a clean coal forum in China featuring Dr. Ren Xiangkun, Chairman of the Board of Beijing Baoju Energy Sci-Tech and Vice President of Beijing Sanju Environmental Protection & New Materials, is a 2014 recipient of the Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy’s Annual China CCUS Prize. In his presentation, Dr. Ren will discuss various clean coal and pollution control technologies being developed by his company.  He will also focus on how these technologies are being deployed in various China projects.  Clean coal project development and investment opportunities both in China and U.S. will be discussed.

 

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.  Southern CEO Tom Fanning, Boone Pickens and NRG CEO David Crane will also speak.  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.

 

USEA Forum to Look at Carbon, Seismicity Issues – The U.S. Energy Association will host a forum focused on Thursday morning October 30th looking at the broader technical challenges related to subsurface technology and engineering for energy applications such as oil and gas, carbon storage, geothermal, and waste disposal.  This briefing will aim to facilitate a dialogue with industry on what they perceive as the key challenges and opportunities regarding stress state and induced seismicity.

 

November 4th – ELECTION DAY

 

RFF to Highlight Conservation – On Wednesday, November 5th, Resources for the Future will hold a First Wednesday Seminar on global resource trends, innovation, and implications for conservation.

Evidence abounds of humanity’s creative ability to produce more goods and services using fewer resources. In many cases, our use of natural resources is declining, particularly when measured in terms of GDP consumption per capita or per dollar. In fact, consumption of some natural resources (certain croplands, fuels, metals, and water) has plummeted, even as we produce more and more from these resources. The panel at this RFF First Wednesday Seminar will discuss this evidence and highlight the ingenuity enabling reduced natural resource use. Can we credibly envision a “peak environmental footprint?”  Panelists will also discuss the Breakthrough Institute’s Nature Unbound, a new report to be released November 5.   They include Rockefeller University’s Iddo Wernick and Jesse Ausubel, and the Breakthrough Institute’s Linus Blomqvist, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger.

 

Concert for Valor Set – On Veterans’ Day, HBO and Starbucks will hold the Concert for Valor live on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem and Rihanna are among the artists who will play.

 

Military Enviro Leaders to Address Conference – The Defense Energy Summit will be held on November 11-13th in Austin, TX.  Speakers will include, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) Richard Kidd and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment Dennis McGinn (VADM, Ret).

 

MD Offshore Wind Group to Highlight Opportunities – The Maryland Offshore Wind Business groups is holding an International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum on November 12-14th at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore.  The event will offer thoughtful keynotes and workshops that cover everything from new technologies to managing risk in the OSW industry.  Speakers will include MD Gov Martin O’Malley, MD Sen. Ben Cardin, and our friend and O’Malley Energy advisor Abby Hopper, among many others.

 

Bingaman, Moeller Headline NARUC Meeting – The 126th Annual NARUC Meeting will be held November 16th – 19th at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.  In addition to the usual topics, the event will look at topics like distributed generation,  emergency phone calls, alternative-fuel vehicles and ride-sharing services.   The meeting agenda is nearly final, though new speakers and panels will be announced over the several weeks. Panel discussions will be held on the proposed Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Next Generation 911 services, workforce development, methane emissions, and much more.  A complete agenda is available online.   In addition, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2014-2015. Current NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas’s term will conclude, with new officers being voted in during the meeting.   Confirmed speakers will include former Senate Energy Chair Jeff Bingaman, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller, EPA Air counsel Joe Goffman, National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell and Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo.

 

 

Energy Update: Columbus Day Edition

Friends,

 

Thanks goodness it is Columbus Day, the holiday to celebrate Italian-Americans, because those of us that end in a vowel really do need more celebrating. Italian-Americans are among the most loyal — most law-abiding — patriotic, hard-working American citizens in this land.  Because from the time of the great Christopher Columbus up through the time of Enrico Fermi right up to the present day — Italian-Americans have been pioneers in building and defending our great nation. They are the soil o’ the earth and one of the backbones of this country. Thank you, Senator Geary…

 

I don’t even know why I’m working today, because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.  But I decided that I would take advantage of the light traffic…and besides, I already watched both Godfather movies last night, so I’m smart, not dumb like everybody thinks.  When I went to bed around 1:00 a.m. (it is a 6+ hour marathon), my wife told me, “sure ‘cause like you haven’t seen that before.”  Not the point though… You must always watch the Godfather or Godfather II, especially if it is the Columbus Day Holiday, because you never takes sides against the family and this is the business we have chosen.  I didn’t ask who gave the order.

 

Since business is business, let’s get back to it because we’re all part of the same hypocrisy.   Plus I have to get this out because the kids have no school today so they’re all at home (which could be a disaster).  I have as sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should be listening.

 

There has been a lot of banter about the EPA’s GHG rule and states being ready for it.  Apparently, EPA is making them an offer they can’t refuse.   But their ability to comply with the rule will continue to cause debate and controversy, including at an event this week at Resources for the Future tomorrow at 12:45. Along these lines, check out the Southwest Power Pool’s (the SW Grid Operator) call to delay the rule for five years for reliability concerns.  And there are others like IER, who also have a new impact study  out below, that want the rule to sleep with the fishes.

 

The Senate races continue to heat up.  We are trying to get a final feel for those running, many of whom are no different than any other powerful man (or Woman)— who’s responsible for other people, like a senator or president.  Interesting races are shaping up in South Dakota and Kansas, while Michigan seems to be separating.  You know though, I never tell anybody outside the (friends’ list) family what I’m thinkingBut I’m a superstitious man, so next 22 days will show how this plays out.

 

Finally, It makes no difference to me what a man does for a living, understand, but on Saturday, the Consumer’s Energy Alliance is hosting Energy Day in Houston.  The event is the largest annual festival showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and will feature folks from across the Country.  Our friends at Cabot are sending a bunch of educators from Northeastern PA.

 

That’s it…Call with questions.  I guess I’m getting too old for my job. Too grouchy. Can’t stand the aggravation.

 

Frank Maisano

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IN THE NEWS

 

SAFE Oil Index Out –Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released the latest quarterly installment of its Oil Security Index, a tool measuring the oil security of more than a dozen countries around the world based on key indicators, including their structural dependence on oil, their economic exposure to the global oil market, and their capacity to respond to oil supply disruptions.  This most recent update features a special focus on Japan, the Index’s most oil-secure country. Japan ranks highly in spite of its minimal domestic oil resources and high import levels, which are offset by several other indicators. Most notably, Japan’s high oil efficiency and its role as an international storage hub work in favor of the county’s long-term oil security.  The United States remains fifth in Index rankings, unchanged from last quarter.  The latest Index update also shines a light on India, where burgeoning demand has driven oil consumption up 75 percent since 2000. Amidst rising demand for gasoline and increasing incomes, India struggles with a heavy reliance on Middle East imports and low overall efficiency, leaving it suspended at 11 out of 13 in the Index rankings.

 

SW Grid Operator Urges 5 Year Delay for EPA GHG Rule – The Southwest Power Pool, the grid operator for all or part of nine states in the Great Plains said that will be more difficult maintain reliability with EPA’s new GHG rules for existing power plants.  SPP said the rule could lead to transmission overloads and even rolling power outages.  The SPP’s analysis said the proposed rule would lead to reliability issues in its footprint.  SPP wants more time so that the grid can manage the retirements the proposed rule will cause on its system. The RTO’s own report admitted that it did not have time to study any of the proposed building blocks to clean up the power system in EPA’s rule due to time constraints.   SPP Officials said the assessment’s findings make it very clear new generation and transmission expansion will be necessary from a reliability perspective.  They added their focus is first and foremost on reliability. SPP officials urged EPA to extend the proposed carbon plan compliance deadline by five years and called for more detailed study of the plan’s effect on reliability.

 

EIA to Releases Studies on Crude Oil Exports – The Energy Information Administration is expected to release a comprehensive summary of the studies it is conducting about crude oil exports by the end of 2014 or early 2015. The agency will release a study on the exports’ financial impact on trade markets and crude prices this month and an analysis of crude processing costs and technology in December.

 

TX School Fund Larger than Harvard Endowment – The Texas educational fund that the State uses to buy instructional materials and cover some local school districts’ costs is now worth nearly $38 billion.  Started in 1854 with an initial investment of just $2 million, the fund  gets proceeds from the sale of state land and rental of mineral rights for oil and natural gas exploration, making it the nation’s largest educational endowment.  In a statement, Patterson and Education Commissioner Michael Williams said the fund had outpaced Harvard University’s endowment, which they said was worth $36.4 billion through June 30.  While other state education funding is embroiled in legal battles, Permanent School Fund has faced no such shortfalls with natural gas drilling and other state energy development helped generate a record $1.2 billion for the fund this year.

 

IER: EPA Rules Increase Power Plant Closures – The Institute for Energy Research updated its report listing the generating units at power plants that have already closed or will be shutting down because of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, the proposed Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and the recently announced restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Highlights from the report include: 72.7 gigawatts (GW) of electrical generating capacity have already, or are scheduled to retire. That’s enough to reliably power 44.7 million homes, or every home in every state west of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas; since IER’s original report in October 2011, an additional 44.4 GW of reliable coal-fired power have either closed or are now scheduled to close; there are now 37 states with projected power plant closures – up from 30 in 2011; the top 5 hardest hit states by generating capacity are: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, and Georgia.

 

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

 

Shale Water Expo Set – Tomorrow and Wednesday, 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.

 

Maryland Clean Energy Summit Set – Tomorrow and Wednesday, the State of Maryland will hold its Clean Energy Summit at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center near the University of Maryland.  The event will focus on ideas to transform customers from passive to engaged decision makers and participants in their energy future.  EPA’s Sarah Dunham will speak about the new EPA GHG rules while BGE CEO Calvin Butler will offer a keynote address.  Speakers and panel presenters will join in sessions that will cover energy literacy, efficiency, reliability, resiliency and affordability within the related technological, financial, policy, and regulatory framework.  Relevant data, best practice models and real life case studies will be examined to address the challenges and opportunities residential, small business & retail, commercial & industrial, and government & institutional customers are facing in their transformation as energy users.

 

JHU Forum to Feature Russian Oil Expert – Johns Hopkins University’s Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies will hold a forum tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in its Rome Building featuring Tatiana Mitrova, head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  She will discuss “Russia and the New Energy Age.”

 

WCEE Book Club to Focus on Wind Book – Tomorrow at noon, the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment (WCEE) will hold a book club event that will discuss “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba. Kamkwamba is a Malawian inventor and author who gained fame in 2002 when he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s house in Masitala using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village and two other windmills.

 

Cato Forum to Look at Self-Driving Cars – Tomorrow at 12:00 p.m., the Cato Institute will hold a forum looking at policy implications of self-driving cars. The event will feature Randal O’Toole, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Marc Scribner, Research Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center. Experimental self-driving cars will be on the market by 2020 and will radically transform the 21st century.  This Forum will look at what Washington policymakers should know about the future of American mobility and how self-driving cars will affect the viability of urban transit and regional planning.  They will also hold a similar forum in 2226 Rayburn on Wednesday at Noon.

 

RFF to Focus on State Officials Concerns – Resources for the Future will hold a forum tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. focused on state goals and challenges under the new EPA clean GHG rule.  Since the release of EPA’s Clean Power Plan in early June, state policymakers have been assessing how the proposed rule will impact their unique state and regional circumstances. At this seminar, research experts and state regulators will explore several challenges to implementing the rule, including whether rate-based emissions targets should be converted to mass-based targets and, if so, how; whether credit can be or should be given for states that have already taken early action on low-carbon energy programs and how these challenges might differ by region, among others. Join Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for a discussion of this issue.  Speakers include EPRI’s Vic Niemeyer, Michigan DEQ Air Quality Chief Vinson Hellwig, Mass DEP Commissioner David Cash.

 

SEIA to Discuss Low Carbon Grid Study – The Solar Energy Industry Assn will hold a webinar tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. on a new California low carbon grid study.  The Low Carbon Grid Study, which examines the feasibility of halving California’s electric sector emissions by 2030, is currently underway. Results from the first of the study’s two phases show that this magnitude of emissions reductions is possible with approximately no impact to utility revenue requirement, using a combination of strategies: a diverse renewables fleet, energy efficiency, flexible load, robust regional cooperation, and efficient use of natural gas resources. This webinar will feature the lead project manager of the study, Jim Caldwell, who will review initial results, answer questions, and discuss plans for the second phase.  This study is supported by a diverse group of renewables companies, energy foundations, and trade associations, including SEIA and CalWEA. Modeling work is being done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the second phase of the work will incorporate analysis from other groups and input from an independent technical review committee. For more information, see lowcarbongrid2030.org.

 

Brookings Forum to Focus on Ukraine – The Brookings Energy Security Initiative (ESI) and Center on United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings will hold a discussion tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. on the state of the European gas market. This event serves as the release of a new ESI policy brief on the European gas market in times of turmoil and increasing import dependence. Two of the report’s co-authors – ESI Fellow Tim Boersma and Tatiana Mitrova, head of the Oil and Gas Department at the Energy Research Institute in the Russian Academy of Sciences – will present their findings. Following their presentation, Robin Dunnigan, acting deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources, will provide additional comment. CUSE Senior Fellow Clifford Gaddy will moderate the discussion.

 

ANGA, Penn State to Host Gas Utilization Conference – Penn State University and ANGA will hold a forum tomorrow and Wednesday 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 Wednesday through Friday 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.

 

Happer to Tackle Carbon – On Wednesday, the George Marshall Institute will hold a forum in 2325 Rayburn featuring Princeton climate expert Will Happer, on the myth of carbon pollution.   Happer says “Carbon pollution” is a propaganda slogan for the campaign against carbon dioxide (CO2), but not science.   Dr. Happer is Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics (emeritus) at Princeton University, a long-term member of the JASON advisory group, and former director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. In addition to being a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt award, the Herbert P. Broida Prize and the Thomas Alva Edison patent award.

 

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 Wednesday through Friday.  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.

 

SoCo Exec to Address Coal Council Meeting – The National Coal Council’s will hold a Fall conference at the Gaylord National Resort on Thursday.  Speakers include Southern Company COO Kimberly Greene, UBS Securities analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Energy Resource & Economics fellow Ken Medlock.

 

Brookings Lecture Series to Feature Stern, French Climate Official – On Thursday event, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings will host Laurence Tubiana, special representative of France for the Paris 2015 Climate Conference, for the 11th annual Raymond Aron Lecture. In her remarks, Tubiana will offer a multilevel governance perspective for building a more dynamic climate regime. She will reflect on economically and politically-feasible strategies for combating global climate disruption that enhance economic growth, employment opportunities and overall quality of life. Following Tubiana’s address, Todd Stern, the U.S. State Department’s special envoy for climate change, will offer remarks in response.  Tubiana is a world-renowned expert on climate issues and the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris. She is a professor at Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University, serves as co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Leadership Council and is the board president of the French Development Agency.   Brookings Visiting Fellow Philippe Le Corre will provide introductory remarks, and Brookings Managing Director William Antholis will moderate the discussion. After the program, panelists will take audience questions. Brookings’ Raymond Aron lecture series, named after the renowned scholar of post-war France, annually features leading French and American scholars and statesmen speaking on current issues affecting the transatlantic relationship.

 

National Alt Fuels Vehicles Day Odyssey Set – Friday is 2014 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle day and events will be held on the National Mall.  AFV Day Odyssey is a biennial event dedicated to promoting cleaner choices in transportation, brought to you by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West Virginia University.  Odyssey brings together many organizations, vehicle manufacturers and businesses to showcase alternative transportation technologies and their benefits.  The National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey national kickoff event will be held on the National Mall in Washington DC. Hosted by the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, the occasion will serve as the official kickoff for the more than 100 Odyssey events taking place across the country on that day.

 

Energy Day Set For Houston – The Consumer’s Energy Alliance is hosting Energy Day on Saturday at Sam Houston Park in Houston.  The event is the largest annual festival showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Energy Day has nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits teaching students and their families about the various forms of energy, science, technology, efficiency, conservation, and careers in the energy industry. The exciting exhibits and interactions with energy experts help spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Attendees include students, educators, families and business leaders who see a range of exhibits highlighting energy sources and opportunities in the industry. Additionally, more than 75 students are awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays.   Energy Day and its partners and sponsors are leading the way in reinforcing the importance of STEM education and the development of new energy technology. The stimulating exhibits and generous academic award opportunities help motivate thousands of future energy experts each year.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

 

GW Oil Event to Focus On Central Asia – Next Monday, the George Washington University will host a business forum on  hydrocarbons, governance and social accountability in Russia and Central Asia.  Speakers include Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos of the French Institute of Geopolitics, Sergei Gretsky of the Foreign Service Institute, Wesleyan University’s Peter Rutland, UConn’s Oksan Bayulgen, Kate Watters of Crude Accountability and Sebastien Peyrouse of the GW East West Center.

 

Forum to Discuss Russian Energy – The Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, the Energy Charter Secretariat, and the Brussels Energy Club, will hold an event next Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. featuring Ambassador Urban Rusnák, secretary-general of the Energy Charter Secretariat.  Russia, currently in an economic crisis, was ordered by international arbitration tribunals in July 2014 to pay fifty billion dollars to former shareholders of Yukos. Ambassador Rusnák will discuss how the ruling affects the current state of energy relations between Russia and the West, as well as the repercussions of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine on European energy security. The discussion will be introduced by Marat Terterov, executive director of the Brussels Energy Club and moderated by David Koranyi, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.

 

Oil Event to Look at China, Sudan Civil War – Next Monday evening, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will host Luke Patey, senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies to discuss oil issues with China and Sudan/ South Sudan.  For over a decade, Sudan fuelled the international rise of China’s national oil companies. But the political turmoil surrounding the historic division of Africa’s largest country, with the birth of South Sudan, challenged China to chart a new course. The outbreak of conflict in South Sudan last December only deepened the instability and insecurity and sent Chinese diplomats scrambling to protect their interests and bring an end to the conflict.  The lecture will discuss the overseas investments of Chinese national oil companies, their close ties with their respective governments in Beijing, and experiences with political and security risks in Sudan and South Sudan. It draws from Luke Patey’s recent book The New Kings of Crude: China, India, and the Global Struggle for Oil in Sudan and South Sudan. Beyond examining the economic and political impact of Chinese and Indian engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, the book argues that the two Sudans are examples of how Africa is shaping the rise of China and India as world powers.

 

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.

 

ELI Annual Forum Set – The Environmental Law Institute will hold its annual forum on Tuesday, October 21st when they will honor Mary Nichols and the state of California with award presentation by retiring Rep. Henry Waxman at The Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Alongside the dinner, ELI will hold its annual Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum just before.  The event will focus on state leadership in environmental protection, examining the inherent tension underlying state-federal partnerships and inconsistencies in state approaches to cooperative federalism.  During this year’s timely Keare Forum, participants will hear from expert panelists representing a range of corporate, non-profit, and government perspectives on state challenges for the new EPA GHG rule. All of our panelists have held key leadership roles in the environmental field, and they bring a wealth of insight to this discussion. The panel will discuss the new EPA rule through the lens of state leadership, and it will opine on how the state-federal partnership will likely evolve in the future.  Panelists will feature former NJ DEP head Brad Campbell, former EPA chief Linda Fisher of DuPont, former NY enviro official and NRDC executive director Peter Lehner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau, EPA Region 1 head Curt Spalding and Montana Department of Environmental Quality Director Tracy Stone-Manning,

 

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.

 

Forum to Look at Mexico Energy – On Wednesday October 22nd, the Atlantic Council will hold a conference focused on reform in the Mexican energy industry.  It is set for transformation after President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law the reform’s secondary legislation in August. Join us for the first major policy address in the United States by one of the top Mexican officials leading this reform.   This event follows two publications in step with the reform process and written by the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s nonresident senior energy fellow, David Goldwyn, Mexico’s Energy Reform: Ready to Launch (August 2014) and Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last? (December 2013).  Keynote Speakers will include María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons at the Secretariat of Energy of Mexico and former State Department official David Goldwyn.

 

Clean Energy Forum Set – The 3rd annual Southeast Innovation Summit will be held on Wednesday and Thursday,  October 22-23 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria.  The Southeast Innovation Summit showcases the region’s cleantech innovation and convenes key stakeholders from investors, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 managers, policy makers, and academia.  Innovation is catalyzed when market participants from different geographies and focus areas have regular dialogue and establish working relationships.  The Summit provides an annual platform for these connections to be fostered.

 

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.

 

Marcacci to Speak at EnviroRun Social Event – Our friend Silvio Marcacci will speak following the EnviroRun on Wednesday evening October 22 at Bar Louie.  The EnviroRun is a group that goes on a four-mile run then holds a social event after.

 

ICF Breakfast to Look at Energy Efficiency – On Thursday morning, October 23rd, ICF International Energy and Environment Breakfast at National Press Club featuring energy experts that will discuss the substantial increase in energy use efficiency due to a variety of utility, state, and federal programs. As a result of these programs, there is more economic output for every dollar of energy expenditure.  Speakers will include ICF’s Gene Rodrigues and Kateri Callahan of the Alliance to Save Energy.

 

World Green Forum to Discuss New Innovations – On Thursday October 23rd, the World Green Energy Symposium Council will host the DC World Green Energy Symposium Executive Forum in the Washington Post Conference Center.  This is the world stage for latest launches, policies, unveiling of procurement opportunities and showcase of sustainable technologies and innovations in new energy.  The World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) proudly returns to Washington DC and is bringing top experts featuring economic programs, sustainable products & technologies in new energy. The WGES program is known for its focus on green/renewable energy technology and innovations in existing technologies as the vantage point in the new economy creating and maintaining jobs, contract and exporting opportunities, and new policies leading to economic vitality and a healthier planet.  The WGES attracts the best minds and top decision makers through a carefully planned strategic process which has developed into the foundation leading to an outstanding premier technical educational program providing a world stage for a platform of education and information exchange on new and existing advances in sustainable energy.

 

Ocean Renewable Energy Event to Feature BOEM Officials – On Thursday evening  October 23rd, Leaders in Energy will be co-hosting its professional networking Happy Hour on the topic of ocean energy issues at the Arlington Garden Hilton Inn .  Speakers will address the science and misperceptions regarding the impacts of seismic surveys and noise on marine life associated with offshore energy resource mapping as well as ocean renewable energy systems including ocean thermal energy conversion, tidal, etc.  Featured Speakers include Jill Lewandowski, who currently serves as the Chief, Environmental Consultation Branch in the Headquarters Office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Stan Labak is a Physical Scientist (Marine Acoustician) in BOEM’s Division of Environmental Sciences and Sean O’Neill, Executive Director of the Foundation for Ocean Renewables, dedicated to promoting ocean renewable energy.

 

Bracewell to Host Webinar on Global Business Issues – Bracewell & Giuliani will host a webinar on Thursday, October 23rd at 10:30 a.m. on the challenges of global business operations.  Doing business on a global basis presents many challenges, some more obvious than others. Join us as we decipher and demystify some of the thorny issues facing both U. S. companies conducting business abroad and foreign companies doing business in the U. S., including the broad scope and penalties of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), enhanced privacy and data restriction and immigration options.

 

Urban Planning Forum Set to Discuss Climate – On Friday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m., the Sustainable Urban Planning Program is hosting its 5th biannual Research Symposium at GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium. This year’s symposium focuses on the question: Do cities hold the solution to climate change?  Speakers will include UCLA Professor Matthew Kahn, Marianne Fay of the World Bank Group, David Archer of the University of Chicago, Global Inheritance executive director Eric Ritz and Virginia Tech Urban Planning professor Yang Zhang,

 

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.  Southern CEO Tom Fanning, Boone Pickens and NRG CEO David Crane will also speak. 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.

 

November 4th – ELECTION DAY

 

RFF to Highlight Conservation – On Wednesday, November 5th, Resources for the Future will hold a First Wednesday Seminar on global resource trends, innovation, and implications for conservation.

Evidence abounds of humanity’s creative ability to produce more goods and services using fewer resources. In many cases, our use of natural resources is declining, particularly when measured in terms of GDP consumption per capita or per dollar. In fact, consumption of some natural resources (certain croplands, fuels, metals, and water) has plummeted, even as we produce more and more from these resources. The panel at this RFF First Wednesday Seminar will discuss this evidence and highlight the ingenuity enabling reduced natural resource use. Can we credibly envision a “peak environmental footprint?”  Panelists will also discuss the Breakthrough Institute’s Nature Unbound, a new report to be released November 5.   They include Rockefeller University’s Iddo Wernick and Jesse Ausubel, and the Breakthrough Institute’s Linus Blomqvist, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger.

 

Concert for Valor Set – On Veterans’ Day, HBO and Starbucks will hold the Concert for Valor live on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl, Eminem and Rihanna are among the artists who will play.

 

Bingaman, Moeller Headline NARUC Meeting – The 126th Annual NARUC Meeting will be held November 16th – 19th at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.  In addition to the usual topics, the event will look at topics like distributed generation,  emergency phone calls, alternative-fuel vehicles and ride-sharing services.   The meeting agenda is nearly final, though new speakers and panels will be announced over the several weeks. Panel discussions will be held on the proposed Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the rise of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Next Generation 911 services, workforce development, methane emissions, and much more.  A complete agenda is available online.   In addition, NARUC members will elect a new slate of officers for 2014-2015. Current NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas’s term will conclude, with new officers being voted in during the meeting.   Confirmed speakers will include former Senate Energy Chair Jeff Bingaman, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller, EPA Air counsel Joe Goffman, National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell and Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo.

 

Energy Update Week of June 23

Friends,

The Supreme Court ruled today on EPA’s tailoring rule. Our experts (Scott Segal, Jeff Holmstead and others) are digging into the details. They say that it is a mixed bag but clearly narrows the initial Mass v. EPA decision. Please call them directly for more. As well, Scott will be a guest on the Diane Rehm show tomorrow on this topic.

Well, I had a whole different beginning already thought out and half written to this introduction yesterday until that Ronaldo cross in the 94th minute.  OMG, I can’t even believe what happened and I don’t even really like watching soccer.  That game was crazy and its just too bad the US let it slip away.  In lacrosse, the kids have a saying for just dumping the ball all the way to the other end of the field: a “Gilman” clear.  In the 93rd and 94th minutes, we were just yelling “Gilman” at the TV…  Unfortunately, our voices didn’t make it all the way to the Rain Forest.  Oh well…only makes Thursday match with Germany that much more important.  The conspiracy theorists are already out saying the Germans will throw a bone to their former star player Jurgen Klinsmann.  I doubt it as there is too much pride at stake.  The US will have to earn anything they get.

Well in my world I was handling three lax tourneys for three kids while the wife was at the Firefly Festival for four days, sending audio clips, front-of-stage video and pics of the Foo Fighters, Third-Eye Blind, Weezer, Beck, Imagine Dragons and many more.  It looked to be an awesome show, although I could really tell because it is illegal to text and drive…(and I never slice).   This is a Call for any Jumpers or Graduates to tell me I’m a Loser because I don’t know Where it’s At.   You are My Hero.  Please Say it Ain’t So, but it seemed like my weekend was Everlong. I guess I should have told her How’s It Is Going to Be rather than let her just live her Semi-Charmed Life.  And you may have missed it, but Styx and Foreigner were at Jiffy Lube Live on Friday and rumor is that while looking old, they still had all their hair and rocked.

I’m in Pittsburgh today and tomorrow at the SEJ Shale reporting conference, an event for journalists that will cover the ins and outs of natgas drilling and production.  We do a facilities tour tomorrow in Washington County, PA with our friends at EQT.

On Capitol Hill, the second round of Climate discussions continues after last week’s hearings, while tomorrow, House Resources returns to its energy jobs agenda featuring Lackawanna College President Mark Volk and other educators talking about job training and programs to develop the next skilled energy workforce.

The week really started yesterday with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy selling the US Mayors on the GHG plan in Dallas.  There is word of a mixed reception to her approach despite some of the media coverage to the contrary.

Finally, it is hard to believe that we are running up to the week of July 4th, but it is next week… We likely won’t have an update as I will be on the go, chasing my daughter Hannah (who was named a Brine High School Lacrosse All-American and will playing in a 3-day national tournament) in Germantown.  It sounds really fun for her, but not so much for me who will have to run her back and forth between Germantown, DC, and Annapolis.   We will be working hard this week so call with questions.

Frank Maisano
(202) 828-5864
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IN THE NEWS

McCarthy, Scalise Move Up in House Leadership Ranks – After the fallout over Eric Cantor’s primary loss and leadership resignation, House Republicans voted on one ballot to make California Rep. Kevin McCarthy House Majority Leader and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise the House’s chief vote counters as Majority Whip.  Our friends at Fuel Fix and Politico said winners over the elevation include Fred Upton, the GOP Energy agenda and refiners like Valero, Chevron and Shell.

GHG Rule Hits Fed Register – The EPA Rule on existing Power plants hit the Federal Register on Friday.  The comment period is up and running so send in those remarks.

Bloomberg News: Legal Questions On GHG Rule – Our friend Mark Drajem has a good story from Thursday that says within EPA’s rule is a second rule that may provide a crucial legal backstop to the plan in case the first rule for new power plants is struck down.  Many experts think the first rule for new power plants is in serious jeopardy because of the CCS provisions.  So, in case the rule is overturned, EPA’s proposed rule to cut the carbon from existing power plants was accompanied by a second, little-noticed rule that sets standards for power plants that are modified or reconstructed. While the standards for those plants can be met with little effort at coal or natural-gas units, the rule may provide a secondary legal girding for the more wide-reaching existing-plant plan.

Committee Hammer CSB – The House Oversight Committee unloaded on the Chemical Safety Board late last week, where new evidence of management failures within CBS was outlined by a Committee report.  Responsible for investigating accidents, the Board’s effectiveness has languished and its accident investigations, which are supposed to be completed within a timely manner, are behind schedule.  The Board has also been the target of an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity last year. While the board’s investigation into the 2010 Tesoro Corp. refinery fire in Anacortes, Wash., that killed seven workers was completed just last month, more than four years after the accident. Its Deepwater Horizon report, released June 5, also was four years in the making.  At the hearing, much of the backlog was blamed on poor leadership by Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso, appointed by President Obama in 2010, leading to both Chair Darrell Issa and ranking Democrat Gerry Connelly questioning whether he should consider resigning.   Former board member Beth Rosenberg resigned from her position last month, a little over a year into her five-year term. She cited the agency’s “level of dysfunction,” including what she described a widespread fear of disagreeing with management, creating a high amount of attrition.

Coal Ash Letter Ask for EPA Regs – A letter from some 85 Democrats to EPA has called for the Agency to act on a rule soon. The Democratic members called for a final coal ash rule with an enforceable federal backstop under RCRA.  It doesn’t say Subtitle C, but it describes the characteristics of such an approach.  It references both Kingston and Dan River, and is led by NC members Butterfield and Price.

House Members Target Carbon Emission Rules – Speaking of 80-something letters, roughly the same sent a letter to EPA asking for 111(d) to be rescinded in light of Congress’s previous rejection of cap/trade and the intrusiveness and cost of the rule.  Jeff Duncan led this effort and it features 84 total signers.  I can send both letters if you are interested.

PA Pushes on MTBE – Here is an oldie but goody…Pennsylvania has said it will sue oil companies over MTBE contamination. Defendants named in the MTBE lawsuit include MTBE manufacturers, gasoline refiners, marketers and distributors that together controlled virtually the entire MTBE market in Pennsylvania, the lawsuit said.  Pennsylvania is seeking to recover millions of state taxpayer dollars spent to clean up MTBE, as well as damages and penalties for marketing MTBE. The oil companies knew, or should have known, it was a potent threat to ground water.  Thought we were done with that.

Poneman Out at Energy, In at Harvard – Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman, who served briefly as acting Energy secretary before Secretary Moniz took over, is leaving DOE after five years this fall. Poneman will head to Harvard University where he earned his bachelors and law degrees.

Thernstorm Pierce Hits Back on GHG Collaboration – Our friend Sam Thernstrom of the Energy Innovation Reform Project wrote for National Review on how a better, more innovation-friendly energy policy would also represent a better approach to climate policy. Sam was responding to Jonathan Chait’s June 17 piece. It is a good debate that is thoughtful.  So much better than listening to the babble for politicos on these issues.

PJM Makes Recommendation on NJ Transmission – The grid operator PJM’s staff has  recommended PSE&G’s proposal for additional transmission at the Artificial Island. This was PJM’s first competitive window after Order 1000, opening the door for incumbents and independent transmission developers to submit proposals, yet they ended up picking an incumbent’s proposal.  In doing so, the grid operator chose to ignore warnings from the States of Delaware and New Jersey over the “constructability” of PSE&G’s proposal because it’s an environmental, permitting and public opposition nightmare.  A blog post is critical of PJM’s selection of PSE&G’s proposal and very supportive of another proposal that would not have had the same constructability and NIMBY concerns because it would be buried underground and routed along road ROWs.  “Minimal sacrifice for host landowners, minimal public opposition, minimal risk, minimal time to complete.”

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

SEJ to Host Shale Reporting Seminar – The Society of Environmental Journalists, in partnership with Carnegie Mellon, will host a shale reporting education seminar at CMU today and tomorrow.  The goal of the whole event is to provide a focused group of journalists who cover shale issues with the latest/balanced info on shale issues.  On Monday, the conference will hear from academics, environmental advocates and industrial folks to discuss the many details of the current Shale boom.  The following day they will head out on a rig tour of drilling, production and compressing sites.  See more here.

FERC Commissioners to Address Regional Regulators Conference – The Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC) will hold its 19th Annual Education Conference today through Wednesday at the Hotel Hershey.  Speakers will include FERC Commissioners John Norris and Phil Moeller, as well as NARUC head Colette Honorable, New Jersey Natural Gas CEO Laurence Downes, Bill Colton of ExxonMobil, Walter Lynch of American Water and Exelon Utilities CEO Denis O’Brien.

McCarthy Addresses US Mayors Conference – The US Conference of Mayors closes its 82nd annual Conference today in Dallas.  Yesterday, EPA’s Gina McCarthy addressed the mayors on the new GHG rule for existing Power plants. More than 200 U.S. mayors from cities large and small focused on the economic health of the nation’s cities, transportation, education, housing, assistance to returning veterans and the minimum wage.  In addition to McCarthy, guest speakers included Maria Shriver speaking on women living near poverty, a session on sports, race and politics in America will include retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sacramento Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive and several mayors including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player and president of the conference.

Lovins to Address Wharton Green Forum – The Wharton DC Green Business Forum will host Amory Loving at two sessions today where he discuss topics at the intersection of business and our environment.  The first session will be at Bernstein Global Wealth Management at Noon and The City Club of Washington at 6:00 p.m.  Lovins, co-author of “Reinventing Fire,” Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute will outline how business, motivated by profit, supported by civil society, and sped by smart policy can get the U.S. completely off oil and coal by 2050, and later beyond natural gas as well in two events hosted by the Wharton Club of DC: at lunch and in the evening.  His presentation will draw upon and update ideas first described in “Reinventing Fire.” That book maps a robust path for integrating real, here-and-now, comprehensive energy solutions in four industries-transportation, buildings, electricity, and manufacturing-melding radically efficient energy use with reliable, secure, renewable energy supplies. Popular in tone and rooted in applied hope.

Forum to Look at Egypt Energy Challenges – The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Energy and Environment Program will host a two-panel event tomorrow morning on Egypt’s looming energy crisis and short term responses for energy security. Through this workshop, the Atlantic Council seeks to engage in an open collegial nonpartisan dialogue to discuss the most urgent energy needs facing Egypt’s president, Abd Al-Fattah el-Sisi and how his government can mitigate the looming crisis.  For the past two years, Egyptians have faced electricity shortages resulting in rolling black outs across the country. While this has been hard on households, the power outages have also been detrimental to industry, which is operating at only 60 to 70% of capacity, constraining an already weakened economy. The issue is not supply—Egypt’s electricity consumption is only about half of what its megawatt capacity can produce—rather, obtaining sufficient inputs. Electricity is generated mostly by using oil and gas, and depleted foreign reserves mean that the country is struggling to pay for them.  The event will explore these issues and how al-Sisi and his government can mitigate the looming crisis. The first panel, “Why Egypt is Facing an Energy Crisis: Demand vs. Supply,” will address the roots of the crisis and its impact on economic performance. The second panel, “Energy Security and Political Stability,” will tackle how these problems can be mitigated, the role of external assistance, and the effect these pressures will have on political stability.

Forum to Look at Mexico Energy Issues – The Wilson Center will hold a forum tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. on Mexico’s Energy Reform. In December 2013, Mexico passed its historic energy reform but the hard work of debating and enacting secondary legislation remains. The Mexico Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue cordially invite you to a discussion of the prospects for the secondary legislation and the key elements that should be included in the process for implementing the reforms. A panel of leading energy experts will address the challenges and opportunities for the forthcoming debate in the Mexican congress. Speakers will include Duncan Wood of the Mexico Institute, PEMEX’s Fluvio Ruíz Alarcón, Jeffrey Eppink of Enegis and Marcelo Mereles of EnergeA.

Wilson Forum to Tackle Russian, Energy – At 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, the Wilson Center will also discuss Russian, pipelines and sovereignty at a forum featuring American University’s Lucy Seybert.  Seybert examines varied approaches by Lithuania, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Belarus for reconciling energy needs with state sovereignty. Mapping the underlying dynamics to this tension between energy and security is important for our understanding of energy cooperation and conflict in Europe and beyond.

House Resources to Look at Education, Job Training in Energy – The House Resources Committee’s Energy panel will hold a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. looking at education opportunities in energy.  The discussion will center around the job creation issues and education training being provided today at colleges and schools around the country.  Speakers will include educators including Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, who spoke last month at a Newsmaker on a similar subject focused on addressing a growing skills gap in energy and manufacturing.  In 2009, Lackawanna College identified the technical human resource needs of the oil and natural gas industry – and began to position the school to take a leadership position in educating future workers according to those needs.  Now they are being considered a national model.  Other speakers include Seth Lyman of Utah State University, Marlene of McMichael of the Texas State Technical College System and Duane Hrncir of the SD School of Mines.

JEC to Look at NatGas Production – The Senate-House Joint Economic Committee will convene at a hearing tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to examine the economic impact of increased natural gas production.  Witnesses will include Dan Yergin, UPS’s Jim Bruce, Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, EDF’s Elgie Holstein and Anadarko’s Charles Meloy.

Former EPA Renewable Expert to Address RPS – The Green Business Roundtable will feature a presentation by former EPA official Blaine Collison tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. on increasing the U. S. renewable energy portfolio.  The discussion will look at lessons learned and trends to watch.  Collison currently is Managing Director – Network Services at Altenex.  Altenex helps commercial and institutional energy users source voluntary renewable energy. Blaine’s role includes managing new customer origination and identifying new services for Altenex. Blaine was previously the director for the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a nationally recognized network of over 1500 non-utility energy buyers committed to renewable energy.

Fed Maritime Commissioner to Address NatGas Roundtable – Tomorrow at Noon at the University Club, the Natural Gas Roundtable will host William Doyle, Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission for a presentation on natural gas, LNG, liquids, exports, transportation and the Panama Canal.  Commissioner Doyle served over a decade as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, serving aboard numerous classes of vessels. Combined, Commissioner Doyle has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry, including both the maritime and energy sectors. Throughout his career, he has held several senior executive positions in the industry.

CHP Webinar to Talk GHG Compliance – The Alliance for Industrial Efficiency is hosting a webinar tomorrow at Noon on Combine Heat and Power (CHP) as a EPA GHG 111(d) Compliance Solution.  The call will feature presentations from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Center for Clean Air Policy on their recent analyses about potential CHP deployment under the Clean Power Rule.

DOE Webinar Focused on Hydrogen Vehicles – DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar tomorrow at Noon on hydrogen fueling for current and anticipated fuel cell electric vehicles. The webinar will feature representatives from the California Energy Commission discussing their recently announced Notice of Proposed Award for 28 hydrogen fueling stations, the evaluation criteria, and the variety of competitions. In addition, representatives from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss a new tool for estimating the economic impacts of hydrogen infrastructure for early market fuel cell electric vehicles. The tool, titled JOBS and economic impacts of Hydrogen (JOBS H2), estimates the jobs, earnings, and economic output created by deploying hydrogen fueling stations.

Forum to Focus on International Negotiations – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a forum tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. focused on international climate negotiations.   The solution to climate change is often framed as a series of “silver bullets” – for the United States, comprehensive domestic legislation; for the rest of the world, a major international agreement led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The unprecedented scale and complexity of the climate challenge, however, suggests the need for a more flexible solution – “silver buckshot.”  The unprecedented scale and complexity of the climate challenge, however, suggests the need for a more flexible solution – “silver buckshot.” Smaller-scale, bottom-up alternatives to the UNFCCC process could help kick-start real progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will explore the potential for such an alternative approach, in the domestic and global settings.  Speakers will include CNA’s Sherri Goodman, ELI’s Ruth Greenspan Bell and Columbia U’s Elke Weber.

Summit to Target Crude By Rail Issues – American Business Conferences will hold a Crude By Rail summit tomorrow and Wednesday in Houston to focus specifically on how each stakeholder can cost effectively optimize safety in their operations to restore confidence and promote reliability.  As the only crude by rail event specifically focused on optimizing safety, the Crude By Rail Safety Initiative 2014 host speakers from every key stakeholder group, including regulators, shippers, railroad operators, transloaders and refiners to quantify the cost-impacts of improving the safety of crude by rail operations.  Expert speakers will breakdown railroad strategies for improving safety and shipper strategies for crude testing, classification and transloading, provide a cost-analysis of railcar upgrades, clarify how the emerging regulatory landscape will impact each stakeholder and examine best practice emergency response and hazmat training.

IEA Expert to Address CSIS Forum – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Didier Houssin, Director of the Directorate of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the IEA, on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to present the IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 (ETP 2014).  Starting from the premise that electricity will be an increasingly important vector in energy systems of the future, ETP 2014 takes a deep dive into actions needed to support deployment of sustainable options for generation, distribution and end-use consumption. In addition to modelling the global outlook to 2050 under different scenarios for more than 500 technology options, ETP 2014 explores the possibility of ‘pushing the limits’ in six key areas: Solar Power, Natural Gas in Low-Carbon Electricity Systems, E-mobility, Electricity Storage, Attracting Finance for Low-Carbon Generation, and Power Generation in India. Guy Caruso, Senior Adviser with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.

House Resources Panel to Look at Carbon Sequestration in Soil – The House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday  at 2:00 p.m. on increasing carbon soil sequestration on public lands.

Senate Energy to Look at Water Legislation – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power will convene a hearing on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to examine S.1971 (“Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014”), to establish an interagency coordination committee or subcommittee with the leadership of the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior, focused on the nexus between energy and water production, use, and efficiency.  Witnesses will include DOE’s Jonathan Pershing, Interior’s Tom Iseman, CRS’s Nicole Carter, EPRI’s Anda Ray and Mary Ann Dickenson of the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery Featured in Hill Briefing – Experts from industry, labor and the environmental community join the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI) at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in 385 Russell to discuss how using captured carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery can benefit U.S. energy production, the economy, and the environment. Speakers include former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, former Arkansas Sen. Tim Hutchinson, Arch Coal’s Tom Altmeyer, Hunter Johnston of Leucadia Energy, Brad Markell of the Industrial Union Council AFL-CIO,  NRDC’s John Steelman, Brad Crabtree of the Great Plains Institute and Patrick Falwell of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

RFF Forum to Look at Climate Economic Risks – Resources for the Future will hold forum on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to look at the economic risks of climate change. The Risky Business initiative – a project of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Office of Hank Paulson, and Next Generation – works to answer that question. Using the best information available, the initiative outlines the range of climate futures that the United States might expect in major economic sectors and by geographic region. It also examines the likelihood of these futures and the potential economic consequences for American businesses and households. The initiative does not advocate any particular policy, industry, or personal response to climate change but instead seeks to provide government, finance, business, and household decision-makers with the information necessary to make their own risk management decisions.  At this RFF seminar, Trevor Houser, lead author of the independent risk assessment supporting the Risky Business initiative, and his colleagues will present an overview of the methods, data, original research, and key findings in the assessment.  A panel of experts will then offer additional perspectives.

AEI Forum Look at Europe, Russia Gas – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a forum on Thursday morning looking at Russia, gas and European energy security.  In the wake of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, energy politics are back on the front page. Even more manifest is the fact that Russian pricing and supply policies with respect to the country’s exports of natural gas are heavily influenced by foreign policy and other noneconomic considerations.  But there is little agreement on the short- and longer-term responses that would serve the energy security and other interests of European consumers of Russian natural gas, and a US policy mix furthering both European energy security and US goals remains elusive. These difficulties stem in no small part from conflicting national energy, environmental, business, and foreign policy objectives, the difficult tradeoffs among which are exacerbated by competing interests and perceptions across governments.  AEI will host a group of scholars and discuss the political and policy dimensions of European energy security in the context of Russian gas exports, and US policy alternatives.

Small Biz to Look at Energy Firms – The Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade will hold a hearing on Thursday on the new domestic energy paradigm and the downstream challenges for small energy businesses. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the mismatch between the supplies of oil produced and the capacity of the refining sector to manufacture it into useful products. Witnesses will include Jared Blong of Midland, TX’s Octane Energy, Russell Smith Williston, ND’s Quantum Energy and our friend Kevin Book of ClearView Energy analysts.

Potential Energy DC (PEDC) and The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Big Data Affinity Group will host the 2014 DC Energy and Data Summit on Friday morning.  Summit participants will have the opportunity to interact with a diverse community of technologists, policy makers, investors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in data science.  We will discuss challenges the energy industry faces today and will explore how Big Data technologies and policies could address these challenges. Summit sessions will show how entrepreneurs can utilize data science to generate compelling solutions in the energy sector, highlighting the current energy landscape as well as “leading practices” and “lessons learned” at the nexus of government and public-private partnerships.

Dingell to Address Press Club Luncheon – The National Press Club will host Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving U.S. House member ever, for his farewell address on Friday. Dingell announced he will retire at the end of his current term, having been a member of the U.S. House for 58 years, serving alongside 11 presidents. He served as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and helped pass legislation including Medicare, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.

 

FUTURE EVENTS

Forum to Look at Energy Efficiency Financing – The Alliance to Save Energy for the first in a series of Energy 2030 Congressional briefings on Tuesday, July 1st at 12:00 p.m. in 2456 Rayburn looking at perspectives on energy efficiency financing.

July 4th Holiday

NARUC Summer Meetings Set – The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Summer Committee Meetings, one of three conferences NARUC holds each year, will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, from July 13-16. The meeting will feature discussions on the top regulatory challenges across all utility sectors—water, electricity, natural gas, and telecommunications. Panels will tackle the latest developments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark greenhouse gas-emissions proposals, Liquefied Natural Gas exports, Internet neutrality and the transition from traditional telephone service to IP-based networks.  Featured speakers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Acting Chair Cheryl LaFleur, FERC Commissioner Tony Clark, Federal Communications Commission Member Mignon Clyburn, Environmental Protection Agency Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Administrator Cynthia Quarterman, Duke Energy President, CEO Lynn Good, Luminant CEO Mark McFarland, and many more.

CSIS to Host IEA Mid-Term Gas Report – The CSIS Energy and National Security Program will host Anne-Sophie Corbeau to present the IEA’s Medium-Term Gas Market Report on Tuesday July 8th at 10:00 a.m.. The annual report, which gives a detailed analysis and five-year projections of natural gas demand, supply and trade developments, sees global demand rising by 2.2 percent per year by the end of the forecast period, compared with the 2.4 percent rate projected in last year’s outlook. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) will meet much of this demand, with new pipelines also playing a role. The Medium-Term Gas Market Report is part of a series of annual reports the IEA devotes to each of the main primary energy sources: oil, gas, coal, renewable energy and – as of last year – energy efficiency. Jane  Nakano, Fellow with the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, will moderate.

EIA Energy Conference to Feature Upton – The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will hold its 2014 EIA Energy Conference on July 14th and 15th.  The EIA Energy Conference has become a premier forum for addressing energy issues in the United States and around the world. This event will bring together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to discuss current and future challenges facing domestic and international energy markets and policymakers. The conference will feature keynote speakers including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, IEA Director Maria van der Hoeven and IHS Vice Chairman Daniel Yergin, among many others.

McCabe to Address ICF Energy Breakfast –ICF hosts its July Energy Breakfast on Thursday July 17th at the National Press Club featuring EPA Air Administrator Janet McCabe.  McCabe will discuss EPA’s newly released Existing Source Performance Standards (ESPS) regulations for power plants.  The discussion will focus on how the regulations affect states, regions, companies and customers as well as are the benefits worth the costs.

EPA Public Meetings Set – EPA will Hold public Meetings in Atlanta, Denver, Washington and Pittsburgh.  The Altanta and Denver meeting will be on July 29th while DC will be July 30 and Pittsburgh on July 31st.

Annual Congressional Renewable Expo Set – The 17th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum  will be held Thursday – July 31 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm) in the Cannon House Office building in cooperation with the House and Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses.