L’Shana Tova…Yesterday at sundown, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5773, began. It is the first of the High Holy Days. Since my wife is Jewish and my kids are half, I took off half the day and atoned for half of my sins (of course, half of zero, is zero). I’ll get the rest at confession, if there are any.
I can’t believe I forgot mention this last week, but I hope somebody managed to get to the Bruce Springsteen show at Nationals Park on Friday night. Through the grapevine, I heard the show was most excellent. Of course, I was teetering between my DeMatha/Loyola football game that I was officiating (a 47-0 blowout for the Stags) and my son’s Crofton 12U game, of which I caught the 4th quarter thanks to the running clock in my game. Either way, I wasn’t able to see The Boss so I’m relying on your updates.
With the passage of the CR to get past election day in the House, it now looks as if the Senate will act on the legislation to close out the pre-election session with a whimper. As I mentioned to many of you last week, it is increasingly unlikely that the Senate will take up tax extenders package, which includes the wind production tax credit. House Republicans made it clear they’re not considering any tax extenders package until after the election. It is funny how the “divided” Congress can come together in order to get home to run for re-election. The House did manage to squeeze in the No More Solyndras Act Friday thank Goodness… and it looks as if the legislation is working already, before Harry Reid has even rejected it. Several current loan guarantee projects like some I know (hmmmm can you guess?) are actually successful: employing workers, getting ready to generate clean energy and soon then returning money to the taxpayer. Can’t wait for Wednesday while they ping-pong final action on the CR: that’s when the House will likely vote on the Stop the War on Coal Act. Pretty sure you can guess where that one is going and also pretty sure Reid will rush that one through as well.
There are lots of events this week so look below for a full listing. As for the future, GRID WEEK hits and CSIS looks at offshore drilling in the first week of October, AWEA hosts its Offshore Wind Conference in VA Beach the following week and then the Society of Enviro Journalists meet in Lubbock at Texas Tech in the 3rd week of October. All those events, plus Halloween, football weekends, field hockey, fall lacrosse…and all of a sudden, its Election Day.
Finally, after a couple of setbacks, the National Zoo looks like has a winner with a new panda cub, setting off panda-monium (I know I’m not the first on to use that term) in DC, threatening to derail the Romney campaign (oh, Stuart Stevens already did that) and the President’s Jobs recovery (which still seems to be missing despite all the rosy advertisements and talking-point spouting surrogates).
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IN THE NEWS
Holmstead Hits Platts Energy Week on Campaign Energy Segment – Continuing his torrid pace on energy TV, Bracewell expert and former EPA Air Administrator Jeff Holmstead was featured on Sunday’s Platts Energy Week, an independent all energy news and talk program aired weekly in Washington D.C., and Houston that reaches industry executives, lawmakers, policymakers, traders and investors, regulators and other stakeholders in energy. Holmstead and EDF’s Elgie Holstein, energy adviser for the Obama campaign, discussed each candidates energy policy.
House Approves No More Solyndras – The House approved the ‘No More Solyndras Act’ in a 245-161 largely party-line vote. The legislation is the culmination of a yearlong investigation launched by House Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. While they have finished, the House Oversight Committee keeps moving forward with its investigation. Of course, as stated above, there is no chance anything will happen on this in the Senate.
OMB Looks at Sequestration Impacts – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its report on the effects of sequestration on Friday and it isn’t going to be pretty. Overall, the cuts will have dramatic impacts on many programs. For energy and environment, the cuts will be difficult, but not as bad compared to some others. The report was both a political and accounting document, so it should be viewed through both lenses. However, it provides specific details of how the Administration would cuts every budget category to satisfy the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (STA). Specifically on energy and environment, EPA sees 8.2% cuts (total amount of cuts). Some details include State and Tribal assistance grants ($293 million), science and technology spending ($65 million), environmental programs and management ($200 million, $44 million is exempt), buildings and facilities ($3 million), the Office of Inspector General ($3 million, $11 million is exempt), pesticide registration fund ($1 million), spending by the hazardous substance superfund ($119 million, $10 million is exempt), leaking underground storage tank trust fund ($9 million), inland oil spill programs ($1 million, $41 million is exempt). One thing that is entirely exempt: payment to hazardous substance superfund payments, working capital fund. The DOE also sees 8.2% cuts (total amount of cuts). They are in the Title 17 innovative technology loan guarantee program ($3 million), FERC ($24 million), fossil energy research and development ($44 million, $8 million is exempt), EIA ($9 million), SPR ($16 million), electricity delivery and energy reliability ($11 million from nondefense, $2 million from defense), nuclear energy ($63 million), energy efficiency and renewable energy ($148 million, $276 million is exempt).
GAO: DOE Nuke Report Costs Increase – A new GAO report Friday afternoon says DOE has increased its estimate for how much the federal government will owe for future nuclear waste liabilities by 24%. Taxpayers have already paid $1.6 billion to utilities because the federal government failed to begin collecting commercial nuclear waste in 1998, but new estimate says that another $19.1 billion — up from $15.4 billion — will be paid by 2020. GAO also expects that the amount of stranded nuclear waste will double to 140,000 metric tons without a solution to store the waste. Last week, nuclear industry officials told Congress that new legislation requires a more comprehensive framework to successfully fix the federal government’s moribund program for managing used nuclear fuel. As well, our friends at NARUC have been bitter about this issue and can happily address it.
Marshall Institute Report Looks at Climate, National Security – The George C. Marshall Institute releases a new report today discussing the linkage between anthropogenic climate change and U.S. national security. Driven by dire predictions derived from the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, concerns about the impacts of anticipated climatic changes have burst onto the national security agenda. Climate and National Security: Exploring the Connection considers the evidence for the assertion that changing environmental conditions brought on by human emissions of greenhouse gases will negatively impact U.S. national security. In summary, efforts to link climate change to the deterioration of U.S. national security rely on improbable scenarios, imprecise and speculative methods, and scant empirical support. Accepting the connection can lead to the dangerous expansion of U.S. security concerns, inappropriately applied resources, and diversion of attention from more effective responses to known environmental challenges. The danger of this approach is that it offers a sense of urgency which may not be warranted, given the gaps in the current state of knowledge about climate, the known flaws in the methods used to construct the scenarios on which these security scenarios are based, and confusion over the underlying causes of those security concerns.
THIS WEEK’S GOINGS ON
LeVine to Speak at GWU Group – Our Friend Steve LeVine of the New America Foundation, Contributing Editor at Foreign Affairs and Author of “The Oil and the Glory” will speak at George Washington University tonight at 6:00 p.m. in Lindner Family Commons, Room 602 on the geopolitics of energy. Looking at geopolitics through the lens of energy, author Steve LeVine will offer insight on the shifts in geopolitical power in the 21st century as it relates to previously untapped sources of existing fossil fuels, advancements in new energy technology, and the countries and corporations competing to dominate these markets.
Maryland to Hold Clean Energy Summit – Maryland will hold its 2012 Clean Energy Summit tomorrow and Wednesday at The BWI Airport Marriott. The program over the two day conference covers our theme topic from the perspective of big corporate giants to small star- up ventures. Speakers from within and outside of the state bring best practice models and present case studies to more broadly inform Maryland energy industry stakeholders. The list of speakers includes MD Comptroller Peter Franchot, O’Malley Energy Advisor Abby Hopper and White House Energy advisor Dan Utech, among many others.
Carper, Svinicki Headline CSIS/BPC Nuke Forum – The Bipartisan Policy Center and the Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold an expert discussion of the key challenges facing nuclear power in the United States tomorrow morning starting at 8:30 am at CSIS. The forum will also discuss policy options to maintain U.S. global leadership in nuclear energy. During the past year, CSIS, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Third Way have each undertaken bipartisan studies of nuclear energy policy. This event will highlight the recommendations of the Third Way and Idaho National Lab New Millennium Nuclear Energy Partnership, discuss the findings of the BPC Nuclear Initiative, and explore the ongoing work of the CSIS Commission on Nuclear Energy Policy. Speakers for the event include NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki and Sen. Tom Carper. Others include Blue Ribbon Commission Co-Chair Brent Scowcroft, NEI President Marvin Fertel, Idaho Nation Lab Director John Grossenbacher, former DOE nuclear official Pete Miller and former Constellation Nuclear CEO Mike Wallace.
NASA Head to Talk Future of Space – NASA Director Charles Bolden will address the World Affairs Council tomorrow at Noon at the National Press Cub’s Holman Lounge to discuss the future of US space exploration and international cooperation surrounding it. Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News and World Reports, will moderate the discussion and questions following Bolden’s presentation.
Forum to Look at Cybersecurity Issues – NDN is hosting a panel discussion with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners tomorrow to look at how to develop a cybersecurity expertise that both protects our national security and provides reliable electric service. In today’s world, the electric power industry is increasingly incorporating information technology (IT) systems and networks into its existing infrastructure. These IT systems need to be implemented securely or our electric grid could be extremely vulnerable to attacks which could jeopardize our national security. Miles Keogh, Director of Grants and Research for NARUC and author of the recently released report, ‘Cybersecurity for State Regulators’ will lead the discussion. This panel on the national grid and cybersecurity is the 13th in our “Clean Energy Solution Series” to showcase the leaders, companies, ideas and policies who are hastening our transition to a cleaner, safer and more distributed energy paradigm of the 21st Century.
Gerard, Dorgan, Davenport to Look at Energy Independence – The Week Magazine will present a forum on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Acadiana Restaurant on what energy independence would mean and what it would take. The event will feature API head Jack Gerard, former ND Sen. Byron Dorgan (now co-chair of BPC’s Energy Project), John Lyman of the Atlantic Council and our friend Coral Davenport of National Journal. West Wing Report founder and columnist for TheWeek.com Paul Brandus will moderate.
UCS to Look at Access to Government Science Data – The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy will hold a forum series tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. focused on barriers to citizen access to governmental scientific information—such as data about air quality around Ground Zero, the location of coal ash dumps, or the prevalence of toxic chemicals in the FEMA trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina victims. To kick off the series, UCS will host a webinar to highlight the consequences of inadequate information and recent attempts to restrict access.
Bracewell to Hold Texas Air Discussion – Bracewell & Giuliani’s environmental team will hold a morning briefing in the Houston office’s conference center Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. to address a number of issues that face industrial project developers. B&G experts Jeff Holmstead, Rich Alonso, John Riley Tim Wilkins and Chris Thiele will all provide expertise on topics from TCEQ permits to national GHG issues.
EPA to look at CA Clean Vehicle Program – EPA is holding a hearing Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Washington, DC on the state of California’s request to proceed with the latest iteration of its landmark advanced clean-car program. According to my alter-ego, CleanAirFrank (which I often to refer to myself as nowadays) O’Donnell, the hearing should be pretty much a formality. Health and environmental groups will turn out to support California’s request, while auto dealers will protest.
RFF Seminar Look at Forest Health – At its October First Wednesday Seminar on October 3, Resources for the Future will look at the Forest Health Initiative (FHI)—a broad endeavor sponsored by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the US Forest Service, and Duke Energy to explore new tools to address forest health challenges in the 21st century. Does modern biotechnology have a role to play in forest health? Are there situations for which genetic modification should be considered to protect US forests? These and related questions will be highlighted at this seminar, where panelists will consider forests and the FHI, as it seeks to determine whether biotechnology could be used to address forest health issues related to climate change, insects, and diseases. The goal of the three-year initiative, which culminates at the end of this year, is to develop a plantable tree, resistant to blight, that is socially acceptable, economically feasible, and meets regulatory muster. A diverse group of scientists, environmentalists, policymakers, professional organizations, social groups, and industry have participated in the process. RFF expert Roger Sedjo will moderate a panel of experts that includes Institute of Forest Biotechnology President Adam Costanza, Carlton Owen of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities and US Forest Service R&D Deputy Chief Jim Reaves.
Forum to Look at Renewables in Indonesia – The US-ASEAN Business Council will host a briefing and roundtable discussion on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Citi’s DC offices on renewable energy opportunities in Indonesia. Officials from the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, USAID, MCC, USTDA, and DOE will brief companies, take questions, and engage in discussion on the market opportunities, policy developments, and challenges in Indonesia’s renewable energy sector today, as well U.S. government investments in the sector which may create commercial opportunities for your company.
EPA to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Procurement – EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) will host a webinar on Wednesday addressing barriers to renewable energy procurement. The use of clean energy is a key component of many organizations’ sustainability goals. However, the process of procuring clean energy at a meaningful scale has proven to be difficult for corporations. This webinar will examine some of the common challenges including market access, deal terms, and risk management requirements that companies have encountered when trying to source clean energy for facilities or power portfolios, and present solutions that Fortune 100® companies have followed to overcome these barriers in a meaningful and cost effective way. Speakers include EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program Director Blaine Collison and Charles Esdaile and Chris Hayes, Co-Founders and Managing Partners at Altenex.
DOE’s Hoffman to Headline Energy Breakfast – ICF International continues its Energy and Environment Breakfast Series on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. with Pat Hoffman, one of the most senior officials at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Hoffman will discuss the energy world to come—and what it will take to get there, as well as the prominent role DOE is playing in fostering a cleaner energy future and in meeting long-term energy challenges and near-term energy needs.
Corbett, Koppel Headline NatGas Conference – Following last year’s inaugural success, the Marcellus Shale Coalition will return to Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center to host the SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 Conference on Thursday and Friday to offer insights on natural gas development in in the region. Industry and policy experts from top producing, midstream, and supply chain firms; academia; government; and the NGO community will provide the latest insights and analysis on state and federal policies, technological advancements in the industry, and much more. Speakers will include veteran newsman Ted Koppel, PA Gov. Tom Corbett, our WSJ friend Russell Gold and many more.
Groups Launch New Climate Report – On the occasion of the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change, and Ecotrust will host a panel discussion on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. The event will also launch a new report: Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Should Climate Policies Give Extra Credit for Maximizing Short-term Health Benefits? It will be presented by its authors, James Boyce, Ph.D. of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Manuel Pastor, Ph.D. of the University of Southern California. Opening remarks will be given by special guest South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn.
RFF to Host Academic on Air Quality Costs – Resources for the Future will hold an academic seminar on Thursday at Noon on Uncertainty and Variability in Social Costs for Air Quality featuring Presenter Elisabeth Gilmore, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland-College Park. Gilmore will argue that choosing between alternative products, processes and policies requires credible information on both their private and social costs. For air quality, an impact pathway approach, which traces the emissions through to the monetization of the associated effects, is frequently employed to estimate this social cost. An important step in this process is transforming the emissions to their equivalent ambient concentrations. The assumptions in the air quality models, however, are rarely evaluated and may introduce error into the reduced form literature values. Here, we develop new estimates of the social cost for air emissions in $/ton for generic area and point sources in US urban and rural locations. We use a ‘state of science’ 3-D chemical transport model, the Particulate Matter Comprehensive Air Quality Model with extensions (PMCAMx). By using this model, we attempt to better account for variability and inherent uncertainties in the effects of emissions as it relates to precursor species, season, location and source type in the model to better constrain the value of particulate matter control in terms of social cost. We calculate social costs that differ from other literature values by a factor of two to more than ten for both reactive and non-reactive compounds. This suggests that model variability in transport and chemistry can have an important influence on the estimates. Our results recommend caution in the use of literature values for the social cost of air quality emissions for benefit-cost analysis and externality pricing.
Cato Book Forum Looks New Book Critical of Rachel Carsen — The Cato Institute will host a Book Forum at Noon on Thursday on the upcoming CATO Book Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson. The event will feature co-editor Andrew Morriss of the University of Alabama. Cato’s Jerry Taylor will host and moderate questions. Widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement when published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring had a profound impact on our society. While Carson was not the first to write about the dangers of pesticides or to sound environmental alarms, her book captured and retained the attention of the public. As an iconic work, the book has received little critical inquiry, but this landmark anniversary provides an opportunity to reassess its legacy and influence. In Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson, experts explore the book’s historical context, the science it was built on, and the policy consequences of its core ideas. The conclusions reached by the authors make it clear that the legacy of Silent Spring is highly problematic. Carson made little effort to provide a balanced perspective and consistently ignored key evidence that would have contradicted her work. Thus, while the book provided a range of notable ideas, a number of Carson’s major arguments rested on what can only be described as deliberate ignorance. Silent Spring at 50 reveals the dangers of substituting sensationalism for fact, and apocalyptic pronouncements for genuine knowledge.
Briefing to Discuss Nuclear Opposition – The Coalition Against Nukes is hosting a Congressional Briefing Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in 121 on the medical effects of nuclear power. This briefing will include medical testimony on the effects of radiation from Dr. Catherine Thomasson of Physicians for Social Responsibility, testimony from Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation on the relationship of nuclear weapons to nuclear power, testimony on the state of our decrepit nuclear fleet in the United States from Michael Mariotte of NIRS and testimony from Beyond Nuclear‘ s Paul Gunter on the Freeze Our Fukushima’s campaign and why it is imperative that we immediately close all of our dangerous GE Mark 1 and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the United States. Arne Gundersen will give testimony on the Fukushima catastrophe and reactor #4.
Forum, Report to Look at Geopolitical Implications of Asia’s Rising Oil, Gas Demand – The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will launch NBR’s 2012 Energy Security Report, “Oil and Gas for Asia: Geopolitical Implications of Asia’s Rising Demand,” on Thursday at the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C. The event will convene senior policy and industry leaders, and Asia energy specialists, for a discussion of how Asia’s rising energy demand, coupled with angst over prices and the reliability of future oil and LNG supplies, is shaping the strategic and economic agendas of Asia’s major powers. The 2012 Energy Security Report launch will feature remarks from Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr. (co-chair of the U.S.-China Working Group and member of the House Ways and Means Committee) and U.S. Under Secretary Robert D. Hormats (Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment). The event will also include a panel discussion of the NBR report by Edward Chow (Center for Strategic and International Studies), Erica Downs(Brookings Institution), S. Chander (Asian Development Bank), and Mikkal Herberg (The National Bureau of Asian Research).
Conference to Look at Opportunities in Green Economy – The Institute for Policy Analysis will hold a for on Thursday and Friday at Hillyer in the Dupont Circle area looking at entrepreneurs in the green economy. The event will raise awareness about market opportunities for profit-driven solutions to climate change. Speakers will include NRDC’s Ed Chen, Cold Cool Cash Climate author Jon Koomey of Stanford’s Steyer Center, Joe Sibilia of CSRWire, Information Technology and Innovation President Robert Atkinson and Jim Conlon of Elysian Energy.
Gingrich, Noble, Conway on Energy from Federal Lands – In a forum at the National Press Club’s Zenger Room on Friday at 9:30 a.m., former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will address how North American energy independence is possible thanks to new innovations in oil and gas development — meaning millions of new jobs, lower energy prices and greater national security for every American — and the danger the agenda of President Obama poses to that vision. He will be joined by Scott Noble, owner of one of the largest royalties management companies in the country and Chairman of the New American Energy Opportunity Foundation, who will discuss their study of what poor management of federal lands is costing US taxpayers. In addition, pollster Kellyanne Conway, President of the Polling Company, Inc., will discuss new polling data that sheds light on what the American people want from US energy policy.
Burcat, Miles Speak at WV Wind Forum – Marshall University and the WV Wind Working Group will host a West Virginia Wind Forum on September 25th in Davis, WV at Canaan Valley. There will be a pre-conference site tour on the afternoon of Sept 24th of the AES Laurel Mountain wind and energy storage facility. This annual wind forum is held to examine the barriers to wind energy development and potential solutions for reducing these barriers. Updates on wind energy-related issues around the state are on the agenda. Our friends Bruce Burcat of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition and Jonathan Miles of JMU will speak among others. Updates from PJM on integration and Invenergy on Beech Ridge will also be on the agenda.
KS Energy Conference Set – The Kansas Department of Commerce will hold an energy conference on September 25-26th in Manhattan, KS Conference Center. Items on the agenda include transmission, biofuels, wind development and supply chains, solar power and transportation. NASEO’s Dave terry and BP Wind CEO John Graham will be among the speakers.
Great Lakes Wind Issues Highlighted at Forum – The Great Lakes Wind Collaborative’ s (GLWC’s) 5th Annual Meeting will be held on September 25th in Erie, PA and will bring together representatives of U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, state/provincial and local governments, the wind industry, electric utilities, nonprofit organizations, academia, and other interested stakeholders to discuss and address issues regarding the sustainable development of wind energy in the binational Great Lakes region.
Google’s Needham, Others to Address REFF-West Conference – Renewable Energy Finance Forum West (REFF-West) returns to San Francisco on September 27-28th for its fifth edition. The event will discuss the latest trends in renewable energy financing as well as practical takeaway advice on how to move projects forward. Covering a range of renewable and clean energy technologies, with a particular focus on developments in the Western US, topics covered at REFF-West include project financing, venture capital, renewable power generation, emerging commercial technologies, financing smaller projects, equity financing and established technologies. The conference also offers an unparalleled networking opportunity, allowing you to meet senior representatives from both the energy and financial sectors who are focusing on renewables and clean technologies. Speakers will include former ARPA-E head Arun Majumdar, ACORE President Dennis McGinn, CEQ’s Jonathan Powers and our friends Rick Needham of Google and Dan Reicher of Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Energy Center, among others.
Geothermal Energy Forum Set for Reno – The GEA Geothermal Energy Expo will be held on September 30th through October 3 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, NV. The event is the world’s largest gathering of vendors providing support for geothermal resource exploration, characterization, development, production and management.
Jackson Hole Forum to Look at CO2 Solutions – The University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy (CEEPP) and the School of Energy Resources (SER) will host a forum on October 1st and 2nd focused on power generation and the environment in Jackson Hole’s Teton Village. This symposium will focus on solutions to CO2 emissions from coal-generated electricity, the economic implications of alternative control options, and the costs of alternatives to coal-fired generation. The event will convene scholars and experts in economics, engineering, policy, and science to evaluate the technological and economic viability of various solutions to CO2 emissions. The keynote speaker for the symposium is Samuel Fankhauser, Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. A handful of other academics will also speak including Joe Aldy of Harvard and RFF’s Josh Linn.
Forum to Look Emission Trading Issues – The International Emissions Trading Assn will hold its Carbon Forum on October 1st and 2nd in Washington, DC at the Marriott at Metro Center. Speakers will include UN climate chief Christine Figueres, Eileen Claussen, Dirk Forrister, Alstom’s Bob Hilton, NREA’s Anne Smith, Shell’s David Hone former DOE official Victor Der, former EPA air official Bill Wehrum, ELI President John Cruden, CARB Chair Mary Nichols and our friend at Argus Media Bill Peters and E&E TV’s Monica Trauzzi.
Bromwich, Watson, Statoil Headline Drilling Forum at CSIS – The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS )will hold an energy and security forum on Tuesday, October 2nd at 10:00 a.m. to discuss advancing offshore safety by sharing research, information and best practices on safety and environmental protection. Speakers will include Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson, Charlie Williams of the Center for Offshore Safety, Statoil’s Svein Erik Eide, EDF’s Elgie Holstein and former BOEMRE head Michael Bromwich.
GridWeek Set for DC – GridWeek 2012 is set for the Washington DC Convention Center on October 2nd through the 4th and will tackle the challenge of deriving value from this complexity — gathering utility, policy, regulatory and consumer experts to approach the topic head-on. As grid-modernization and smart grid efforts provide the energy industry with more information, a broader system view, and more efficiency and control, we are faced with increasing complexity. The challenge lies in deriving value from that complexity — for all stakeholders. Providing a mix of in-depth panel discussions, value-focused case studies, and a forward look at how the ever-changing energy landscape will impact the electrical grid, GridWeek will explore three key themes: 1) Stakeholder value, 2) Managing complexity and 3) Smart energy policy. Speakers will include DOE’s David Sandalow, NIST’s Patrick Gallagher, EEI’s Ton Kuhn and many others.
Encana’s Hock to Headline Energy Communications Conference – The 3rd annual Energy Crisis Communications Forum will be held on October 3rd and 4th at the Royal Sonesta Houston and will focus on navigating current media trends and regulatory policies to achieve effective communications plans. Our friends Doug Hock of Encana, Buddy Eller of STP Nuclear and many others. This conference will focus on adapting and implementing an effective crisis communications plan in order to enhance, maintain, or rebuild organizations’ bottom line, reputation, and brand.
NY Shale Gas Conference Set – West Legal EdCenter will hold a Shale Gas Drilling operations conference on October 3rd in New York City. The Conference is chaired by litigation lawyer who has attacked companies over the years, Marc Bern of Napoli, Bern, Ripka, Sholnick. Despite this fact, many of the panels look to be balanced including one on Parker County and Dimock. Of course, in each of those cases, the facts have proven that drilling operations were wrongly targeted by opponents and money-hungry trial lawyers.
USEA to Host Energy Supply Forum – The US Energy Assn will hold its 5th annual Energy Supply Forum on Thursday October 4th at the National Press Club. Representatives from both the public and private sector will gather to discuss topics ranging from unconventional energy supply resources to onshore exploration and production to technologic advances in the supply sector. Issues will include domestic production, energy policy-post election, energy efficiency-demand response, energy exports and new policy initiatives.
RFF to Host Lecture on Environment Policy – Resources for The Future will hold an event celebrating its 60th anniversary with the Resources 2020 lecture series on Friday, October 5th at 2:00 p.m. at the National Association of Home Builders featuring Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, discussing inequality and environmental policy. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2001, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, and chief economist and senior vice president of the World Bank during 1997-2000. Stiglitz received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded biennially to the American economist under 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the subject. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, held the Drummond Professorship at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and has also taught at MIT, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton. Stiglitz helped create a new branch of economics, “the economics of information,” exploring the consequences of information asymmetries and pioneering such pivotal concepts as adverse selection and moral hazard, which have now become standard tools not only of theorists, but also of policy analysts. His work has helped explain the circumstances in which markets do not work well and how selective government intervention can improve their performance.
AWEA Offshore Conference Set for VA Beach – AWEA will host its annual offshore wind conference in Virginia Beach on October 11-13th. Stay tuned for more details, but BOEM’s Tommy Beaudreau will kick off the event and AWC President Bob Mitchell will speak on Thursday morning, providing a development update on the project and its implications for accelerating offshore wind in the Mid-Atlantic.
Utility, Fuel, Renewables to Address RETECH Forum – RETECH 2012 is set for Washington DC on October 16th-19th at the Omni Shoreham. RETECH is the premier business, policy and technology conference and exhibition for the entire renewable energy industry and will host renewable energy leaders from government, utility, finance and technology. RETECH 2012 is the only event dedicated to delivering coverage on EVERY discipline of renewable energy technology. RETECH’s conference sessions will focus on current trends, the newest technologies and important up-to-date information on the changing legislative and regulatory landscapes. Among the speakers will be EIA’s Adam Siemanski, as well as our friends Yvonne McIntyre of Calpine Corporation, SEIA’s Rhone Resch, former DOE energy advisor Larisa Dobriansky, Drive NatGas Executive Director Kathryn Clay, DTF’s Allen Schaeffer and EPRI’s Bryan Hannegan.
SEJ Ready for Lubbock – SEJ Kicks off at Texas Tech in Lubbock on October 17 through the 22nd. Bracewell will of course be sponsoring its Thursday night event, so we hope to see you there.
Book, Maisano Headline OPIS Fuels Conference in Vegas (Yeah!!!) – The Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) will hold its 14th annual National Supply Summit on October 22nd to 24th at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas’ City Center. Just a few weeks before the election, Kevin Book and I will host a panel on elections, the next Congress and fuels which will definitely be the highlight of the event. Other speaker s will include Delta’s Jon Ruggles, ConocoPhillips’ Greg Garland and Chad Martin of Eco-Energy.
Giuliani to Headline Chamber Legal Forum – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will hold its 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit on Wednesday, October 24th in Washington, DC featuring Keynote speaker NYC Mayor and B&G partner Rudy Giuliani. The summit, which is recognized as the nation’s paramount comprehensive legal reform symposium, will feature a keynote address by former Giuliani and remarks by Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Summit agenda will feature a variety of timely panel discussions on developments and trends in litigation impacting securities and mergers & acquisitions, the political landscape and the 2012 elections and many other topics.
MD to Hold Water Technologies Conference – The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold its Second Annual Clean Water Innovations Trade Show on Wednesday, October 24th in Annapolis. Professionals and stakeholders from around the State will display innovative stormwater management and water quality management techniques, exchange information and promote the protection of Maryland’s resources. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Government agencies, consultants, developers, environmental advocates and the building industry can learn more about the latest best management practices in stormwater management, wetland creation and restoration and other green technologies. Additionally, during the event, MDE will recognize the winners of the 2012 Smart, Green & Growing Award for Infrastructure and Innovations in Stormwater Management. The trade show promises to be informative for both those with ideas and products to offer and those faced with the challenge of improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.