Coal a focus of House Republicans grilling McCabe on carbon rule

The Hill

Democrats and Environmental Protection Agency air and radiation chief Janet McCabe on Thursday defended the EPA rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, while Republicans attacked it, with subcommittee chair Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., charging that it will give coal a “devastating one-two punch,” The Hill reports.

Issa presses for CSB chief to step down

National Journal

With a report by his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleging serious problems at the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the panel’s chair, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is pressing for the resignation of CSB chief Rafael Moure-Eraso, National Journal reports.

Import duties could erase Chinese solar price advantage


Tariffs on solar panels imported from China are likely to be imposed later this year, increasing the price by about 14 percent, or 10 cents per watt, which would eliminate the price advantage they enjoy, according to GTM Research, Bloomberg reports.

Nixon starts development of state energy plan in Missouri


Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered up a comprehensive energy plan for Missouri to be delivered by the end of May, 2015, KSPR reports.

Apostolakis to leave NRC


George Apostolakis, whose term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission expires at the end of June, will not serve again, Platts reports, citing a confirmation email from Apostolakis’ chief of staff.

Hawaii energy legislation to get governor’s signature

Pacific Business News

A number of energy bills -- including funding for the Hawaii Energy Office to back programs for efficiency and renewables, an extension of the barrel tax on oil imported into the state and money for research and development – are due to be signed into law by Gov. Neil Abercrombie Friday,  Pacific Business News reports.

Deputy Poneman departing DOE

The Hill

Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman is departing after five years with the Department of Energy, Secretary Ernest Moniz announced Thursday, The Hill reports.

Ukraine open to Western involvement in pipeline

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday suggested bringing in European and U.S. companies to help operate the strategic pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across the country to Europe.

The move is part of an effort to revamp the pipeline, which is among Kiev's most valuable assets, and ensure Ukraine remains a key transit country for gas to Europe. Analysts say it's also an attempt to defuse potential claims that Ukraine might be siphoning gas intended for European customers.

Focus on the pipeline has intensified since Russia on Monday halted gas supplies to Ukraine after talks over past debts failed. Russia continues to send gas on to Europe through Ukraine's pipelines but there are fears over whether the flow of gas will continue uninterrupted if Kiev and Moscow remain at loggerheads.

Office of Sen. Mark Udall

Udall, Landrieu unveil LNG exports bill

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has teamed with Sen. Mary Landrieu on a new bill to speed up federal natural gas export approvals, but it was uncertain on Thursday if the bill would move forward. 

The measure by Udall and Landrieu, the Natural Gas Export Promotion Act, would require the Energy Department to rule on proposed exports to non-free trade agreement countries within 45 days after environmental reviews are completed.

Landrieu, D-La. and chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said at a hearing on gas exports that she will bring their bill to a vote at a future date. But she was unwilling to say how quickly she would try to bring it up in the committee, where Democrats are divided over gas exports, or whether she could get a vote on the floor. 

Another poll finds backing for EPA carbon rule

The Hill

Two-thirds of those surveyed in a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll conducted last week supported the proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, The Hill reports.


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