President Barack Obama late Wednesday tapped oil giant BP's chief scientist to head up the Energy Department's high-tech research program.
The White House said Obama would nominate Ellen D. Williams to direct the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. She would take over from the program's Deputy Director Cheryl Martin, who has been running the program since the beginning of this year.
The House accepted amendments to the water and energy development appropriations bill to boost ARPA-E funding and environmental cleanup funds but rejected others that would have boosted or cut the bill's spending on renewable energy, The Hill reports.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a $3.8 trillion federal spending blueprint that again seeks to cut billions of dollars in tax incentives for oil and gas companies while boosting clean energy research.
The 2014 budget plan includes Obama's renewed call for Congress to close incentives worth $44 billion over 10 years, a goal that has failed to advance in past years because of opposition from Republicans and oil-state Democrats. In comments at the White House, Obama said the budget "will continue our march towards energy independence and address the threat of climate change."
ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2013 Day Three. Concludes today. Morning remarks by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Energy Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Ron Wyden, New York Mayor Bloomberg, American Electric Power President Nick Akins, Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta.
Among the slots the White House has to fill for President Barack Obama's newly-minted second term is director of an Energy Department research agency that enjoys support on Capitol Hill despite Republican opposition to his green agenda.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy has been without a confirmed director since Arun Majumdar left the administration last May. Acting director Eric Toone left the administration at the end of December to return to Duke University, from which he was on leave during his time with the administration starting in 2009.
President Barack Obama's popular nominee to become the Energy Department's permanent under secretary on Wednesday abruptly announced his departure from the administration.
In an email to department employees, Energy Secretary Chu announced plans by Acting Under Secretary Arun Majumdar to leave next month. He is expected to return to California and has announced no specific plans.
The Department of Energy has announced measures to cut methane emissions from the country’s natural gas industry including setting efficiency standards for natural gas compressors and offering incentives for infrastructure modernization, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
The latest round of sanctions the U.S. and Europe have announced against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, by withholding drilling technology, are aimed at Moscow’s ability to tap its Arctic and shale reserves, The New York Times reports.
With anticipation -– ahead of the release of government data Wednesday –- that stockpiles may have shrunk by more than a million barrels, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery was up 47 cents to $101.44 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude dropped 37 cents to $107.35, Bloomberg reports.
Singer Jimmy Rose, invited by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, hopes to use his music to make his pro-coal message, National Journal reports.
Green groups -- including the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund -- rallied outside Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Tuesday to boost support for the EPA’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants as hearings about the regulations got underway, E&E reports.
Enterprise Products Partners will have to pay $535.8 million to Energy Transfer partners after backing out of a deal to build a pipeline together, a Dallas judge has determined, although legal experts believe the judgment will be appealed, FuelFix reports.
Second quarter profits for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. – which settled litigation over its Kerr-McGee acquisition for $15.5 billion earlier this year – were reported at $227 million, a 76 percent drop from the period a year earlier and below analysts’ expectations, although $4.44 billion in revenue beat predictions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An important part of legislation needed to open up Mexico’s energy sector to private investment won approval in the lower house Tuesday, but the measure will need to return to the Senate there for further approval, FuelFix reports.
Federal agencies would have to make public the data they use to determine whether species are endangered, and would have to report to Congress on money and time spent on lawsuits related to the Endangered Species Act, under a bill to amend it that was approved by the House on a 233-190 vote Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.