The Senate on Monday confirmed Jeffery M. Baran to an extended term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Ellen D. Williams to head the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the Energy Department.
Baran's term was to end next June. A Democrat, Baran was confirmed to a term through June 2018 by a 52-40 vote.
Williams was confirmed on a voice vote. Her nomination had been pending since late last year.
Baran will complete the term of NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down at the end of the year to join George Washington University.
Companies like Echogen are betting that advances in technology will improve the feasibility of energy harvesting – generating power from things like vibrations, heat or radio waves – although the chief of ARPA-E, the Energy Department’s agency promoting research, says retooling the grid to add local energy storage may be a more significant step for the nation’s power picture, CNBC reports.
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.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is sticking with its designation of the gray wolf as endangered, despite some congressional opposition and a petition from the Humane Society requesting that the animal be reclassified as threatened, The Hill reports.
IHS data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey shows drillers in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Utica Shale plays use more water than those in the Bakken Shale and some plays in Colorado, FuelFix reports.
With gasoline averaging $2.77 a gallon Tuesday, the lowest price in several summers, more Americans are expected to hit the road over the Fourth of July weekend, with AAA predicting that 41.9 million will be traveling more than 50 miles, according to FuelFix.
The Greek debt default and gains in U.S. crude stocks and production were pressuring oil prices early Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 94 cents to $58.53 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 78 cents to $62.81, Reuters reports.
Computer data firm Switch has filed a request with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, asking the regulators to rethink their rejection of the company’s application to leave NV Energy and generate its own power, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
Peabody Energy Corp.'s second quarter loss will be bigger than projected in April, as the coal company warns of a $40 million charge from heavy rain and flooding last month and continuing low prices, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Nine states, led by South Carolina, filed suit in Georgia against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, bringing the total number of states taking legal action over the regulation to 27, The Hill reports.