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.
A senior official with the American Council for Capital Formation, which is funding “Unlock Crude Exports,” a new push to repeal the ban on shipping U.S. crude overseas, says doing so would allow the country to take full advantage of its energy boom, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit air pollution from refineries could have the opposite effect because it would force installation of new flaring systems instead of continuing the trend of reducing flaring, according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Oil was sliding again early Thursday after the Federal Reserve wound up its asset-purchase program and the Energy Information Administration reported the highest level of U.S. production since the 1980s. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 81 cents to $81.39 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 86 cents to $86.26, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., made a pointed reference to her influence as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while Republican candidate Rob Maness emphasized his support for increased oil and gas drilling, during the final debate of the campaign before the state’s Nov. 4 “jungle primary,” The Times-Picayune reports.
Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown visited the Seabrook nuclear plant Wednesday, and later in a statement accused incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., of failing to support nuclear power, but she responded by saying nuclear energy is an important part of the fight against climate change, The Associated Press reports.
Osaka Gas Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., which have contracted to buy gas from the proposed Freeport LNG terminal, will also supply $1.2 billion toward construction of the first unit, while $3.85 billion will come from Japanese banks, FuelFix reports.
Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas filed a motion in court this week demanding that the company make public documents about the maintenance and repair of the Pegasus pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for the European Commission says a marathon negotiating session Wednesday failed to generate an agreement in the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, and talks are continuing Thursday, Reuters reports.
Iran may still be wrestling with finding a way to cut a deal with the West over its nuclear program, to ease biting sanctions, but falling oil prices have added even more pressure to the situation, The New York Times reports.