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 greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
A lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -– or CREW -– alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to release documents relating to the biofuels mandate in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, The Hill reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good told NPR in an interview that she is focusing on making sure that the company is taking the right steps to address the Dan River coal ash spill, but she hopes that in a year or two the utility can move beyond the matter.
Three states in New England and two on the West Coast headed the list when it came to energy efficiency in 2014, while North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale, brought up the rear, in a survey published Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.
In order to cope with Western sanctions, the state-owned oil giant Rosneft is asking the Russian government for more than 2 trillion rubles, the equivalent of nearly $50 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.