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 big House energy bill has attracted amendments including several to expand crude exports, one to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one—filed by Energy Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.—to delay implementation of the bill until its impact on climate change is determined, E&E reports.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity estimates it will cost up to $292 billion for the energy sector to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and while EPA and green groups say that’s a big overestimate, utilities and grid operators have yet to weigh in, E&E reports.
Doug Lawler, who took over as CEO at troubled Chesapeake Energy Corp. two years ago, has dodged most public criticism even though the company continues to face problems after the significant spending cuts he has put in place, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.
Word that the decline in September U.S. crude production was smaller than the Energy Information Administration had predicted weighed on prices Monday. Light, sweet crude—which lost 11 percent this month—lost 6 cents on the January contract, settling at $41.65 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was down 25 cents to $44.61, The Wall Street Journal reports.