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.
By pushing for international agreement on a climate accord – which would "name and shame" violators rather than prosecute them – President Obama hopes to come up with a global deal on the issue that would avoid him having to present a legally binding treaty for Senate ratification, The New York Times reports.
$1.4 million will settle federal claims stemming from a crude oil spill from a pipeline operated by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary in Louisiana back in 2012, an amount the company has agreed to pay, The Hill reports.
A greater-than-expected decline in crude stockpiles reported by the Energy Information Administration Wednesday helped push oil prices up. U.S. benchmark crude gained 15 cents to $94.01 a barrel after settling 51 cents higher on the Nymex Tuesday, while in London Brent crude for October delivery rose 21 cents to $102.71, Reuters reports.
Texas lawmakers examined the impact of the oil boom in a hearing Tuesday, where the Texas Oil & Gas Association said it has brought the state $48 billion in wage payments and $11 billion in royalties a year, the Houston Chronicle reports.
High returns from fossil fuel investments make it difficult for the divestment movement to attract support, although dumping coal stocks may be a more attractive proposition than turning away from oil and gas companies, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, according to National Journal.
In a change of plans, Duke Energy said at a Florida Public Service Commission hearing Tuesday it would buy an existing natural gas-fired plant from Calpine Finance Construction Co. instead of building one of its own, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, must pay the husband of a suicide victim in the region $470,000, under a ruling from a Japanese court, The Washington Post reports.
Although leaders in Moscow and Kiev spoke of “positive” results from Tuesday’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, there appeared to be no letup in fighting Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.