House Science Committee Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing, "Tapping America's Energy Potential Through Research and Development." Witnesses include DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory Director Anthony Cugini, Texas A&M petroleum engineering professor Daniel Hill, Idaho National Laboratory director Michael Hagood.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal agency needs illusionist David Copperfield to help escape from criticism over now-canceled plans to hire a speaker to train agency leaders using "magic tools."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in hot water because on May 1 it posted a notice seeking a magician motivational speaker for a June leadership conference in suburban Maryland. The agency said presentations should include "physical energizers, magic tricks, puzzles, brain teasers, word games, humor and teambuilding exercises." It asked for the performer to create "a unique model of translating magic and principals of the psychology of magic, magic tools, techniques and experiences into a method of teaching leadership."
Word that OPEC was producing 31.57 million barrels of oil per day in September—a level not seen since April 2012—sent prices into free-fall Monday. Light, sweet crude for November delivery lost $2.53 to settle at $47.10 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent dropped $2.79 to $49.86, The Wall Street Journal reports.
An analysis by an investment banking firm says spending on exploration for new oil deposits will drop to $25 billion next year, which will result in drastically curtailed production in the future, FuelFix reports.
Trimming its capital spending by almost a fifth in 2016, Phillips 66 says it will still continue to grow some of its midstream operations, including pipeline projects in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, FuelFix reports.
Although some 35,000 energy jobs have been cut in Alberta as oil producers tighten their belts to ride out the price slide, many money-losing oil sands projects are continuing, since their operators have too much invested to give up, The New York Times reports.
DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy are pushing for an end to Michigan’s renewable energy mandates, saying their investment in solar and wind power will continue to rise without state requirements, Crain’s Detroit Business reports.
First at a public hearing, then last week in a filing with the Public Utilities Commission, supporters of the Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative say it will move further, faster toward generating more electricity from renewable sources than would the Hawaii Electric Light Co. under NextEra Energy Inc. ownership, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.
ChemRisk, a science consultant often used by companies under fire in environmental cases, has taken a couple of environmental activists to court for their unpaid article—published in The Huffington Post—about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, The New York Times reports.
Philadelphia’s Democratic candidate for mayor, Jim Kenney—who’s looking to build a consensus between business leaders and environmental activists on energy issues—is cautious when prodded for a position on developing the region as an energy hub, The Inquirer reports.
With the market driving down prices for renewables and natural gas, utilities like Dominion Resources and Dynegy are embracing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan as reinforcement for the plans they were already making for the future, The Wall Street Journal reports.