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."
A solar summit at the White House, headlined by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior advisor John Podesta, brought an announcement of $15 million set aside for state, local and tribal authorities to use to develop solar and other projects that could help the fight against climate change, The Hill reports.
S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who headed the agency regulating drilling at the time of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, has co-authored an opinion piece in The New York Times, charging that the Obama administration has done little in the four years since the Macondo well blowout to ensure drilling safety.
The League of Conservation Voters is ripping into Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, for his views on the environment and climate change, The Hill reports.
Baker Hughes saw a 23 percent increase in first quarter profits on earnings of $328 million, or 74 cents a share, on gains in efficiency as well as increased demand for its services as well counts grow in the Permian Basin, CEO Martin Craighead said, according to FuelFix.
Oilfield services company Schlumberger saw “solid” first quarter results, according to CEO Paal Kibsgaard, with technology sales and growth from Saudi Arabia to Ecuador to offshore Australia boosting profits 26 percent, FuelFix reports.
Lawyers with a trade group have told Reuters that the Internal Revenue Service could resume issuing letters authorizing master limited partnerships as early as May, having paused back in March to consider the proliferation of companies applying for them.
Compliance with Order 764, which mandates utilities work to integrate power from renewables into the grid, was a major topic at the monthly meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Platts reports.
A partnership between T. Boone Picken’s hedge fund BP capital Management and Wyoming company Moser Energy Systems, to be called Mesa Natural Gas Solutions, hopes to become the country’s biggest supplier of natural gas engines to oilfield drilling rigs, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.
A final regulation submitted by the California Department of Public Health would limit chromium to 10 parts per billion in public drinking water, the Los Angeles Times reports, noting it would be the first rule of its kind in the country.