NY Governor Initiates $1B Green Bank to Fund Clean Energy Projects

Governor Cuomo took the first step in the New York Green Bank capitalization process to facilitate private capital flow for clean energy projects. On September 10, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo formally launched the $1 billion Green Bank initiative, the central part of innovative clean energy proposals announced during his 2013 State...

U.S. and France Issue Statement on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage

The U.S.-France Joint Statement on Liability for Nuclear Damage calls for adherence to enhanced nuclear liability instruments and supports the formation of a global nuclear liability regime. On August 29, 2013, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy, Philippe Martin signed the Joint Statement on Civil Liability for...

EIA Releases 2013 International Energy Outlook

EIA projects a 56 percent growth in world energy consumption by 2040, driven by economic growth in emerging countries.  Over its 2010-2040 projection period, renewables and nuclear are the fastest-growing sources, though fossil fuels continue to supply 80 percent of energy consumption. On July 25, 2013, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its 2013 International...

House Panel Votes to Restrain Major EPA Rules

The Energy Consumers Relief Act, approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would prevent EPA from finalizing major energy-related rules without DOE approval.   On July 17, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved three energy-related bills – H.R. 1582, H.R. 1900, and H.R. 83 – aimed to promote economic growth and energy...

DOE Examines Climate Change Impact on Energy Sector

DOE released a report examining the impacts of climate change on the nation’s energy and electricity infrastructure, including an assessment of ongoing efforts and potential opportunities to improve the energy sector’s climate resilience.   On July 11, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report examining current and future impacts of climate change on...

President Obama Unveils Comprehensive Climate Agenda

President Obama’s second-term climate agenda includes sweeping measures to cut carbon emissions from power plants, boost renewable energy production, increase fuel economy standards, and advance international initiatives to combat climate change. On June 25, 2013, President Barack Obama outlined a comprehensive Climate Action Plan prioritizing measures to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to set a...

Western Governors Outline 10-Year Energy Goals

WGA’s “10-Year Energy Vision” calls for collaborative interstate initiatives to achieve energy security by increasing energy production, improving energy efficiency, and expanding energy distribution infrastructure, among other energy goals. On June 28, 2013, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) released the “10-Year Energy Vision,” a regional plan articulating the energy goals of 19 member states, American...