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House Panel Approves Bill to Limit EPA Authority on Power Plant Emissions Standards

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced legislation that would restrict EPA authority to finalize power plant emissions regulations.   On January 28, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826) designed to provide a reasonable alternative to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) impending carbon dioxide…...

DOE to Provide $1B Funding for CCS-Integrated Coal Power Plant

DOE will provide $1B financial assistance for the FutureGen 2.0 Project, the world’s first commercial-scale, oxy-combustion electric generation project with CCS technology. On January 15, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced its decision to provide approximately $1B in cost-shared funding to FutureGen Industrial Alliance for its $1.68B FutureGen 2.0 Project, a private-public partnership established…...

U.S. Commerce Chamber Unveils New Energy Advocacy Platform

U.S. Commerce Chamber’s new energy advocacy platform proposes actionable recommendations to capitalize on the nation’s energy potential. On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy launched its new energy advocacy platform titled “Energy Works for US,” a comprehensive plan with recommendations for 2014 and beyond.  The plan, an update…...

Marcellus Shale: Changing Policies and Production

Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia represent the three highest natural gas producing states in the Marcellus Shale Region. While state legislation has complimented production levels, increased local scrutiny over industry methods could impact future production. Overview The Marcellus Shale Region is rich in natural gas reserves and underlies southern New York, much of Pennsylvania and…...

President Obama Orders Quadrennial Energy Review

President Obama has ordered a comprehensive energy strategy review to ensure federal policies continue to address changing energy requirements. On January 9, 2014, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) to enhance the federal government’s capability to provide a comprehensive and integrated energy strategy to meet challenges posed by rising energy…...