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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…...

Senate Bill to Improve Energy Productivity

A newly proposed Senate bill would establish the State Energy Race to the Top program aimed at doubling the nation’s energy productivity by 2030. On June 20, 2013, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced a bill to establish a state grant program of federal incentives to boost energy productivity.  The bill…...

NYC’s Potential for Combined Heat and Power Development

A new report identifies NYC’s potential for combined heat and power deployment and suggests potential solutions to overcome regulatory and technical barriers.  On May 30, 2013, the Columbia Center for Climate Change Law and Modi Research Group released a report examining the potential for combined heat and power (CHP) development in New York City.  Based…...

New Bill to Revive Offshore Drilling

The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act introduces reforms to revive offshore drilling, including a new five-year leasing plan aimed to expand drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific coastal regions.  On May 30, 2013, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) introduced a bill to expand offshore drilling to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts by…...

State Department Releases Comments on Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department posted the first 100,000 comments on its draft Keystone XL pipeline assessment, planning to release the remaining 1.2 million comments in similar weekly batches.  On May 23, 2013, the State Department released approximately 100,000 comments on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, announcing plans to release the more than 1.2 million comments…...

House Bill to Waive Keystone XL Presidential Permit

The Northern Route Approval Act, which passed the House by a vote of 241-175, would expedite Keystone XL approval by eliminating the Presidential Permit requirement. On May 22, 2013, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which aims to bypass Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.  The bill, introduced…...

DOE Approves Second LNG Export Project

DOE’s conditional authorization of Freeport’s proposed LNG export project makes it the second facility to receive LNG export approval to non-FTA countries. On May 17, 2013, Freeport LNG Expansion LP and FLNG liquefaction LLC obtained conditional authorization from the Department of Energy (DOE) to export U.S. natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement (FTA) nations.  The…...

Senate Bill to Enforce Oil Sanctions against Iran

The 2013 Iran Sanctions Implementation Act aims to expand U.S. oil production to displace Iranian supplies in the global market and economically isolate Iran. On May 15, 2013, a group of senators led by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the 2013 Iran Sanctions Implementation Act, aimed to enforce oil sanctions against Iran through increased oil production…...