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NRG CEO David Crane Offers Top Priorities to Incoming DOE Secretary

On Friday, March 1st, 2013, NRG Energy President & CEO David Crane took the stage at the MIT Energy Conference to offer the Friday Keynote Address to a packed theater.  MIT Energy Initiative Executive Director Melanie Kenderdine moderated the Friday Keynote in a one-on-one Davos-style conversational interview.  In it, she asked Crane to offer his…...

Opportunities in Thermal Efficiency: Combined Heat and Power

On March 2nd, at the 2013 MIT Energy Conference, experts gathered from academia, government, and the business community for a lively discussion about CHP.  Below, we highlight key takeaways from both technology and regulatory perspectives. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems are 30% more efficient than conventional separate heat and power (SHP), thus representing major efficiency opportunities to commercial…...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Evaluates Impact of EPA Regulations on Employment

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new study challenging EPA’s optimistic projections regarding air regulations and job creation.  The data revealed EPA’s flawed analysis methods and emphasized the need for regulatory reform, showing evidence of potential negative economic impacts from regulations. On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study evaluating the employment impacts of EPA’s regulations…....

New Bill to Bolster Energy Production and Economic Growth

The Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013 aims at opening more federal acreage for energy development and expediting permitting processes for energy projects to create millions of jobs and add trillions of dollars to the economy. On February 27, 2013, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and Congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) introduced the Energy Production…...

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Energy Policy Recommendations Report

A recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center outlines common ground energy policy recommendations that build on energy abundance and efficiency accomplishments of the U.S.    On February 27, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report proposing a set of recommendations intended to serve as a blueprint for establishing strong and diverse energy resource portfolios…....

Business Roundtable Releases Report Outlining Recommendations for Energy Policy

Chief executives of leading U.S. companies released a report outlining recommendations for a comprehensive energy policy framework that would capitalize on the nation’s strengths to enhance self-sufficiency, economic growth, and environmental stewardship. On February 25, 2013, Business Roundtable, a national association of corporate executives, released a report outlining recommendations to devise a comprehensive energy policy…...

DOI Finalizes Management Plan for NPR-A

A finalized management plan for National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) opens approximately half of the 23 million acreage for oil and gas development and allows construction of an oil and gas pipeline through the reserve. On February 21, 2013, Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI) Ken Salazar signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for NPR-A,…...

TransCanada: Keystone XL Would Have Minimal Environmental Impact

TransCanada states that Keystone XL pipeline would have minimal environmental impact, adding a new asset to their list of benefits, which includes economic growth and stringent safety measures for construction and operation. At a forum held on February 19, 2013, TransCanada and Keystone XL supporters reiterated the pipeline’s potential to create multiple U.S. economic benefits including energy…...

GAO Report Reveals Fragmented Energy Policy Continues to Delay Industry Growth

A new Government report shows need for streamlined interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline permitting process. On February 15, 2013, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report revealing an increasingly fragmented multi-stakeholder permitting processes for interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline construction. Application approvals are time-consuming and overly complex due to multiple regulators having jurisdiction…...

Alaska LNG Export Project On Track

Companies working on the Alaska LNG Export project released a report on pipeline progress, fulfilling another round of benchmarks laid out by Governor Parnell. On February 15, 2013, North Slope energy giants Exxon Mobil, BP, and ConocoPhillips, along with Calgary-based TransCanada, submitted a report to Alaskan Governor Sean Parnell, detailing new developments in their proposed Alaska…...