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October 17, 2014

The Week Ahead: International Energy and Climate Developments Take Center Stage

The focus on energy and climate issues for the week of Oct. 20 will be in Europe, where nations will meet for the last time before a year-end climate summit, the European Union will unveil new greenhouse gas and energy reduction goals and the International Energy Agency will hold an advisory board meeting.

October 14, 2014

The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 10

Commentary on a case before the Supreme Court that could affect regulatory interpretations by federal agencies was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Oct. 10. A story on environmental justice took the number two spot, followed by a report on the impact EPA rules could have on electrical generating capacity. 

October 14, 2014

Energy Department Moves Forward With Fossil Fuel Phaseout for Buildings

The Energy Department is moving forward with a long-delayed rule that would require new and renovated federal buildings to completely phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2030, a proposal that...

October 10, 2014

The Week Ahead: NOAA to Release Its Winter Outlook; California to Address Energy Storage, Taxes

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will release its U.S. Winter Outlook during a teleconference Oct. 16. The release will include discussion on the latest forecast for El Nino and...

October 6, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Oct. 3

The top story for the week ending Oct. 3 covered remarks by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on U.S. environmental challenges. 

October 3, 2014

The Week Ahead: DOE Faces Response Deadline for House Committee Request on Proposed Carbon Rule

The Department of Energy faces an Oct. 7 deadline to respond to a House Energy and Commerce Committee request seeking records of discussions between the department and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to proposed carbon standards for new power plants. 

October 1, 2014

Next-Generation Nuclear Power Technology Eligible for $12.6 Billion in Loan Guarantees

As much as $12.6 billion in loan guarantees could be extended to help finance the next generation of nuclear energy technologies, the Department of Energy announced Sept. 30.

September 29, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 26

A court order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to a lawsuit seeking to block carbon standards for existing power plants was the top story in Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and...

September 19, 2014

The Week Ahead: World Leaders to Meet in New York to Advance Action on Climate Change

The United Nation’s Climate Summit will be held Sept. 23 in New York, which is being billed by a top UN official as “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate.”

September 18, 2014

TransCanada CEO ‘Frustrated’ by Linkage of Keystone Pipeline to Climate Change

TransCanada Corp. chief executive officer Russ Girling told reporters Sept. 16 he is “frustrated” by critics of the Keystone pipeline who have cast the project as a symbol of increased greenhouse gas emissions and warming.

September 16, 2014

Efficiency Advocates Press Senate to Split Up Shaheen-Portman Measure

Advocates of a long-stalled energy efficiency bill are pushing the Senate to split the legislation up and act on components of the measure that were passed by the House earlier this year. The...

September 15, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 12

How Environmental Protection Agency regulations are resulting in the use of the dirtiest U.S coal was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Sept. 12.

September 15, 2014

Q&A: Tonko Touts Economic Case for Climate Action

Interview with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and Economy Subcommittee Bloomberg BNA: We're seeing a lot of very...

September 12, 2014

The Week Ahead: House to Hold Votes on Energy, Power Plant Limits, Spending

A package of energy and environmental bills that would speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and block EPA proposals to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants is expected to be...

September 11, 2014

Rockefeller, Wyden Say Crude-by-Rail Safety Legislation May Be Necessary

Legislation may be needed to address shortcomings in the Transportation Department's crude-by-rail safety rule, according to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and other senior lawmakers.

September 11, 2014

Largest One-Year Increase in Carbon Dioxide Recorded in 2013, UN Science Report Says

Scientists recorded the largest single-year increase in carbon dioxide in 20 years in 2013, and total concentrations of the greenhouse gas are now set to cross the 400 parts-per-million mark as...

September 9, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Sept. 5

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to issue a methane strategy this fall was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Sept. 5. The number two story covered an...

September 5, 2014

The Week Ahead: Proposed Carbon Limits for Power Plants on Agenda in House, California

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing Sept. 9 on “State Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan.”   As covered in a...

September 5, 2014

Critical Facilities Would Be Protected From Power Outages by New Jersey Bank

A new state-sponsored bank in New Jersey soon will provide grants and loans for making the state's critical infrastructure more resilient to power outages from extreme weather events. ...

September 2, 2014

Construction Begins on FutureGen Project, But Financing, Other Challenges Remain

Construction has begun on the stalled FutureGen 2.0 carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in western Illinois, according to project officials, but major hurdles remain for the $1.65 billion...

August 29, 2014

The Week Ahead: RGGI to Hold Allowance Auction, Keystone XL in Spotlight

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will hold its 25 th auction of carbon dioxide emissions allowances Sept. 3. As covered in a June 6 Energy and Climate Report article ,...

August 27, 2014

Blocked California Bill Would Have Delayed Including Fuels, Natural Gas in Cap-and-Trade

The head of California's Senate has blocked a bill (A.B. 69) that would have delayed for three years expansion of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program to include distributors of...

August 25, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 22

Another lawsuit arguing that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending Aug. 22.

August 21, 2014

Microsoft Leaves Lobbying Group Over Opposition to Renewable Energy

Microsoft Corp. has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) because of concerns about the lobbying group's opposition to renewable energy, a coalition of activist investor groups said.  

August 11, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 8

The departure of Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and his replacement, Lisa Feldt, who be in an acting role, took the number one and three spots in the top stories list for Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Aug. 8.

August 8, 2014

The Week Ahead: Lisa Feldt to Take Over as Acting EPA Deputy Administrator

The Environmental Protection Agency will be beginning the week of Aug. 11 with a new second leader in charge. As covered in a Aug. 7 article,  Lisa Feldt, will replace the outgoing deputy...

August 5, 2014

Arctic Caucus Formed on Navigation, Commercial Issues Linked to Melting Sea Ice

Rep. Don Young (Alaska), a senior Republican on the House Natural Resources and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees, has joined with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) in launching an...

August 4, 2014

The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Stories for the Week Ending Aug. 1

How the Environmental Protection Agency will apply Clean Air Act permit requirements to a facility's greenhouse gas emissions was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending Aug. 1. Stories on public hearings the agency held on its proposed carbon standards for existing power plants also took center stage, making up the second, fourth and fifth top story, while the third most read story covered a climate change resolution that failed in the Senate.

August 1, 2014

The Week Ahead: African Leaders Summit to Include Ways to Address Climate Change

The White House will host a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Aug. 4-6 in Washington, which will include a "signature event" Aug. 4 on climate change, food security and resilience.

July 31, 2014

Republican-Led Senate Would Push LNG Exports, Keystone, Barrasso Says

The Senate would prioritize passing legislation that would expedite the Energy Department's approval process for liquefied natural gas exports and authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline if Republicans win control of the chamber this fall, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Bloomberg BNA.

July 28, 2014

The Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 25

The top three stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 25 covered the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to control carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, while the fourth and fifth top stories covered, respectively, the effects a warming planet may have on water infrastructure and military bases. 

July 28, 2014

Citing Potential Cost, Ethanol Industry Opposes Inclusion in Crude-by-Rail Rule

Ethanol producers are pushing back against their inclusion in a Transportation Department rule meant to address a fiery spate of crude-by-rail crashes, a decision the renewable fuel industry...

July 25, 2014

The Week Ahead: Public Hearings on EPA's Proposed Power Plant Rule, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold four, two-day public hearings on its proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants in the week ahead. The hearings will be held July 29 and July 30 in Atlanta, Denver and Washington D.C., and July 31 and Aug. 1 in Pittsburgh.

July 25, 2014

Upton to Try for Renewable Fuel Standard Reform in 2015, Aide Says

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, plans to take another stab at moving legislation that would alter the renewable fuel standard in 2015, a Republican committee aide said July 24.

July 21, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 18

A law professor's call for the control of fugitive methane emitted by hydraulic fracturing was the most read story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 14. The second and third top stories concerned the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rule for power plants. Rounding out the top five were stories on a plan by the Obama administration to help communities adapt to climate change and the opening of a public comment period on EPA proposals to control methane emissions from landfills.

July 18, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA's McCarthy to Testify on Carbon Rules for Power Plants

On July 23, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon...

July 17, 2014

Ex-Im Bank Bill May Be Brought to Floor With Separate Vote on Coal, Boxer Says

Legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank may be brought to the Senate floor without a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing of overseas coal projects, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told Bloomberg BNA July 16.

July 14, 2014

Environmental Groups Oppose Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization Bill Over Coal Policy Tweak

Environmental groups are urging Congress to oppose legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank amidst a fight over a provision that would reverse bank policy limiting the financing...

July 14, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 11

The release of guidelines by industry to address public concerns over fracking was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending July 11. Other top stories covered a briefing with senators by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy over carbon rules, the withdrawal by President Barack Obama of his nominee for a top Energy Department post, an EPA rule to curtail the use hydrofluorocarbons and a White House meeting with the insurance industry over climate adaptation.

July 11, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA Spending on House Agenda, Senate to Vote on FERC Nominees

A fiscal year 2015 bill to fund the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies is scheduled to be marked up July 15 by the House Appropriations Committee.

July 10, 2014

Amendments on Light Bulb Standards, Gas Exports Offered to Energy Appropriations Bill

The Energy Department would continue to be barred from enforcing energy efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs under an amendment planned for energy and water appropriations legislation...

July 7, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending July 4

The economic effect of the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon rules for power plants was the subject of the top two stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending July 4. Rounding...

July 3, 2014

The Week Ahead: Spending Bills on Agenda, Hearing on State v. Federal Policy Issues to Be Held

A $34 billion energy and water appropriations bill (H.R. 4923) is expected to be considered by the House floor the week of July 7.

July 1, 2014

Records Show New England Energy Plan Favors Industry, Law Foundation Says

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) said records it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that a regional energy plan among New England governors favors large gas pipeline and electricity transmission line expansion projects at the expense of the environment.

June 27, 2014

The Week Ahead: NASA to Launch Satellite to Measure Carbon Dioxide

While Congress takes its Fourth of July recess the week of June 30, NASA is scheduled to launch its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere July 1.

June 25, 2014

Reid Says FERC Nominees to Get Vote When Senate Returns From July 4 Recess

The Senate will vote on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay when the Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Bloomberg BNA.

June 23, 2014

House-Passed Defense Bill Prohibits 'Billions' in Green Energy Spending

Defense Department spending on biofuels, electric vehicles, solar panels and other “green energy” programs advocated by the Obama administration would be prohibited under a $570 billion bill funding Pentagon operations for fiscal year 2015 that the House passed June 20.

June 23, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending June 20

All the top five stories in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending June 30 covered the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from existing power 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

June 20, 2014

The Week Ahead: House to Vote on Trio of Energy Bills, Congressional Hearings on Agenda

The House is scheduled to vote the week of June 23 on a trio of bills that would expand oil and natural gas drilling (H.R. 4899), expedite the review of applications to export liquefied natural gas (H.R. 6) and speed the review of the Keystone XL pipeline (H.R. 3301).

June 19, 2014

Countdown to Paris: Q&A With UN Climate Change Official Halldor Thorgeirsson

The world's nations are now within 500 days of gathering in Paris to hammer out the details of the world's first global agreement designed to confront climate change. But delegates at the...

June 17, 2014

Obama Slams Congressional Republicans for 'Wrong' Attitudes on Climate Change

Climate change should not be a partisan issue, Obama said. He cited Republican leaders like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former President George H.W. Bush, who previously urged action to address climate change “before the Tea Party decided it was a massive threat to freedom and liberty.”

June 16, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending June 13

1. Michigan Farmer Earns First Climate Offsets For Cutting Nitrogen Use in Corn Production 2. EPA Air Official Says Agency Proposed Reasonable State Emissions Targets 3. EPA Power...

June 13, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA's McCabe to Testify on Power Plant Rule, Senate Committee Vote on Keystone Expected

The Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for air and radiation will face skeptical Republicans during a House subcommittee hearing June 19 on the agency's proposed carbon...

June 12, 2014

Lawmakers Say Cantor’s Defeat Unlikely to Affect Climate, Environmental Policy

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) shocking defeat will shake up the chamber’s leadership but is unlikely to impact how Congress approaches issues like climate change and other environmental...

June 11, 2014

Democrats' Hopes for Climate Session Fall Flat as Republicans Largely Avoid Debate

Senate Democrats sought this week to draw Republicans into a debate on the chamber floor on the need for congressional action to tackle climate change, but they came away largely empty-handed as all but one Republican declined the offer.

June 9, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending June 6

President Barack Obama's plan to curtail carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants was the subject of the five top Energy and Climate Report stories for the week ending June 6, with...

June 6, 2014

The Week Ahead: Senate Democrats Invite Republicans Again to the Floor to Discuss Climate Issues

Senate Democrats will set aside several hours of floor time June 9 in hopes of enticing their Republican colleagues to discuss climate change issues, one week after the Obama administration unveiled its proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.

June 6, 2014

Carbon Credit Donations for World Cup Offset 30% of Event's Emissions So Far

June 5 —  Private-sector carbon credit reduction donations have already offset 30 percent of the estimated carbon emissions to be generated by the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, an Environment Ministry official told Bloomberg BNA.

June 3, 2014

U.S. Reduction in Power Plant Emissions Fuels Hope for Clinching 2015 Climate Deal

President Barack Obama's plan to cut nearly one-third of power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 should make the U.S. more ambitious in offering emissions cuts toward a 2015 global climate...

June 2, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 30

Personal liability that corporate leaders could face if they are involved in denying climate change was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending May 30.

May 30, 2014

The Week Ahead: EPA Set to Release Proposed Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a proposed rule to control carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

May 28, 2014

Will Carbon Dioxide Levels at 400 ppm Serve as Another 'Wakeup Call?'

Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million in the Northern Hemisphere for the entire month of April, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

May 27, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 23

Upcoming proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants and might allow facilities to go beyond the fence line to make emissions reductions was the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending May 23.

May 23, 2014

The Week Ahead: House Committee to Examine the Inner Workings of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

On May 29, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hering on "Examing the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Proecess." Witnesses scheduled to testify include...

May 22, 2014

Q&A: Lisa Jacobson, President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Discusses Factbook

Lisa Jacobson, president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, talks about the key findings in the 2014 edition of the “Sustainable Energy in America Factbook,” which the Council produced in collaboration with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a subsidiary of Bloomberg BNA's parent company, Bloomberg LP.

May 19, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 16

Remarks by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy over carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants was the top story in Energy and Climate Report for the week ending...

May 16, 2014

The Week Ahead: Senate May Try to Revive Production Tax Credit, Include Climate Change in Reauthorization for Water Projects

A an energy tax incentives bill, which is in limbo after it failed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate May 15, may be revived in by the Senate Finance Committee May 20, the committee's chiar...

May 14, 2014

Is the White House Worried About a Possible Republican President Overturning Obama's Climate Legacy?

President Barack Obama views addressing the problem of climate change as a key part of his legacy and remains staunchly committed to implementing as much of his climate action plan as possible...

May 12, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 9

The National Climate Assessment took center stage in the top five Energy and Climate and Energy Report stories ending the week of May 9. 1. U.S. Issues Loudest, Clearest Alarm Bell on Climate...

May 9, 2014

The Week Ahead: Production Tax Credit on Senate Agenda, Energy Efficiency Bill Appears Doomed

The Association of Climate Change Officers will hold a "Climate Strategies Forum" May 12-14 in Washington. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and John Holdren, who directs the White House Office of...

May 7, 2014

Q&A: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) Looks Back on Nearly 40 Years in Congress—and the Unfinished Business of Climate Change Legislation

May 6 —  Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who is retiring after nearly four decades in the House and was instrumental in getting passage of many key environmental laws, said May 6 that climate change...

May 5, 2014

Top Five Bloomberg BNA Energy and Climate Report Stories for the Week Ending May 2

Speculation on legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant rule to control carbon dioxide emissions was the subject of the top Energy and Climate Report story for the week ending May 2, followed by one covering remarks by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy against those that question the science behind rulemakings.

April 30, 2014

DOE Proceeds with Review of Cape Wind Loan Guarantee After Favorable Court Ruling

The Energy Department is proceeding with "active review" of an application for a loan guarantee by Cape Wind Associates LLC after a federal court decision in March upholding the Interior Department's approval of the company's proposed $2.6 billion wind farm, the head of the DOE loan guarantee program said.

April 18, 2014

The Week Ahead: Sea-Level Rise on Miami Coast on Sen. Nelson's Agenda

The California Air Resources Board will meet April 25 to consider amendments to the state's cap on greenhouse gas emissions and market-based compliance mechanisms, including the compliance offset...

April 16, 2014

California Shows Residents the Greenhouse Gas Money

Revenue from California's greenhouse gas emissions trading program would be used as a permanent source of funding for affordable housing, water efficiency projects and a variety of transportation...