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Friday, August 8, 2014

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

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The Environmental Protection Agency will begin the week of Aug. 11 with a new second-in-command leaderLisa Feltdin an acting role.

As announced by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and as covered in an Aug. 7 Energy and Climate report article, she will become EPA's acting deputy administrator, replacing Bob Perciasepe, who left the agency to become the president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Prior to being appointed, Feldt was the deputy assistant administrator for solid waste and emergency response.

Observers predict any permanent replacement for Perciasepe likely will face a difficult confirmation process in the Senate.

DOE Review

The Energy Department will hold a Quadrennial Energy Review meeting Aug. 11 in Santa Fe, N.M., on state, local and tribal issues.

As covered in a May 8 Energy and Climate Report article, the QER team is charged with developing “actionable recommendations” to improve energy infrastructure by addressing vulnerabilities, including climate change, cyber security, physical threats, interdependencies and supply-demand shifts.

The review was ordered by the White House, which has redefined the word “quadrennial” by deciding to break the review into four installments, allowing for one report each year over four years. The first review is scheduled to be released Jan. 31, 2015.

CARB Workshop

The California Resources Agency will hold two public workshops Aug. 12 in Los Angeles and Aug. 13 in San Francisco on the state's "Fourth Climate Change Assessment."

The assessment is expected to provide "critical information regarding expected climate impacts from extreme weather event," including wildfires and droughts. Previous assessments were published in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

USEA Event

The United States Energy Association will hold an event Aug. 12 in Washington on "U.S. Electric Industry: Managing Accelerated Market & Technological Change."

Speakers include Dean Oskvig, president and CEO of Black & Veatch for Energy Business, and John Chevrette, president of Black & Veatch's Management Consulting Business. The discussion will include a new report, "The 2014 Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Electric Report."

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