The Week Ahead: DOE Office to Release First Strategic Plan in 12 Years


The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is expected to release the first strategic plan for the office in 12 years during the week of April 14.

As covered in a March 28 Energy and Climate Report article, Jason Walsh, senior adviser for the office said the strategic plan will describe the office's mission and articulate how the office makes investments.

“We have a limited budget, so we actually have to have a logic model for how we invest in our portfolio and how we make decisions across different technologies, which actually evolve and come down a cost curve, and then that presents us with a whole set of new choices,” he said.

Low-Carbon Fuel Standard on CARB Agenda

The California Air Resources Board will hold a workshop April 18 on provisions under its low-carbon fuel standard for refinery and crude oil operations.

Adopted in 2009, the LCFS is a key element of the state's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Effective in 2011, the LCFS requires transportation fuels sold in the state to be 10 percent less carbon intensive by 2020. 

Hydrofluorocarbons Reductions in Europe

The European Council is expected to approve a regulation April 14 to reduce the sale of hydrofluorcarbon greenhouse gases in the European Union by almost 80 percent through 2030 under a regulation endorsed by the European Parliament. 

As detailed in a March 12 article, the regulation, which revises the 2006 EU regulation on fluorinated gases, also would require the phasing out of such gases in some equipment, including commercial refrigeration by 2022 and stationary air conditioning by 2025.

DOE to Host Wind Webinar

The Department of Energy will hold a webinar April 16 on "Recent Wind Energy Technology Advances."

Featured speakers include Owen Roberts, an engineer at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who will give a presentation on the status of turbine technology and new state wind maps; Simon Mahan of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, who will discuss the impact future turbines may have on the Southeast and lessons learned from ongoing projects; and Aaron Barr from MAKE Consulting, who will discuss the future of low-wind-speed technology, current technology trends and projections for the future.

Other Energy, Climate Events  

On April 15, American University will host an event in Washington on "The World Considers Geoengineering: Roundtable Discussion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 'Mitigation of Climate Change' Report."

On April 12, Charles Drevna, president for American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, will hold a discussion on energy issues in Washington.


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