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 how it might influence U.S. energy patterns this winter. 

As covered in an Oct. 8 Energy and Climate Report article, some members of Congress are concerned that severe winter weather this year could lead to energy shortages and are calling for the implementation of a recently passed home heating law. 

Executives from across the energy industry—as detailed in an Oct. 2 article—also have serious concerns that if the upcoming winter is as harsh as the previous one, U.S. railroad companies won't be able to deliver enough fuel for power plants to meet increased demand. 

Also, in remarks covered in an Oct. 9 article, Ronald J. Tanski, the incoming chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), said power generators in the Northeast should sign firm-capacity deals with natural gas pipelines to ensure reliable winter gas supplies and avoid the soaring electricity prices seen in January's polar vortex. 

California Energy Issues on Agenda

California’s Public Utilities Commission, Energy Commission and Independent System Operator will hold a workshop Oct. 13 in San Francisco to discuss a draft energy storage road map

The road map is expected to identify policy, technology and process changes needed to address challenges faced by the energy storage sector. 

On Oct. 15, the CPUC will hold a public meeting to discuss draft "substantive" revisions to implementation guidelines for the California Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39). 

Proposition 39, which was approved by voters in 2012, increased corporate taxes for multistate businesses. Half the revenues collected must be used to fund clean-energy and energy-efficiency projects. 

World Disasters Report

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ annual World Disasters Report will be released Oct. 16 on the IFRC website. The theme of this year’s report on “Culture and Risk” will examine how culture must be included in climate change adaptation and disaster planning to reduce risks. 

Events to launch the report will be held Oct. 16 in Doha, Qatar, and Hanoi, Vietnam; Oct. 20 in London; Oct. 17 in Helsinki; and Oct. 28 in Vienna. 

FHWA to Hold Webinar

The Federal Highway Administration will hold a webinar Oct. 16 on “Municipal Planning Organizations Advancing Sustainability in Transportation Planning with INVEST.”

INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) is a free, web-based collection of voluntary best practices to help transportation agencies conduct self-assessments and incorporate sustainable practices into their projects, planning and programs. 

Other Climate Energy Events

The Brookings Institution will hold an event Oct. 16 in Washington on “The Road to Paris: Transatlantic Cooperation and the 2015 Climate Change Conference.” 

Featured speakers include Todd Stern, special envoy for climate change for the State Department, and Laurence Tubiana, ambassador for climate change for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

On Oct. 14, Resources for the Future will hold an event in Washington on “Assessing State Goals and Challenges under EPA's Clean Power Plan.” 

The event, which will also be webcast, will feature Vic Niemeyer, technical executive for the Electric Power Research Institute, and a panel discussion among David Cash, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; G. Vinson Hellwig, chief of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division; and John Lyons, assistant cabinet secretary for climate policy, energy and environment for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.



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