One of President Trump’s early campaign promises was to dismantle the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s regulation asserting federal power over navigable bodies of water and aiming to replace polluting coal-fired power plants with clean energy facilities. Now, thanks to a district court ruling in D.C., Trump may be one step closer to actualizing that promise. To learn more about this ruling and its impact, read on!

Continue Reading Federal Court Halts Lawsuit Consideration over Obama’s Clean Water Rule; Pruitt Recruits Governors to Shape New EPA Water Regulation

The House of Representatives and Senate returned September 6 from the long August recess that started in mid-July. The House is scheduled to be in session for four weeks and the Senate for five weeks before breaking again for the month of October to campaign. Energy legislation will be debated at the conference of the energy bills (S.2012 and H.R. 8) and potentially during an end of the year tax extenders debate. For further information on energy legislation updates, continue reading!

Continue Reading Energy and Environmental Legislative Updates for Fall 2016

In Washington this week, the energy and climate front was packed with hearings, proposals, and negotiations in preparation for several happenings at the end of the year. Both chambers of Congress continue their talks on a full fiscal 2016 budget, with both tax extenders and lifting the 40 year old crude oil export ban on the negotiating table. Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power continued Congressional scrutiny of the Clean Power Plan in a hearing entitled “EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Power Plants: Legal Perspectives.”

Meanwhile, the White House continues preparations for the U.N. Climate Summit. On October 19 the Obama Administration hosted 68 companies that signed on to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. At the Department of Energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced October 7 up to $30 million for the Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs program to reduce heat-loss for improved building efficiency by developing innovative materials that are transparent and insulating to retrofit existing single-pane windows. For more D.C. highlights, read this week’s update from ML Strategies.

After meetings last week with Pope Francis and Xi Jinping, this week President Obama continued his environmental push with a visit to the UN General Assembly and an interview in Rolling Stone. On Capitol Hill, Senators and Congressmen are dealing with energy tax extenders among a host of other issues, including avoiding a government shutdown.

Also of note in D.C., the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced that on November 9th it will auction land off the coast of New Jersey for wind development. It has identified 13 companies as qualified to participate in the upcoming sale. According to the agency, the area could support up to 3400 MW of commercial wind generation. For more on the week in Washington check out the latest update from ML Strategies.

This week, the House had hearings on several energy policy issues, including the crude oil export ban, the electric grid, and a broad bipartisan energy package. Also in D.C., President Obama continues his busy fall climate agenda as he prepares for Pope Francis’ visit, which will partly center on the Pope’s environmentally focused encyclical Laudato Si.

The Department of Energy also had two exciting announcements this week. On September 10, the DOE released its second Quadrennial Technology Review, outlining the energy world’s broad research and development challenges. It emphasizes current technological developments in several areas, such as fuel cells and water use, that are crucial to the country’s energy future. The Department also awarded $6.5 million to seven organizations to advance low environmental impact hydropower technologies. For a full report on the week in Washington, read the latest update from ML Strategies.

The Obama Administration’s release of the final Clean Power Plan kicked off a busy second half of the year for climate and energy policy issues. As climate issues increasingly become an important part President Obama’s legacy, and as we march closer and closer to the end of the year international climate negotiations in Paris, read on for a list of the upcoming high level energy and climate events that are sure to transform the industry:

Continue Reading Energy and Climate Happenings – Overview for the Remainder of 2015

After an action packed few weeks for energy and environmental policy in Washington, Congress is in recess until after Labor Day. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is currently managing reactions to the Clean Power Plan – both positive and negative. The President is also preparing for historic climate centered meetings with Pope Francis in September and with other world leaders at COP21 in December. Read about these developments and more in the latest update from ML Strategies.

This week in Washington was filled with long awaited energy and climate developments. The Obama Administration revealed the final Clean Power Plan after a lengthy rulemaking and comment process. Congress was also active as the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved its bipartisan broad energy package and the House moved on its own broad legislation. Read more on these and other pieces of energy and climate news from ML Strategies.

As Congress resumes after the Independence Day recess, the House debates several energy related funding measures, while the Senate awaits the broad Murkowski – Cantwell energy package. Meanwhile, President Obama meets with the Brazilian President Rousseff on a bilateral renewable energy agreement. Read more in this week’s update from ML Strategies.

In the final full week before the July 4 recess, energy policy is taking center stage in both the legislative and executive branches. The Senate continues to piece together a broad bipartisan energy package, while the House takes on the EPA’s funding, the Clean Power Plan, and listens to officials on advanced battery storage. At the White House, the Obama administration continues efforts to spur global climate action. Read more in this week’s update from ML Strategies