Energy Update: Week of February 18

Energy Update - February 22, 2019

Friends,

Hope you were able to enjoy an extra day honoring our Presidents.  While it is good to have the day, I read a thoughtful piece by Heritage’s Arthur Milikh, who logically argued we should celebrate Washington’s birthday, not Presidents Day saying the first President’s examples of human greatness are needed perhaps now more than ever.

With an expected snow storm hitting the Capital Metro Area tomorrow and much of the Southcentral/Midwest/Northeast today and the rest of the week, who knows where we will be.  I know there is not much going on, which has allowed a lot of media focus on the recent emergency declaration, 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates, Roger Stone and Andrew McCabe.

One important item on the schedule (subject to potential weather) are tomorrow morning’s DC Circuit Oral Arguments on the case concerning 2018 RVOs. The National Biodiesel Board and ethanol supporters say the levels are too low while API, AFPM and other refiners counter by saying they are too high and don’t account for exports/imports which is costly and unfair.  I will be on the details so let me know if you are following.  There also is an open FERC meeting on Thursday and I wonder if any of the recent Vineyard Wind auction issues and the public inter-Commissioner spat will rear its head…  I wonder…

I also have included a special section on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) roll out of its 2019 energy use Sustainability Factbook. With all the talk about the Green New Deal, the electricity sector continued to improve its carbon intensity in 2018 due to increased renewable energy and natural gas power generation and investments in energy efficiency, even as a stronger economy and volatile weather boosted energy demand and contributed to a rise in economy-wide carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions.  Get the full details below. 

Finally, the American Gas Assn will release a new study today that concludes that conventional natural gas furnaces on average have an operational cost advantage over other heating sources on the coldest days. The 2014 and 2019 polar vortexes share many similarities in that most of the Midwest was subjected to artic temperatures for a prolonged period and the AGA report looks at January 2014 heating bills and did a side-by-side comparison between natural gas furnaces and a number of electric space heating options.  Jake Rubin can help you will the details: jrubin@aga.org (202) 824-7027

As Spring training is underway and lacrosse season is here, you need to re-mark your calendars for the re-boot of the Press Club’s 2018 Hurricane Season Newsmaker with experts from NOAA and MIT on March 5th.    Have a good week and please feel free to call with questions.  

Best,

 

Frank Maisano

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FRANKLY SPOKEN

“Continued expansion of sustainable energy is not just beneficial to the environment, it is an engine of American economic growth,” “In our seventh year of analysis, we found that energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy continue to be key economic drivers. At the same time, they contribute substantially to important efforts to reduce emissions and develop modern and resilient infrastructure.”

BCSE president Lisa Jacobson while rolling out the 2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE).  

ON THE POD

Former EPA Officials Visits Bracewell Podcast to Talk Environment– Bracewell’s latest episode of our podcast “The Lobby Shop” is now live on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Google Play Music. This week we're joined by Mandy Gunasekara, Founder and President of Energy 45 Fund and former Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the EPA. We talk Green New Deal, catching the "Potomac Fever," and the future of energy and environment legislation.

CapCrude Tackles IMO 2020 – Platts Capitol Crude tackles the looming IMO 2020 deadline for cleaning up marine fuels.  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers say US refiners are well prepared to meet the stricter sulfur standards by January 1 after having a dozen years to prepare.  CC’s Meghan Gordon spoke with Susan Grissom, AFPM’s chief industry analyst, and Derrick Morgan, senior vice president for federal and regulatory affairs, about the impending rules and how US oil refiners and producers stand to respond.  Listen here: http://plts.co/nyjT30nKseE

FUN OPINIONS

Nathanson: Tariffs hurt Workers – In an opinion piece in The Hill, my colleague Paul Nathanson writes the steel industry’s self-serving protectionism causes damage for a far broader slice of U.S. companies, including manufacturers that use steel to make finished products.  The piece is drafted by a coalition of steel-using manufacturers and downstream companies.  Nathanson says despite the steel industry’s PR Campaign, “no amount of positive spin can paper over the flawed logic and economic damage that define these protectionist policies.”

Group Petition Takes Aim at Green New Deal – We told you last week about Mandy Gunasekara leaving EPA to start Energy 45, which will defend the President’s environmental agenda.  Energy 45 is now starting a petition to pushback against the Green New Deal and support President Trump’s energy agenda.  You can see it here

THE BIG STORY: ENERGY USE FACTS

BCSE Rolls Out Energy Use Factbook – With all the talk about the Green New Deal,  The electricity sector continued to improve its carbon intensity in 2018 due to increased renewable energy and natural gas power generation and investments in energy efficiency, even as a stronger economy and volatile weather boosted energy demand and contributed to a rise in economy-wide carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions.

Record Low Costs, Energy Jobs Increasing – Consumers experienced near record low energy costs on a household basis and the number of energy jobs grew. Meanwhile, greater corporate purchasing of renewables, state policies and plunging prices for energy storage continued to reshape the nation’s energy portfolio. These and other energy trends are highlighted in the 2019 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The 2019 Factbook identifies key sustainable energy trends:

  • Energy efficiency investments hit a new high and several states adopted new building energy codes. Total U.S. spending on energy efficiency through formal frameworks—such as utilities, Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE)—climbed to a record level of $15 billion in 2017 (the most recent year that data is available). Pennsylvania, Virginia, Connecticut and Florida strengthened their state building energy codes in 2018, which will increase energy efficiency in these jurisdictions as they are implemented.
  • Natural gas capacity set new records. The most new gas-fired power-generating capacity was added in 14 years propelling it to a record 35 percent of the country's power generation. At the same time, natural gas production hit record highs, over 82 billion cubic feet per day. 

  • Renewable energy continues to grow. Installations of renewables hit 19.5 gigawatts in 2018. Solar accounted for a combined 11.6 gigawatts last year followed by wind at 7.5 gigawatts. In 2018, hydro added 142 megawatts, biomass and waste-to-energy added 103 megawatts, and geothermal added 53 megawatts. Policy support for these sectors has been shorter term and less consistent, in general, than for the wind and solar industries. Hydropower, closely followed by wind, are the two largest sources of zero-carbon, renewable generation in the U.S. 

Corporations are Already Acting – The Factbook outlines the contributions of corporations and states in driving growth of sustainable energy:

  • The business community stepped up to drive demand again. Retailers, major technology firms, and even an oil major contracted record volumes of renewable power through direct contracts. Others pledged to double energy productivity or to green their vehicle fleets, with electric, fuel cell and renewable natural gas power vehicles.
  • States continued to lead the charge on clean energy policy-making. California promised to achieve 100 percent renewables by 2045 while other states including Nevada, New Jersey and New York upped the ante on their renewables, efficiency, and battery deployment pledges. Florida agreed to allow third-party PV installers to operate in the state.

Support for sustainable energy by the business community and states occurred despite the lack of federal policy in many of these areas. Although one year of energy consumption and emissions data does not signify a trend, the statistics in this year’s Factbook do point to the importance of policy. Smart federal, state and local policies should support and leverage private sector investment going forward to ensure these gains continue, especially in the industrial and buildings sectors that can be more challenging to decarbonize.

More Energy Trends – Continuing national energy trends as identified by the 2019 Factbook include:

  • Energy remained affordable. Households continue to spend record lows of personal income on electricity and natural gas bills. In many major regions, weighted-average retail power prices fell 1-3% though they did rise in some regions.
  • U.S. energy jobs grew. The entire U.S. energy sector employs approximately 6.5 million Americans, up 2% in 2017 from 2016 (the most recent data available), with energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas sectors employing 3.4 million Americans—or 52.3% of the entire energy sector—in 2017.
  • The popularity of electric vehicles grew. EVs accounted for only 1.3% of total vehicles sold in the U.S in the 4Q of 2017. By the third quarter in 2018, that had nearly doubled to 2.5%, then hit 3% by 4Q
  • The U.S. retains a competitive advantage on industrial power prices. The U.S. is second only to Canada with the lowest industrial electricity prices among the G7 nations.
  • Battery storage costs fell further. Lithium-ion battery prices dropped another 18% year-on-year, boosting both EVs and stationary storage applications and encouraging electric utilities to sign power purchase agreements pairing storage with solar and wind.

Find the Full Details – The 2019 Factbook is the 7th edition of an annual national information resource that outlines key trends in sustainable energy, comprising the most dynamic elements of the American energy marketplace, including energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy. The 2019 Factbook includes a comprehensive overview and detailed charts, graphs and sources for information and is available for download from the BCSE website http://www.bcse.org/factbook

IN THE NEWS

Enviro Challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline Rejected by DC Circuit – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today threw out an environmental lawsuit challenging FERC's approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.  The three-judge panel sided with developers ruling that FERC complied with environmental law and eminent domain rules when it approved the pipeline in October 2017. Environmental groups Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Sierra Club had challenged the approval.

Gas Study Shows Importance of Gas During Polar Vortex – A new American Gas Association (AGA) study concludes that conventional natural gas furnaces on average have an operational cost advantage over other heating sources, including advanced heat pumps, particularly on the coldest days when space heating requirements are the highest and electric heat pump efficiency and heating capacity is the lowest.  The average cost to heat a natural gas home during the polar vortex of January 2014 was $159 compared to $267 for a similar home with a heat pump that relied on an electric furnace for backup heat – a 40 percent difference. An equivalent home with equal heating loads operating an electrical resistance furnace would have incurred a heating bill of $445 on average. Customers using an 80 percent or higher efficiency natural gas furnace to supplement a heat pump in the same regions had average heating bills of $176. The events of January 2019 share many similarities to what took place a few years earlier in January 2014, when most of the Midwest was subjected to artic temperatures for a prolonged period. AGA’s analysis examines the average consumption and space heating costs associated with natural gas and electricity use during an extreme cold weather event. Using weather and energy consumption data collected from the 2014 polar vortex, the paper compares the cost of natural gas and electric space heating scenarios. Households are likely to have seen similar costs in January of 2019 that were present in January of 2014.

ClearPath, ACCF Study Highlights Importance of Nuclear – US and global climate and clean power goals won’t be achievable without existing and next-generation nuclear generation, a coalition of clean energy experts detail in a new white paper.  The scale of global environmental challenges demands that we continue developing and improving on a range of low-carbon options, not just one or two technologies, argues experts from ClearPath, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF), Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).  Reaching our mid-century climate goals is the challenge of our generation,” C2ES President Bob Perciasepe said. “We can meet it only by dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which requires a zero-emission coalition that includes nuclear energy and carbon capture alongside renewables.”  The paper - Clean Energy Must Include Nuclear - outlines three main points: 1) Modern power systems need clean energy that is available on demand; 2) Taking nuclear out of the mix undermines our ability to achieve deep carbon cuts; 3) Importance of focusing on outcomes and being technology-inclusive

Corporate Leadership is Paramount to Reductions – Corporate leadership can show the way toward addressing carbon emissions. Companies interested in maximizing their contribution to clean energy and environmental protection should adopt targets that are both more ambitious and technology neutral.  To achieve very deep carbon reductions, the power system needs low-carbon emitting generators that are available on demand, such as nuclear and carbon capture, to complement variable resources like wind and solar. Given the energy technologies available to us today, taking nuclear out of the mix will undermine our ability to achieve climate goals. And since no energy source is perfect and all involve trade-offs, it’s critical to focus on outcomes - such as carbon emission reductions - without favoring or discriminating against particular technologies.

Wheeler Approval Time Clock Moving – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed for cloture last week on Andrew Wheeler's nomination to lead the EPA, a key procedural step that indicates a floor vote is imminent. The action sets up a vote as soon as the week of Feb. 25. Congress is scheduled to be on recess next week.

Senators Pushed Wheeler on RFS Issues – Five Republican senators issued raised major concerns with Wheeler earlier in the week in a letter asking for Wheeler to take steps to help oil refiners more fairly address biofuel blending requirements. “Without an adequate proposal to meaningfully lower the regulatory burden,” the senators said in a letter to Wheeler, “we will have serious concerns with your nomination.” Led by Ted Cruz of Texas, the senators laid out a raft of concerns with the Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates biofuel use, a top target for oil refiners in their home states. The other letter signers were Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Mike Lee of Utah and John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. “As we continue to evaluate your nomination to be administrator, it is important that we have a better understanding of your views and approach to administering the RFS and the agency actions you believe could alleviate costs.”

Mass AG Weighs in Vineyard Wind, Auction – Massachusetts AG Maura Healey wrote FERC Commissioners last week to say its inaction on allowing Vineyard Wind into the ISO New England forward auction will cost New England customers tens of millions of dollars and hinder the state’s ability to promote our clean energy policies.  Healy: “As the Commonwealth’s Ratepayer Advocate, the MassAGO is authorized by statute to represent the interests of Massachusetts customers before state and federal courts, and before the Commission.  Because the Commission failed to act, Vineyard Wind was ineligible to qualify for FCA 13 under the RTR exemption. As  result, forward capacity prices increased, costing New England customers tens of millions of dollars. The Commission’s failure to act also introduced unnecessary uncertainty in the market for new renewable resources which could negatively affect the results of future state renewable procurements. It also directly harmed the first offshore wind facility selected for a long-term contract under the Massachusetts off-shore wind procurement process.” Healey’s letter is the latest salvo in the debate sparked by FERC not granting a waiver allowing the developer, Vineyard Wind LLC, to bid in a New England power market auction last week.

Battery Center Started at Argonne – In celebration of National Battery Day next Monday, DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Daniel Simmons announced the opening of a Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory. Aiming to reclaim and recycle critical materials (e.g., cobalt and lithium) from lithium-based battery technology, this recycling center focuses on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.

ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Smart Energy Summit Set for Austin – Tomorrow and Wednesday, the 10th annual Smart Energy Summit will take place Omni Downtown in Austin, Texas.  Smart Energy Summit addresses the challenge and opportunity for utilities as consumer adoption of connected products and participation in renewable power generation increase. The event addresses the new approaches and solutions that are using connectivity and data to transform how energy is delivered.

Forum to Look at Climate, Migration – Today at 2:00 p.m., the American Security Project holds a discussion on the future of climate change, migration, and security and how we can begin to build resiliency both from the ground up and top down.  How will the world prepare for the anticipated influx of people on the move? What does that mean for the communities that hold them? And what security consequences could arise?  Speakers include Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney (Ret.) and Major General Muniruzzaman (Ret.) is a former career military officer in Bangladesh who spent over 38 years on active duty.

Forum to Discuss Energy with Romanian Ambassador – Tomorrow at 9:45 a.m., the Hudson Institute hosts a talk with Romania’s U.S. ambassador George Maior to discuss Romanian presidency of the European Union and its role in promoting energy security, among other issues. 

Forum to Look at RGGI – Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Georgetown’s Mortara Center for International Studies Energy and Climate Policy Seminar will host RFF’s Dallas Burtraw for a discussion of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Burtraw is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, an American nonprofit organization that conducts research regarding the environment, energy, and natural resources.

Webinar to Look at Canada Climate Action – Center for Climate and Energy Solutions webinar on "Northern Exposure: Canadian Action on Climate Change." The Canadian government considers climate change a top priority and has pledged to implement a number of policies and actions across the economy at the federal and provincial levels. C2ES and Canadian officials will offer an overview of climate policy developments as described by our neighbors to the north.

Forum to Look at Oil, Saudi Arabia, OPEC –Tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University’s ERE program will discuss OPEC production issues along with the status of domestic reforms in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  Speakers will include SAIS Adjunct Professor Jean-François Seznec and Fareed Mohamedi, Managing Director of SIA-Energy International and formerly PFC Energy and Saudi Aramco.

OSW Events Planned For Region Updates – The Business Network for Offshore wind holds  two events to expand membership and provide regional OSW updates.  BNOW will provide update on the states of New Jersey and New York Wednesday in Princeton at 4:00 p.m. Finally, next Tuesday February 26th, Network CEO Liz Burdock will make a presentation on offshore wind in California at 5:30 p.m. at the Prohibition Lounge in San Diego.

Midwest Energy Conference Set – The 2019 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference will be held on Wednesday through Friday in Chicago.  The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance hosts the forum to reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest.  You can see the agenda here

CSIS Forum to Look at Global Oil Challenges – On Thursday between 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Center for Strategic & International Studies will host a group of experts to discuss the outlook for global oil markets. Looming questions on the weakening of the global economy, the impacts of trade disputes, prospects for continued U.S. production growth given volatile prices, productivity challenges, cash flow constraints, evolving bottlenecks and export capacity, crude quality and regulatory challenges (RFS and IMO), and renewed call for a green energy transformation continue to plague investors and strategic planners alike.  Speakers will include ClearView’s Kevin Book, analyst Rusty Braziel, Wood-MacKenzie’s Ann-Louise Hittle and Michael Wittner of Société Générale, among others.

Duke U Forum Focused on Venezuela – Duke in D.C. holds a briefing on Thursday looking at Venezuela in crisis and the American response in 122 Cannon. Venezuela has hit a crisis point with hyperinflation, rolling blackouts, food shortages and massive street protests. The event features an exclusive conversation with the last American Ambassador to Venezuela the Honorable Patrick Duddy on the stakes for the U.S. and the region in the crisis in America’s backyard.

Wilson Forum to Look at New Energy Vehicle in China – The Woodrow Wilson Center hosts a forum on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. China’s effort to promote the development of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) - plug-in hybrids, pure-battery electrics, and fuel-cell autos. The event will examine China's NEV initiative. Feng An (Innovation Center for Energy and Technology, iCET) will cruise through China's NEV roadmap, as well as the economic, environmental, and energy security implications of the initiative. Scott Kennedy (CSIS) sees systemic economic roadblocks that could lead the initiative to fall far short of its goals to phase out combustion engine vehicles by 2050.  David Sandalow (Columbia University) will compare the electric vehicle (EV) charging policies, markets, and business models in the U.S. and China. Camron Gorguinpour (World Resources Institute) will highlight the global impact of China's electric vehicle boom, and how other countries could gain insights from China's green auto sector.

Women's Energy Network Winter Happy Hour – Forbes Tate Partners hosts the Women's Energy Network Winter Happy Hour on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

Forum to Look at GND – Physicians for Social Responsibility holds a panel discussion on the Green New Deal Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  I’m sure this will be a fair assessment. 

NGA Meetings Launch – The National Governors’ Association holds its Winter Meeting starting Friday and running to next Monday at the Marriott Marquis.  NGA’s Winter Meeting is the largest nonpartisan gathering of the nation’s governors. And will feature discussions of many pressing issues facing states and how they are  addressing them.

Governors to Address POLITICO State Solutions Event – On Friday morning, POLITICO hosts its  9th Annual State Solutions Conference, on the sidelines of the NGA’s Winter Meeting. The program features a series of conversations with governors from across the country, focusing on innovative approaches their states have taken to address complex problems.  GOVERNORS speaking at the event include Govs. Matt Bevin (R-KY), Kate Brown (D-OR), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Jared Polis (D-CO), Pete Ricketts (R-NE) and Chris Sununu (R-NH).

Forum to Look at Energy Markets – The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center holds a forum in Chicago at 9:00 Central on changes in energy markets in 2019 and areas for entrepreneurial opportunity. The event will include the opportunity for networking and a limited numbers of 1-minute pitches of energy-related startups before an audience of interested attendees.

Curbelo to Headline Carbon Pricing Forum – The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and E2 will hold a forum on Friday at 10:00 Pacific in LA that will feature an examination of the carbon pricing opportunities and considerations facing federal lawmakers.  A high-level group of thought leaders from government, industry, finance, and academia will explore the carbon pricing proposals being discussed in Washington, D.C. and evaluate the proposals’ relative strengths and weaknesses.  Panelists will also explore carbon pricing schemes employed in other parts of the globe.  The event will feature a keynote speech by Carlos Curbelo, two panel discussions, a networking luncheon, and tours of LACI facilities.  E2 members and supporters receive a complementary ticket.   Additional event partners include USC Center for Sustainable Solutions, Political Climate, Ceres, and USC Schwarzenegger Institute.

IN THE FUTURE

POSTPONED -- HVACR Experts to Testify at House Energy on Efficiency – The House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee postponed its hearing last week on the Energy Department's efficiency standards and its Impact on consumers and the climate because of the funeral of Rep. John Dingell.  We expect it will be rescheduled for next week when Congress returns.  AHRI President Steve Yurek will testify.

POTENTIAL SENATE VOTES – Green New Deal and EPA Administrator Wheeler.  Week of February 25th

Utility Conference Set for SD – The 22nd Annual Energy Utility Environment Conference will be held in San Diego Convention Center in California next Monday and Tuesday.  DOE’s Lou Hrkman is among the speakers.   

Forum on Storage Set for SF – The 12th annual Storage Week will be held on February 25-27 in San Francisco at the Hotel Kabuki.  The event is the development and finance business hub at the forefront of behind-the-meter and grid-connected storage system deployments. This year, the event takes a deep dive into structuring both standalone and co-located storage projects, and assesses the opportunities emerging in states, new rules in organized markets and the needs of new customer classes.

Carper to Headline Climate Forum – Next Monday at 2:00 p.m., the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) host a briefing on the latest climate change findings, as reported by leading scientists in the 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report.  Speakers for this forum are Sen. Tom Carper. Katharine Hayhoe pf the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and UCS’s Brenda Ekwurzel.

Forum Look at Nigerian Grid, Energy – Next Monday at 2:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins University hosts a forum on decentralized clean energy, which  systems will play a major role in closing Nigeria’s energy access gap due to grid limitations. A large proportion of Nigeria’s 117 million people either are unconnected to the national grid or frustrated by intermittent power. The national grid failure, however, creates enormous opportunities for distributed energy services companies to connect businesses, institutions, and households to standalone solar systems and mini-grids as captive power solutions.  The speaker is Hannah Kabir is the founder and CEO of Creeds Energy, a renewable energy services and solutions provider which installs reliable energy for the underserved and unserved in Nigeria.

Forum Looks at Disaster Tech for Resilient People – New America hosts a workshop next Tuesday, February 26th at 9:00 a.m. focused on technologies for improving disaster risk reduction and resilience for vulnerable and underserved populations. This meeting will bring together innovators, emergency managers, policymakers, and storytellers to discuss new understandings, possibilities, partnerships, and technologies within the context of evolving natural hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities.

Senate Energy to Look at Territories – The Senate Energy Committee hold a hearing next Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. to examine the state of the U.S. territories.  Witnesses will include the Governors of all the territories: Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, Leon Guerrero of Guam, Lolo Matalasi Moliga of American Samoa, Albert Bryan of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

NAFTA, USMCA Forum Set – The US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce hosts the 18th Congressional Border Issues and NAFTA/USMCA Conference on February 26th in DC. The conference aims to provide a venue for an open and timely discussion on current conditions at the border and how these challenges can and should be addressed.  DHS head Kristjen Nielson, Reps. Mike McCaul and Henry Cuellar will all speak. 

AAF Forum Looks at Clean Energy – American Action Forum holds a forum on Tuesday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m.  in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for a panel discussion on clean energy policy and the federal government’s role in encouraging energy production that is friendly to both consumers and the environment. Keynoter is Sen. Environment Chair John Barrasso (R-WY) and panelists Philip Rossetti of AAF, Heritage’s Nick Loris, and Bookings’ Adele Morris.

CSIS to Host BP Outlook – On Wednesday, February 27th at 10:30 a.m., CSIS will host the U.S. launch of 2019 BP Energy Outlook with Spencer Dale, group chief economist of BP.  The global energy system faces a challenge to provide significantly more energy while simultaneously reducing emissions.  What forces are shaping the energy transition through 2040?  The Outlook outlines BP’s view on future of global energy demand―and the global energy transition―by exploring four scenarios through three lenses: sector, region, and fuel.  Dale will present the scenarios of the Outlook, followed by a moderated conversation with Sarah Ladislaw.

Forum to Look at Nuke Waste Report – Stanford and George Washington University host a panel discussion of their recent report on a new path to success in disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste in the United States on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:00 p.m. in 485 Russell.  Highly-radioactive nuclear waste from commercial nuclear power plants and defense programs is stranded at 75 sites around the country with no path forward. Correcting this situation requires a Reset of present U.S. policy and law. Members of the Reset committee will discuss the recommendations from the Reset Report (HERE).  Speakers include Stanford’s Rod Ewing Saida Engström of SKB, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company.

Energy Efficiency Day Set – On Wednesday, February 27th at 2:30 p.m., Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) returns to Capitol Hill featuring discussions, keynote speeches from leading policy makers and expert-led panels with key stakeholders from business, industry, and government.

WOTUS Public Hearing Set for KC – The EPA will holds its rescheduled Clean Water Rule public hearing in Kansas City on February 28th.

Forum to Look at New Policy – George Washington U and C2ES hosts a forum on Thursday February 28th at 2:00 p.m. in G50 Dirksen to hear from congressional leaders and top companies on the prospects for action in the 116th Congress and steps that can benefit the climate while contributing to U.S. growth and competitiveness.  To help inform the deliberations ahead, C2ES will outline a broad array of options for near-term federal actions that that can reduce emissions in the near term and strengthen the foundation for longer-term solutions.  Developed with input from leading businesses as part of C2ES’s Climate Innovation 2050 initiative, these include steps on infrastructure, technology innovation, offshore wind, nuclear, carbon capture, efficiency, and zero-emission vehicles.  Key note remarks will be made by Sen.Tom Carper, D- and Rep. Francis Rooney.  Panel speakers include DTE’s Andrew Coulouris, Equinor’s Geir Westgaard and Lafarge Holcim’s Hicks Winters.

Senate Energy to Look at IEA Report – The Senate Energy Committee will hold a hearing on IEA's "World Energy Outlook" on Thursday, February 28th to examine prospects for global energy markets, including the role of the United States from the perspective of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

IEA, Fannon to Address CSIS – On Friday, March 1st at 8:30 a.m., the Center for Strategic & International Studies Energy & National Security Program is hosting Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), present highlights of the IEA's World Energy Outlook 2018.  The WEO is the IEA's annual report on the state of the energy sector from a global perspective, providing comprehensive analysis of the interplay between energy policy, markets, and technology development.  Dr. Birol's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Frank Fannon (U.S. Department of State), John Hess (CSIS; Hess Corporation), and William Reilly (CSIS; World Wildlife Foundation), moderated by Sarah Ladislaw.

Forum to Look at Military Bases, Communities – EESI and the Center for Climate and Security host a briefing on Friday, March 1st at 3:15 p.m. in 2168 Rayburn (Gold Room) looking at the relationship between military facilities and their neighboring civilian communities, and on the urgent need to make their shared infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters and other threats. Our panel of experts will examine holistic approaches to protecting and maintaining supply chains, housing, transportation, utilities, and other fixtures necessary for communities to thrive and for military installations to maintain mission readiness. The briefing will also explore regional examples of these challenges and how local governments and Department of Defense (DOD) officials are working together to devise solutions.  Speakers will include Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection, State of Virginia; and Former Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John Conger and Susan Wickwire of the Henry M Jackson Foundation. 

AWEA Members to Go to Capitol Hill – On March 5-6, AWEA will hold Wind Power on Capitol Hill, which brings companies to Washington, D.C. to meet their representatives in the House and Senate.  The event is an opportunity for AWEA members and others who want to help advance wind energy to participate in advocacy training and then put that training to work to educate legislators and their staff on the wind industry’s top policy initiatives at the federal level.

Press Club to Discuss 2018 Hurricane Season – With another challenging Hurricane Season in the books, NOAA hurricane forecasting expert Dr. Gerry Bell and MIT disaster resilience expert Jeremy Gregory will discuss the impacts of the 2018 season and the status of the 2017 season rebuilding effort at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Tuesday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. in the Club’s Bloomberg Room.  Bell, a hurricane climate specialist and research meteorologist at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in College Park, Maryland, will focus on the 2018 season impacts, climate change and what people can do to prepare for the 2019 season. Gregory, a research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Materials Systems Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is an expert on disaster resilience and rebuilding. He will focus on the 2017 rebuilding in Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida, as well as the impacts of the 2018 season on the Carolina coast and Florida Panhandle.

Refinery Annual Meeting Set – The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) will hold its annual meeting on March 17th to 19th at the Marriott Riverside in San Antonio.  The meeting is the world's premier refining meeting, assembling key executives and technical experts from refining and marketing organizations worldwide, as well as representatives from associated industries. The general session features high profile speakers who will address current issues of widespread importance to the refining industry. During management and technical sessions, leading industry experts share valuable insights with attendees on major issues, including energy and environmental initiatives, and the latest technological developments impacting refining and petrochemical industry management and performance.

CCS Forum Set – The Global CCS Institute hosts the 8th Annual DC Forum on CCS on Tuesday, March 19th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center looking at new perspectives for a decarbonized economy.  The event brings together a diverse set of speakers from the private sector, government, and NGOs to discuss the realities of decarbonizing the American economy in an effort to fight climate change. Topics will include the business of decarbonizing, the role of government - the California strategy, hydrogen economy issues and much more.

Forum to Look at Mexican Energy Sector in First 100 Days of New President – Talanza Energy will host a forum in Houston, TX on March 20th to discuss the first 100 days of the new Mexican President and its impacts on energy.  The event will look at the challenges and opportunities for the Mexican Energy sector from a risk management perspective.  Speakers will include MIT’s Lourdes Melgar (a former Mexican Undersecretary of Hydrocarbons), UHouston Law Professor Sashe Dimitroff and Talanza CEO and former Director General of E&P in the Mexican Ministry of Energy Marco Cota.