Energy and Environment Update - November 21, 2010


In This Issue:

Energy and Climate Debate: As Congress heads home for Thanksgiving, a number of energy and environment issues are still on the table for the remainder of the lame duck session and others will wait to be addressed in the upcoming Congress....

Administration: Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Completes Storage Review: The White House Office of Management and Budget completed November 15th a review of a final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency to govern underground storage programs for CO2.....

Department of Energy: Department of Energy (DOE) Outlines Conservation Plan; and, Bilateral Energy Dialogue Underway....

Department of Interior: Solar Project Approved; and, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Conservation Lands Elevated...

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Broad Support Voiced for Truck Fuel Standards; 2009 Vehicles Have Better Fuel Economy; E15 Decision Delayed; Underground Storage Tank (UST) Guidance Proposed; and, Tools to Rate Infrastructure Sustainability Launched.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): FERC Proposes Rule to Integrate Renewables: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a proposed rule November 18th to facilitate the integration of renewable energy resources into the nation’s electric grid....

Personnel: Jacob Lew was sworn in November 19th to head the White House’s Office of Management and Budget a day after Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) dropped her hold on his confirmation.....

Miscellaneous:Fleet Electrification Roadmap Released; Connecticut Clarifies Tax Exemptions; California Signs Finance Pact; Guatemala to Focus on Climate Change; China to Study Cap and Trade; Canadian Senate Kills Climate Legislation; California Air Resources Board (CARB) Reduces Ethanol Penalty; Virginia to Fast Track Wind Permits; New York Release Vulnerability Report; Major Economies Forum Focuses on Future, and more....

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