This Week in Energy
New Publications in the OurEnergyLibrary
U.S. Energy Information Administration
 January 29, 2020
Atlantic Council Global Energy Center
January 28, 2020
American Council on Renewable Energy
January 9, 2020
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary .
February Discussion
New Discussion
By Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)
U.S. Representative, Florida, 22nd District
" You don’t have to search hard to find an American community already experiencing, firsthand, the devastating impact of climate change. The question is no longer if, but how to respond . For too long, damaging carbon emissions have been left off the balance sheets of the world’s largest polluters. Instead, we are all paying the price. That’s why we need a market-driven solution that will get us to zero emissions.

"I introduced a bipartisan plan—the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) —to put a price on carbon and send a signal across the economy that it is time to switch to clean energy ...."   Read more.
  1. Does a price on carbon need to be part of any larger effort to reduce carbon emissions?
  2. What are other ways revenue from a carbon fee could be used? Is returning 100% as a monthly dividend to Americans the best use?
  3. A carbon fee will not resolve all of the problems of climate change. What other policies could complement a carbon fee policy?
Energy Headlines
Minnesota Public Radio
Knox News
Update from Congress
New Legislation
  • Mon, Feb 3 - Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL-06) introduced the Energy Prices Require Including Climate Externalities (Energy PRICE) Act (H.R. 5742), which would clarify that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the responsibility to ensure that public electric utilities take into account greenhouse gas emissions when setting utility rates.
  • Tues, Jan 28 - Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Ban Fracking Act (S. 3247), the first-ever federal bill to phase out fracking nationwide.
Podcast Spotlight

In this podcast , oil market experts Andrew Lebow and Jim Colburn discuss key fundamental forces driving oil prices in both the futures and option markets.

New Comments
"I first want to say that being aware of changing mineral needs, sources, and geopolitics makes sense . But second, I also want to caution that the mineral drivers of today are not likely the mineral drivers of the future . New battery plants using aluminum, sodium, vanadium, etc are being built and battery formulations will be changing radically over the next decade. The same is true for electric engines and turbines and many of our other digital appliances and gadgets we now rely." - Scott Sklar , Energy Director, Environment & Energy Management Institute, The George Washington University
" Some additional points regarding hurricanes : Engineers test wind farms thoroughly for safety and to ensure they are resilient enough to operate for decades in harsh environmental conditions. Land-based wind farms in hurricane-prone areas have largely performed well during and after storms ; in fact, wind farms are often ready to operate before power lines are even restored. Currently, there is only one U.S. offshore wind farm, but those turbines are also designed with strength and resilience in mind. Of course, even with the best design and engineering, any man-made structure is vulnerable to extreme conditions at the very center of a powerful hurricane. Companies carefully weigh the risk of extreme weather when they decide where to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into a project like a wind farm...."
- Laura Morton , Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Offshore Wind, American Wind Energy Association
Source: Energy Information Administration (EIA), Annual Energy Outlook 2020 , from a presentation by Dr. Linda Capuano, EIA Administrator, at a public release event hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center on January 29, 2020.
Featured Events
San Diego, CA
  • When: Tues-Thurs, Feb 4-6
  • Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Washington, D.C.
  • When: Wed, Feb 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

  • When: Wed, Feb 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

  • When: Thurs, Feb 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Where: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

New York, NY
  • When: Wed, Feb 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

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