On October 13, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and current Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval hosted the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. Each year, the 3-day summit brings together leaders of industry, government, and advocacy organizations in an effort to shape the United States’ energy policy agenda and facilitate the country’s progress towards a clean energy economy.

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In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created its Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E) division to fund energy storage projects conducted by scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs. The DOE now believes that some of the 75 battery system projects it is currently funding have the ability to transform the renewable energy storage industry in as little as 5-10 years. To learn more about these breakthrough technologies, read on!

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On Tuesday, May 19, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the release of Enabling Wind Power Nationwide. The report is a comprehensive look at wind power potential across all 50 states and considers the impact of next generation wind turbines. It builds on March’s Wind Vision Report, which accounted for the economic, social, and environmental effects of expanding wind energy nationwide. Recently, wind generation has exploded – tripling its production in the last six years – and promises to play a crucial role in the American energy future. Read on for some key takeaways:

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By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Climate change was the Obama Administration’s message of the week.  Leading the news was the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards announcement.  In his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called upon the agency to release carbon emissions standards for new power plants by September 20.  On Friday, Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled the new rules.  The standard sets a cap of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour for natural gas power plants; 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for smaller natural gas power plants; and 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal-fired power plants.  Additional flexibility is provided for coal plants if they wish to average emissions over multiple years by meeting smaller limits.  In her announcement, Administrator McCarthy said technologies exist for plants to meet this standard.  She continued that the agency is not making a statement with this rule about fuel choice; it is not an effective ban on coal.   Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 23, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Administration officials used the week before the Labor Day holiday to undertake domestic public outreach events. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hit the road to discuss the administration’s energy and environment priorities, often with other federal officials.  Secretary Moniz addressed the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy and stressed the importance of energy infrastructure. On Tuesday, Administrator McCarthy held a community open house and met with tribal leaders in Alaska.  On Friday, Secretary Jewell visited Izembek National Wildlife Refuge with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and the site of a proposed project that connects the King Cove community to Cold Bay airport by single-lane gravel road.  She spent the weekend at the North Slope and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska with Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) and saw the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  She is expected to host a press conference in Anchorage and hold additional meetings with officials today. Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of September 2, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Although Congress is in recess for the month, absence from Washington has not precluded them from working throughout August.  In addition to several letters being sent to administration and international officials, members have hosted events and have been making tours of energy and environment hotspots.  Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) visited Canada to promote the Keystone XL pipeline.  Congress has also been preparing for when it returns: this past week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced two hearings—one on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s review of Yucca Mountain and one on implementation of the President’s climate action strategy—for the second and third weeks of September, respectively.  Additional announcements detailing fall activities for Congress and for various agencies are expected this coming week. Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 26, 2013

By David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins and  Neal Martin

Just days before entering the five-week August recess, Capitol Hill was abuzz last week with nomination considerations and legislation, including the now-resolved student loan issue.  On the energy front, the Senate approved two hydropower bills by unanimous consent, and they are now awaiting President Obama’s signature: H.R. 267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, and H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. The House approved H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act. An amendment from Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA) to ensure that the EPA cannot use the social cost of carbon in the cost-benefit analysis of any energy-related rule that would cost more than $1 billion was adopted.

The House also approved H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2013, but neither of these House-passed bills is expected to move through the Senate.    Continue Reading ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – Week of August 5, 2013

Written by David Leiter, Sarah Litke, Jean Cornell, Bryan Stockton, Jordan Collins, and Neal Martin

All eyes turned to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week as Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz testified before Congress for the first time since being sworn-in.  Secretary Moniz outlined the energy policy, science, nuclear security, and management goals of the Department and then listed several areas in which he hopes to improve work.  Continue Reading Secretary Moniz Testifies and House Committee Releases Energy and Water Appropriations Bill – ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environmental Update

Last night, SiNode Systems, representing the Western Southwest region of the country, was pronounced the winner of the this year’s Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The results were announced after two days of events dedicated to showcasing some of the most exciting young start-ups in the country, and sharing industry insights. On day one of the competition, which took place in our D.C. offices, we were proud to host U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who delivered the keynote and opening remarks to the competitors and leading VCs including Venrock and Khosla Ventures.


From left to right: Sahir Surmeli, Georgette Spanjich, Jordan Collins, Tom Burton, Ernest Moniz, David Leiter, Bryan Stockton, Neal Martin, and Abby Matousek

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