A Week of Great Contrasts

The death and destruction in and around Independence Square in the magnificent city of Kiev earlier this week served as a stark reminder that geopolitical maneuvering affects not just sovereign nations, but individuals and families as well. With a son living in Sevastopol, I watched the tragic events in Ukraine with tremendous sadness and breath-holding […]

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Beyond Electricity – to Electric Services

This week, at the annual Washington meeting of the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) issued a statement describing a joint, groundbreaking agreement between the two organizations. The NRDC-EEI joint agreement recognizes that the old electric utility model-sending electrons from centralized generator to distribution […]

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State of the Union: Freeze or Thaw?

The Washington Post illustrated President Obama’s State of the Union speech this week with a cartoon showing Congress bitterly divided by a “polar vortex” of partisan fervor. Given the frigid temperatures that have gripped Washington in recent weeks-both within and without the gray stone buildings that contain all three branches of the federal government-this was […]

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Earthquakes Fueling State Action

There have been a lot of news reports lately over whether earthquakes in active oil and gas production areas. The discussion began in earnest earlier this year after a National Academy of Sciences panel said oil and gas regulators should take steps to prevent man-made earthquakes. Several states are updating their rules regarding waste-water injection […]

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Outlook for 2014

Whenever we enter a new year, it’s always all about getting in shape. Turning the page on the calendar is about new beginnings and it’s no different when it comes to America’s energy and environment outlook. With Congress unable to move much legislation, the administration’s energy and environment agenda is the most likely to move […]

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What Changing Senate Chairs Portend

Talk about change for energy and tax policy. On the heels of the release of Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) tax reform draft proposal on energy, the White House announced that he has been nominated for ambassador to China. Last week the big news in the energy policy world was the return of John Podesta to […]

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Energy Report from the Third TTIP Round

The third negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the European Union—was held in Washington this week and the chief negotiators from both sides appeared at a joint news conference on Wednesday. L. Daniel Mullaney, the chief US negotiator, shared the stage […]

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