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Feb 23, 2014

Small Nebraska agency might further complicate Keystone fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small Nebraska state commission that has never considered a major oil pipeline route could soon play a pivotal role in deciding the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project brimming with political risk for both the U.S. and Canadian governments.

A court ruling this week reinstating the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s authority over TransCanada Corp’s $5.4 billion project from the Alberta oil sands has raised new questions about a long-delayed project that Canada considers crucial to its economic future.

Feb 19, 2014

U.S. to finalize loan guarantee for Southern Co nuclear plant

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will
finalize about $6.5 billion in loan guarantees this week for the
nation’s first two new nuclear reactors in three decades, ending
years of delay.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to
Waynesboro, Georgia, on Thursday to mark the completion of an
agreement backing the construction of two new reactors at
Southern Co’s Vogtle nuclear power plant, the Department
of Energy announced on Wednesday.

Feb 19, 2014

U.S. to announce $6.5 billion loan deal for Southern Co nuclear plant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will announce that it has finalized $6.5 billion in loan aid to build the country’s first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years, sources said on Tuesday.

The announcement, expected on Wednesday, follows four years of wrangling between the government and energy company Southern Co over the terms of the loan agreement, which was initially offered in February 2010 to support the construction of two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia.

Feb 14, 2014

Senate Democrats push bill to help drought-stricken states

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats from
California and Oregon introduced legislation on Friday aimed at
easing the impact of a record-breaking drought that threatens to
leave farmers and even some communities without water.

The legislation would provide $300 million in emergency
funds for drought-ridden states, while also directing federal
agencies to use their powers under existing laws to maximize
water supplies.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. approves exports from Sempra’s Cameron LNG terminal

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department on
Tuesday approved exports from Sempra Energy’s Cameron
liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Louisiana as the Obama
administration moves forward with its goal of expanding the
global market for the fuel.

The conditional approval of exports from the terminal to
countries with which the United States does not have free trade
agreements, such as India and Japan, was the sixth approval by
the department since 2011, and the first since mid-November.

Feb 6, 2014

Drought likely to cut California’s hydroelectric output

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Already struggling with cuts
to agricultural production and other impacts from a record
setting drought, California faces the prospect of lower
hydroelectric power generation as well, a U.S. government report
said on Thursday.

A persistent dry spell has drained water supplies in
California and neighboring Nevada. About 60 percent of
California is now classified as experiencing extreme drought,
the Energy Information Administration said in a “Today in
Energy” brief.

Feb 6, 2014

Democrats ask for price impact analysis of U.S. oil exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. public deserves to know how lifting the country’s decades-old ban on crude oil exports would affect gasoline prices, two Democratic U.S. Senators said on Thursday, calling for a “comprehensive analysis” of the issue.

Senator Ron Wyden, the Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and Senator Maria Cantwell, from Washington state, asked the Energy Information Administration for details about how allowing unlimited oil exports would impact domestic energy supplies and costs.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. House passes Republican-backed California water plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back federal rules to provide more water for farmers and municipalities in California’s Central Valley as the state copes with its worst drought in decades.

Backers said the legislation would provide drought relief by permitting federal and state authorities to pump more water out the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta.

Feb 4, 2014

West Virginia wants action on chemical spill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated West Virginians demanded information about the safety of their drinking water in the wake of a chemical spill in January that left 300,000 of them without safe tap water for more than a week, even as U.S. lawmakers pressed for action to prevent similar accidents in the future.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asked lawmakers at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to support a 10-year study into the effects of the January 9 spill into the Elk River near Charleston, the state capital.

Sep 24, 2013

U.S. oil lobby open to all options on biofuel reform: API head

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Congress split over the future of the U.S. biofuel mandate, the head of a powerful lobbying group working to dismantle the policy said on Tuesday he was willing to consider legislative options beyond a simple repeal of the law.

Jack Gerard, chief executive of the oil and gas lobbyists the American Petroleum Institute, said he believes lawmakers will act to lower biofuel use targets and added that API would weigh support for any pathway to reform.

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