OVERNIGHT ENERGY: US-China green energy trade battle may escalate Friday

Cybersecurity bill advances in Senate

The Senate advanced a sweeping cybersecurity plan Thursday that’s shot through with implications for the electric power industry, gas pipelines and other infrastructure.

Check out our Hillicon Valley blog, which is all over the bill.

Lineup set for climate hearing

The agenda is set for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Aug. 1 hearing on climate change. Click here for the lineup.

Inquiry finds conflicts of interest in energy grants

Bloomberg reports:

A U.S. Energy Department program designed to promote use of alternative fuels for vehicles gave out about $5 million in grants to individuals with conflicts of interest, the agency’s inspector general said.

The department’s Clean Cities program made an award to an individual who in turn gave money to a family member’s company, Rickey Hass, the Energy Department’s deputy inspector general, told a House Science subcommittee in testimony today. In another case, a coalition the government entrusted to distribute federal money gave 40 percent of its available funds to entities associated with board members, Hass said.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Check out these stories that ran on E2-Wire Thursday . . .

- Senate Republicans shape energy agenda with election in mind
- Sen. Inhofe wants EPA to delay pollution rule
- Murkowski: Interior should consider extension for Shell
- Democrats say Romney’s beholden to ‘Big Oil’
- Rockefeller renews mine safety push with revised bill
- Interior’s drilling chief brings know-how, apolitical approach to job


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