OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Secretary Chu is going electric

THE REST OF THURSDAY'S AGENDA:

Carper talks offshore wind

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will discuss the potential for offshore wind energy during a Thursday morning event at the Center for American Progress.

The Obama administration recently began leasing offshore wind projects on federal lands for the first time in the nation’s history.

Carper will touch on that, while also exploring how to navigate the roadblocks facing an expansion of offshore wind.

For more on the event, which will be webcast, click here.

Report shows increase in renewables, efficiency

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Panelists will highlight a Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Business Council for Sustainable Energy report that shows how natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency technology are changing the U.S. energy landscape.

Speakers include: Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association, and Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Click here for more.


BP spill in focus at legal forum

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s general counsel will be among the speakers at a Thursday forum on oil spill law and the legal fallout from the 2010 BP oil spill.

“Join us for a review of recent [Oil Pollution Act] litigation, including the BP criminal plea agreement and the issues in the pending civil penalty action, legislation allocating of potential civil penalties, and the natural resource damages assessment underway, including the innovative framework laid out in agreements with NOAA and in settlements with the Gulf States,” an advisory states.

Click here for more info about the event.

Forum to explore East African energy

The EastWest Institute and Gallup are hosting a Washington, D.C. forum Thursday titled “Prospects of the East African Energy Market.”

“Panelists will discuss the implications of East Africa's emergence as a leading oil and gas producer, the result of fresh discoveries that have brought new hope to the region,” an advisory states.

Click here for more info.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

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

– White House targets oil-and-gas tax breaks to replace sequester
– Pentagon nominee Hagel endorses ban on high-carbon defense fuels
– EPA moves to pull rat poison from shelves
– Facing expiring tax credit, wind industry posts record year
– Green energy groups dump ALEC membership
– Dems: GOP clean energy report misleads
– GOP senators ask DOJ to explain 'targeting' of oil companies over bird deaths
– Dems to Obama: Pick EPA chief with ‘vision,’ use ‘available tools’ on climate
– Delayed auto pollution rules land at White House for review
– Gore calls lack of climate-related questions in presidential debates 'pathetic'

NEWS BITES:

Senate staffs get briefing on A123 sale

The Treasury Department-led interagency panel that approved the sale of A123 Systems to a Chinese company will brief Senate staffs about its decision Thursday, E&E reported Tuesday.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) green-lit Wanxiang America’s purchase of the bankrupt, stimulus-backed clean-energy firm on Tuesday.

CFIUS reviews acquisitions of U.S. firms by foreign ones that have national security implications.

A source familiar with the situation told The Hill that CFIUS was honoring a request by Republican Sens. John Thune (S.D.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) on the CFIUS ruling.

Those senators had asked CFIUS to block the deal for national security reasons, as A123 possessed military contracts. Wanxiang did not acquire the firm’s military operations, but the lawmakers were concerned such information could not be divorced from A123’s commercial portfolio.

China ramps up solar power goal

China is raising its target for solar power installations in 2015 by 67 percent, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

Chinese officials view the effort as a way to curb air pollution and smog that has plagued Beijing.


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