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Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

The House of Representatives has released a tax bill that, if enacted, would extend certain tax credits for the renewable energy and alternative fuels industries

President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

Happy New Year, and welcome to the 114th Congress! As Congress returns this month to a changed political landscape with the Republican Party now in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, ML Strategies is pleased to continue our tradition of offering an Outlook for the new Congress. In addition to the… Keep reading →

Conditions Ripe Along Southern Andreas Fault For Major Quake, Study Finds

Using Germany as an example, this article investigates the changing utility business model in the face of rapidly expanding renewable energy sources and other trends that are eating into utility company bottom lines. “A reckoning is at hand, and nowhere is that clearer than in Germany. Even as the country sets records nearly every month… Keep reading →

Germany Debates Renewable Energy Investements

Energy consumers often seek similar goals when sourcing supply: Reliable, clean and cheap. The European Union is no exception and a new energy strategy document drafted in the wake of Gazprom’s latest natural gas supply cutoff reiterates that goal. “We must avoid Europe relying to such a high extent on fuel and gas imports. To… Keep reading →

President Obama Makes Statement After Vote On Rules Change

President Obama’s Senior Advisors today recommended he veto two new energy bills which respectively seek to block Interior Department regulations on hydraulic fracturing and speed up oil and gas drilling permits. On November 19th, 2013, the White House Administration issued a pair of statements strongly opposing two new energy bills: (1) H.R. 2728 – Protecting… Keep reading →

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

Senator Shaheen: “If we can’t do this, it’s going to be very difficult to do anything else on energy policy.” It’s been more than five years since Congress passed a national energy bill. But that doesn’t mean legislators stopped trying. There have been four attempts from Democrats to introduce a national renewable energy standard, with no traction… Keep reading →

Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Petroleum geologist, with a median salary of $183,000, ranked #6 on a CNN-Payscale list of the country’s top 100 jobs. Also on the list were reservoir engineer (10), petroleum engineer (25), geophysicist (55) and other energy-specific titles. Apparently the financial side of the business is less fun…energy analyst came in at #100. Energy blogger didn’t make… Keep reading →

U.S. House Members Leave For Summer Recess

US energy policy is on hold for now, but several top-tier energy issues issues will be front and center when the House and Senate return to Capitol Hill after the August recess, according to Frank Maisano, Senior principal in law firm Bracewell Giuliani’s Government Relations and Strategic Communications Practice. Energy watchers should be on the… Keep reading →

Iran Stops International Inspections Of  Nuclear Facilities

The House passed the 2013 Nuclear Iran Prevention Act by a 400-20 vote facilitating broader economic sanctions and increased oversight for enforcing existing Iran sanctions. On July 31, 2013, the House of Representatives passed the 2013 Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850) aimed to impose tougher sanctions against Iran’s petroleum sector and other industries, in… Keep reading →

Herman Cain Attends Americans For Prosperity Rally Against President Obama

Even the Tea Party is pushing back on the conservative political group’s claims. A curious thing happened in Georgia this month. As the state’s public service commission was considering a proposal for 525 megawatts of solar PV — a program fiercely opposed by Georgia Power — an unlikely alliance formed to support more solar. The… Keep reading →

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