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Solar Could Power 40% of U.S. Electricity Needs by 2035, DOE Study Finds

Solar Could Power 40% of U.S. Electricity Needs by 2035, DOE Study Finds

A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) suggests that by 2035 solar energy has the potential to power 40% of the nation’s electricity, or the equivalent of all the nation’s homes. Getting to a 40% supply share, however, would involve a dramatic increase in the deployment of solar. In 2020,…

September 15, 2021
Alaska LNG Project Getting DOE Scrutiny of Upstream, Lifecycle Emissions

Alaska LNG Project Getting DOE Scrutiny of Upstream, Lifecycle Emissions

A long-planned megaproject to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) sourced from Alaska’s North Slope will face additional environmental scrutiny in order to comply with two executive orders from President Biden on climate change, the Department of Energy (DOE) said. DOE said last Friday (July 2) it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS)…

July 7, 2021
DOE Looking to Shrink Cost of Hydrogen in Net-Zero Drive

DOE Looking to Shrink Cost of Hydrogen in Net-Zero Drive

In the first stage of its latest program to expedite advancements in cleaner energy solutions, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is aiming to reduce the cost of hydrogen from $5.00/kilogram to $1.00 within one decade.  While the energy industry has started to add hydrogen to its mix, there are still several obstacles in the…

June 9, 2021
Hydraulic Fracturing Has Bolstered U.S. Energy Security, DOE Nominee Granholm Says

Hydraulic Fracturing Has Bolstered U.S. Energy Security, DOE Nominee Granholm Says

The Senate and Natural Resources Committee voted this week to advance the nomination of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the full Senate, where she’s expected to be confirmed as the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).  Granholm signaled in written responses to the committee ahead of her confirmation hearing last week that she…

February 4, 2021
DOE Secretary Designate Granholm Signals Support for U.S. LNG Exports

DOE Secretary Designate Granholm Signals Support for U.S. LNG Exports

The Senate and Natural Resources Committee voted Wednesday to advance the nomination of former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the full Senate, where she’s expected to be confirmed as the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).  Granholm signaled in written responses to the committee ahead of her confirmation hearing last week that she wouldn’t…

February 3, 2021
Short-Term LNG Export Authorizations Dropped in Federal Deregulatory Blitz

Short-Term LNG Export Authorizations Dropped in Federal Deregulatory Blitz

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will no longer issue separate authorizations for short-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, which now are to be covered by long-term licenses, according to a policy change that took effect on Tuesday.  The move comes only days before President-elect Biden is to be sworn in and come as part…

January 12, 2021
DOE Continues Push, Extends Another Five LNG Export Licenses

DOE Continues Push, Extends Another Five LNG Export Licenses

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended another five long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export licenses through 2050 in a last minute push by the Trump administration to execute on a policy change it implemented last year.  “The Trump Administration and DOE have delivered on our commitment to ensure that U.S. LNG holds a…

January 4, 2021
Biden Taps Granholm for Energy Secretary, McCarthy for White House Climate Czar

Biden Taps Granholm for Energy Secretary, McCarthy for White House Climate Czar

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. reportedly has chosen former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lead the Department of Energy and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to serve as White House climate czar under the new administration. A two-term governor, Granholm served from 2003-2011. During her tenure, she signed into law bipartisan clean…

December 16, 2020
Seven LNG Export Licenses Extended by DOE

Seven LNG Export Licenses Extended by DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended another seven long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) export licenses through 2050, following a policy change implemented by the Trump administration earlier this year.  The authorizations extend export terms for the Golden Pass facility under construction in Sabine Pass, TX, as well as the Texas LNG project proposed…

December 11, 2020
No Significant Impact Expected as DOE Prepares to End LNG Project Reviews

No Significant Impact Expected as DOE Prepares to End LNG Project Reviews

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to stop conducting environmental reviews of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export and import projects beginning in early January.  The notice was published Thursday in the Federal Register. The decision is not expected to significantly reduce regulatory hurdles for LNG projects. They still would require extensive FERC environmental reviews…

December 3, 2020
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