Energy

DOE Comment Deadline: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps

On January 19, 2017, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules adopting revised definitions of general service lamp (GSL), general service incandescent lamp (GSIL) and other supplemental definitions, effective January 1, 2020. DOE has since determined that the legal basis underlying those revisions misconstrued existing law. As a result, DOE is seeking comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to withdraw the definitions established in the January 19, 2017, final rules. DOE proposes to maintain the existing regulatory definitions of GSL and GSIL, which are the same as the statutory definitions of those terms.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov or by email or postal mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

FERC Meeting: Security Investments for Energy Infrastructure

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a Technical Conference regarding Security Investments for Energy Infrastructure. The purpose of the conference is to discuss current cyber and physical security practices used to protect energy infrastructure and will explore how federal and state authorities can provide incentives and cost recovery for security investments in energy infrastructure, particularly the electric and natural gas sectors. 

Members of the public may register to attend the free live webcast or in person. For more information about this technical conference, visit FERC's website.

EPA Comment Deadline: Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on its proposal to delist coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs) from the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 112(c) and rescind (or to rescind without delisting) the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Coal- and Oil-Fired EGUs, commonly known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

After considering the cost of compliance relative to the HAP benefits of regulation, the EPA proposes to find that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollution (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fired EGUs, thereby reversing the EPA's prior conclusion under CAA section 112(n)(1)(A) and correcting flaws in the EPA's prior response to Michigan v. EPAThe EPA further proposes that finalizing this new response to Michigan v. EPA will not remove the Coal- and Oil-Fired EGU source category from the CAA section 112(c) list of sources that must be regulated under CAA section 112(d) and will not affect the existing CAA section 112(d) emissions standards that regulate HAP emissions from coal- and oil-fired EGUs. 

The EPA is also proposing the results of the residual risk and technology review (RTR) of the NESHAP that the EPA is required to conduct in accordance with CAA section 112. The results of the residual risk analysis indicate that residual risks due to emissions of air toxics from this source category are acceptable and that the current standards provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health. No new developments in HAP emission controls to achieve further cost-effective emissions reductions were identified under the technology review. Therefore, based on the results of these analyses and reviews, the EPA is proposing that no revisions to MATS are warranted. Finally, the EPA is also taking comment on establishing a subcategory for emissions of acid gas HAP from existing EGUs firing eastern bituminous coal refuse.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov, or by email, fax, or mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

EPA Comment Deadline: New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Generating Units

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is welcoming public comment on a proposal to revise the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. 

In December 2018, after analysis and review, the EPA proposed to determine that the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for newly constructed coal-fired units, is the most efficient demonstrated steam cycle in combination with the best operating practices. As a result the EPA proposed to revise the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants. 

Members of the public may submit comments by mail, fax or at Regulations.gov. More information is available at the EPA's website

NASEM Symposium: Evidence-Based Interventions to Address the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee On Women In Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is organizing a symposium to be centered around evidence-based interventions to address the underrepresentation of women in science, engineering, and medicine.

The scientific, engineering, and medical communities have been working towards improved representation of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) for decades. While progress has been made, women (particularly women of color) remain underrepresented in many scientific, engineering, and medical fields, and at many levels in education and career stages. This symposium will seek to understand institutional barriers to implementing practices for improving the representation of women in STEMM, so that those barriers can be removed or overcome. This event will re-visit the major themes of the 2007 National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers, and will examine policies, practices, and strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in opening doors to women’s participation and success in STEMM fields. 

This event is free to attend, and requires registration prior to attendance. 

DOE Meeting: Basic Energy Advisory Committee

The Department of Energy (DOE) announce a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). The purpose of this Committee is to make recommendations to DOE with respect to the basic energy sciences research program.

The tentative agenda includes:

  • Call to Order, Introductions, Review of the Agenda
  • News from the Office of Science
  • News from the Office of Basic Energy Sciences
  • BES 40th Update
  • Presentation of New Charge to BESAC
  • Scientific User Facilities Updates
  • Polymer Upcycling Roundtable Announcement
  • Basic Research Needs Workshop on Microelectronics Update
  • Public Comments
  • Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public. Written or oral statements may be submitted before the meeting. For more information regarding the meeting, attendance, and the submission of comments, please see this Federal Register notice.

NRC Comment Deadline: Ground Water Protection at Uranium In Situ Recovery Facilities

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requesting views from interested stakeholders on whether the NRC should resume rulemaking to amend its regulations governing the domestic licensing of source material by codifying general requirements to address ground water protection at uranium in situ recovery (ISR) facilities. The NRC currently regulates ISR operations through application of regulations that primarily focus on conventional uranium mills and site-specific license conditions.

The NRC initiated rulemaking in 2006 to develop requirements to provide regulatory consistency and improve the efficiency of the ISR licensing process but placed this rulemaking on hold in 2010. Information provided to the NRC during the public comment period will be factored into the decision as to whether the NRC will continue this rulemaking.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov or by mail, fax, or email. More information is available at this Federal Register notice

NASEM Meeting: Modernizing the US Electric Power System

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will hold a meeting to discuss its directive and accompanying report about the modernization the US electric power system. In 2018, the Department of Energy directed NASEM to “conduct an evaluation of the expected medium- and long-term evolution of the grid. This evaluation shall focus on developments that include the emergence of new technologies, planning and operating techniques, grid architecture, and business models." This meeting will discuss this directive and the development of its accompanying report. 

The NASEM will hold a meeting to consider topics such as trends in generation resources; trends in end use; and interdependencies with other infrastructure systems. The committee will be informed by a broad suite of alternative scenarios for the medium- and long-term evolution of the grid, and will identify potential “no-regret” strategic federal investments and approaches that will help create a platform for a reliable, resilient, and secure power system, including cyber security. In its discussions, the committee will consider the evolution of external forces that influence grid investment, planning, and operations.

The committee will gather evidence, deliberate, and provide findings and recommendations across the broad categories of technologies, planning and operations, business models, and grid architectures.

Members of the public may attend this meeting in person. More information is available at the NASEM's website

NASEM Meeting: Committee on Science, Technology, and Law

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will hold a meeting of its Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. NASEM established the Committee to examine the growing number of areas where science, engineering, and law intersect in this era of increasing globalization. It is the leading national committee that brings experts in science, engineering, and medicine (SEM) together with members of the legal, ethics, and policy communities for discussions about critical systemic issues of mutual interest and concern. The Committee aims to improve legal and regulatory decision-making, to optimize the conduct of federally funded research at academic institutions, and to identify frameworks for emerging science and technologies.

More information is available at the NASEM website

Senate Hearing: IEA's World Energy Outlook

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing to examine prospects for global energy markets, including the role of the United States from the perspective of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The committee has oversight and legislative responsibilities for national energy policy, including international energy affairs and emergency preparedness; nuclear waste policy; privatization of federal assets; territorial policy. 

Witnesses include:

  • Dr. Fatih Birol​: Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Members of the public can attend in person or view the hearing via a live or archived webcast. More information is available on the Committee's website

DOE Meeting: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy will hold a public meeting on Appliance and Equipment Standards specifically pertaining to General Service Lamps. General Service Lamps (GSLs) include general service incandescent lamps (GSILs), compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), general service light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lamps, and any other lamps that are used to satisfy lighting applications traditionally served by GSILs. GSLs are used in general lighting applications and account for the majority of installed lighting in the residential sector.

The meeting is open to members of the public. Those who plan to attend the meeting in person must register via email. In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar

More information about the meeting, as well as current standards, notices of rulemaking, and requests for public comment pertaining to General Service Lamps may be found on the DOE webpage.