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September 10, 2012

Chu’s absence to loom large at House hearing on controversial transmission plan

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-09-10 11:40:35

Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s absence at a House Natural Resources hearing this week will loom large as lawmakers, industry groups and one clean energy advocate debate the Obama administration’s controversial plan to upgrade the electric grid using power marketing administrations. The secretary declined a second request to answer questions in person about a memo he sent to the country’s four administrations in March, triggering sharp criticism from House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). Chu also declined to testify at a hearing in April because he was traveling (E&E Daily, April 27). [ read more … ]

Amid Partisan Bickering, Everyone Agrees: ARPA-E Is a Fascinating Experiment

By Ross Andersen, The Atlantic  •    •  Posted 2012-09-10 11:41:10

Last week, the New York Times reported on an exciting new energy project that is scheduled to begin testing off the coast of Oregon in early October. A company called Ocean Power Technologies is going to lower a 260-ton generator into the Pacific ocean, just 2.5 miles from the shore, in order to capture renewable energy from waves. The buoy generator will link up to the grid and, if it works, could generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. Like many new experiments in renewable energy, the Oregon project was partially funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. In previous decades, the Department of Energy drove basic research by operating giant government-funded labs, but under the leadership of Energy Secretary and Nobel Laureate Steven Chu, the agency has transformed itself into something different: the biggest, greenest venture capital firm in the world. [ read more … ]

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