Iulia Gheorghiu


Energy Brief: FERC Rejects Perry’s Proposal to Prop Up Coal, Nuclear Power Plants

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to bail out struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. The defeat is a setback for the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the coal industry. (Bloomberg) President Donald Trump renominated Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the White […]

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Iulia Gheorghiu Week in Review Oil and gas drilling The Interior Department announced a five-year plan that would allow oil and natural gas drilling in almost all U.S. coastal waters, going far beyond President Donald Trump’s executive order from April that directed the agency to consider auctioning oil and gas leases in protected areas of […]

Energy Brief: Blizzard Prompts 60-Fold Increase in Natural Gas Prices

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt rescinded several Obama-era climate change and conservation policies, saying they were “inconsistent” with President Donald Trump’s energy independence agenda. The order, issued Dec. 22, wiped away four directives and policy manuals and directed agency officials to reinstate and update guidance issued during the final year […]

Energy Brief: Powerful Winter Storm Tests East Coast Energy Infrastructure

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Holly Greaves, who is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s senior budget aide, to be the EPA’s chief financial officer. Trump also tapped Anne White, a nuclear engineer, to lead the Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management. (E&E News) New York Gov. […]

Energy Brief: Coal Mining Deaths in U.S. Doubled Last Year After Record Low in 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Bureau of Land Management revised an Obama-era policy on prioritizing oil and natural gas leasing and drilling projects with regard to greater sage grouse habitats by stating that BLM could consider “leasing and development” within the grouse habitat management areas without leasing and developing outside of those areas. The […]

Energy Brief: Global Oil Companies Detail Effects of New U.S. Tax Law

By Iulia Gheorghiu Government Brief The Interior Department rescinded the Bureau of Land Management’s 2015 rule that would limit environmental standards for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. The agency estimated that repealing the Obama-era regulation, which faced opposition from the oil and gas industry and was tied up in court, would save between $14 million and […]

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Iulia Gheorghiu Morning Consult Energy will be off Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. Publication of the morning briefs and afternoon updates will resume Jan. 2. Week in Review Oil and natural gas President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax package, the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986. The measure allows for drilling […]