Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review

EPA shrinking

  • The Environmental Protection Agency’s workforce is on course to fall to its lowest level since the Reagan administration. Buyouts and retirements are expected to shrink the number of employees from about 15,000 to 14,428 by next month, according to an EPA official.

Hurricane Irma

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called fuel availability a top priority as South Floridians stocked up in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, prompting fuel shortages at more than 1,800 gas stations.
  • Florida’s attorney general said she received complaints of inflated prices at Chevron Corp.-branded gas stations in the days leading up to Irma’s landfall. Later in the week she said Chevron has been “great” after receiving complaints about a franchise owner.

NAFTA negotiations

Electric cars

  • Nissan Motor Co. executives introduced a new version of the Nissan Leaf with a range of 150 miles that will be sold for about $31,000 — well below its long-range electric rivals, the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3.

This brief has been updated to include developments regarding complaints of price gouging at Florida gas stations.

What’s Ahead

  • The House is expected to vote this week on EPA and Interior Department spending packages.
  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency has worked to apply the lessons learned during Hurricane Harvey to secure almost 80 Superfund sites in the path of Hurricane Irma. Federal, state and local officials said they will continue monitoring and maintaining the sites based on their vulnerabilities to flooding and strong winds.
  • The EPA said in a court filing that federal officials expect to finalize their review of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan this fall.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

EESI, NLC briefing on cities and extreme weather 3 p.m.
CSIS, George W. Bush Presidential Center event on NAFTA’s future 9 a.m.
Atlantic Council event on geopolitics of natural gas 9 a.m.
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions webinar on companies pricing carbon 10 a.m.
House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on energy reliability 10 a.m.
House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on recreation on federal lands, SHARE Act 10 a.m.
House Science Committee hearing on energy resiliency 10 a.m.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee oversight hearing on the Department of Energy’s National Labs 2:30 p.m.
House Natural Resources Committee markup 4 p.m.
House Natural Resources Committee markup 10 a.m.
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on carbon capture, utilization, sequestration 10 a.m.
CSIS event on the future of Japan’s nuclear energy program 1 p.m.
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions event on innovations in carbon capture and use 8:30 a.m.
EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 presentation 10 a.m.
The Midwest Energy Storage Summit 7:30 a.m.

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