Morning Consult Energy: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review


  • For the first time since it first met in 1996, the Arctic Council did not issue a joint declaration of goals due to the United States’ refusal to mention “climate change” or the Paris climate agreement in such a document, according to diplomats involved in the talks held between eight Arctic countries. The U.S. subsequently disputed that characterization of its participation.
  • In a first, the Justice Department said the United States seized a North Korean carrier ship moving heavy machinery and coal, a power source under U.S. and U.N. sanctions in the push to make the country end its nuclear weapons activities.
  • Iran will restart some nuclear activities, following the United States’ withdrawal from the international Iranian nuclear deal about a year ago and its subsequent reimposition of sanctions, according to an Iranian state-run news service.

Oil and gas

  • After Occidental Petroleum Corp. sweetened its bid for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Anadarko said it has a definitive merger agreement with Occidental for the latter to acquire The Woodlands, Texas-based company. The deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.
  • Citing a lack of standing by key petitioner Otsego 2000, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed a petition for review of a May 2018 order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that limits the agency’s analysis of emissions from natural gas projects.


  • Exelon Corp. will start a shutdown process for the Three Mile Island nuclear plant June 1 after the company determined it does not see “a path forward for policy changes” ahead of the fuel purchase deadline, according to Exelon Senior Vice President Kathleen Barrón.
  • Ahead of appearing at a rally in Washington for the Green New Deal tomorrow, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said the resolution “leaves the door open on nuclear” so that a conversation about the energy source can take place.

Electric vehicles

  • General Motors Co. said it is in talks to sell its shuttered manufacturing plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to battery-electric truck maker Workhouse Group Inc. President Donald Trump celebrated the news ahead of GM’s announcement, tweeting that GM intended to invest $700 million elsewhere in the state.
  • The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers trade group is lobbying the Colorado state government against the state adopting California’s zero-emission vehicle mandates, arguing in favor of voluntary guidelines.

Chemicals and substances

  • California said it will ban chlorpyrifos in six months to two years, citing evidence of serious health impacts in children caused by the pesticide.
  • Two internal memos show that senior Environmental Protection Agency officials disregarded dozens of EPA experts that pressed for a full ban on new uses of asbestos, choosing instead to allow potential approval of future uses of the carcinogenic substance, as the agency has permitted as of April.

What’s Ahead

  • The House and Senate are in session this week.
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is scheduled to speak at a POLITICO event on U.S. power infrastructure Wednesday that begins at 8 a.m.
  • Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.) will provide opening remarks at an Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the Power Marketing Administrations on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

Argus Natural Gas Summit – Monetization Strategies
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Briefing on Digital Instrumentation and Control
DNV GL Energy Executive Forum
Greentech Media Solar Summit 2019
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Hearing on Mineral Security and Related Legislation 10:00 am
CSIS Global Cooling Prize event 2:00 pm
Senate Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee Hearing on lands bills 2:30 pm
The Wilderness Society Too Wild to Drill Reception 5:00 pm
Defense Strategies Institute Expeditionary Power and Energy Summit
DNV GL Energy Executive Forum
Greentech Media Solar Summit 2019
POLITICO’s Reinventing American Energy: Modernizing U.S. Power Infrastructure for a Clean Energy Future 8:00 am
Senate Environment and Public Works Hearing on Oversight of the Council on Environmental Quality 10:00 am
House Ways and Means Hearing on the Economic and Health Consequences of Climate Change 10:00 am
House Natural Resources Hearing on the Interior Budget and Policy Priorities for FY 2020 10:00 am
House Science, Space and Technology Hearing on Advancing the Next Generation of Solar and Wind Energy Technologies 10:00 am
House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Hearing on Protecting Americans at Risk of PFAS Contamination and Exposure 10:30 am
House National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee Hearing Examining the Impacts of Climate Change on Public Lands Recreation 2:00 pm
House Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing on the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act 2:00 pm
Defense Strategies Institute Expeditionary Power and Energy Summit
DNV GL Energy Executive Forum
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission open meeting 10:00 am
House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Hearing on Oil and Gas Development: Impacts of Water Pollution Above and Below Ground 10:00 am
Bipartisan Policy Center Event: EPA’s Role in Building Critical Infrastructure 10:00 am
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Hearing to Examine CCUS and to Receive Testimony on Legislation 10:00 am
Senate Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather Subcommittee Hearing on Atmospheric Science Research and Forecasting Innovation 10:00 am
Energy Department and Nuclear Energy Institute Atomic Wings Event on Advanced Manufacturing and Nuclear Energy Applications 11:30 pm
Atlantic Council Event: The Future of Energy Storage 12:00 pm
Atlantic Council Event on the Future of Energy Storage 12:00 pm
House Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing Examining the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey 2:00 pm
House Science, Space and Technology Hearing on the Future of Forecasting 2:00 pm
U.S. Energy Association Briefing on CCUS Deployment 2:00 pm
Stanford University Environmental Forum with David J. Vogel 3:30 pm
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