Nomination of Biniam Gebre to be Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 19 May 2022 14:30:00 GMT

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Biniam Gebre has been managing director at Accenture Federal Services since August 2017. Mr. Gebre heads the management consulting group, which provides advisory services to government clients. He was a partner at Oliver Wyman serving customers in the company’s financial services and public-sector practices.

Before that, he was Acting Assistant Secretary and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, where he led the management of the agency. Earlier in his career, he was a partner with McKinsey & Co., which he joined in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Williams College and a master’s degree in finance and economics from Northwestern University.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget plays a central role in shaping the policies and practices federal agencies use to acquire the goods and services they need to carry out their responsibilities. OFPP was established by Congress in 1974 to provide overall direction for government-wide procurement policies, regulations and procedures and to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in acquisition processes. OFPP is headed by an Administrator who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

May Commission Open Meeting

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 19 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

Commission meeting held in Room 2C, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. Open to the public via video Webcast only.

Link to meeting webcast when live

Meeting agenda
A-1AD22-1-000Agency Administrative Matters
A-2AD22-2-000Customer Matters, Reliability, Security and Market Operations
A-3AD06-3-000Market Update
E-1RM20-16-001Managing Transmission Line Ratings
E-3ER21-62-000Uniper Global Commodities North America LLC
E-4ER21-65-000Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
E-5ER21-59-000Brookfield Renewable Trading and Marketing LP
E-6ER21-64-000Macquarie Energy LLC
E-7ER22-1246-000California Independent System Operator Corporation
E-8QF21-222-002Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
E-9ER22-476-001Alabama Power Company
E-10EL22-44-000Grand River Dam Authority
E-11EL22-45-000Lincoln Electric System
E-12EL22-46-000Nebraska Public Power District
E-13EL22-47-000Omaha Public Power District
E-15EC22-24-000GridLiance High Plains LLC
E-16RR21-10-000North American Electric Reliability Corporation
M-1RM22-15-000Certification of Uncontested Settlements by Settlement Judges
G-1RM21-18-000Revised Filing and Reporting Requirements for Interstate Natural Gas Company Rate Schedules and Tariffs
G-2OR19-14-000MPLXOzark Pipe Line LLC
G-3RP21-1001-006Texas Eastern Transmission, LP
H-3P-2188-259NorthWestern Corporation
C-1CP21-197-000Kern River Gas Transmission Company
C-2CP21-78-000ANR Pipeline Company
C-3IN19-4-001Rover Pipeline, LLC and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
C-4CP21-6-000Spire Storage West LLC

Clean Power 2022: Day Two

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 18 May 2022 13:30:00 GMT

The most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies. CLEANPOWER puts you at the table and helps you get results that can grow your business and our industry, and prepare for more opportunities in the future. This expanded and targeted business development event will help your company reach new heights.

Day One | Day Two

Agenda (all times are Central)

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ACP Energy Storage Council Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM General Session

  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association
  • Secretary Jennifer Granholm – US Department of Energy
  • Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Bringing Green Hydrogen Within Reach

Moderator: Jacob Susman – Ambient Energy

  • Janice Lin – Green Hydrogen Coalition
  • Megan Reusser, PE – Burns & McDonnell
  • Adolfo Rivera – Avangrid Renewables

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM The Clean Energy Market Today

Moderator: John Hensley – American Clean Power Association

  • Douglas Giuffre – IHS Markit
  • Tara Narayanan – BloombergNEF
  • Aaron Barr – Wood Mackenzie

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM Scaling and Performance of Real-time Operations and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Plants

Speaker: AJ Singh – Hitachi Energy

2:30 PM – 2:55 PM Experiences Deploying Utility-Scale Storage Systems

Speaker: Mark Powell – Sungrow

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ACP Trade Committee Meeting

1:30 PM – 1:55 PM Long Duration Storage- Today’s Trends and Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Speaker: David O. Stripling – ORMAT

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Building the Clean Energy Workforce

Moderator: Adam Edelen – Edelen Ventures

  • David Hickey – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Tim Maag – Mortenson
  • Jose Antonio Miranda Soto – Avangrid
  • James Murphy – President and Corporate Business Leader, Invenergy
  • Susan Nickey – Hannon Armstrong

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Financing the Clean Energy Transition

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM What Energy Storage Customers Want

Moderator: Catherine Sullivan – Fluence

  • Brent Bergland – Mortenson
  • Ricky T. Elder, III – Dominion Energy
  • Andrew Foukal – East Point Energy
  • Troy Miller – GE Renewable Energy

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Digital Technology Landscape in Renewable Energy Asset Management

Speaker: Feng Zhang – Utopus Insights

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Enabling Domestic Investments in the Solar Supply Chain

Moderator: Leo Moreno – AES Clean Energy

  • Nigel Cockcroft – Jinko Solar US Inc.
  • Tristan Grimbert – EDF Renewables
  • Michael Wathen – Nextracker
  • Becca Jones- Albertus

The U.S.-Canada Energy And Minerals Partnership

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

The purpose of the hearing is to examine ways to strengthen the energy and mineral partnership between the U.S. and Canada to address energy security and climate objectives.

  • Jason Kenney, Premier, Alberta, Canada
  • Nathalie Camden, Sous-ministre associée aux Mines (Associate Deputy Minister of Mines), Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles (Ministry of Energy & Natural Resources) Québec, Canada
  • Francis Bradley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Canada
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

FY 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Labor

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

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  • Marty Walsh, Secretary, Department of Labor

The FY 2023 request for the Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is $14.6 billion in discretionary budget authority and 16,922 full-time equivalent employees (FTE), with additional mandatory funding and FTE.

The Budget requests a $100 million investment for DOL’s role in the new multi-agency POWER+ Initiative, which aims to assist displaced workers and transform communities transitioning away from fossil fuel production to new, sustainable industries. Furthering the Administration’s emphasis on addressing climate change by creating opportunities for workers in America, the Budget requests $20 million to pilot the Civilian Climate Corps, in partnership other Federal agencies, which will fund paid work experiences, preapprenticeship programs, and RA programs for youth in industries and jobs related to climate resilience and mitigation.

The request also provides the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) $10 million for a new program, developed in collaboration with VETS and the Department of Veterans Affairs, focused on helping veterans shift to careers in clean energy, which would help combat climate change while preparing veterans for good-paying jobs.

The request also includes an increase of nearly $44 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration focused on restoring its capabilities in enforcement and mine plan and equipment reviews. This increased funding will help ensure miners’ health and safety amid a projected increase in workload stemming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Creating a More Resilient Nation: Stakeholder Perspectives

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

The Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery chaired by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) will hold a hearing to hear from stakeholders about local and Federal capacity to respond a range of disasters from severe weather events to terrorist attacks. The hearing will also serve as an opportunity to discuss emerging threats, including the significant risks of climate change to our country’s preparedness, and the actions the Federal government – particularly DHS and FEMA – should take to address these challenges in order to build a more resilient nation.

  • Orlando Rolón, Chief of Police, City of Orlando (Testifying on behalf of the Major Cities Chiefs Association)
  • George Dunlap, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Testifying on behalf of the National Association of Counties)
  • Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Clean Power 2022: Day One

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 17 May 2022 13:00:00 GMT

The most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies. CLEANPOWER puts you at the table and helps you get results that can grow your business and our industry, and prepare for more opportunities in the future. This expanded and targeted business development event will help your company reach new heights.

Day One | Day Two

Agenda (all times are Central)

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM ACP Offshore Wind Council Meeting

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ACP Federal Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Welcome & General Session

  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association
  • Tommy Beaudreau – U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Chairman Richard Glick – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

11:15 AM – 11:40 AM Challenges and Advantages of Standalone Energy Storage Project Development

Speaker: *Michael Jungreis – ORMAT

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Building the Clean Energy Economy: Industry Executive Panel Discussion

Moderator: Craig Cornelius – Clearway Energy Group

  • Pat Byrne – GE Renewable Onshore Wind
  • Theresa Eaton – WECS Renewables
  • Alicia Knapp – Berkshire Hathaway Renewables
  • Leo Moreno – AES Clean Energy
  • John Zahurancik – Fluence

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Transition to Offshore Wind

Moderator: Joshua Kaplowitz – ACP
  • Andrew Burke – Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions
  • Michael Celata – BOEM
  • Paula Major – Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Robert Miner – bp

11:45 AM – 12:10 PM Independent Cell Vetting for a Stronger Storage Market

Speaker: Logan Weber – Powin

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lunch

  • Elizabeth Laine – Clearway Energy Group
  • Heather Zichal – American Clean Power Association

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Headwinds & Tailwinds of Energy Storage Market Growth

Moderator: Jason Burwen – American Clean Power Association (ACP)

  • Michael Arndt – Recurrent Energy
  • Jeff Bishop – Key Capture Energy
  • Sara Graziano – SER Capital Partners
  • Mateo Jaramillo – Form Energy

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Texas-sized opportunities and challenges for renewables in the Lone Star State

Moderator: Jeff Clark – Advanced Power Alliance

  • Russell Gold – Texas Monthly
  • Michael Jewell – Jewell and Associates, PLLC
  • Collin Meehan – Bird Dog Energy
  • Jean Ryall – Advanced Power Alliance

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Enabling a Net Zero Vision by Proactively Developing Power Grids

Speaker: Fabio Fracaroli – Hitachi Energy

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Ensuring Clean Power Resilience

Moderator: Jacqueline DeRosa – Ameresco

  • Balki Iyer – Eos
  • Hans Jacob – Duke Energy
  • Roger Lueken, Ph.D. – Fluence
  • Reem Bashlaty – DNV

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Transmission Policy and Buildout

Moderator: Michael Garland – Pattern Energy

  • Caroline Golin – Google
  • Chris Hansen – Colorado General Assembly
  • Elliot Mainzer – California Independent System Operator

3:00 PM – 3:25 PM Fire safety: Battery manufacturer’s assessment

Speaker: Neil Bradshaw – Sungrow

Changing Market Roles: The FTX Proposal and Trends in New Clearinghouse Models

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 12 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

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FTX US is requesting the ability to use a new kind of ‘non-intermediated’ model of crypto derivatives trading, meaning there is no intermediary used to hold customer’s funds. FTX intends to offer its products to retail participants, and its financial and operational requirements for participants only require that the participant be able to post the margin required for a given position.

The proposal was a topic of discussion at the March 31st CFTC hearing.

  • Terrence A. Duffy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, IL
  • Sam Bankman-Fried, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, FTX US Derivatives, Chicago, IL
  • Walt Lukken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Futures Industry Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Christopher Edmonds, Chief Development Officer, Intercontinental Exchange, Atlanta, GA
  • Christopher Perkins, President, CoinFund, New York, NY

FY23 Budget: National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 11 May 2022 18:15:00 GMT

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Chair Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio)

  • Dr. Marvin Adams, Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Admiral James “Frank” Caldwell, Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Corey Hinderstein, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jill Hruby, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
  • William “Ike” White, Senior Advisor, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy

The FY2023 DOE budget request includes $21.4 billion for the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration to pursue five major national security endeavors: maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons stockpile; reduce global nuclear threats and keep materials out of the hands of terrorists; strengthen key science, technology and engineering capabilities in support of certification, assessment, and current and weapon modernization programs; provide safe and effective integrated nuclear propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy; and modernize the Nuclear Security infrastructure. The request also includes $7.6 billion for the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management to continue cleanup of sites resulting from six decades of nuclear weapons development and production and Government-sponsored nuclear energy research. This sustains our investment in the EM mission to clean up World War II and Cold War nuclear sites.

FY 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 11 May 2022 14:00:00 GMT

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Chair David Price (D-N.C.)

  • Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development

The 2023 President’s Budget requests $71.9 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), approximately $11.6 billion more than the 2022 annualized continuing resolution (CR) level, to support underserved communities and equitable community development, increase access to and production of affordable housing, promote homeownership and wealth-building, advance sustainable communities, climate resilience, and environmental justice, and strengthen HUD’s internal capacity.

The budget includes:
  • $1.1 billion in targeted climate resilience and energy efficiency improvements in public housing, tribal housing, and other assisted housing;
  • $400 million to remove dangerous health hazards from homes, including mitigating threats from fire, lead, carbon monoxide, and radon
  • The President’s 2023 Budget supports authorizing the Community Development Block Grant—Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. For more than twenty years, the Congress has appropriated emergency supplemental funds to HUD in response to major disasters to address the unmet long term disaster recovery needs of States, territories, local governments, and Tribes. Authorization would improve the transparency and predictability of CDBG-DR funds for impacted communities.

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