EPA, DOE, and European Parliament - Energy and Efficiency Reporting
European Parliament Sets Targets On Renewables And Energy Efficiency
On November 13, 2018, the European Parliament (EP) announced its approval of new targets for renewables and energy efficiency rates to be achieved by 2030. According to the press release, “by 2030, energy efficiency in the [European Union (EU)] has to have improved by 32.5%, whereas the share of energy from renewables should be at least 32% of the EU’s gross final consumption.” Highlighting the crucial role of second generation biofuels rather than first generation biofuels which lead to land use changes, the EP declared that the latter will no longer count towards the EU energy goals from 2030. Starting in 2019, the plan is to phase out first generation biofuels gradually until it reaches zero. By December 31, 2019, member states will be required to present a ten-year national energy and climate plan, which outlines the national measures that will be taken.
EPA Submits ICR To OMB On RFS Recordkeeping And Reporting
On November 13, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the submission for review of an information collection request (ICR) on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 83 Fed. Reg. 56319. The Federal Registernotice states that purpose of this submission is to obtain OMB approval of an ICR that consolidates some existing collections. By consolidating the existing collections and recordkeeping updates, EPA is aiming to create a new, consistent, and easily understandable format to report burden and cost estimates related to the RFS program. Additionally, the ICR requests approval of updates to the recordkeeping and reporting burden along with cost estimated in December 2017. EPA requested comments on this ICR for a 60-day period. The November 13, 2018, notice extends the request for public comments by an additional 30 days. Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 13, 2018. The estimated burden approximates 566,665 hours per year, with a total estimated cost of $57,457,330 per year. The cost estimate includes $0 of annualized capital or operation and maintenance costs.
DOE Announces New Director For NETL
On November 9, 2018, DOE’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Steven Winberg, announced the new director of the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL): Brian J. Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson will serve, as of November 11, 2018, as the new director of NETL. Dr. Anderson founded and headed the West Virginia University Energy Institute prior to taking the role of NETL director. Winberg highlighted that Dr. Anderson’s background in fossil fuel energy and chemical engineering will be assets to his role at NETL, which focuses on coal, natural gas, and oil R&D. Dr. Anderson demonstrated appreciation for the role stating that “[t]he work that is being conducted at NETL is critical to advancing technologies that will transform the use of our nation’s vast coal, natural gas, and oil resources to protect our environment and enhance our nation’s energy security.” The position became available after NETL’s former acting director, Sean Plasynski, Ph.D., was appointed as the laboratory’s deputy director and chief operating officer (COO).