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The Current 2017 Q2

Welcome to The Current, 2017 - Q2 Edition

With the current administration emphasizing infrastructure development, The Current editors sought insights from WCEE members and industry experts on the role and impact of various energy infrastructure developments in America today. Their insights on infrastructure growth, policy, and opportunities appear below.

Opportunities for American Leadership Through Infrastructure Investments and Energy Innovation

By Fatima Maria Ahmad

Leaders of both parties agree that we need to invest in American infrastructure, in part to create opportunities for new American jobs. In energy policy, there is also bipartisan consensus on the multiple benefits of carbon capture, use and storage technology, in particular for using manmade carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR). As Congress debates tax reform and infrastructure investments, it should consider the perspective of state leaders, who have outlined opportunities for the federal government to invest in carbon capture projects and CO2 pipelines to improve U.S. infrastructure and create jobs.

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Congressional and Administrative Priorities for Energy Infrastructure Legislation

By Isabel Lane

During President Trump’s campaign, he promised his Administration would seek to pass an “American Energy and Infrastructure Act” during his first 100 days in office. Following the 100-day mark, and Congress’ recent failure on healthcare reform, comprehensive legislation seems farther away than ever.

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American Utility Companies Taking the Solar Plunge

By Jeremy Baum

A new age in technology has Americans relying on the grid in record numbers. In fact, according to the US Energy Information Administration, Americans used almost 98 quadrillion BTU which is roughly 18 percent of the world’s total energy consumption. While it’s no secret that fossil fuels still dominate the energy production market, the rising cost of non-renewables over the past 50 years has some of the largest individual energy industry players looking in another direction. Capitalizing on the renewable energy trend, corporate utility providers have begun turning to solar power to break their dependence on oil and gas and, evidently, help their bottom line in the process.

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LNG Expansion: The Key Role of Infrastructure 

By Mary Fay

There is no arguing that natural gas production and consumption have experienced a consistent rise and are projected to continue growing as the U.S. seeks alternatives to coal and foreign oil. Along with a growing market, an increasing portion of U.S. natural gas volumes undergo a cooling process to become liquefied natural gas (LNG). Six hundred times denser than natural gas in its initial state, LNG is significantly easier to store and transport, especially where pipelines do not exist.

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Angel Sponsors

American Public Power Association
PG&E Corporation

Sustaining Sponsors

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Customized Energy Solutions
ClearView Energy Partners LLC
Edison Electric Institute
Hogan Lovells US LLP
K & L Gates LLP
Large Public Power Council
PG&E Corporation
Thompson Coburn LLP
Van Ness Feldman LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Women in Leadership

Electric Power Supply Association
Healy Law Offices
Husch Blackwell LLP
Jennings, Strouss & Salmon
Keller and Heckman LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
McCarter & English LLP
PG&E Corporation
Schiff Hardin LLP
Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP
United States Energy Association
Wright & Talisman PC



The Current Team

Marketing and Communication Section Chair:
Kate Courtin

Managing Editor:
Jake Shimkus

Marketing and Communication Section Members:
Alexandra Campbell Ferrari, Doreen Wong, Jayne Brady, Mary Fay, Meghan Gross, Molly Bauch, Nadia Merdassi, Patricia McMurray, Tenley Dalstrom, Tori Thompson, Jennifer Saunders, Olga Chistyakova

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