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Oil and gas industry announcements: 10 March 2015

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The US Department of Energy has announce US$6 million for 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning. By removing barriers to market growth, these projects will expand Americans’ transportation options, minimise fuel costs, reduce carbon pollution, and increase the nation’s energy security.

Five projects will enable customers and fleets to drive alternative fuel vehicles for extended periods of time to help them better understand how these vehicles can meet their everyday needs. Five projects will focus on training for first responders, public safety officials, tow truck operators, and collision repair specialists and teach these service providers how to safely handle alternative fuel vehicles. One project in Morgantown, West Virginia, will not only develop new curriculum, but provide it for free online and train educators that can present in person.

World Energy Council

The World Energy Council has announced that the Netherlands will join as its newest member country. The Dutch member committee aims to promote and support safe, affordable, and reliable energy transformation in the region. As part of its work, it will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss and work on the future of energy while representing the Dutch perspective within national, regional and global energy debates. The Netherlands ranks 14 among 129 countries in the World Energy Council’s 2014 Energy Trilemma Index and achieves an energy balance score of BBB. The index measures countries’ energy sustainability performance based on the three pillars of the trilemma: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.

Jeroen van Hoof, Chair of the World Energy Council’s Dutch member committee said, “given the challenges that energy companies face nowadays in respect of the transition to a more mixed fuel supply, lower energy prices and the current turmoil on their business models, the World Energy Council provides an excellent platform to participate in the regional and global discussion for solutions.”


Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) President Catherine Reheis-Boyd has issued the following statement:

“The WSPA, through legal counsel, today asked the Oregon State Court of Appeals to review the state’s newly adopted LCFS Rule. It is the position of WSPA and its member companies that Oregon’s low carbon fuel standard program is infeasible and could do irreparable damage to the state’s energy market. Through today’s action WSPA asked the Court of Appeals to also recognise that the LCFS rules are illegal.

“As written, the LCFS rules force producers to meet carbon intensity targets, and/or purchase credits, at a time when alternatives are not available. Many studies have been produced suggesting alternatives will not be scalable for some time. Furthermore, Oregon’s LCFS is far too intrusive in a market that is almost entirely dependent on out of state fuel sources, making the outcomes of the newly adopted rule hard to forsee. WSPA is asking the Court of Appeals to recognise the fundamental flaws in the LCFS rules and hold the rules invalid. WSPA encourages Oregon’s regulators and policymakers to consider strong environmental protections and work to reduce greenhouse emissions in the state. There are less risky and less costly ways to address climate change than a program that applies such burdensome regulations and undue strain on an industry all Oregonians rely upon. We are confident the Court of Appeals will agree with our position.”

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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