From: Morning Consult
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Morning Consult Energy Sunday Edition: Politics May Impact How Voters See Energy Affordability
Date: Sun Apr 20 18:00:24 MDT 2014



Politics May Impact How Voters See Energy Affordability


by Emily Holden


Energy prices are complicated. And the transformation of the electric industry—thanks to a boom in domestic natural gas production, regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and a surge in renewable energy growth—has only made them harder to understand.


According to Morning Consult’s inaugural national energy tracking poll, Americans are especially confused about how much different energy sources cost. The survey found that nuclear power is the source Americans are least likely to associate with affordability, but historically, it has been cheaper than power from coal and natural gas. The polling data also suggests voters’ views on affordability may be influenced by their political opinions about energy production, as Democrats are more likely to see renewables as affordable, while Republican voters are more likely to think natural gas and coal are inexpensive. READ THE FULL STORY.



Morning Consult Top Reads: April 13- April 18


The Top Ten Links You Clicked This Week


1) Smart Thermostats Join the ‘Internet of Things’ to Turn Up the Heat on Utilities

from E&E by David Ferris


2) Appeals Court Upholds EPA Rule on Power-Plant Emissions

from Wall Street Journal by Amy Harder and Brent Kendall 


3) Chart Review: More Than 37 GW of Power Currently Under Construction

from Ventyx 


4) Coal’s Best Hope is Costly Power Plant in Mississippi
from Houston Chronicle by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)


5) Step Up Action to Curb Global Warming, or Risks Rise - UN
from Reuters by Alister Doyle

6) Senate to Tackle Tax Incentives, Energy Efficiency After Recess

from Wall Street Journal by Amy Harder and John D. McKinnon

7) Greens Fear a Fracking Obsession on the Campaign Trail

from National Journal by Jason Plautz

8) Strange Bedfellows: Environmental Groups, Transmission Developers Working Together on Renewable Energy Projects
from Morning Consult by Emily Holden


9) Industry Opposes Push to Tighten Oil Field Safety Rules

from Houston Chronicle by Jennifer A. Dlouhy


10) The Obama Administration Is Taking Another Try at the Program That Funded Solyndra
from National Journal by Ben Geman





Mark Your Calendars (All Times Eastern): April  21- April 25


Monday: Bipartisan Policy Center panel on Arctic Development @ 8 am

Monday: Alliance Biofuels Conference @ 8:20 am

Monday: USEA discussion on Norway’s CO2 technology center @ 10 am

Monday: Quarterly Earnings—Halliburton

Tuesday: Alliance Biofuels Conference @ 8 am

Tuesday: DOE, FERC workshop on third-party provision of reactive supply and voltage control and regulation and frequency response services @ 8 am

Tuesday: Geothermal Energy Association showcase @ 8 am

Tuesday: CSIS-USAEE conference on disruptive technologies @ 9:35 am

Tuesday: Cowboy & Indian Alliance kickoff of week-long protest event on Keystone XL pipeline @ 10 am

Tuesday: EPA teleconference on air standards for sulfur dioxide @ 1 pm

Tuesday: Brookings Institute webinar on clean energy finance through bond market @ 1 pm

Tuesday: Environmental Law Institute webcast on electricity consumption @ 2 pm

Tuesday: Quarterly Earnings—Arch Coal IncGulfmark Offshore Inc

Wednesday: Alliance Biofuels Conference @ 8:20 am

Wednesday: Armed Forces Communications & Electronic Association talks energy cybersecurity @ 8:30 am

Wednesday: USEA annual forum with Moniz, Moeller, MacFarlane @ 11 am

Wednesday: American Security Project discussion of weather, climate and national security @ 12:30 pm

Wednesday: Quarterly Earnings—Dow Chemical CoLincoln Electric Holdings IncOceaneering International Inc

Thursday: DOE meeting on basic nuclear science research @ 8:45 am

Thursday: DOE EERE meeting on building energy codes @ 8 am

Thursday: Johns Hopkins International Studies discussion on post-Fukushima policies @ Noon

Thursday: Quarterly Earnings—Cabot Oil and Gas CorpEntergy CorpNoble Energy CorpPeabody Energy CorpSolarflex CorpSunPower CorpSuperior Energy Services IncSurge Global Energy Inc

Friday: DOE meeting on basic nuclear science research @ 9 am 

Friday: Quarterly Earnings—American Electric Power Co IncDTE Energy CoForum Energy Technologies