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Department of Energy begins public meetings on Quadrennial Energy Review

On 11 April, the Department of Energy will hold the first of a series of public meetings to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the administration’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER). The QER was established earlier this year by President Barack Obama to develop ‘a comprehensive and integrated energy strategy resulting from inter-agency dialogue and active engagement of external stakeholders’. The first phase of the QER, to be completed by 31 January 2015, will focus on the nation’s infrastructure for transporting, transmitting and delivering energy.

Secretary of energy Ernest Moniz has been a longtime advocate of the QER. He was a member of the president’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) that originally recommended the QER as a way to integrate and provide a strong analytical base for federal energy policy, outline energy-related legislative proposals to Congress, put forward anticipated executive branch regulatory, programmatic and fiscal actions co-ordinated across multiple agencies and identify resource requirements for research and development and innovation incentive programmes…

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