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Energy official in charge of program that gave Solyndra a loan is leaving

October 6, 2011 The chief of President Obama's beleaguered clean-energy loan guarantee program is stepping down amid a federal probe surrounding the administration's $535-million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the bankrupt solar manufacturer. Energy Department spokesman Damien LaVera said Jonathan Silver, director of the department's loan guarantee program, is leaving the administration to join ...

Solyndra was banking on energy bill, emails show

October 6, 2011 Solyndra could still be in business had Congress passed a comprehensive energy bill last year, recently released emails indicate. A May 2010 email exchange between senior Energy Department advisers Matt Rogers and Rod O'Connor show Solyndra's executives were "counting on" Congress passing an energy bill that would have included major ...

Emails show bitter OMB, DOE divide over Solyndra

October 3, 2011 Emails released Monday show the White House was warned about Solyndra's potential problems even before President Obama visited the company's Fremont, Calif., headquarters and used it as a backdrop for his push for renewable energy investment and green jobs. "A number of us are concerned that the president is visiting ...

House votes to keep government open through Nov. 18

September 23, 2011 The House voted early Friday 219-203 to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government through Nov. 18, setting up a battle with the Democratic-controlled Senate. The vote replenishes a nearly-empty Federal Emergency Management Agency account and includes $100 million in savings from a program that guaranteed a loan to ...

Solyndra language paves way for bill to keep government running

September 22, 2011 House Republicans have found the path to passage for a short-term bill to fund the federal government: Add language intended to embarrass the Obama administration. Following a lengthy closed-door meeting, House Republicans emerged with a strategy to keep intact the continuing resolution the House defeated on Wednesday by adding a ...

Government races to close billions in renewable energy loan guarantees

September 16, 2011 The Obama administration is in a race against the clock to close by month's end more than a dozen renewable-energy loan guarantees totaling $9 billion. Of that, just over $3 billion would come from the federal government's coffers. It now has to do that amid an escalating political battle over ...

Solyndra: 'Bad bet or the tip of the iceberg?'

September 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Washington policymakers point fingers over the failure of a single federally backed solar company, the entire renewable-energy industry could end up being the big loser. A House investigations subcommittee on Wednesday held the first of what will be at least two congressional hearings on the $535 million federal loan ...

Drilling regulator blasts oil industry

September 13, 2011 The nation's top oil and gas drilling regulator on Tuesday criticized the industry for making repeated claims that the federal government is "slow-walking" on getting companies back to work in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill last year. "I continue to be disappointed to see politically motivated, ...

IG report criticizes NRC chairman over Yucca Mountain decision process

June 10, 2011 The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made unilateral decisions to shut down Yucca Mountain and didn't fully inform the other commissioners about his actions, according to a critical report released on Friday by the commission's inspector general. NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko "was not forthcoming with the other Commissioners about ...

Nuclear industry faces regulatory setback

May 23, 2011 The nuclear industry was dealt a major blow Friday when its top federal regulatory agency announced it was delaying the approval of the most-popular reactor design pending before the agency. The design is included in six out of a total of 13 pending applications at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission right ...