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February 23, 2018

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Government

Hindustan Times – US energy secy Rick Perry to meet Union ministers Pradhan, Goyal to discuss crude oil, cleaner coal

With India likely to receive its first shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas from the US next month, US energy secretary Rick Perry is scheduled to hold talks with petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and coal and railways minister Piyush Goyal on March 1 with a focus on crude oil, LNG and cleaner coal technologies.

Reuters – U.S. spending bill expands carbon tax credit, boosting oil producers

A little-noticed addition to the U.S. budget deal approved last week will help Occidental Petroleum Corp and other oil producers by more than tripling a tax credit for injecting carbon dioxide back into the earth to increase crude output. The tax-credit expansion, although supported by environmentalists and energy producers, had failed to move out of Congress during the 2016 presidential election.

The Intercept – Dennis Kucinich Vows To End All Oil And Gas Drilling In Ohio If Elected Governor And Then Take The Industry To Court

Dennis Kucinich, the boy mayor of Cleveland who went on to serve nearly two decades in Congress, is running for governor on a platform of radical change to how the energy industry operates in the state.

Utility Dive – FERC order opens 'floodgates' for energy storage in wholesale markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week unanimously approved an order that could prove to be a landmark in the development of energy storage. FERC’s order “opens the floodgates for storage participation” in wholesale power markets, Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at GTM Research, said.

Utility Dive – Moody's pans White House plan to divest TVA, BPA

The White House's proposal to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration and Tennessee Valley Authority has found few supporters, and now Moody's Investors Services has determined the move would be credit negative.

Yale Environment 360 – Hundreds of U.S. Mayors Collectively Oppose Trump Reversal of Clean Power Plan

Mayors from 233 U.S. cities, representing more than 51 million Americans in 46 states and territories, have released a joint letter voicing their opposition of the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan, arguing that the reversal would “put our citizens at risk and harm our efforts to address the urgent threat of climate change.”

Industry

Energy News Network Illinois regulators look to cloud computing to boost smart grid

A recent report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute urges states to consider reforms that would give utilities more financial incentive to embrace cloud computing and other technology. Illinois is among a handful of states already considering such changes.

Washington Examiner – Company building Georgia nuclear reactors faces fines for faked plant inspections

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday proposed a $145,000 fine for the company building the only nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. The nuclear regulatory agency says Southern Nuclear Co. staff signed off on inspections of equipment and conditions at Plant Vogtle in Georgia that never happened. Southern committed the violations from August to October 2016.

Other

Greentech Media – Grid Defection Is On the Rise in Puerto Rico

This week, Sonnen and Pura Energía, a local solar installer, announced they’d brought two storage-plus-solar systems online at SU Matrullas. Now, Castillo says that teachers can use their computers, the school’s 150 students have enough light to do homework, the school's kitchens have running refrigerators, and the community has an off-grid center to help them weather the next storm. 

Greentech Media – In Nigeria, a Template for Solar-Powered Minigrids Emerges

This new distribution system will soon be delivering continuous power from a 30-kilowatt installation of solar panels located on a nearby hillside that the local government happily donated to the project’s developers. At night, a trailer full of batteries will keep the electricity flowing, and a large generator will provide backup power in case the combination of solar and batteries are ever unable to satisfy demand.

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