The Hill – Four Republican senators representing oil and farm states failed to come to an agreement on changes to the nation’s biofuel mandate during a White House meeting with President Trump on Tuesday.
Utility Dive – FERC Order 841 could be a landmark decision for the storage industry but Brattle's report is a reminder that economics and policy will also need to be favorable in order for storage to reach its full potential.
Original Development Brief – Rescinds Obama administration rule that required hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operators on Federal and Indian Lands to adhere to certain monitoring and reporting requirements.
Houston Chronicle – Energy Secretary Rick Perry attacked climate change policy, arguing global efforts to shift away from fossil fuels were "immoral" by denying developing nations the plentiful, cheap energy needed to lift people out of poverty.
Utility Dive – The Department of Energy wants the private sector to help it develop small modular coal-fired power plants, a senior DOE official told reporters at a Houston energy conference this week.
The Denver Post – Interior Secretary Zinke says his agency should be a partner with oil and gas companies that seek to drill on public land and that long regulatory reviews with an uncertain outcome are “un-American.”
CBS News – Major utilities have found evidence of groundwater contamination at coal-burning power plants across the US where landfills and man-made ponds have been used for decades as dumping grounds for coal ash.
Greentech Media – The US energy storage market is no longer in its infancy. One hundred megawatt-hours of grid-connected energy storage were deployed in the fourth quarter of the year, marking 1,080 cumulative megawatt-hours deployed between 2013 and 2017.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, government scales back on help to Puerto Rico; Hawaii's largest solar and storage system begins construction; and lower oil prices could cause problems for Saudi Arabia.