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.
Reuters – US President Donald Trump has called a meeting with key senators and Cabinet officials to discuss potential changes to biofuels policy, which is coming under increasing pressure after a Pennsylvania refiner blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy.
The Hill – Energy companies and their allies want the Trump administration to give them a wide amount of leeway when writing a replacement to the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants.