Scientific American – For decades, scientists have been working to devise a process similar to photosynthesis to generate a fuel that could be stored for later. This could solve a major challenge of solar and wind power—providing a way to stow the energy when the sun is not shining and the air is still.
Bloomberg – Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast.
Utility Dive – Georgia Power and its parent company, Southern Co., have reached an agreement with Westinghouse Electric to complete the long-delayed Vogtle nuclear plant expansion, but the ultimate fate of the plant remains unclear.
The New York Times – The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month.
HydroWorld – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released a report on its pilot two-year hydropower licensing process for qualifying projects, as stipulated by conditions of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013.