In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, a cancelled geothermal plant in California; Christie and Trump sparring over offshore drilling; more about the Trump infrastructure plan; and efforts in North Carolina to protect solar industry.
The Post and Courier – The South Carolina Attorney General's Office sued the federal government Monday seeking to recover $100 million it says the U.S. Department of Energy owes for failing to remove one ton of plutonium from the Savannah River Site.
Scientific American / Chemistry World – A ‘molecular movie’ has revealed how perovskite solar cells respond to light. The work could help to explain why these structures are so adept at converting light into electricity.
MarketWatch – The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the first to arch the U.S. coast-to-coast in 99 years, will be a test of how well the country’s grid will handle an unprecedented swing in solar-power production.
CNBC – An Oregon business has developed technology that could help to alter the way we think about nuclear power. NuScale Power's small modular reactors, or SMRs, measure 65 feet tall and 9 feet in diameter.
Utility Dive – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) is proposing a federal homeland security incentive he says would help ensure the security of the Eastern power grid, as well as preserve coal jobs in Eastern states.
Oil & Gas Journal – The US Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced on Aug. 7 that it is repealing higher royalty rates for production of oil, gas, and coal on federal and Indian land that the Obama administration imposed on July 1, 2016.