Washington Examiner – The Trump administration handed ethanol producers a modest win Wednesday by allowing the nation's renewable fuel mandate to be met primarily by blending conventional biofuels into the nation's gasoline supply.
The Hill – Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended his department’s study into the reliability of the electric grid on Tuesday, saying the research will ensure the grid “isn’t tossed aside in favor of some political favorites.”
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.
Reuters – Five Democratic senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter on Tuesday to hand over documents relating to the role of Carl Icahn, a refining company owner, in shaping biofuels policy at the agency.
Greentech Media – According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, 234 megawatt-hours of energy storage were deployed in the first quarter, which represents more than fiftyfold growth year-over-year.
The New York Times – President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, weakening efforts to combat global warming and embracing isolationist voices in his White House.
The Washington Post – Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning federal policies.
Competitive Enterprise Institute – The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the American Energy Alliance lead a coalition of 44 organizations who are urging President Donald Trump to keep his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Independent – Donald Trump has chosen a champion of fossil fuels to run the federal government’s renewable energy office. Daniel Simmons will be the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s acting assistant secretary.