In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, potential new drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; DOE funding for carbon capture technologies; the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico's energy grid; and getting energy from evaporating water.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, China's decision to gradually switch to only electric cars; the "race" between nuclear and other forms of renewable energy; long-term impacts of Hurricane Harvey; and potentially undervaluing solar energy.
The New York Times / Reuters – U.S. fuel prices surged on Monday as two more Gulf Coast refiners cut output and a third considered reductions, leaving more than 13 percent of the country's refining capacity offline after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded plants and shut seaports.
Energywire – A cry of delight rose from dozens of spectators and from an engineering team tracking the impact of the first solar eclipse seen in the U.S. in 24 years. But from the standpoint of the overall North American grid, nothing much had really happened.
Seeker – North of San Francisco sits a power facility that takes in 20 million gallons of filtered wastewater a day from the local community. That water is pumped deep underground through fissures in blazing hot rock, then sucked back to the surface as steam to run power generators.
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.
Washington Examiner – The EPA's renewable fuel mandate could get a whole lot more complicated if Democrats are able to add electric cars to a credit program designed to boost corn ethanol and other liquid biofuels in America's gasoline supplies.
WSMV – A win in court for local environmental groups. A federal judge ordered the TVA to dig up coal ash created by the TVA's Gallatin plant, and move it to a landfill with a liner to protect surrounding waters.
Oil & Gas Journal – The US Senate effectively restored the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s quorum on Aug. 3 as it approved the nominations of Rob Powelson and Neil Chatterjee to be commissioners by unanimous consent.