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November 17, 2017

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Delaware Public Media – Delaware leaders call for review of volatility in renewable fuel credits market

Gov. John Carney (D-Delaware) and members of Delaware’s Congressional delegation are calling on the Trump administration to investigate possible price manipulation of renewable fuel credits. The credits in question are used by oil refineries to meet renewable fuel standards. – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces Expanded Partnership Opportunities with the National Laboratories

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the authorization for National Laboratory contractors to use Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) to facilitate new strategic partnerships with the national labs. This authorization comes after the ACT pilot successfully completed a six-year pilot study.

Greentech Media – Evidence Mounts That Coal, Nuclear Interests Influenced Perry’s Grid Resiliency Rule

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s effort to change federal energy regulations to favor coal and nuclear power plants in the name of grid resilience has received a barrage of criticism for misstating the facts, ignoring the evidence, and attempting to ram through a major disruption in interstate energy markets on an emergency timeframe. 

The Meridian Star – Mississippi debates cashing in on relaxed offshore drilling

Energy and businesses leaders say Mississippi could get a boost from the federal government’s historic expansion of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, conservationists say energy development would stifle Mississippi’s ecotourism, which would have detrimental long-term effects to the environment and economy.

U.S. News –Michigan Governor Cites 'Significant' Concerns Over Pipeline

 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he has "significant" long-term concerns after the company that operates twin oil pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway told state officials it found additional gaps in pipeline coating. The pipelines carry 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas across northern Wisconsin and Michigan to refineries in Ontario each day.

Yale Environment 360 – How the Alaska Pipeline Is Fueling the Push to Drill in the Arctic Refuge

The Republican-led Congress and the Trump Administration are working to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. A key impetus is the need to feed petroleum into the 40-year-old Trans-Alaska Pipeline, as low production and sluggish flows hamper its operations.


The Maritime Executive – New Concept for Offshore Wind Turbine Jackets

A new concept for a one-hundred-year minimum life concrete jacket foundation has been designed for offshore wind turbines. Andy Filak, Principal of AMF Concepts, says that one of the major hurdles to the development of offshore wind farms has been the development of reliable foundation systems with long life and ease of installation in deepwater. Filak says his new composite concrete material and a new catamaran ocean going deck barge design solve both issues. 

WSHU – The Future Of Offshore Wind Farms In The Atlantic

Fishermen are worried about an offshore wind farm proposed 30 miles out in the Atlantic from Montauk, New York, the largest fishing port in the state. They say those wind turbines – and many others that have been proposed – will impact the livelihood of fishermen in New York and New England. 


Duke Nicholas School for the Environment – Some Coal Ash from China too Radioactive for Reuse

Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.

The Cornell Daily Sun – Algal Biofuel Reactors on a Chip to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Research

With nations worldwide slowly waking up to its ecological impacts, our newest sources of oil may lie far below Cayuga’s waters, stored in a group of green, slimy organisms: algae. Algae are valuable because the natural oils they produce are remarkably similar to diesel. Using a simple conversion process, these oils can be used in vehicles that currently operate on fossil fuels. The issue, however, is efficiency.


Center for American Progress – The Energy Case Against Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Over the coming weeks, Congress will decide whether to sell out the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling as part of tax legislation being written in the U.S. Senate that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts for millionaires and corporations.

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