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October 13, 2017

Energy – SciPol Weekly, October 7 – October 13

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Government

Greentech Media – Energy Secretary Perry Requests Federal Rules to Boost Cost Recovery for Coal and Nuclear

The Department of Energy recently released a highly anticipated assessment of the U.S. grid that did not find a clear link between retiring coal and nuclear power plants and reduced grid reliability. Now, the agency is asking federal regulators to presume that’s the case, and create a rule that could provide coal and nuclear plants with additional financial support -- potentially at the expense of natural gas, solar, wind and other alternatives. 

The News Virginian – FERC OKs Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization had been widely expected by both supporters and opponents of the pipelines. The certificates granted by the commission came with dozens of conditions, and other necessary permits for both projects are still pending. Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets.

The White House – President Donald J. Trump Proclaims October 2017 as National Energy Awareness Month

During National Energy Awareness Month, we commit to achieving an America First energy policy that will lower energy costs for hardworking Americans, protect our national security, and promote responsible stewardship of the environment. The United States is blessed with extraordinary energy abundance, and we must encourage policies that allow innovative Americans to unleash our Nation's energy potential and drive robust job growth and expansion in every sector of our economy.

Industry

Reuters – Coal plant closures continue even as U.S. ends 'Clean Power Plan'

Vistra’s (VST.N) subsidiary Luminant will close two Texas power plants, it said in a statement on Friday. The announcement came just a week after Luminant revealed the closure of a further Texas plant. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Tuesday he wanted to ease pressure on the coal industry by scrapping a package of rules put in place under President Barack Obama, known collectively as the Clean Power Plan. 

Science

Earth & Space Science News – Satellite Quantifies Carbon Dioxide from Coal-Fired Power Plants

Using data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite, researchers measured emissions of the greenhouse gas from individual coal plants in the United States, India, and South Africa. Despite the increasing popularity of renewable energies like wind and solar power, countries around the world continue to build power plants fueled by coal. Now, researchers have analyzed satellite observations of plants in three countries to test whether the space-based measurements can accurately reveal how much carbon dioxide (CO2) such plants emit.

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