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.
Energy Digital – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made $50mn available to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots for transformational coal technologies that improve coal-powered systems’ performance, efficiency, emission reduction, and cost of electricity.
Reuters – The two nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project plant near Houston were operating at full capacity on Tuesday, a spokesman for the plant said, as watchdog groups called for the facility to shut due to Tropical Storm Harvey.
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.