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.