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Business Insider – US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years

Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety. The U.S. Department of Energy said the facility at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls began operating Tuesday for the first time since it went on standby status in 1994.

Huffpost – The Final Tax Bill Won’t Touch Renewable Energy Tax Provisions

The House of Representatives is expected to pass its comprehensive tax reform bill this week. In terms of energy policy, this bill includes several provisions that would reduce the tax benefits for the renewable energy industry. However, when the final bill is negotiated, these House provisions will likely fall by the wayside, allowing the status quo to stand.

KATC – Federal agency pulls recommendations for whistleblower protection for offshore workers

A federal agency that investigated the Deepwater Horizon disaster has withdrawn its recommendation to extend whistleblower protections to offshore workers, saying it agrees with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s reasons for refusing to enact the protections.

Natural Gas Intel – Senate Committee Approves ANWR Drilling Proposal

After more than three hours of debate, lawmakers on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-10 in favor of a proposal to open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.

The Hill – US tells UN climate conference: ‘We continue to be a leader’ on clean energy

A State Department official on Thursday called the United States a “leader” on clean energy issues and told United Nations delegates the U.S. is still committed to global climate work, despite President Trump’s opposition to the Paris climate agreement.

TwinCities.com – 3 arrested at Enbridge Line 3 pipeline site in Wisconsin

Police have arrested three protesters at an Enbridge pipeline construction site in northwestern Wisconsin. Authorities say 12 to 15 pipeline opponents gathered at the site in Superior about 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

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Greentech Media – Building on Land Saves Big in Offshore Wind Construction, Study Finds

A recent study supported by the U.S. Department of Energy found it is possible to significantly reduce the time and capital required to get offshore wind turbines in the water. Researchers at the University of Delaware say the cost of building an offshore wind project can be slashed by 37 percent by completing much of the construction and assembly on land.

Science Daily – Peace, equality and prosperity all depend on affordable clean energy, study shows

The UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals are aimed at achieving equality, securing global peace and ending extreme poverty -- an ambitious agenda that will require a wide-range of conditions to be met. But one requirement lies at the center of most of the SDGs: that people have access to clean, affordable energy, says a new study.