The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), seeks information from the public to understand the key technical and other barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions.
Scientific American / E&E News – Scott Pruitt suggested that US forests would offset potential carbon dioxide emissions released by burning wood for energy. But his controversial decision was rejected by critics as an unscientific step to help the forest industry.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, Exxon Mobil under investigation; the first wind turbine technician program for high school students starts in Texas; and GE plans to make largest wind turbine ever.
Bloomberg – The US wants to fund research targeting better cybersecurity for the nation’s power grid and the oil and natural gas industry after web attacks hobbled electronic communications for several pipeline operators.
Bloomberg – A cyberattack that US natural gas pipeline owners weren’t required to report has lawmakers taking a closer look at how the industry is handling such threats, raising the prospect of tighter regulation.