The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office seeks information from the public on understanding, accessing, and utilizing the full potential of the hydropower fleet, including pumped storage, to contribute to electric grid resiliency and reliability.
The Department of Energy published, on November 28, 2017, a Request for Information seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservations Standards program.
Houston Chronicle – Energy Secretary Rick Perry attacked climate change policy, arguing global efforts to shift away from fossil fuels were "immoral" by denying developing nations the plentiful, cheap energy needed to lift people out of poverty.
Greentech Media – The US energy storage market is no longer in its infancy. One hundred megawatt-hours of grid-connected energy storage were deployed in the fourth quarter of the year, marking 1,080 cumulative megawatt-hours deployed between 2013 and 2017.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, government scales back on help to Puerto Rico; Hawaii's largest solar and storage system begins construction; and lower oil prices could cause problems for Saudi Arabia.
The New York Times – The president of a Tennessee state university, under fire for an academic study on truck emissions that was paid for by a local trucking company, has asked federal officials to disregard the study, at least for now, in its review of pollution regulations that could benefit the company.