Utility Dive – The California ISO's Board of Governors last week approved the grid operator's 2017-2018 Transmission Plan to maintain reliability, while canceling or modifying several previously approved projects to avoid $2.6 billion in future costs.
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Energy News Network – A promising technology under development at The Ohio State University converts fossil fuels into electricity without emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This method could represent a breakthrough for “clean coal.”
The Hill – Lawmakers grilled federal officials Thursday over why power is still not restored to all of Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
Reuters – The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday withdrew from a 2016 agreement to partner with a private developer on a more than 700-mile transmission line that would have delivered wind power from blustery Oklahoma to Tennessee and beyond.
The Hill – The Department of Energy is touting a new study as proof that coal use is key in order to keep houses lit and offices warm during major storm event.
The Press of Atlantic City – Bipartisan legislation to ban offshore drilling in state waters and to prohibit infrastructure there from supporting drilling in federal waters off New Jersey, was approved 37-0 on Monday by the state Senate.
Ars Technica – Last week's ARPA-E summit was full of big ideas about the future of energy, and nowhere was that more evident than on the summit's show floor. Dozens of academic institutions and companies set up booths to show off what they had been working on with their grant money.
The Hill – Revelations about Russian cyberattacks on the US energy grid are sparking new fears in Washington about the growing threat to the energy sector.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, government cuts renewable budget; Santee Cooper electricity rates to rise; and Trans-Alaskan Pipeline fights millions of cyber attacks.
Utility Dive – Domestic energy programs were targets for some of the steepest cuts in Trump's budget proposal. The omnibus spending bill turns that proposal on its head, increasing funds for a number of offices Trump proposed to cut.
InsideClimate News – Nine months after oil starting flowing through the Dakota Access pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has challenged the adequacy of leak detection technology used by pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners.