The New York Times – Faced with questions about its commitment to safety, the Interior Department sent teams to the Gulf of Mexico last week to inspect giant cranes used in offshore oil and gas operations that are a significant source of accidents.
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In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, new policies cost oil and gas jobs; as gasoline demand falls, petrochemicals rise; and new acoustic lighthouses could stop bird deaths in wind turbines.
Axios – One of America’s largest utility companies, Duke Energy, is set to release a report later this month that sketches a drastically changed electricity mix in a carbon-constrained future.
Greentech Media – Friday was the deadline for independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to respond to FERC’s initial 18 questions about resilience.
Washington Examiner – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday he is prepared to scale back his controversial proposal to massively expand drilling in federal waters off the US coasts.
ABC News – A project to build a massive oil-by-rail terminal in southwest Washington officially ended Tuesday when the project's developers and the Port of Vancouver terminated a lease for a site along the Columbia River.
The Hill – Four Republican senators representing oil and farm states failed to come to an agreement on changes to the nation’s biofuel mandate during a White House meeting with President Trump on Tuesday.
Utility Dive – FERC Order 841 could be a landmark decision for the storage industry but Brattle's report is a reminder that economics and policy will also need to be favorable in order for storage to reach its full potential.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, college republican propose carbon tax; Exxon tries to create biofuels on massive scale; and Tesla and Uber try to boost electric vehicles.
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.
Utility Dive – The Department of Energy wants the private sector to help it develop small modular coal-fired power plants, a senior DOE official told reporters at a Houston energy conference this week.