Production, Conversion, Distribution
Forbes – Chevron Corp. has filed a third-party complaint against Norway’s state-owned oil company Statoil, seeking to include it in lawsuits by California cities and counties over global warming.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, the Senate approves a fracking ban; Elon Musk gives free solar panels and Tesla batteries; and Saudi Arabia makes a switch to renewables.
UtilityDIVE – NYSERDA's plan doubles as a comprehensive guide to offshore wind in New York. The agency says it is "a comprehensive roadmap" that takes into account environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues, along with costs and barriers. Its appendices is made up of two dozen studies from a sand and gravel resource analysis to assessments of ports, cables and pipelines.
Washington Examiner – A stopgap government funding bill expected to be approved by the House contains language that orders the Energy Department to sell $350 million from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, America's rise to possible energy independence; Chile could become a renewables superpower; and world's largest wind farm starts construction.
The Washington Post – A memorandum from the Interior Department directs its field offices “to simplify and streamline the leasing process” so that federal leases to the oil and gas industry can be expedited “to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held.”
Utility Dive – President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, saying his administration has "ended the war on beautiful, 'clean coal.'"
The Wall Street Journal – As coal and nuclear power plants around the U.S. close due to competitive pressures, the number of people employed in making electricity is shrinking.
Utility Dive – Salt River Project already has a significant number of electric vehicles on its system, and the utility is preparing for more. By studying charging habits, the Arizona utility now knows it can use variable-rate plans to shift some EV demand to off-peak hours.