Utility Dive – The Trump administration is planning to bail out coal and nuclear plants at risk of closure under the authority of two seldom-used federal laws, according to a memo made public Friday.
Utility Dive – President Trump directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to stop the closure of coal and nuclear plants, pushed offline by cheaper electricity from natural gas and renewables.
Pacific Standard – As the Trump administration attempts to roll back regulations on coal ash ponds, a new report highlights the dangers posed by storing toxic waste next to rivers.
Utility Dive – Utilities are welcoming a historic rooftop solar building code in California, but urging caution with its implementation in order to protect non-solar customers.
E&E News – The Trump administration is considering forming "a new, central institution" to advocate for natural gas and coal technology and exports, according to a document E&E News obtained from an administration source.
The Washington Post – A federal appeals court found that restrictions against harming wildlife are inadequate for the controversial 600-mile natural gas project.
Greentech Media – High-tech grid resources that have become commonplace in some utility territories aren’t even considered in others.
Greentech Media – Grid operator says nuke plant closures aren’t a threat to keeping the lights on. But a new fuel security study has some clean energy advocates worried.
Scientific American / E&E News – Observers say the timing and the specifics of EPA’s next steps will determine how strong the agency is heading into the court battles guaranteed to come.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, takeaways from North Carolina State's Energy Conference; FERC order opens door for more energy storage; and Advanced Microgrid Solutions' Hybrid-Electric building open.