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.
Utility Dive – The Department of Energy "would never" use its emergency authority under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to keep uneconomic generators online, Assistant DOE Secretary Bruce Walker said Tuesday.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, hundreds of U.S. mayors oppose Trump's reversal of Clean Power Plan; company building nuclear reactors faked inspections; and possible financial incentives to boost smart grid.
Reuters – The emergence of self-driving electric cars and travel sharing are set to dent oil consumption by 2040, oil and gas giant BP said, forecasting a peak in demand for the first time.
In this week's Energy SciPol Weekly, the EU wants compensation for US solar panel tariffs; largest US wind project receives a setback; and cryptocurrency may create energy shortage in Iceland.
FOX Business – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the government is considering raising the tax on gasoline as one option to pay for the newly released infrastructure proposal.
NPR – Much of northern Puerto Rico that had seen power finally restored months after Hurricane Maria, was in darkness again on Sunday following an explosion and fire at an electrical substation.
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.
Inside Climate News – Environment groups worry the carbon capture credits will just boost fossil fuels. The 'tax extenders’, meanwhile, cut some nuclear, solar and geothermal costs.
The Courier Journal – The parent of Kentucky's two large utilities – LG&E and KU – has ordered a major reduction in emissions blamed for global warming by eliminating "the bulk" of its coal-burning in the coming years.
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.