Jack Gerard announced on Wednesday that he will step down as president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute this summer after 10 years at the helm. "We have accomplished what few would have imagined: important public policy victories at all levels of government and a revitalized association that has expanded globally and added significant strength to its advocacy capabilities," Gerard said, adding that a new CEO should be appointed by Sept. 1.
Once we become deliberate about how we react to adversity rather than habitual, we can better manage our emotions and respond to others constructively, writes LaRae Quy. "Awareness and curiosity about our own emotions, as well as those of others, places us in a stronger position to not only recognize the negative ones but to anticipate how they could spin out of control," she writes.
Surging demand from European and Asian refiners could help US crude exports hit 1.5 million barrels per day this year, marking a 45% increase from last year, according to consultancy Energy Aspects. US crude exports averaged 1.037 million barrels per day between January and October 2017, up from 591,000 barrels per day in 2016.
As new pipeline projects face increasing regulatory roadblocks and mounting opposition from environmentalists and locals, North America's biggest pipeline operators, including Kinder Morgan and Enbridge, are doubling down on pipeline expansions. Pipeline expansions can be built more quickly and at a lower cost compared with new projects and with minimal impact on the environment, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said, but this strategy comes with its own shortcomings, as it mostly benefits companies with assets in strategic locations.
Operations at several Gulf Coast refineries, including Valero Energy's and Motiva Enterprises' Port Arthur, Texas, facilities, were getting back to normal on Wednesday as weather conditions improved. Subfreezing temperatures overnight caused power outages and instrumentation freezing at some refineries.
Even during the harsh winter weather and resulting increased power demand, Exelon Generation's nuclear power plants in Illinois and its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland operated at almost full capacity, Exelon said. "Our performance this past week helps demonstrate nuclear power's reliability and resiliency nationally," Exelon Chief Nuclear Officer Bryan Hanson said.
PSEG will use Rolls-Royce's digital analytics systems at its Salem and Hope Creek power plants in New Jersey under a new agreement. The systems aim to boost plant efficiency, and PSEG has already run a successful six-month pilot program.
Josh Havertape was chosen by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be the new inspector general for Exelon Generation's LaSalle nuclear power plant in Illinois. "His experience, training, and education will help ensure LaSalle meets the high regulatory standards set by the NRC," said NRC Region III Administrator K. Steven West.
NASA, which has been testing nuclear power sources as part of its Kilopower project since November, will hold a press conference today in which the early results of those tests are likely to be announced. The project aims to find new nuclear power sources to use on Mars, and the technology must be able to operate at full power for 28 hours straight.
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