Lawmakers in Wyoming are considering a bill that would increase the tax placed on wind production. Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy Director Robert Godby says the measure would likely result on project cancellations and more investments in states like Montana, New Mexico and Colorado.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and the state Public Utilities Commission are at odds over a bill from the state Senate that would give the PUC up to one year to decide on proposed wind farms. The regulatory body currently has a six-month period to reach a decision.
US District Judge Miranda Du has allowed South Carolina to be a defendant in Nevada's plutonium-related lawsuit against the Energy Department. "In sum, the court concludes that South Carolina has satisfied the requirements for permissive intervention ... and therefore grants South Carolina's motion," Du wrote.
President Donald Trump has resubmitted six nominees to the Senate for confirmation after their nominations lapsed in the previous Congress. Four of the nominees are for Energy Department positions: Rita Baranwal for nuclear energy assistant secretary, William Cooper for general counsel, Christopher Fall for Office of Science director and Lane Genatowski for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy director.
Implementing carbon pricing in the US would help nuclear energy compete with other power sources, writes Haley Zaremba. "If fossil fuel producers in the United States were made to pay a price for their hefty carbon emissions, as has been implemented by many countries around the world since the 1990s (as far-flung and diverse as Denmark, South Korea, and Zimbabwe), nuclear would be able to hold onto its meager market share or even expand it," she writes.
Nuclear industry officials suggest it could be time to consider alternatives to Yucca Mountain, the proposed nuclear waste repository in Nevada. This comes as funding for the site likely won't be approved by the new Congress this year, nor will Nevada loosen its opposition, leaders say.
A hearing about Holtec International's proposed interim nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has been scheduled by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The session will begin on Wednesday and potentially continue on Thursday.
Funding sources for nuclear plants in the UK will be assessed, says energy secretary Greg Clark. One option might be a regulated asset-based model, he says.
Russia and Serbia have reached a civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement, which includes exploring the build-out and renovation of nuclear reactors.
China National Offshore Oil Corp. says it will invest at a record level to double oil and natural gas exploration projects and proven reserves by the middle of the next decade. The state-owned offshore explorer, likely to release details Wednesday, will probably boost its gas reserves, but it may have a difficult time reaching its oil target, consultancy Wood Mackenzie says.