New Pathfinder Initiative Aims to Protect U.S. Energy Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

The U.S. Energy Department has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense on a new Energy Sector Pathfinder initiative to strengthen intergovernmental cooperation in proactively addressing cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure, according to a Feb. 3 news release. The initiative aims to advance information sharing, enhance training and education regarding…

Coal’s Share of New England Power Mix Drops to One Percent, Driven by Plant Closures, Low Operating Rates: EIA

Coal-fired electricity generation and coal consumption in New England and New York have fallen to near minimal levels as many of the coal plants in the region have either retired or switched fuels, according to a Feb. 4 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal’s share of generation will be less than one percent…

U.S. Energy Department Announces $170 Million to Support Solar, Geothermal Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department will invest $125.5 million to advance research and development of solar technologies that lower costs, increase the competitiveness of manufacturing and businesses, and support grid reliability, according to a Feb. 5 news release. The agency will also spend $43.8 million to support geothermal technologies. The funding opportunities will be made available…