A report from Citigroup analysts said the US Gulf Coast is on the path to emerging as a major LNG trading hub, and that could lead to an LNG futures market in the US. "What appears to be unfolding into next year is a seismic change in the functioning of the global LNG market," the report reads in part.
A series of recent surveys and polls suggest that consumers are making sustainability and ethical production a priority when making food-buying decisions. "Consumers expect businesses and government to take action to ensure the fairness and long-term sustainability of food production," says Globescan's Abbie Curtis.
The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require the state to curb its greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. "With S.B. 32 we continue California's leadership on climate change," Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said.
The University of Cincinnati has completed a three-year study that found no evidence linking fracking to groundwater contamination, writes Erik Milito, director of upstream and industry operations at the American Petroleum Institute. "The facts on fracking show that not only has the technology helped lower fuel, utility and manufacturing costs, and not only is it environmentally safe, but it is integral to U.S. status as the world's leading reducer of greenhouse gas emissions," he writes.
Officials in California have recommended the monitoring of natural gas used by oil refiners and for the state to consider the possibility of liquefied natural gas imports as it continues to face supply shortages. The state's largest natural gas storage field, the Aliso Canyon complex, remains restricted following a massive leak last year, but Sempra Energy plans to start putting gas into the complex by the end of next month.
A new report from IHS Energy has outlined the differing approaches to dealing with climate change by the US and Canada. "The reality is that each country is also starting to develop its own distinct climate policy portfolio. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to reducing emissions," said Kevin Birn, a director at IHS Energy.
X-energy and Southern Nuclear have decided to work together on the development of X-energy's Xe-100 and Southern Nuclear's molten chloride fast reactor designs, respectively. The collaboration between the two firms "will best leverage our combined research and commercial operation experience," said Southern Nuclear Chairman, President and CEO Stephen Kuczynski.
Southern California Edison's recent settlement on the closing expenses of its San Onofre nuclear plant in California has been mischaracterized by the Los Angeles Times, as the deal does not require customers to help pay for faulty steam generators from Mitsubishi, writes Southern California Edison President Ron Nichols. The utility is "aggressively pursuing claims against Mitsubishi" with the intention of sharing any funds recovered with its customers, he writes.
Acceptance tests for experimental fuel assembly components have been completed for Russia's BREST and BN fast neutron reactors. TVEL subsidiary Mashinostroitelny Zavod completed the tests, with assembly to be performed by fellow TVEL subsidiary Siberian Chemical Combine.
Berkeley, Calif.-based Perfect Day has developed an animal-free dairy milk by using genetically engineered yeasts to produce proteins found in milk, such as casein, lactoglobulin and lactoalbumin. The milk is expected to be launched commercially in late 2017.
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