Tom Ewing’s Environmental Report

* The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) meets this week, October 25-27, in Washington. CAAFI is the airlines/trade group trying to trying to build out an alternative jet fuels industry. Airlines are under a lot of pressure to reduce carbon emissions. Difficult. DOE, Department of Agriculture and the US military are closely involved. You can view the Agenda here.

* President Obama issued an Executive Order last week to prepare the US for space weather events – consequences from solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, which occur regularly and can impact critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication and aviation. Extreme space weather events could disable large portions of the electrical power grid. The EO sets out a policy and assignments for a wide range of Agencies, from the Department of Commerce to Homeland Security. Operational plans are due in six months.

* OK let’s admit it: we’d be lost without the great work from the US Energy Information Administration. Or, maybe we’d all get more work done rather than being captivated by EIA’s charts, reports, links, summaries and analyses. Case in point: check out the new/updated report on State Energy Profiles. Wait until the boss is gone or fallen back to sleep. You might spend the whole day checking every state and territory in the US. Did you know that in 2015, solar power became New Jersey’s largest source of renewable electricity with three-fifths provided by customer-sited solar panels? But it’s also important to know that New Jersey refineries have added rail access for crude oil deliveries and can now receive crude oil either by rail from North Dakota or by tanker from overseas, whichever is more economic. Diversification…


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