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Vol. 4, No. 39, September 26, 2016

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Vostochno Messoyakhskoye Oil field in Siberia

A ceremonial event marking the launch of the Vostochno Messoyakhskoye oil field took place in Russia. The event was attended by Alexey Miller, Chairman of  Gazprom, Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft, and Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of  Gazprom Neft.

The Vostochno-Messoyakhsky licensed block is located in the Gydan Peninsula (Taz District, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area). The nearest population center – the Tazovsky village – is 150 kilometers away from the field. The project was executed despite the lack of industrial and transport infrastructure: in 2015–2016, some 400,000 tons of cargo was delivered to the field via water transport and winter roads.

October will be here soon. The Harvest season will be here. Octoberfest, Wine Festivals, Harvest Festivities will be order of the day in the northern hemisphere. Then comes the Christmas season. Enjoy!

This is the week that was in smart energy news. Publisher's Note gives readers a snapshot of all important news items. The website covers all the news items in detail. Publisher's Note ("Pub Note" as it is populaly referred to) is a good place to start.

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The Department of Transportation is issuing Federal policy for automated vehicles, laying a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road. Federal Automated Vehicles Policy - September 2016 / Smart Grid/ Feature

The announcement builds on steps the Obama Administration has already taken to address emerging national security challenges impacted by climate change. For example, because climate change in the Arctic will necessitate greater presence in the region’s open seas, the Administration proposed in 2015 to accelerate the acquisition of a replacement heavy icebreaker for the Arctic and began planning for the construction of additional icebreakers. President Obama Addresses The National Security Implications Of Climate Change / Spotlight

This information will help the Government assess supplier greenhouse gas management practices and assist agencies in developing strategies to engage with contractors to reduce supply chain emissions. Federal Acquisition Regulation: Public Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Reduction / Renewables

Several large emitting countries, which had not yet completed their domestic approval processes in time for the event, also announced they were committed to joining the agreement this year. UN Says 14 More Countries Will Join Paris Agreement Later in 2016 / Renewables

Jacobs is building a global center of nuclear expertise here in the U.K. and long term we see potential to leverage this U.K.-developed knowledge and expertise to support nuclear projects internationally. Jacobs Engineering Providing EDF With Project Management Services at the Hinkley Point C NPP / Utility

Once ratified, CETA will codify the right for Canadian and US investors with subsidiaries in Canada to sue EU member states as well as the European Union for legislation which could negatively affect their profits. CETA does not include any obligations for those investors. CETA Deal Could Help Investors Attack Public Interest Safeguards / Smart Grid

Currently, more than two billion people are affected by water stress, a figure that is expected to rise in coming decades due to growing demands on water supplies and the increasing effects of climate change. World Leaders Call for Action on Water / Spotlight

Unlike most trade deals, TISA is about services, not goods. The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) must create high standards rules for global trade in services across all sectors, providing strong provisions that protect the free flow of data across borders. TiSA in Spotlight: Trade Deal Could Be Even Greater Threat Than TTIP / Smart Grid

From a functional perspective, the IISF separates security evaluation into endpoint, communications, monitoring and configuration building blocks with subdivisions for each one. Each perspective offers implementation best practices. IIoT Consortium Delivers the Industrial Internet Security Framework / Smart Grid / Feature

The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without affordable and universal access to ICTs and broadband connectivity, according to members of the Broadband Commission. Need to Address the Digital Divide if we are to achieve the Global Development Agenda by 2030 / Smart Grid

We will eliminate the highly invasive waters of the US rule and scrap the five trillion dollar Obama Clinton Climate Action Plan and the clean power plan these unilateral plans.” Trump Plans to Refocus EPA / Renewables/Feature

It is the policy of the Federal Government to ensure that the current impacts of climate change, and those anticipated in the coming decades, be identified and considered in the development and implementation of relevant national security doctrine, policies, and plans. Obama Links Climate Change and National Security /Spotlight

CEQ issued the Final Guidance on August 2, 2016. On August 25, 2016, WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility, citing the Final Guidance, filed suit in U.S. District Court charging that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not comply with NEPA. Obama Administration’s Final NEPA Guidance / Renewables

DOE  preparing to seek public input on how a privately-owned storage facility could fit into the overall integrated waste management system. Senate Explores Future of Nuclear Energy /Spotlight

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General News of Interest, extracted from different categories

The U.S. report mainly highlights tax-based subsidies, but also discusses incentives related to public lands leasing and transportation infrastructure. G20 Report Highlights Massive Fossil Fuel Giveaways /Oil and Gas

Latest projections for 2030 show nuclear power maintaining its contribution to the global energy mix at the present level, in the low scenario. In the high-growth scenario, use of nuclear power could grow by about 56%. Iran continues to implement its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's Statement to the Board of Governors / Spotlight

The City of London’s Green Finance Initiative has agreed to work closely with China’s Green Finance Committee to promote and raise awareness of green finance. City of London Announces Green Finance Summit 2017 / Renewables

This rulemaking effort resulted in proposing revisions to the 2007 Exceptional Events Rule and issuing draft implementation guidance for wildfires that may influence ozone concentrations in November of 2015. The EPA finalized these rule revisions and finalized the wildfire/ozone guidance in September of 2016. EPA’s Exceptional Events Rule and Guidance /Utility

Senators Oppose Transfer of Internet management by the U.S. in October. GOP Senators Urge Democrats to Protect Internet Freedom; Oppose Oct. 1 Oversight Transition / Smart Grid

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved five bills, including the NASA Transition Authorization Act which advances deep space exploration, the journey to Mars and the International Space Station for fiscal year 2017. Commerce Approves NASA Transition Act, BOTS Act, and 3 Other Bills / Smart Grid

At the 2014 U.S.-Africa Business Forum (USABF), $33 billion in commitments, including $14 billion in private sector deals and commitments, were made to support economic growth across Africa. U.S.-Africa Cooperation on Trade and Investment Under the Obama Administration / Smart Grid

The embedded carbon emissions from the oil, gas, and coal in currently operating fields and mines, if they run to the end of their projected lifetimes, will take us just beyond the Paris Agreement’s 2˚C warming limit, and even further from the goal of 1.5˚C. Fossil Fuel Expansion Has Reached the Sky’s Limit / Spotlight

DOD and the Department of Energy are planning to invest significant resources to recapitalize and modernize the strategic triad in the coming decades. DOD Assesses Need for Each Leg of the Strategic Triad and Considered Other Reductions to Nuclear Forces / Smart Grid /Feature

Noncompliance under CAFE standards results in a per mile per gallon per vehicle fine, the amount of which is currently being examined but which had been at $55. Midterm Review and Update of CAFÉ Standards For Motor Vehicles / Spotlight

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