Despite repeal, utilities hit Clean Power Plan targets anyway

CLEAN ENERGY: Despite the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a new report finds electricity providers have hit the Obama-era policy’s targets a decade ahead of schedule. (E&E News, subscription required)

ALSO:
• The Trump administration has granted an extension to some renewable energy projects so they can still qualify for federal tax credits. (The Hill)
• The International Energy Agency projects energy investments will drop 20% this year, slowing efforts to reduce emissions. (Greentech Media)

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EMISSIONS:
• Nearly two dozen states join California in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars.

In blow to oil companies, climate lawsuits to proceed in state court

CLIMATE: A U.S. Court of Appeals rules climate lawsuits by California cities and counties can proceed in state court instead of a federal venue thought to be more favorable to the energy industry. (Associated Press)

OVERSIGHT: Democratic attorneys general led by California and New York have been largely successful in lawsuits to halt Trump administration efforts to roll back Obama-era climate and environmental regulations. (E&E News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: The Sierra Club unveils a $6 trillion stimulus plan to develop infrastructure and clean energy. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• A Wisconsin utility proposes to spend $900 million on six solar projects totaling 675 MW of capacity, part of a plan to save ratepayers $2 billion over the next three decades.

Change is coming to the energy sector, but how soon?

CLEAN ENERGY: While experts say the long-term transition to clean energy will continue, it’s still unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will impact the energy sector over the next few years. (Washington Post)

OVERSIGHT: A Trump administration order citing the coronavirus pandemic to cut regulations will likely face multiple court challenges. (The Hill)

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CLIMATE:
• Houston will begin a five-year contract in July with NRG Energy to power all city-owned properties with renewable energy. (Bloomberg)
• A new Colorado regulation requires some operations to report their greenhouse gas emissions to the state.

North Carolina advances offshore wind; Ohio project could be dead in the water

WIND: North Carolina takes the first step toward what observers say is a crucial study of the state’s offshore wind manufacturing potential. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Ohio regulators rule an offshore wind project in Lake Erie can move forward under a condition that turbines not run at night for eight months a year, which the developer says “may well be fatal to the entire project.” (Energy News Network)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• Some clean energy supporters say U.S. House Democrats’ $3 trillion stimulus bill ignores the industry’s effort to secure federal aid. (Politico)
• A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sign a letter asking the Trump administration to extend deadlines for federal renewable energy tax credits due to pandemic-related delays. (news release) 

SOLAR:
• Illinois solar backers are making a last-ditch legislative effort to get more time to spend about $200 million collected for solar projects before it is refunded to ratepayers.

New York pipeline rejection could have legal ripples elsewhere

PIPELINES: Legal experts say the recent rejection of a $1 billion natural gas connection to Long Island may be the first time a state emissions law has been used to defeat a pipeline. (InsideClimate News)

GRID:
• Some stakeholders debating New Jersey’s participation in PJM capacity markets are calling for the creation of a state power authority. (S&P Global)
• Federal regulators approve changes to PJM’s operating reserve market, but one member warns it could result in higher costs for consumers. (E&E News, subscription required)
• New England’s grid operator expects to have plenty of capacity to meet summer demand. (Vermont Business)

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