NOTE TO READERS: Northeast Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2. OFFSHORE DRILLING: Attorneys general from nine states sue the Trump administration to block seismic testing for oil and gas deposits off the East Coast. (Reuters)
OIL & GAS:
• With the release of a draft environmental study, the Trump administration is moving closer to opening an Alaskan wildlife refuge to drilling, possibly by the end of next year. (New York Times)
• After months of record output, Bakken oil production in North Dakota is expected to level off early next year.
NOTE TO READERS: Midwest Energy News is taking a break for the holidays. The daily digest will return on Wednesday, January 2. POLICY: The Farm Bureau is an often unnoticed ally in the oil industry’s fight against climate science and policy. (InsideClimate News)
• Wisconsin regulators approve two We Energies solar projects despite objections from renewable energy and consumer advocates. (State Journal)
• A 1 MW solar array is under construction near a northern Indiana township to help meet rising demand for renewable energy.
NUCLEAR: In a massive filing consisting of nearly 200 boxes of documents, a New Jersey utility files for $900 million in public subsidies to keep its nuclear units operating. (NJ Spotlight)
• Massachusetts will begin shrinking electric vehicle rebates in an effort to stretch program dollars further. (Energy News Network)
• Maine announces plans for a string of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations from the state’s southern border to Quebec. (Portland Press Herald)
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• After being rejected by New Jersey regulators for a third time, developers of a proposed offshore wind farm are coming back with bigger plans.
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ALSO: Undeterred by the recent defeat of a proposed carbon tax, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils a package of legislation aimed at fighting climate change, including one measure to shift the state toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Times)
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CLIMATE: After an attempt by the Trump administration to bury a recent federal climate report backfires, a renewed effort to discredit climate scientists is emerging. (E&E News, InsideClimate News)
ALSO: A new poll finds that two-thirds of Republicans now acknowledge climate science. (Monmouth University)
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OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration is expected to allow five companies to do seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.