Coal could see a small resurgence next year

COAL: The Energy Information Administration projects a slight rebound in the share of electricity produced by coal in 2021 due to high natural gas prices, but not enough to reverse coal’s long-term decline. (Wall Street Journal)

ALSO:
• The EPA grants Wyoming the authority to regulate carbon dioxide injection wells intended for long-term storage. (E&E News, subscription)
• Coal miners living with black lung disease face greater challenges and complications amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Allegheny Front)

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EPA chief says climate action hurts the poor

OVERSIGHT: In a speech highlighting the 50th anniversary of the agency, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler claims efforts to fight climate change harm the poor and pledges to focus on cleaning up pollution at the community level. (Reuters, The Hill)

ALSO: FERC now says it has exclusive jurisdiction over a Colorado cooperative’s member exit charges, a move that could have broader implications for rate cases, experts say. (Utility Dive)

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In California, battery storage is the new peaker plant

GRID: Battery storage, only recently considered an unattainable “holy grail,” is already providing electricity to California’s grid equivalent to a mid-sized power plant. (New York Times)

ALSO: Hurricane Laura caused “catastrophic” damage to Louisiana’s electric grid and transmission towers, according to Entergy, which will leave some customers without power for weeks. (Daily Energy Insider)

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Clean energy firms surpassing Big Oil in market value

RENEWABLE ENERGY: In what analysts say is a sign of the shifting energy economy, some of the largest renewable energy developers have already surpassed oil majors in market valuation. (E&E News)

ALSO: A new study warns that steps must be taken to avoid damage to wildlife habitat from mining materials needed for clean energy technology. (The Guardian)

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Trump administration revises coal plant water discharge rules

OVERSIGHT: The Trump administration relaxes Obama-era rules for wastewater discharges from coal plants, and says the weaker standard will actually prevent more pollution. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• A U.S. Appeals court for the second time strikes down the Trump administration’s attempt to limit automaker penalties for not meeting fuel economy standards. (The Hill)
• Experts say four Trump administration rule changes could be quickly overturned if Democrats win the election. (E&E News)
• A photo obtained through a records request reveals the $43,000 phone booth former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had installed in his office. (E&E News)

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