Trump takes aim at light bulb efficiency rules

EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration effectively eliminated new federal efficiency standards for light bulbs starting in January, which one analysis says could lead to $14 billion per year in additional energy costs. (E&E News, Washington Post) 

CLIMATE:
• The CNN climate forum exposes significant differences among candidates on fracking, nuclear energy and who should own renewables. (Greentech Media)
• Democratic candidate Joe Biden is called out for plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by the co-founder of a natural gas export firm. (Reuters, The Intercept)
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls the plastic straw debate a fossil fuel industry distraction tactic to steer attention from carbon polluters. (Vox)

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2020 Democrats turn focus to climate change

POLITICS: CNN tonight airs seven hours of interviews with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates focused on climate change. (Vox)

ALSO:
• Candidates release a flurry of climate plans in the leadup to the CNN forum, with Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg unveiling plans today. (Associated Press)
• Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenges fellow candidates to commit to a 100% clean energy transition within a decade for electricity, vehicles and buildings. (Reuters)
• A North Carolina Republican lawmaker went against his party to reject a controversial ratemaking bill backed by Duke Energy and is now working on a compromise. (Energy News Network)

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Utilities waiting for Dorian’s next move

HURRICANE DORIAN: Utilities prepare for the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which threatens the electric grid from Florida to South Carolina. (Orlando Sentinel, The State)

ALSO:
• The storm could be a test for Florida solar farms, which are required to be built to withstand 160 mph winds. (Bloomberg)
• Florida Power & Light activates an emergency response plan for the storm that includes a 16,000-person restoration workforce. (S&P Global)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• U.S. Coast Guard rescuers use a Rhode Island offshore wind farm to practice rescue operations as the industry grows along the East Coast.

Trump methane rollback reveals climate split within oil industry

NOTE TO READERS: The Energy News Network is taking a break for Labor Day. We will resume on Tuesday, September 3. CLIMATE: While smaller oil and gas companies welcomed the Trump administration’s plan to roll back methane restrictions, larger players warn it could harm the industry’s future amid growing concern about climate change. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• California’s attorney general calls the methane rollback a “monumentally stupid decision,” and, along with Colorado, threatens to sue the Trump administration. (Los Angeles Times, Colorado Sun)
• The propose rule change is part of a growing list of steps the Trump administration has taken to undermine U.S. action on climate change.

California AG calls Trump methane rollback ‘monumentally stupid’

NOTE TO READERS: Western Energy News will be taking a break for Labor Day. We will resume on Tuesday, September 3. CLIMATE: California’s attorney general calls a Trump administration plan to roll back restrictions on methane emissions a “monumentally stupid decision,” and, along with Colorado, threatens to sue the administration. (Los Angeles Times, Colorado Sun)

UTILITIES: Environmental groups have joined New Mexico’s largest utility in an appeal to the state Supreme Court seeking clarity on whether regulators will apply a new clean energy law in deciding the fate of the San Juan coal plant. (Albuquerque Journal)

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