CLIMATE: An analysis of state data reveals that emissions have been increasing from California’s biggest oil and gas companies since the state’s cap-and-trade program was implemented. (ProPublica)
PIPELINES: Montana lawmakers representing Native American tribal members want the public comment period for the environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline extended, saying tribes were not properly consulted. (Reuters)
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Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: U.S. electric bus demand is outpacing production as more cities look to electrify their transit fleets. (InsideClimate News)
• Tesla shares skyrocket from a rare quarterly profit for investors, surpassing General Motors as the most valuable car company in the United States. (Reuters)
• Ford will release its electric sport utility vehicle under its Mustang brand, which has been used up until now for sporty coupes.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Wisconsin regulators rule that WEC Energy Group utilities can’t use ratepayer funds to subsidize home EV charging stations. (Wisconsin State Journal)
COAL: Groups involved in a settlement agreement over the closing of an Illinois coal plant say it could be a model for helping communities transition from plant closures. (Utility Dive)
• The Omaha Public Power District board approves plans for a 600 MW solar project, which would be the largest in Nebraska.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! TRANSPORTATION: Advocates for a multi-state compact to reduce transportation emissions say it must address concerns of rural areas where many residents are more dependent on private cars. (Energy News Network)
OIL & GAS:
• A bankrupt oil refinery in Philadelphia that was damaged by an explosion this year will be sold at auction in January as union and city officials are given a say by the court. (Reuters)
• A court gives the refinery permission to tap into the balance of a $100 million loan as it prepares for its eventual sale.
Support the Energy News Network. Give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation! WIND: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says an analysis of the state’s offshore wind potential will move forward despite a months-long impasse over the state budget. (Energy News Network)
• The CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority says 85% of the 154 companies that buy its power in the South have agreed to new 20-year deals, but its biggest customer, a Memphis utility, has not yet signed. (Associated Press)
• Florida Power & Light customers will see a dip in their bills early next year because of lower natural gas prices, but it likely won’t last as the utility charges more for storm protection upgrades.