San Francisco sees opportunity in utility’s bankruptcy

UTILITIES: San Francisco’s mayor wants to leverage PG&E’s bankruptcy to take over the utility’s assets to serve the city’s power needs. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Meanwhile, a ratepayers’ advocacy group is trying to gain a seat at the negotiating table as PG&E seeks to settle its claims with investors and wildfire victims as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. (Wall Street Journal)
• A Colorado judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Colorado wholesale power provider against an electric co-op trying to sever its business ties. (Montrose Daily Press)

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U.S. energy use set a record in 2018

EMISSIONS: U.S. energy use hit a record high in 2018, with 80 percent coming from fossil fuels, according to federal data released this week. (Vox)

COAL: Former U.S. EPA head Scott Pruitt registers as an energy lobbyist in Indiana as fossil fuel companies seek to block the planned closure of coal plants. (Indianapolis Star)

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Missouri lawmakers take aim at transmission project

TRANSMISSION: The Missouri House passes legislation to prohibit the use of eminent domain for the Grain Belt Express wind transmission project, which developers say would halt the plan. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Nebraska lawmakers advance a bill that could make it harder to install wind energy transmission lines on private property if landowners object. (Associated Press)

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WIND:
• An Ohio cement plant signs a long-term agreement for wind energy as the company and others seek to reduce carbon emissions for an energy-intensive sector.

New Jersey regulators approve nuclear subsidies

NUCLEAR: New Jersey regulators approved a rescue plan to subsidize the state’s three nuclear reactors at a cost of $300 million for each of the next three years. (NJ.com)

NATURAL GAS: A state senator says he will introduce legislation to block the sale of natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to neighboring states that have opposed pipeline construction; the plan would likely violate the Constitution’s commerce clause. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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Controversial N.C. power plant on hold for 15 years

UTILITIES: Duke Energy’s plans to build a natural gas plant in western North Carolina that would accommodate high energy demands in the area are put on hold until at least 2032. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

ALSO:
• North Carolina lawmakers advance a bill that would let Duke Energy seek multi-year rate increases for major projects. (Charlotte Business Journal, subscription)
• The Florida Chamber of Commerce files a legal brief with the state Supreme Court opposing a proposed amendment that would reduce large power companies’ control over the energy market. (Florida Politics)

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OIL & GAS:
• East Texas and Louisiana break a 2011 shale production record, hitting 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day this month. (Houston Chronicle)
• Rising production in Texas and Appalachia could lead to pipeline capacity constraints sooner than originally thought, some analysts say.