U.S. Energy News

Report: Drilling boom a major blow to climate efforts

PIPELINES: North America’s drilling boom is expected to deliver a major blow to efforts to slow climate change, a clean energy group’s report says. (The Guardian)

POWER PLANTS:
• Indiana regulators reject a proposed 850 MW natural gas plant to replace coal units, saying the utility didn’t adequately consider renewables. (Evansville Courier & Press)
A review of ISO-New England’s projections of available generating capacity does not include a controversial natural gas plant in Rhode Island through 2025. (UpriseRI)

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RENEWABLES:
• A Brookings Institution report says that clean energy jobs have better pay and lower barriers to entry than the average jobs available in the country. (CityLab)
• An Ohio “clean air” bill intended to support nuclear plants would effectively undo the state’s renewable portfolio standard and undermine wind and solar, experts say. (Energy News Network)
• New York issues its third annual solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects, this time for 1.5 terawatt hours. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• A Massachusetts bill would restore higher net metering credits to community solar projects, as proponents say changes made three years ago are unfair to low-income residents. (Energy News Network)
• A Texas solar developer secures a power purchase agreement for a 690 MW project that would be the state’s largest. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy’s 20 MW solar farm in Virginia went live on Earth Day to help Facebook offset its electricity use. (Virginian Pilot)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Daimler Trucks announces plans to convert its Portland factory to begin making electric trucks in 2021, production that was originally slated for North Carolina. (The Oregonian)
• The Chinese maker of a luxury electric sports car plans to open its first U.S. plant in Spokane, Washington. (Spokesman-Review)

POLICY:
• PJM stakeholders may decide today whether to initiate a process to study and potentially put a price on carbon emissions in its market. (Greentech Media)
• North Carolina’s governor has a chance to fundamentally reshape the state’s utility board with a series of upcoming appointments. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
A curriculum developed at Illinois State University was used to teach smart grid concepts to more than 16,000 students last year . (Energy News Network)
Maine Democrats are split on a proposed transmission line to import Canadian hydropower but want to downplay the division publicly. (Bangor Daily News)

ETHANOL: A fire breaks out after 25 train cars hauling ethanol derail in Texas, but it has been “mostly contained,” according to company officials. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: Warren Buffett shoots down rumors that Berkshire Hathaway is considering buying PG&E. (CNBC)

COAL: A former coal miner turns his experiences into a theatrical performance at a West Virginia theater. (Tioga Publishing)

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CARBON: California restaurants will soon have the chance to be verified as carbon neutral under a new program that will fund greenhouse reduction projects at local farms. (Los Angeles Times)

COMMENTARY:
• States are using taxpayer money to prop up and greenwash “aging and uncompetitive” nuclear plants, an editor writes. (New Republic)
• Renewable energy jobs are booming and creating stable, high-wage employment for blue-collar workers, a climate think tank writes. (Forbes)

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