U.S. Energy News

2018 cold snap sets all-time record for natural gas withdrawals

OIL & GAS: A cold snap earlier this year led to record-breaking withdrawals of natural gas, topping the polar vortex that hit the East Coast four years ago. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• Two Los Angeles City Council members want to sue big oil companies for climate change-related damages, saying they did “nothing to stop their destructive ways.” (Los Angeles Times)
• The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency tells federal energy regulators it is concerned about potential spills from the company drilling for the Rover natural gas pipeline. (Reuters)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• Seven governors talk to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about removing their states from a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling around the country. (The Hill)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest coastal governor to urge the Trump administration to exempt his state from a plan to expand offshore drilling. (Associated Press)

COAL: The number of power plants burning coal from Montana could drop to 14 by 2030, compared to 50 in 2012. (Billings Gazette)

RENEWABLES: Many clean-energy developers seeking tax-equity deals are struggling to find financing thanks to the federal tax overhaul. (Bloomberg)

SOLAR:
• Ohio utilities and their opponents dug into their positions at a hearing over proposed rule changes to net metering in the state. (Midwest Energy News)
A solar-powered hybrid heat-and-electric system tested in Illinois could someday have uses in microgrids, energy storage, and large commercial applications. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: Utilities are using predictive software to gather data from wind turbines in order to boost output and spot potential malfunctions before they happen. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers are working to create more efficient batteries by replacing the graphite in lithium-ion batteries with lithium metal. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford’s chairman says the company will invest $11 billion on its electric vehicles by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup. (Reuters)

POLICY: The U.S. EPA plans to hold public sessions next month on its efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE: In a Texas court filing, ExxonMobil said climate change lawsuits brought against it are part of a major political “conspiracy.” (Quartz)

UTILITIES: The California Public Utilities Commission says PG&E must procure energy storage and clean resources to replace three existing gas plants for local capacity needs. (Greentech Media)

GRID: Analysts say grid infrastructure could be at risk from a security loophole present in many energy plant components. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• New York City’s plan to sue five big oil companies for contributing to climate change “could speed the day of corporate reckoning,” says the New York Times editorial board.
• An analysis by the Washington Post takes a closer look at President’s Trump’s claims of saving the coal industry.
• The world probably can’t solve climate change without nuclear power, says a meteorologist and contributing writer for Grist.

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