U.S. Energy News

After net metering, what comes next?

SOLAR:
• As states weigh changes to net metering laws to make rooftop solar more affordable and accessible, utilities are pushing back. (InsideClimate News)
• Puerto Rico’s latest long-term energy plan calls for 1,800 MW of solar and 920 MW of storage in its first five years. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Virginia cities and counties have been slow to pass local ordinances establishing Property Assessed Clean Energy programs. (Energy News Network)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy released the state’s clean energy master plan that includes support for nuclear power. (North Jersey Record)
A county in the heart of Utah’s ski country might meet its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030, two years sooner than expected. (Park Record)

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CARBON:
A Pennsylvania Democratic senator is proposing an emissions cap in a state with an expanding fossil fuel industry. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• An Alabama facility is the largest commercial direct air carbon capture project in the world. (Fast Company)

OFFSHORE WIND: As states vie for leadership in the offshore wind industry in the Northeast, industry leaders say port infrastructure is currently inadequate. (CommonWealth Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: Hawaii launches a program aimed at allowing renters, homeowners and small businesses to pay back the cost of installing energy efficiency equipment through their monthly utility bills. (Greentech Media)

COAL:
• A monthly infrastructure report by FERC indicates a new 850 MW coal-fired plant is expected to come online in Georgia in April 2022, though it doesn’t appear the project is actively under development. (Utility Dive)
• Three U.S. senators urge the IRS to crack down on a $1 billion-a-year subsidy for burning chemically treated refined coal after a study linked it to surging smog and mercury pollution. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• North Dakota’s congressional delegation asks the Trump administration to address the state’s year-old request for $38 million to cover the cost of policing Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Two companies plan to move forward with a new pipeline to transport Bakken crude oil to Oklahoma, but a route is not yet clear. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
Low-income Californians could be hit hard by rising natural gas prices as demand for the fuel declines, according to a draft study presented to state regulators. (Utility Dive)
• A federal judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against New England utilities that accused them of manipulating natural gas supplies to drive up prices. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS:
A U.S. refiner group sues the U.S. EPA to block its decision to allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blends of gasoline, a move that’s angered both the oil industry and environmentalists. (Reuters, Grist)
• President Trump and EPA administrator Andew Wheeler are in Iowa today touting the administration’s ethanol policy. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• Ethanol will likely be a prominent campaign issue for Democratic presidential contenders in Iowa. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: A recent bankruptcy judge’s ruling allowing PG&E to dump some of its older, more expense clean energy contracts will likely trigger an appeal, analysts say. (Greentech Media)

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CLIMATE:
Several states have recently enacted new laws aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more could be on the way. (Grist)
• Democratic voters in Iowa say climate change is one of their top priorities in next year’s election, according to recent polling. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• Commitments to deeply decarbonize electric power production are on the rise across the Midwest, advocates say. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
An editorial board writes that tree-sitting pipeline protesters deserve neither adoration nor the 20-year federal prison sentences recently floated by the Trump administration. (Roanoke Times)

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