U.S. Energy News

After pipeline protests, tribes make push for solar

SOLAR: Three years after the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota, tribes are pushing for more solar energy in the region. (Rolling Stone)

California is producing more solar energy than it needs and new research suggests the surplus power could drive down electricity rates. (Los Angeles Times)
Nevada’s governor signs a bill directing the state’s largest utility to develop programs offering solar energy to low-income residents. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Anheuser-Busch signs a power purchase agreement for a 222 MW solar project to help it meet its goal to purchase 100% renewable energy. (Greentech Media)

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• Avangrid expects a flurry of activity in the U.S. offshore wind market this year as it prepares to build its first large project off the Massachusetts coast. (Greentech Media)
• U.S. offshore wind development is happening too quickly to understand its effects on coastal fisheries, according to some researchers. (WNPR)
• U.S. Rep. Bill Keating reintroduces federal legislation to help colleges and universities develop worker training for the offshore wind industry. (Standard-Times)

• A provision in a North Carolina ratemaking bill could offer a financing model to help Duke Energy close its coal-fired power plants sooner rather than later. (Energy News Network)
• A report by environmental groups says West Virginia coal mines have released as much as 220 times the allowable amounts of pollutants into waterways without being penalized. (Reuters)
• The coal processing chemical that spilled into West Virginia’s Elk River in 2014 could harm fetus development, according to a federal study on test animals. (Bloomberg)
A Wyoming town tries to imagine life without coal at its center as a local plant faces a possible early closure. (Marketplace)

• Enbridge’s timeline to replace Line 3 in Minnesota could be pushed back further after a ruling from a state appeals court. (MinnPost)
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to reach a “conceptual agreement” with Enbridge within a week about the future of Line 5. (Detroit News)
• New Jersey regulators are set to rule on several permits for an undersea natural gas pipeline that was recently rejected by their counterparts in New York. (Associated Press)

• Fully electric vehicles, including electric SUVs, could account for 7.6% of U.S. car sales in 2026, according to a consultancy’s forecast. (Axios)
Colorado officials say they will move forward with plans to adopt California’s zero emissions vehicle standards after talks with an auto manufacturers group failed to produce a voluntary deal. (Reuters)

• A well-known political hire and former critic of renewable energy is promoted to lead the U.S. Department of Energy’s efficiency programs. (E&E News)
• A San Francisco startup closes a $32.6 million growth round to expand its sensors-and-software-driven approach to reducing building energy use. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: Elected officials will discuss a proposal to turn Rikers Island in New York City into a renewable energy center as its jail complex is expected to close within a decade. (Astoria Post)

BIOFUEL: Bates College in Maine achieves carbon neutrality after switching to a biocrude heating fuel made from wood waste. (Energy News Network)

CITIES: Cleveland is among U.S. cities with a strong push for clean energy despite a lack of federal and statewide policy. (GreenBiz)

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CLIMATE: An attorney representing young plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.S. government over climate change says that federal energy policies “put children in harm’s way.” (Associated Press)

A clean energy analyst says coal plants in competitive wholesale markets are being run uneconomically and accrue significant losses for months at a time that are paid by utility customers. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A Loyola economics professor says when it comes to coal, President Trump seems to care more about politics than free-market principles. (New York Times)

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