U.S. Energy News

Airline CEO predicts ‘flight shaming’ movement is headed to America

TRANSPORTATION: In a call with investors, JetBlue’s CEO says he thinks the “flight shaming” movement is likely on its way to America. (InsideClimate News) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• U.S. House Democrats release legislation that proposes to build a national network of EV fast-charging stations in the next five years. (Reuters)
• A charging station company and a trade group for truck stops and travel plazas announce a $1 billion plan to promote electric vehicles. (Reuters)

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WIND:
Rhode Island officials hope an offshore wind innovation hub will help spur other ocean-related tech ventures in the state. (Energy News Network)
One of the nation’s largest utilities has a $2 billion plan to acquire three Oklahoma wind farms that would provide power to several Southeast states — but the future of the project is still up in the air. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
Massachusetts advocates say a proposal to improve solar access for low-income residents doesn’t address structural barriers. (Energy News Network)
A West Virginia Senate committee passes a bill to improve companies’ access to solar energy, despite opposition from the coal industry. (WV Metro News)

GRID: A study says PJM capacity market prices could collapse if four states objecting to a price floor rule opt to leave the regional market. (S&P Global)

OIL & GAS:
The Trump administration is set to allow energy exploration in Utah on lands that used to be part of two national monuments. (Washington Post)
A shale gas pioneer says production in key U.S. shale fields in North Dakota and Texas are starting to plateau. (Reuters)
A Republican on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, prepares a first-of-its-kind report on natural gas flaring. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: A pipeline company CEO says he is “scared to death” of a fracking ban supported by Democratic presidential candidates. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A federal report says coal power’s share has tumbled to less than 1% of electricity generation in New York and New England. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR: President Trump appears to have backtracked on further development of Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a national radioactive waste repository. (Las Vegas Sun)

EFFICIENCY: New benchmarking requirements in St. Paul, Minnesota, will track energy usage in 700 buildings in an effort to lower the city’s emissions. (Star Tribune)

ACTIVISM:
Georgetown University says it will divest from fossil fuel companies amid pressure from students and other activists. (Washington Post) 
• Harvard and Yale law students are pledging to refuse jobs with a large law firm until it drops ExxonMobil as a client. (Bloomberg Law)

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POLITICS: The Democratic National Committee creates a council, chaired by a Bernie Sanders surrogate, to help set the party’s climate policy agenda. (HuffPost)

COMMENTARY:
• Arguments that 100% clean energy goals are unnecessary, infeasible or too expensive are “questionable and quite likely incorrect,” says a principal at Brattle Group. (Utility Dive)
• An editorial board says Bernie Sanders’ proposal to ban U.S. crude oil exports would bolster dictatorships in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. (Washington Post) 

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