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) 

• 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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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)

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)

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)

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)

• 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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