U.S. Energy News

Analysis: Oil downturn rivaling 2002 tech bust

OIL AND GAS: An analysis finds bankruptcies in the oil and gas industry rival the telecom bust of 2002. (Reuters)

• Oil executives plan for new drilling as prices appear to be moving back upward. (Reuters)
• Following the state Supreme Court’s rejection of local fracking bans, an industry group in Colorado focus its attention to fighting ballot measures. (Denver Business Journal)
• Texas regulators approve a controversial oil-and-gas waste dump. (San Antonio Business Journal)

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CLIMATE: A study finds phasing out of federal leases for fossil fuels will be necessary to meet climate goals. (InsideClimate News)

A closer look at the deal that led to a solar “cease-fire” in Arizona. (Utility Dive)
• Rolling back of net metering policies is making home energy storage more attractive. (Bloomberg)

WIND: Proposed energy siting legislation in Vermont would require state regulators to develop noise guidelines for wind turbines. (VTDigger)

• A new report concludes coal companies will not be able to meet their growing environmental and financial liabilities. (Platts)
• The EPA asks a judge to toss a coal company’s lawsuit over pollution regulations. (The Hill)
• A U.S. Interior Department official visits a North Dakota coal mine to examine first-hand the impacts of proposed stream protection rules. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Blaming low capacity prices, Dynegy threatens to shut down more than 2,000 MW of coal capacity in downstate Illinois. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Louisiana puts a hold on a controversial export terminal. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

• Intense lobbying on the Clean Power Plan continues in Congress. (Bloomberg)
• New polls find strong public support for the Clean Power Plan in three Midwest states where attorneys general are fighting it. (Midwest Energy News)

• The National Association of Manufacturers says new pipeline capacity will be needed to ensure adequate natural gas supplies. (Business Journals)
• Opponents of a New England natural gas pipeline continue to fight the project despite developers putting it on hold. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

EFFICIENCY: An Illinois real-time pricing program is saving utility customers millions, according to the nonprofit operating the program. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Backers of energy storage say state officials and regulators aren’t paying enough attention to the technology. (SNL Energy)

CALIFORNIA: State officials consider grid management reforms amid the prospect of blackouts this summer. (Greenwire)

MEDIA: Scientists develop a “hype detector” to evaluate climate coverage. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: How better grid management can prevent “to cheap to meter” solar. (Greentech Media)

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