U.S. Energy News

Analysts debunk claim that solar increases emissions

SOLAR: Evidence from California negates claims in conservative media that solar power increases emissions through reliance on peaker plants. (E&E News)

ALSO: An apartment community of all-electric homes powered by a battery-backed solar array is seen as a viable solution in tackling air pollution in Utah; the project will be the largest residential demand-response system in the country. (Salt Lake Tribune, Utility Dive)

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CLEAN ENERGY: Chicago launches a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program that supporters anticipate will grow clean energy investments next year. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: Minneapolis is not on track to meet long-term emission reduction goals due to its steady reliance on natural gas, the city’s biggest source of emissions. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

UTILITIES: A Michigan utility’s long-term energy plan relies on faulty modeling and is biased against wind and solar, advocates claim in a case before state regulators. (Utility Dive) 

A South Carolina utility plans to shut down one of its two coal-fired power plants within the next decade and cut about 200 jobs as the company moves away from coal and toward renewables. (Charlotte Observer)
Montana environmental officials propose approval of the 72-million-ton expansion of the state’s largest coal mine after it was recently sold to a company controlled by the Navajo Nation. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: The backlash against TVA grows as more coal ash cleanup workers fall sick and demand help from the utility. (Associated Press) 

• The U.S. is about to flood the already-oversupplied global market with oil from Texas. (CNBC) 
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s claim at a recent Texas event for conservatives that the U.S. is a leading producer of oil and gas is true, but his claim that the U.S. is reducing emissions needs context. (Austin American-Statesman)
North Dakota officials pledge to improve access to oil and gas spill data after findings this month revealed a previous natural gas liquids spill was far bigger than originally reported. (Associated Press)
• Environmental activists and officials in a Colorado county are testing the limits of a new state law which flips the state’s priorities from gas and oil production to protecting the public. (Associated Press)
• BP is selling its oil and gas interests in Alaska’s North Slope for $5.6 billion, marking the end of the company’s 60-year presence in the state. (Associated Press)

• Mexico’s president says he has reached a deal for contracts for five natural gas pipelines that cross the border. (Houston Chronicle)
New York City homeowners and businesses are caught in the middle of a dispute between the state and a utility that imposed a moratorium on new customers over constrained natural gas supplies. (Daily News) 

• A group of Midwest governors plan a trip to Washington D.C. to talk with President Trump about unrest among farmers over biofuel waivers. (Radio Iowa)

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NUCLEAR: A university researcher says the closure of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey last year has shown immediate effects on the waterway’s ecosystem as cooling water is no longer drawn from it or discharged. (Asbury Park Press)

• An environmental organization says New York’s ambitious climate goals will be hindered by state regulatory policy that still creates incentives for utility natural gas infrastructure construction. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• An editorial board says a new ad opposing efforts to hold a referendum on nuclear and coal subsidies is the “sleaziest scare ad in recent memory in Ohio.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Energy analysts are closely watching a case before federal regulators that could increase costs in PJM’s territory to support new and old power plants. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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