U.S. Energy News

Anti-protest bills advance in Ohio, Kentucky legislatures

PIPELINES: Activists say an Ohio bill could criminalize activities such as offering rides, water or medical aid to anti-pipeline protests. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
A Kentucky bill discouraging protests against pipelines advances to the Senate after being amended to address some free speech concerns. (WFPL)
Dominion Energy buys Southern Company’s 5% stake in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline amid ballooning costs. (S&P Global)

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POLICY:
• Virginia lawmakers pass sweeping clean energy legislation that paves the way for an enormous expansion of renewables in the state. (Associated Press)
• Critics of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s clean energy proposals say they rely too much on nuclear power and don’t require phasing out coal. (Maryland Matters)
The CEO of FirstEnergy says the company is ready to help Ohio lawmakers craft new energy policy to deal with a recent federal order directing PJM to offset state subsidies for certain generation. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
Dominion Energy announces it will aim for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a more ambitious goal than it set previously. (Associated Press)
• The world’s largest renewable developer is among the bidders for a state-owned electric utility in South Carolina. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION:
Interviews, emails, and documents reveal how the Trump administration “cooked the books” to justify rolling back tailpipe-pollution standards. (The Atlantic)
City and suburban streets have become less connected in recent decades, increasing emissions from driving, a new study concludes. (Scientific American)
A utility’s dynamic rate program in Illinois could reduce annual charging costs for electric vehicles by nearly 90%, a consumer group says. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND:
The developer of Massachusetts’ first large-scale offshore wind project says another federal delay will keep it from its goal of completing the project by 2022. (SouthCoastToday)
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announces a deal with a utility and offshore wind developer to turn the port in New London into a wind energy staging area for projects off the state’s coast. (CT Mirror)
Dominion and the state of Virginia are both trying to define clean energy goals as the utility plans for its major offshore wind project. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
President Trump’s solar tariffs provided a boost to some U.S. module manufacturers but haven’t helped solar cell manufacturers. (Greentech Media)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is growing its solar portfolio by 44%, mostly through utility-scale projects. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 

OIL & GAS:
North Dakota’s oil production will peak within the next five years, officials say, as companies finish drilling the most prolific areas. (Associated Press)
The Trump administration’s expansive drilling plan on public lands threatens other outdoor jobs and undermines global climate policy. (The Guardian)
BP’s new CEO says he wants the company to zero-out its carbon emissions, including “Scope 3” emissions from fuel it buys and sells. (Bloomberg, Grist)
The world’s largest oil traders are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects as they seek to replace at-risk profits. (Reuters)

COAL:
Wyoming communities are beginning to grapple with a future beyond fossil fuels — especially those with coal. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon vows to protect and promote the state’s coal, oil and gas industries during his State of the State address. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle)

GEOTHERMAL: Boston city officials are backing a proposal for a 140-unit residential complex that would be heated by a geothermal system and not natural gas. (Boston Globe)

BIOGAS: University of Florida researchers are working to help turn Miami-Dade County’s waste into electricity. (Miami Today News)

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CLIMATE: A celebrity appeal and re-election campaign concerns helped the Trillion Trees initiative penetrate President Trump’s climate denialism. (New York Times)

ACTIVISM: A Boston University professor ends his hunger strike over a natural gas compressor station after he says progress has been made in regulating its environmental impact. (WBUR)

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