U.S. Energy News

Apple and others join campaign to go carbon neutral

CLEAN ENERGY: Bank of America, Apple and Amalgamated Bank promise to become carbon neutral as part of a new membership in the RE100 campaign. (BusinessGreen/CNBC)

ALSO: An energy research “collaboratory” in Colorado has seen a massive return on investment and has been “extraordinarily productive: economically, scientifically and technologically,” according to a new report. (Denver Business Journal)

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CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz criticizes Congress for failing to implement sweeping climate legislation and hails the Clean Power Plan as a step in the right direction. (Huffington Post)
North Carolina officials continue fighting against the Clean Power Plan, despite the state being on track to meet its 2030 targets. (Southeast Energy News)

SOLAR:
Nevada regulators approve a deal to grandfather in favorable rates for 32,000 rooftop solar customers. (Greentech Media)
• The cosmetics company L’Oreal USA is building two of the biggest solar-powered projects in Kentucky and Arkansas, with 5,000 and 4,000 panels, respectively. (Associated Press)
• Four lawsuits being filed by Tesla’s shareholders could delay the company’s proposed $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp. (Reuters)

HYDRO: The Navy establishes a test site in Hawaii that generates electricity from ocean waves. (Associated Press)

ENERGY STORAGE: If Massachusetts installs 600 megawatts of storage capacity by 2025, it would save the state’s ratepayers $800 million in system costs, according to a recent study that has set the stage for a storage mandate. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUEL: The airline JetBlue is buying more than 330 million gallons of renewable fuel over 10 years, which is equivalent to 4 percent of the fuel used throughout its network. (New York Times)

POLITICS: A number of Republican lawmakers will speak at the nation’s “largest conservative clean-energy event” in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. (Washington Examiner)

OIL & GAS: Texas park officials say they have “no evidence to indicate concern” that spring waters in the Balmorhea State Park would be threatened by fracking operations planned by a Houston company in the area. (FuelFix)

PIPELINES: As cities face gasoline shortages following a 6,000-barrel spill by Colonial Pipeline in Alabama, the state’s governor praises the company’s response. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• The Senate Finance Committee will consider a bill to preserve federal pension and disability plans for coal workers this week. (The Hill)
• A $700-million coal mine that would be built over 30 square miles of Alaskan wetlands and forest would threaten a tribe’s fishing and hunting grounds. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• If implemented, California’s $1 billion affordable housing solar energy program could be a model for other communities. (Renewable Energy World)
• The Clean Power Plan is not especially boundary-breaking, and its basic components have already been used in prior Clean Air Act regulations. (The Hill)

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