U.S. Energy News

Apple says it’s now powered by 100 percent renewable energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Apple says its facilities worldwide are now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. (Bloomberg)

EPA: The federal government’s top ethics official sends a letter to the EPA urging “appropriate actions to address any violations” by agency director Scott Pruitt. (New York Times)

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GRID:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry indicates he is unlikely to declare an emergency to keep FirstEnergy’s struggling coal and nuclear plants running. (RTO Insider)
• PJM Interconnection is seeking guidance on how to address state subsidies for uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

COAL:  Rising production costs not cheap natural gas were the lead factor in thousands of coal mine closures across Appalachia, a new study shows. (WV Public Broadcasting)

NUCLEAR: After failed investments in nuclear, South Carolina utilities have several choices to meet their debt, putting their businesses and affordable energy prices for ratepayers in jeopardy. (Utility Dive)

OIL AND GAS:
For the third year in a row, Michigan officials ask for $4 million in public funding to support an oil and gas oversight program that critics call an ongoing industry subsidy. (Midwest Energy News)
A Washington tribe is mounting strong opposition to a proposed liquified natural gas plant on Tacoma’s waterfront. (Seattle Times)
A new study concludes Colorado residents living within 500 feet of an oil and gas operation could have an increased risk of getting cancer, but state health officials aren’t convinced. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES:
Lawmakers consider tighter regulations on pipelines amid recent cyberattacks. (Bloomberg)
Critics say a federal agreement to streamline infrastructure permitting, including pipelines, could actually create more red tape. (E&E News)

SOLAR: A report finds California’s residential PACE program helped expand the state’s solar market by 12 percent. (PV Magazine)

CAP-AND-TRADE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vetoes a bill that would have prohibited him from establishing a carbon cap-and-trade program without approval from the General Assembly. (Augusta Free Press)

UTILITIES: By 2050, Southern Company’s generation fleet will be “low to no-carbon,” said CEO Thomas Fanning, though he gave no exact targets. (Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY: Burlington, Vermont’s municipal utility plans to use blockchain to manage supply and demand in real time. (Bloomberg Technology)

BIOFUEL: Five Republican senators ask the Trump administration to stop issuing biofuel waivers for small oil refineries. (Reuters)

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TRANSPORTATION: Free-market advocates argue for eliminating automotive fuel efficiency regulations altogether. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say California needs to abandon fossil fuels altogether to be a true climate leader. (Renewable Energy World)

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