U.S. Energy News

Are crude-by-rail shipments poised for a comeback?

OIL & GAS: The shipment of crude oil by rail subsided as pipelines expanded, but it may be poised for another bounce, industry observers say. (E&E News)

• The SEC won’t pursue penalties against Exxon Mobil after an investigation into whether it tried to obscure the risk to investors from climate change regulation. (The New York Times)
• Two Colorado counties’ zeal to take on the fossil fuel industry over climate change hasn’t spread to other cities in the state. (Forbes)

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• Federal regulators order a halt to Mountain Valley Pipeline construction a week after a court vacates a permit to construct on federal land. (Reuters)
Sunoco says mainline construction on its Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline across Pennsylvania is 99 percent complete. (Reading Eagle)

WIND: Coal mining company Murray Energy is bankrolling consultants and attorneys to fight an offshore wind project in Ohio. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• A West Virginia power plant sells $17.6 million worth of excess coal because it couldn’t compete with cheaper natural gas power. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A Kansas utility will close a coal plant and steam generating units at two other plants in the next four months following a merger. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Walmart continues to pursue clean energy under President Trump but unsupportive federal policy could hurt its goals. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: A $31 million project marks the first solar-plus-storage commercial battery project in Minnesota. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

GRID: Critics are concerned a sprawling study on Illinois smart grid potential is now moving too quickly after delays from a lawsuit that accused officials of open meeting law violations. (Energy News Network)

• Michigan’s two major utilities have proposed spending a total of $20.5 million on EV pilot programs, using rates to incentivize charging during off-peak times. (Energy News Network)
• The Honolulu airport launches a pilot program to test electric buses and those that run on compressed natural gas. (KITV)

FUEL ECONOMY: Automakers are likely to stick to Obama-era fuel economy requirements until after the courts settle a dispute over California’s ability to set stricter standards. (Associated Press)

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GEOTHERMAL: A Utah research laboratory sets out to test a new way to tap geothermal energy using directional drilling. (Deseret News)

• An editorial board says Louisiana will likely see a long legal saga over oil companies’ impact on the coast. (The Advocate)
• Oil companies are the only winners in the Trump administration’s decision to freeze fuel efficiency standards, a columnist writes. (Los Angeles Times)

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