U.S. Energy News

As U.S. looks to export fossil fuels, China isn’t buying

FOSSIL FUELS: An analysis finds China has only followed through on about 5% of its commitments to purchase U.S. oil, coal, and other energy commodities this year. (Reuters)

CLIMATE: While scientists have narrowed the range of likely climate change impacts, a new study says our current trajectory on emissions is pointing to the worst outcome. (InsideClimate News)

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PUBLIC LANDS:
• The NAACP opposes William Perry Pendley leading the BLM, saying the nominee is a “bigoted and divisive extremist.” (E&E News)
• More than 300 environmental groups say the Senate has a “moral duty” to reject Pendley’s nomination. (The Hill)

UTILITIES:
• President Trump fires the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board chair and another board member and urges the board to replace its CEO with a lower-paid executive. (Associated Press)
• Trump signs an executive order forbidding federal agencies from moving jobs overseas in response to TVA outsourcing at least 120 information technology jobs. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
• The executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority resigns after running the company since Hurricane Maria. (E&E News, subscription)
• An Ohio solar developer says FirstEnergy “captured the rulemakers and stacked the deck against clean energy and in favor of the status quo.” (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: A federal judge extends Blackjewel’s bankruptcy case through the end of the year, giving the coal operator 60 additional days to file a reorganization plan. (Casper Star-Tribune)

SOLAR: Connecticut moves forward with a large scale shared solar program, designed to not repeat the mistakes of a pilot project that failed to gain traction. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Some Iowa lawmakers seek to block a plan that would give state utility regulators more authority over private property rights for wind projects. (Radio Iowa)

EFFICIENCY:
• A policy advocate says Dominion Energy over-relies on blockbuster projects and should invest more in energy efficiency to benefit its customers. (Energy News Network)
• New York is spending $1 billion to improve energy efficiency opportunities for more than 350,000 low-and moderate-income households. (Grist)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Electric truck startup Lordstown Motors will become a publicly traded company in a deal that will boost its valuation to $1.6 billion and includes a $75 million investment from General Motors. (Detroit Free Press)
• A Colorado aerospace company remains committed to producing electric airplanes despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Denver Post) 

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MEDIA: A new study finds news organizations disproportionately emphasize industry groups opposing action on climate change. (Popular Science)

COMMENTARY: Putting a price on carbon is losing favor as a preferred strategy among climate advocates. (WBUR)

 

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