U.S. Energy News

At climate summit, an empty chair for the U.S.

CLIMATE: President Trump skips a climate session at the G7 summit, claiming a schedule conflict with other leaders who were in attendance. (CNN)

ALSO:
• The “12 years to act” warning in a recent climate assessment is being widely misunderstood by politicians and media outlets. (InsideClimate News)
Dependence on major coal plants is the main obstacle for some utilities to reaching deep emissions reductions. (E&E News)
A new study by university and federal researchers says methane leaks in Northeastern cities are much higher than previous estimates. (ecoRI)
• A research project aims to map carbon emissions block-by-block in the Los Angeles area. (Wired)

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POLICY:
• A public records request reveals an Ohio utility subsidiary is behind a tax argument being advanced by a law firm seeking to block a referendum on a recent bill granting subsidies to nuclear and coal plants. (Energy News Network)
Consumer and environmental groups have filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of parts of the state’s new clean energy law. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: Solar generation met more than 17% of California’s electricity demand in the first half of 2019, with only Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona also seeing a share greater than 10%. (PV Magazine)

WIND:
With the purchase of energy from a new wind farm, a Colorado cooperative will hit its recently announced clean energy goal a decade early. (Energy News Network)
The first public meeting is held in New Jersey to discuss an 1,100 MW offshore wind farm slated to open in 2024, the largest proposed project to date. (Press of Atlantic City)
Connecticut’s nascent offshore wind industry could be hampered by a controversy at a state authority responsible for developing  port infrastructure. (CT Mirror)

OIL AND GAS:
• California regulators launch a new effort to stem oil leaks, including one in Kern County that’s been flowing off and on for 16 years. (KQED)
• The economic benefits of the Permian drilling boom pose a challenge to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s climate aspirations. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES: Five tribes with fishing rights in the Straits of Mackinac say they are prepared to file suit against Enbridge if Line 5 is not decommissioned. (Detroit News)

COAL: Kentucky legislators consider a bill that would close a loophole that has allowed Blackjewel to operate without a bond to hold money for workers. (WHAS 11)

EMISSIONS: Homes and businesses are expected to surpass automobiles as the primary source of pollution in the Salt Lake City area. (Salt Lake Tribune)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Data show that average electric vehicles prices are falling in the U.S., largely due to the Tesla Model 3. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY:
• Wind development has been a boon for rural Michigan school districts where projects are located, local officials say. (Bridge Magazine)
• North Carolina is investing wisely in renewable energy, an editorial board says. (Winston-Salem Journal)

 

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