U.S. Energy News

Ballot measure seeks to break up Nevada utility’s monopoly

UTILITIES:
• A Nevada ballot measure seeks to deregulate the state’s electricity market and break up NV Energy’s monopoly. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Following a series of controversies, California lawmakers seek a drastic overhaul of the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (Los Angeles Times)

POLICY: Political disputes over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan could derail the Senate energy bill. (The Hill)

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CLIMATE:
• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dispute with the legislature over whether the state should rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could be heading back to court. (NJ Spotlight)
• ExxonMobil pushes back against a shareholder resolution calling for leadership on climate change. (InsideClimate News)
• A science writer discusses the potential for using geoengineering to reverse global warming trends. (ClimateWire)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Opponents are optimistic their unusual legal approach will succeed in blocking the Clean Power Plan. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• Maine lawmakers are preparing a package on net metering reform for lawmakers. (Maine Public Radio)
• New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to increase the amount of solar capacity on city buildings five-fold. (Associated Press)
• The National Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners opposes a provision in the Senate energy bill that would set federal net metering guidelines. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR:
• Duke Energy’s planning costs for a proposed South Carolina nuclear plant have reached nearly $500 million, with no indication the plant will actually be built. (Charlotte Business Journal)
• The cost of the TVA’s Watts Bar 2 reactor, set to begin generating power in June, rises $200 million to $4.7 billion. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

POLITICS: Ethanol critics say Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucus diminishes the industry’s political clout, but not all observers agree; also, a similar debate played out in the last presidential cycle. (E&E Daily, AP archive)

COAL:
• A former Kentucky coal miner discusses the politics surrounding the industry. (SNL Energy)
• Lawmakers are working on a $1 billion federal fund to help Appalachian states diversify their economies away from coal. (Reuters)

OIL AND GAS:
• Los Angeles officials push for a full-time regulator to oversee oil operations in the city. (Los Angeles Times)
Federal regulators are considering new rules for underground gas storage sites in an effort to prevent leaks. (EnergyWire)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new study by University of Michigan researchers finds that battery-powered electric vehicles produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions overall than hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. (CNET)

COMMENTARY:
• Why fighting rooftop solar could backfire for utilities. (Vox)
• “Utilities’ road to riches is excessive capital spending.” (San Diego Reader)

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