U.S. Energy News

Big Oil’s climate overtures draw skepticism

OIL & GAS: A shift is underway as major oil companies invest in renewables, but experts are skeptical whether it represents a true transition. (E&E News)

ALSO:
Greenpeace protesters who shut down a Texas oil and gas port by dangling from a bridge last week are the first to be charged under a new state law that makes it a felony to disrupt energy ports and pipelines. (Reuters)
Analysts say the massive Permian Basin oil shale play will not be enough to plug the hole in the market created by the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia. (Wall Street Journal)

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GRID: California state regulators plan a 2.5 GW procurement for reliability resources, which could open up new markets for storage and demand response. (Greentech Media) 

EFFICIENCY: When an Illinois law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and reporting requirements in the country. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A group of Union Hill, Virginia, residents who attended a solar training bootcamp help install solar at a local horse stable. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• Affluent homeowners on Long Island are opposing the proposed site for a transmission connection for an offshore wind farm. (New York Times)
• North Dakota is poised for wind energy development, though the sector faces pockets of resistance in some parts of the state. (Forum News Service)

COAL:
• Economists and former Blackjewel employees are uncertain about the ability of Powder River Basin coal mines to bounce back from recent bankruptcies. (Associated Press)
• As coal mines have shut down in Central Appalachia, the number of women in the workforce, especially in healthcare, has risen substantially. (New York Times)
• A Minnesota city seeks state funding for infrastructure that would support new businesses following the closure of a major coal plant. (St. Cloud Times)

COAL ASH: A year after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, flooding that could cause coal ash spills is still a major concern. (Earther)

OVERSIGHT: FERC eliminates a branch of the agency that oversees U.S. natural gas and electric power markets and related energy and financial markets. (E&E News, subscription)

NATURAL GAS:
• Massachusetts communities mark the one-year anniversary of a natural gas explosion that killed an 18-year-old. (Associated Press)
• A Long Island utility has cut its natural gas use by two-thirds in the past decade, but National Grid says a new pipeline is still needed. (Newsday)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Despite overall car sales in California declining since 2016, electric and hybrid car sales continued to rise in the first half of 2019, up 40% from last year. (Quartz)

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BIOFUELS:
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expects President Trump to issue new ethanol guidelines this week. (Radio Iowa)
• Eight Republican senators urge President Trump to endorse a new type of biofuel blending waiver for oil refineries if the administration backs an increase in annual biofuel volumes. (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Batteries and distributed generation will be critical to fighting and winning our nation’s wars, write a clean energy developer and energy consultant. (Chicago Tribune)
A Los Angeles Times editorial warns that sacrifices will have to be made to stem the worst impacts of climate change.
• President Trump’s effort to intimidate automakers for an emissions agreement with California could scare off other companies from joining the deal, says a former director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. (Forbes)

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