U.S. Energy News

Bipartisan bill would create new tax credits for offshore wind

WIND: A bill introduced by a bipartisan group of senators could help offshore wind take off by creating a 30 percent investment tax credit for the first 3 GW of offshore wind projects deployed in the U.S. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Ameren Missouri announces a plan to spend $1 billion on wind turbines in Missouri and neighboring states by 2020, adding 700 megawatts of generation. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A dispute between a wind developer and an Iowa utility over terms of a deal that could make a project uneconomic is part of a widespread debate over utility payments to independent producers under the 1978 Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA. (Midwest Energy News)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar industry is readying itself for possible tariffs after federal trade officials voted in favor a petition launched by domestic solar manufacturers, as an industry group prepares to wage an aggressive lobbying campaign with the Trump administration. (Utility Dive)
• Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas – one of the two companies launching a petition for tariffs on imported solar equipment – says it will hire up to 200 workers following a favorable vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina’s attorney general and lawmakers are asking the state law enforcement division to look into possible criminal violations with the utilities involved in the failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)

OIL & GAS:
• ExxonMobil announces a program to reduce methane leaks at its oil and natural gas drilling operations. (New York Times)
• Environmental groups in Utah are criticizing the Bureau of Land Management for proposing a lease sale for oil and gas development on 51,400 acres of federal land, saying it threatens national monuments and areas with archaeological resources. (Deseret News)

FRACKING: Companies mining frac sand in West Texas are threatening the habitat of a vulnerable species of lizard, according to an advocacy group’s analysis. (Texas Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• Four pipeline opponents in Pennsylvania are suing Sunoco Pipeline and its parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, for allegedly violating their constitutional rights by improperly arresting them. (StateImpact)
• A bulk of the $43 million North Dakota has had to borrow to pay for Dakota Access pipeline policing will likely have to be repaid by state taxpayers. (Associated Press)

CARBON CAPTURE: Energy Secretary Rick Perry asks an oil industry advisory council to study how to deploy “exciting” carbon capture technology. (Reuters)

COAL: One of Mississippi’s city-owned electric utilities plans to close a coal power plant in May, saying it is no longer economically viable. (Associated Press)

EMISSIONS: Environmental groups say they would like to see the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative place emissions caps on more facilities, especially those in poor communities of color. (Baltimore Sun)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The Trump administration is poised to kill the Clean Power Plan, but it will need to justify the move with an analysis that is likely to use “fuzzy math … to lower the benefits and increase the costs.” (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• Renewable energy experts at GTM Research outline six ways the U.S. can encourage domestic solar manufacturing without resorting to tariffs. (Greentech Media)
• An advocate says three opportunities exist for utilities to avoid a “death spiral” — redesigned regulations and business models, electric vehicles, and grid modernization. (Forbes)

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