U.S. Energy News

Bloomberg backs campaign to close every coal-fired power plant

COAL: Michael Bloomberg will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant and halt the growth of natural gas. (New York Times)

ALSO: The head of the national coal miners’ union urges the Trump administration to regulate silica dust in mines, which researchers think is causing a resurgence of black lung disease in central Appalachia. (Reuters)

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SOLAR:
California’s largest utility installed more solar than any other utility in the country last year, according to a new industry report. (Solar Power World)
• Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a net metering bill casts a cloud over New Hampshire’s solar growth, advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• A Connecticut program pairs solar installations with energy efficiency for low- to moderate-income households. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
• Pro-renewable energy legislators hold the swing votes in Pennsylvania’s debate over nuclear power subsidies and are seeking to leverage that into more support for clean energy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• PJM says three nuclear plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio would keep power prices lower if they remained open. (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS:
• The West Virginia Supreme Court rules that a natural gas company trespassed by going onto private property to drill without permission. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)
• A company uses flights over the Permian Basin to search for methane emissions leaking from pipeline operations. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge takes legal action against the state of Michigan to enforce an agreement with former Gov. Rick Snyder to build a tunnel for the Line 5 pipeline. (MLive)
• Enbridge appears to be funding and supporting a front group that bills itself as a grassroots organization supporting the Line 3 pipeline. (DeSmog Blog)
• An appellate court tosses a lower court’s ruling blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, but it’s unclear when construction may begin. (KTVQ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors confirms it will begin manufacturing an electric pick-up truck “in the near future.” (CNET)

EMISSIONS:
• The federal renewable fuel standard isn’t doing much to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a federal government report. (E&E News, subscription)
• Automakers warn the Trump administration that weakening tailpipe pollution standards could hurt profits and produce “untenable” instability. (New York Times)
A proposal to create a cap-and-trade policy in Oregon clears a subcommittee as it moves toward likely approval. (The Oregonian)

STORAGE: Renewed interest in pumped hydro storage is surging in California and other states with expanded clean energy policies. (Bloomberg)

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OVERSIGHT: Utility regulators in several states are on the front lines of the push for renewables and electric vehicles. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• Former reporter Justin Gillis says Democrats are trying to keep climate change “hidden in the attic” during the presidential primary. (New York Times)
Arizona’s largest utility is making “eye-popping profits” while it’s disconnecting thousands of customers who can no longer afford to pay their bills, says a columnist for the Arizona Republic.

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