U.S. Energy News

California Assembly passes landmark renewable bill

RENEWABLES: California lawmakers advance landmark legislation that would require the state to get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota’s community solar program passes 400 MW of installed capacity “with no signs of slowing down.” (pv Magazine)
• Washington’s Spokane tribe will soon begin construction on a $2 million effort to provide solar energy to their reservation. (The Spokesman-Review)

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WIND: Thousands sign a petition opposing the route of a power cable to bring energy from a Massachusetts offshore wind farm to shore. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES:
U.S. energy companies complain about a lack of consistency and transparency when seeking federal tariff exemptions. (Reuters)
A federal judge upholds a South Portland, Maine, ordinance that prevents a pipeline company from shipping tar sands oil through its port. (InsideClimate News)
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is at odds with his environmental justice advisory board over its recommendation to rescind permits for two natural gas pipelines. (Washington Post)

COAL:
• Acting U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler visits Ohio to tout a plan that could give the state more flexibility with coal plants. (WCMH)
A coal-fired power plant in Oklahoma could shutter by early next year since a utility won’t extend its power purchase agreement. (The Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR:
• Staff members of a federal nuclear safety oversight panel testified that new U.S. Department of Energy policies could curtail inspections and limit their access to key information. (Associated Press)
A bankruptcy judge questions FirstEnergy Solutions’ plan to give generous bonuses to certain workers while its nuclear plants continue operation for two more years. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL & GAS:
Chinese investors still plan to visit West Virginia for a potential $84 billion investment in natural gas and petrochemical projects. (S&P Global)
Three regions account for nearly half of U.S. natural gas production as the Gulf of Mexico’s share shrinks, the Energy Department reports. (Houston Chronicle)

STORAGE: Grid operator MISO works to integrate energy storage into its wholesale markets while also modernizing market mechanisms. (Utility Dive)

GRID: Tennessee Valley Authority plans to build a $300 million operations center as part of one of its biggest grid upgrades ever. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Oregon’s push to get more electric vehicles on the road rests on an upcoming decision by the state supreme court on whether a road tax is an appropriate way to pay for the program. (Pamplin Media Group)

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POLITICS:
• A Michigan lawmaker and utility critic says advocacy groups linked to major utilities helped derail his bid for state Senate. (Energy News Network)
• A Democratic nominee for Congress in Michigan sought early protections from petcoke pollution for Detroit residents. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
President Trump’s trade dispute with China threatens Texas’ oil and gas boom, an oil and gas industry representative says. (Dallas Morning News)
An Ohio editorial board says President Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement may help the coal industry in the near term at the cost of public health and climate change. (Akron Beacon Journal)

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