U.S. Energy News

California energy storage project could dwarf Tesla battery

STORAGE: A California developer plans an energy storage project that would be triple the size of the world’s current largest battery, built by Tesla. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

ALSO: A researcher says abandoned oil wells can provide a significant energy storage resource. (Greentech Media)

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EPA: A former coal lobbyist could take over the EPA if Scott Pruitt is fired, a situation one former agency official likens to “a tobacco lobbyist heading up the American Lung Association.” (Mother Jones)

OIL AND GAS:
U.S. natural gas production reaches a record high volume, with Louisiana and the Appalachian region leading the way. (Natural Gas Intel)
A federal judge echoes an Interior Department conclusion: BLM didn’t adequately consult with tribal leaders when considering granting drilling permits near a pueblo-rich national park in New Mexico. (New Mexico Political Report)
The oil and gas industry turns its attention to a South Texas shale play where there’s an abundance of pipelines and drilling rights are cheaper than in the prolific Permian Basin. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE: An oil industry group is seeking records related to climate lawsuits filed by California cities and counties. (E&E News)

BIOENERGY:
Duke University indefinitely delays a proposed controversial gas power plant on campus, shifting its focus to biogas captured from pig manure to meet its climate change goal. (Southeast Energy News)
The Trump Administration plans to delay efforts to reform biofuel policy. (Reuters)

POLICY: On the last day of Maryland’s legislative session, lawmakers preserve clean energy subsidies for a Baltimore trash incinerator and reject a bill to increase the state’s renewable energy standard. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR:
Analysts say tariffs on imported solar panels do not appear to be having a significant impact on what consumers pay for systems. (Platts)
In a surprise move and under pressure from the state’s major utilities, the South Carolina House kills a bill that would have expanded rooftop solar; one lawmaker says utilities “are showing the people of South Carolina that they run this state.” (Post and Courier)
National developer SunRun is opening an office in Illinois, citing incentives for distributed solar generation in the state energy law passed in 2016. (Midwest Energy News)
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California dedicates a new 129-acre solar array. (Lompoc Record)

WIND:
A wind developer vying for a project in Massachusetts says it will provide $2 million in grants for fisheries research and whale protection. (South Coast Today)
A Scottish offshore wind farm famously opposed by Donald Trump will be a testing ground for a pair of mammoth 8.8 MW turbines. (Greentech Media)

GRID:
State regulators and FERC officials discuss the challenges of integrating distributed energy resources into the grid. (Greentech Media)
A Rhode Island senator plans to introduce a bill calling for more study of natural gas demand response. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: The Department of Energy announces a plan to partner with manufacturers to improve energy efficiency at plants around the country. (Utility Dive)

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CARBON CAPTURE:
• North Dakota becomes the first state to receive authority from the U.S. EPA to regulate underground wells for long-term carbon storage. (Associated Press)
• Why environmental groups are divided over subsidizing carbon capture technology. (Yale E360)

COMMENTARY:
How energy efficiency can help mitigate price volatility. (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)
The U.S. is succeeding at decarbonizing its electric sector — but failing elsewhere. (Vox)

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