U.S. Energy News

California solar/storage deal beats natural gas on price

SOLAR: Los Angeles’ city utility approves a deal with a solar-storage project that will provide roughly 7% of the city’s electricity needs — even at night — at a price cheaper than natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• A fight over a solar project planned near a Civil War battlefield in Virginia is likely to repeat itself across the country, industry experts say. (Washington Post)
Massachusetts developers say new rules to limit solar development in rural areas including farmland will limit new projects. (Boston Globe)
• A Kentucky utility partners with Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery to build a solar array that will generate 268,000 kWh per year. (Power Engineering)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
New England states try to ensure that state-sponsored electric vehicle promotions do not benefit only the wealthy. (Energy News Network)
• Tesla-funded researchers at a Canadian university test a new lithium-ion cell battery that could last for roughly 20 years or 1 million miles. (Discover)
Electric car startup company Rivian secures another $350 million equity investment. (Bloomington Pantagraph)
A Texas barbeque restaurant that also sells gasoline works to transition to electric vehicle chargers. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
As Connecticut and Rhode Island both compete for leadership of the emerging offshore wind industry in New England, experts say there is room for both states to succeed. (Energy News Network)
Rhode Island fishermen are still unhappy with the layout of the 15-turbine South Fork offshore wind project, insisting there be at least one nautical mile between the structures. (Providence Journal)
A Texas startup says it has created a process to recycle old wind turbine blades that would otherwise be sent to a landfill. (NPR) 

GRID: A bipartisan bill introduced Monday would create a federal program aimed at streamlining permitting for distributed energy systems. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Experts warn Congress that without new policies the United States could lose the clean energy race to China. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE: Cities, counties and states continue to pursue climate nuisance cases against big oil companies, with most cases still focused on whether they belong in state or federal court. (E&E News, subscription) 

COAL:
The fall of coal — and pollution-linked deaths — is boosting the economy, according to an analysis by Carnegie Mellon University researchers. (Ars Technica)
Court arguments over the fate of coal stockpiled on five sites owned by Blackjewel in Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia will resume tomorrow. (Coalfield Progress)

PIPELINES:
The Trump administration asks a federal judge to reject a lawsuit from tribes trying to block the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)
A federal appeals court blocks the PennEast pipeline from using eminent domain to seize state-owned properties along its proposed route, reversing a lower court ruling that would have allowed it. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL & GAS:
The U.S. House is set to vote today on two proposals to limit drilling in coastal waters, including a permanent ban on rigs near Florida. (Bloomberg)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs a bill that bans drilling for oil and gas off the state’s coastline. (Seacoastonline)
U.S. Senate Democrats are introducing legislation today that would designate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a wilderness off-limits to haul roads, pipelines, and drilling platforms. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The conversation around fracking and the 2020 presidential race is making swing state Democrats nervous about political consequences. (Washington Post)

BIOFUELS: White House officials arrange to meet with representatives from biofuel companies about plans to increase biofuel blending mandates, attempting to secure support as the administration faces backlash from the industry. (Reuters)

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OHIO: A political group defending subsidies to Ohio nuclear and coal plants deploys on-the-ground political workers to block voters from signing a petition that seeks a public referendum on the payouts. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
A director of business development for a solar company says low-income community solar programs often create impediments that limit participation by those they are intended to help. (Energy News Network)
• Unless oil and gas companies retool their businesses, investors will lose more money and workers will lose more jobs, a columnist writes. (Houston Chronicle)

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