U.S. Energy News

California utility highlights growing climate risk for companies

UTILITIES: The pending bankruptcy of PG&E underscores the accelerating risks climate change poses to energy companies, insurers and governments. (E&E News)

ALSO: A look back at ten big utility regulatory trends from 2018. (Greentech Media)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal judge in South Carolina stops the Trump administration’s attempt to continue work on new offshore drilling during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: An Enbridge natural gas pipeline explodes in eastern Ohio, destroying two homes and prompting an evacuation. (Reuters)

COAL:
• As Owensboro, Kentucky phases out its coal-fired power plant, city leaders see bright prospects in tourism and energy-efficient professional and financial services. (Energy News Network)
• Two well-known U.S. “green investors” reexamine their investments in an insurance broker after an investigation into “clean coal” raises questions about the company’s involvement with the technology. (Reuters)
• A Montana lawmaker has introduced a bill seeking to allow the state to sell bonds to purchase a struggling local coal-fired power plant. (Montana Public Radio)
• Two Wyoming coal-fired power plants are among three possible locations for an experimental carbon capture facility. (Gillette News Record)

SOLAR:
• Florida Power & Light’s plan to install 30 million solar panels will be challenging, but it could push other large-scale developers in the Southeast to do massive solar projects. (Greentech Media)
New York utility regulators approve a project to install of up to 13 MW of solar at John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Renewables Now)
Maine’s governor solicits proposals to install solar panels on the Blaine House in Augusta, which serves as the official residence of the governor. (Portland Press Herald)

STORAGE: New Hampshire utility regulators approve a pilot project that lets residents install home batteries that will be subsidized and partially controlled by a local utility. (Concord Monitor)

WIND:
While offshore wind is getting a lot of attention, developers say Virginia’s first onshore wind project “is very much alive.” (Energy News Network)
Federal wildlife managers have asked utility regulators in Hawaii to stop approving new wind farms until they can review plans to make sure there are no impacts to an endangered bat. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed 120-mile transmission line from Iowa to central Wisconsin say the project is unnecessary, ecologically disruptive and could extend the life of coal plants. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Saying the company’s cars are “still too expensive for most people,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk announces plans to lay off 7 percent of employees. (Los Angeles Times)

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POLITICS: In a podcast with Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts, North Carolina state Sen. Bob Steinburg explains how clean energy is a winning issue for conservatives. (Greentech Media)

MEDIA: What led “Meet the Press” to devote an entire program to climate change last month. (Yale Climate Connections)

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