U.S. Energy News

California will require solar panels on new homes

SOLAR: The California Energy Commission votes unanimously to require solar panels on all new homes starting in 2020. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• New England’s grid operator says behind-the-meter solar installations, followed by energy efficiency, will be the primary factors driving down demand over the next decade. (Utility Dive)
• Newport, New Hampshire voters approve a 2.2-MW solar energy project, which will be the largest municipal solar installation project in the state. (Solar Power World)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new survey finds 1 in 5 Americans plan to buy an electric car for their next vehicle. (USA Today)

TRANSPORTATION: Cleantech investors looking to cut carbon emissions should focus more on transportation, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

BIOFUEL: Six Democratic senators demand to know why billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s oil refinery was granted an EPA waiver from complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Reuters)

BIOGAS: A first-of-its-kind biogas microgrid in North Carolina combines solar, biogas from hog waste, and battery storage to power a farm and neighboring homes. (Southeast Energy News)

COAL: More coal-plant closures will occur in the coming years than originally thought as wind, solar and natural gas make up the difference, analysts say at a conference in Chicago. (Forbes)

NUCLEAR:
The South Carolina Senate votes to repeal the Base Load Control Act, a 2007 law that allows utilities to charge ratepayers for projects such as the failed VC Summer nuclear plant before they generate power. (WIS)
Santee Cooper paid nearly $9 million in bonuses to SCANA executives and managers for their performance on the failed nuclear project. (The State)

UTILITIES: State regulators ask three Washington utilities to assign a cost to their carbon emissions, which would bolster the financial case for them to divest from a major Montana coal plant. (Seattle Times)

POLICY: Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells a House committee the DOE is “looking very closely” at a Cold War-era law to help uneconomical coal and nuclear plants. (The Hill)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Attorneys representing Democratic states and cities want a federal appeals court to rule on a Clean Power Plan case that has been delayed by the Trump administration for more than a year. (The Hill)

CLIMATE:
California is on track to meet its 2020 emissions reductions goals, but that hasn’t stopped climate change from wreaking havoc on the state, according to a new report. (InsideClimate News)
Americans who believe in conspiracy theories are more likely to believe climate change is a hoax, according to a new study. (Independent)
The resignation of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is unlikely to derail several high-profile investigations his office was spearheading, including a climate change case against ExxonMobil. (InsideClimate News)

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EPA: A selection of EPA emails obtained by the Sierra Club show how Administrator Scott Pruitt approached issues like climate change and deregulation. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
It’s “looking more and more imminent” that President Trump will fire EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, despite the two men being part of the same tribe, says Vox’s David Roberts.
• Offshore wind will gain traction in the U.S., as states like New Hampshire and Maine take a pass on transmission line projects, says a contributor to Forbes.

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