U.S. Energy News

Campaign aims to put finance sector’s fossil fuel ties in spotlight

FINANCE:
A campaign is set to launch today that will target banks, wealth managers and insurers for their role in financing fossil fuel projects. (E&E News)
• Asset manager BlackRock announces it is joining a climate action group, though activists said they are waiting to see specific commitments. (Reuters)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Texas produced more energy from renewables than from coal in 2019, with wind almost edging out coal as the second leading source of power, according to utility regulators. (Dallas Observer, Houston Chronicle)
The Trump administration’s effort to prevent states from setting their own pollution standards is seen as the most significant threat to clean energy progress in California. (Los Angeles Times)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The International Code Council approves a new model building code that requires all new homes in the U.S. to be built “EV-ready.” (Quartz)
A U.S. House subcommittee approves a series of electric vehicle and energy infrastructure bills, including one to fund state grant programs. (E&E News)
• A new report says work is needed to address electric vehicle charging “soft costs” like permitting, financing and installation. (Greentech Media)
• A new startup wants to help fleet operators deal with the complexities of grid infrastructure and utility rates for a fixed price. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION:
Soaring SUV sales leave the auto industry on a collision course with climate policy despite companies’ investments in electric vehicles. (Reuters)
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in his state-of-the-state address appears to back away from a regional cap-and-trade plan to curb vehicle emissions. (WBUR)

GRID:
Clean energy groups call for changes from grid operator MISO that will relieve the bottleneck of transmission projects and allow for more renewables to come online. (Energy News Network)
California officials have been studying how to use electric vehicle batteries as a grid management tool, but many questions remain unanswered. (Bloomberg)

PIPELINES:
Texas pipeline operations and mining could expand if President Trump rolls back a law requiring regulators to weigh environmental risks before approving major infrastructure projects. (Texas Observer)
Critics of the potential change say fast-tracking Louisiana’s infrastructure projects could harm the environment. (The Advocate)

COAL:
Under pressure from its members to cut emissions, a Colorado generation and transmission cooperative announces it will close all of its coal facilities in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030, and will announce new renewable energy measures later this month. (Colorado Sun, Denver Post)
• A utility serving several Southeast states will retire a coal-fired power plant in Louisiana as part of an agreement with the Sierra Club. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
Utility-scale solar is poised for growth in Iowa where it can complement an already robust wind industry. (Energy News Network)
The Army’s largest solar array was dedicated at Fort Carson in Colorado this week. (Fort Carson Mountaineer)

WIND: Dominion Energy employees train to safely work on massive offshore wind turbines off the coast of Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)

ELECTRIFICATION: Seattle’s mayor says the city will come up with a plan by 2021 to transition all city-owned buildings away from fossil fuels. (Seattle Times)

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UTILITIES: Florida’s Supreme Court rejects a constitutional amendment about deregulating the state’s electricity market, saying the ballot summary was misleading. (Tampa Bay Times)

HYDROGEN: California’s “Hydrogen Highway” never materialized, but backers say there’s still a future for hydrogen technology in transportation. (CalMatters)

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