U.S. Energy News

Carbon emissions from U.S. power plants fall 28 percent from 2005

EMISSIONS: Carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector have declined 28 percent since 2005. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

ALSO:
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signs an executive order committing the state to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which involves cutting greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2025. (The News & Observer)
Virginia regulators vote to create new regulations to limit carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants as a move toward the state’s participation in a regional emissions trading system. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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POWER PLANTS:
Counties that supported Trump over Clinton are more likely to be affected by the repeal of Clean Air Act rules, according to research at the University of Virginia. (Energy News Network)
Minnesota regulators approve a utility’s investment in a new natural gas plant over objections from clean energy and ratepayer advocates. (Minnesota Public Radio)

SMART GRID:
New data shows the Midwest shed about 1,000 jobs in energy storage, grid management and microgrids between 2016 and 2017 likely due to state and local policy changes. (Energy News Network)
• Several utility partnerships announced this year combine voice and analytics for customer engagement around energy management. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Major petroleum industry groups are weighing in at utility commissions across the Midwest over costs associated with electric vehicle infrastructure plans. (E&E News)

BATTERIES:
An Arizona utility and the National Renewable Energy Lab team up to conduct one of the largest home battery storage studies to date. (Utility Dive)
Top battery scientists have a plan to electrify flight and slash airline emissions. (MIT Technology Review)

SOLAR:
• Duke Energy asks North Carolina regulators for permission to lease solar to commercial customers through a non-regulated affiliate. (Greentech Media)
• Illinois is about to learn what it takes to manage a nearly 20-fold increase in solar power. (InsideClimate News)
• “I believe solar is going to be as practical on a farm as a tractor in the next five years.” Arkansas farmers recognize the benefits of going solar. (KATV-TV)

WIND: Offshore turbines could be the next big breakthrough in renewable energy as coastal states try to get industries up and running. (Governing)

RENEWABLES: Declining renewable energy prices lead an increasing number of states and localities to adopt ambitious clean energy targets. (Governing)

RESEARCH: Solar energy is the cheapest way to generate electricity in the Southwest while natural gas is the most cost effective in parts of the northern Rocky Mountain region, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

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POLITICS:
• Environmentalist Bill McKibben and former Colorado governor Bill Ritter try to rally voters on opposing sides of a state ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks. (Colorado Independent)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner touts his support for the coal industry, though it doesn’t appear to be helping in the polls. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order on greenhouse gas reduction goals takes bold news steps toward clean energy leadership. (Environmental Defense Fund)
The New York Times editorial board says Washington state voters should approve a ballot measure creating a carbon fee — which could put pressure on Congress to adopt a national program.

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