U.S. Energy News

Charging stations would get $1B boost in transportation bill

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A bipartisan transportation bill in Congress includes up to $1 billion over five years for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Lithium miners are significantly ramping up production in anticipation of electric cars going mainstream. (Bloomberg)
• A Michigan utility sees strong customer interest during the first two months of its electric vehicle charging station rebate program. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• Some California farmers are looking to solar energy as an income source as water shortages force farmland out of commission. (Los Angeles Times)
• In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company is “spooling up” production of its solar roof panels at its Buffalo factory after it has failed to meet previous production targets. (Buffalo Business First)
• Kentucky regulators seek input on a law that will change the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar. (Associated Press)
• A Houston solar company goes public, but analysts say that trend isn’t likely to continue. (Houston Business Journal, subscription)

COAL ASH:
• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a bill prohibiting coal ash discharges and requiring state approval for impoundment closures. (Peoria Journal Star)
• The Trump administration proposes lifting some regulations on coal ash, saying it promotes the beneficial reuse of the waste. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: Georgia regulators raise doubts about whether Georgia Power can meet its latest deadlines for the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

VW SETTLEMENT: North Carolina’s governor and legislature can’t agree on who ultimately controls $92 million in clean transportation money from the Volkswagen emissions settlement. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Rhode Island’s congressional delegation wrote to federal regulators this month expressing concerns about the pace of the Vineyard Wind project review days before a delay was announced. (Boston Globe)
• A community outreach coordinator for the failed Cape Wind project said important lessons about stakeholder engagement have benefitted later developments. (Windpower Engineering)
• Fishermen in New England say offshore wind turbines will make navigating coastal waters even more dangerous than it already is. (WNPR)

STORAGE:
• Engie Storage has developed a product in the New England wholesale market that will pay developers upfront for dispatch rights. (Greentech Media)
• A California city drops plans for a natural gas peaker plant in favor of energy storage and efficiency. (Greentech Media)

EMISSIONS: A new study says a price on carbon emissions could help New York meet its climate goals with little impact on consumer prices. (Platts)

COAL:
• Coal miners stiffed on paychecks by bankrupt Blackjewel continue to protest by blocking a coal train in eastern Kentucky. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signs a bill for a $12.5 million tax cut bill for FirstEnergy Solutions to revive a coal-fired power plant. (WV Metro News)
• The Sierra Club in Wisconsin wants We Energies to turn over financial information about its remaining coal plants. (Wisconsin State Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is dumping his crude oil investments and swapping them out with renewable energy stocks. (Bloomberg)
• Activist shareholders are increasingly pressuring fossil fuel companies to change how they operate as political urgency around climate change grows. (Axios)
• West Virginia lawmakers bet big on plastics production in hopes the state can rival the Gulf Coast as a hub for processing natural gas and producing plastics. (ProPublica)

UTILITIES: U.S. utilities are expected to increase capital spending on gas and renewable energy as they transition from coal, analysts say. (S&P Global)

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FINANCE: A new study from a federal lab finds missed payments on commercial property assessed clean energy loans are extremely rare. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say a new coal ash cleanup law in Illinois creates a “badly needed” framework to ensure polluters — not taxpayers — clear contamination. (Earthjustice)
• It’s long past time for the oil and gas industry, especially in Texas, to limit natural gas flaring, an editorial board says. (USA Today)
• An environmental writer says other cities should follow Berkeley’s lead in moving away from natural gas. (Los Angeles Times)

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