U.S. Energy News

Cities trying to fill the void left by federal climate inaction

CLIMATE: U.S. mayors lament the weakening of federal climate policies at a time when their cities face increasing damages related to climate change. (E&E News)

• Billionaire George Soros says he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarianism and climate change. (Bloomberg)
While Ninth Circuit judges dismissed a climate lawsuit raised by 21 youth against the government, their ruling contains warnings that we are “approaching the point of no return” on climate change. (The Conversation)

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BP successfully lobbied the Trump administration to weaken a landmark environmental law, according to government documents. (The Guardian)
• The process of liquifying natural gas for export has a carbon footprint that rivals coal, according to data from environmental filings. (Bloomberg)
• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes legislation to make the state’s ban on fracking permanent. (WBNG)
The Trump administration proposes a $3.7 million settlement with the owner of an oil and gas well that was leaking air pollution near an Ohio Boy Scout camp. (E&E News, subscription)

Two Kentucky utilities propose to build the state’s largest solar project, with Dow and Toyota buying most of the power. (Lexington Herald Leader)
Streamlined permitting has helped a Chicago suburb to see a 3,000% increase in residential and commercial solar installations. (Yale Climate Connections)

TRANSPORTATION: California’s air board is planning first-in-the-world rules to reduce emissions from ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, which they say run 50% higher per passenger mile than other vehicles. (Bloomberg Environment)

Massachusetts lawmakers introduce a bill package targeting net-zero emissions by 2050, a goal that Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed support for. (MassLive)
Orlando, Florida, wants to power all homes and businesses with 100% clean energy by 2050, but officials aren’t sure how they’re going to do it. (WMFE)
California Republicans introduce a bill to include nuclear and hydroelectric facilities in the state’s renewable energy standard. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND: Larger turbines proposed for a Maryland offshore wind farm reignite debates about the future of the energy source for the state. (E&E News, subscription required)

OVERSIGHT: FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee, a Trump appointee, says he won’t seek a second term but won’t leave until his successor is confirmed. (Greentech Media)

Analysts say a Michigan utility runs coal plants even when electricity prices don’t cover their costs to operate, a practice known as self-scheduling that costs its customers tens of millions of dollars a year. (Energy News Network)
An advocacy group in Kentucky launches a campaign to pressure Congress to pass a package of “just transition” bills to help coal communities. (Hazard Herald)
• The Indiana Republican behind a bill to stall coal plant closures says “we need coal to survive” as utilities transition to gas and renewables. (E&E News, subscription)

ELECTRIFICATION: Advocates say rural electric cooperatives can play a key role in “beneficial electrification” and transitioning home equipment to run on electricity rather than deliverable fuels. (MiBiz)

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GEOTHERMAL: The BLM wants to transform 22,000 acres of public land in California into one of the largest geothermal leasing sites in the state. (Los Angeles Times)

Opposition to solar panels from historic preservation councils is a reminder of the many obstacles that could block climate action, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other GOP leaders should listen to economists on climate change, writes Matthew Ygleias. (Vox)
• A Vermont town where historians say the first electric vehicle was invented  will hold an initial international electric vehicle festival this year. (VT Digger)

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