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)

ALSO:
• 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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OIL & GAS:
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)

SOLAR:
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)

CLEAN ENERGY:
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)

COAL:
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)

COMMENTARY:
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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