U.S. Energy News

Citizen lawsuits a ‘novel’ new tactic in climate fight

CLIMATE: Citizens suing governments represent a “novel” new front in climate activism. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Is fracking helping mitigate climate change or making it worse? (Mother Jones)
Two Florida Congressmen struggle to attract members to their bi-partisan caucus to consider options for mitigating climate change. (Fox News Latino)

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NUCLEAR:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority rejects a $38 million cash offer from a Nevada company for an unfinished Alabama nuclear plant.(Associated Press)
• The Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio is operating again after a 44-day shutdown to install new emergency safety measures. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• A Nevada panel, along with neighboring tribes, question federal regulators about groundwater impacts from the Yucca Mountain waste repository. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

SOLAR:
Solar stocks are down amid concerns about future growth and regulatory uncertainty. (Reuters)
• Maine solar companies anxiously await a decision from state regulators on net metering. (Maine Public Broadcasting)
• Salt Lake City will contract for 3 MW of solar as a step toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. (Deseret News)

POLICY:
• How Maryland’s decision to strengthen its renewable energy standard reflects the broader national debate over the policies. (Utility Dive)
• Boulder, Colorado’s city council supports a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. (Boulder Daily Camera)

RENEWABLES: Big oil companies are making major investments in clean energy. (Bloomberg)

WIND:
• A report projects continued growth for the U.S. wind industry for the next 3-4 years. (USA Today)
• New Mexico reaches 1,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity. (Public News Service)
Opponents of a Wisconsin wind farm push local officials to reject a report that failed to find evidence supporting their health claims. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

OIL AND GAS:
• U.S. Geological Survey researchers say chemicals from fracking wastewater can negatively impact nearby freshwater sources. (Washington Post)
• ExxonMobil restarts a California refinery more than a year after a major explosion. (Associated Press)
• California lawmakers press utilities over continued use of “a huge hole in the ground” for natural gas storage. (Los Angeles Times)

KEYSTONE XL: Six states along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce file briefs supporting a lawsuit over rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. (The Hill)

RAIL: The U.S. Senate passes a bill to increase training efforts for first responders to rail car accidents involving hazardous materials. (The Hill)

POLLUTION: A 13 year battle over a proposal for a floating power plant in a New York City barge channel may be starting up again. (Tech Insider)

COMMENTARY:
• Why Warren Buffett’s $3.6 billion investment in wind energy was a calculated move. (Motley Fool)
• “Coal’s season in hell has barely begun.” (Bloomberg)

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