CLEAN POWER PLAN: Implementation of the plan would drive coal’s share of U.S. power generating sources to 18% by 2040, down from a peak of 50% in 2005. (Platts)

ALSO: Both proponents and opponents of the plan say a federal court’s decision to hold an “en banc” review gives them an advantage. (EnergyWire)

CLIMATE:
• Health care giant Kaiser Permanente plans to eliminate or offset 100 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• In a lawsuit brought by a youth activism group, a court rules Massachusetts must impose cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to comply with a 2008 state law. (InsideClimate News)
• Carbon emissions from power plants have fallen to their lowest level in decades. (Climate Central)
• A public hearing on New York’s climate goals focuses on nuclear and offshore wind. (Albany Times Union)

ACTIVISM: A homeless woman bids $2 and wins an oil and gas lease for 1,713 acres at a federal auction in Utah, with a benefactor picking up the thousands of dollars in associated fees. (Deseret News)

OIL AND GAS:
• A study finds drilling activity has been causing earthquakes in Texas since 1925. (InsideClimate News)
• Schools struggle for resources as Oklahoma maintains tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A pipeline company is indicted in a spill off California’s coast last year, and could face $3 million in fines. (Los Angeles Times)
• A California natural gas utility is fined $2.25 million for pipeline safety violations. (Los Angeles Times)

SOLAR:
• Maine communities are putting solar projects on hold after policy reforms fail in the state legislature. (Portland Press Herald)
• A clean energy group in North Carolina says it will appeal the state’s rejection of its closely-watched third-party power sales agreement with a church. (Charlotte Observer)
• The Department of Energy expands training for veterans looking for solar industry jobs. (The Hill)

WILDFIRE: A financial analysis shows the wildfires around Alberta’s oil sands region has cost more than $750 million in lost output, or 1.2 million barrels a day over two weeks. (BBC)

WIND: How technology from deep-sea oil drilling can help keep offshore wind farms afloat. (Bloomberg)

COAL: A new report lists multiple coal companies that have increased CEO compensation while struggling through bankruptcy. (Grist)

NUCLEAR: Various groups join the city of Miami in opposing a Florida utility’s move to charge customers $22 million for two new reactors that may never be built. (Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald)

EFFICIENCY:
• A push to further increase efficiency standards for light bulbs is getting pushback from industry groups. (Greenwire)
The U.S. Department of Energy announces a new series of efficiency programs emphasizing combined heat and power and improving the building stock in low-income communities. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Why climate change is a bigger threat to eagles than wind turbines. (The Hill)

 

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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