U.S. Energy News

Climate change elevates flood risk for coal ash sites

COAL: More than 100 active and inactive coal ash storage sites, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast, are in areas that federal emergency managers have labeled a high risk of flooding. (Politico)

Blackjewel seeks a court order to let a coal train pass through a blockade of coal miners protesting not being paid by the bankrupt company. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• A $2 million grant to retrain workers at a Montana coal plant has gone unspent for two years, and state officials say the plant’s operator is to blame. (Billings Gazette)

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The Nebraska Supreme Court upholds the planned Keystone XL pipeline route across the state, though three federal lawsuits in Montana are preventing construction. (Omaha World-Herald)
• The fight over a proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline to Long Island continues to escalate as winter approaches. (Long Island Business News)

Walmart and Tesla say they are in settlement talks over the retailer’s solar panel lawsuit, as Amazon says a Tesla installation was to blame for a 2018 fire at one of its facilities. (Bloomberg)
A Nevada bill would help make solar more accessible to low-income households. (Las Vegas Sun)
A study finds a major income gap in solar adoption in California. (news release)

WIND: Three companies have submitted bids for Massachusetts’ latest offshore wind procurement. (CommonWealth Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: Michigan’s two largest cities have set ambitious climate targets over the coming decades and say building efficiency will be the top priority to reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

PUBLIC LANDS: A plan released Friday clears the way for mining and drilling on lands near a Utah national monument. (Associated Press)

OIL AND GAS: The Trump administration is moving forward with plans to allow drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve. (Anchorage Daily News

BIOFUELS: President Trump agrees to boost biofuel blending quotas for oil refineries in an attempt to tamp down political fallout in Midwestern states. (Bloomberg)

ACTIVISM: Advocacy groups in Oregon seek to confirm reports that law enforcement have been monitoring opponents of a natural gas project, which would be a violation of state law. (Oregonian)

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POLITICS: Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigns in Kentucky, where he says it’s possible to support coal workers in Appalachia and fight climate change. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The developer of the world’s first solar-powered airplane says we can fight climate change without giving up on capitalism. (Quartz)

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