U.S. Energy News

Climate change warnings deleted from Trump power-plant proposal

POWER PLANTS: The White House appears to have deleted warnings about potentially severe climate change consequences from an earlier draft of its Clean Power Plan replacement. (Bloomberg)

MORE: Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the plan, critics say. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES:
• The ACLU sues the U.S. government, alleging it is making preparations to crack down on Keystone XL pipeline protesters. (Associated Press)
• Minnesota officials say Enbridge does not have adequate insurance to protect the public from damages related to oil spills. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• ExxonMobil reasserts its commitment to cut methane emissions even as the Trump administration prepares to repeal regulations. (Axios)
An Interior Department energy counselor who stepped down in mid-August takes a job with an offshore drilling company. (The Hill)

SOLAR:
• One of Illinois’ first community solar projects will feature a sun-tracking “smartflower” to maximize generation. (Energy News Network)
• Solar power saved wholesale electricity markets in New England and New York a total of $29.9 million during the first six days of July, according to a new pair of reports. (PV Magazine)

STORAGE: Demand for residential energy storage is surging in the U.S. with installations concentrated in Hawaii and California. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Brooklyn, New York company is developing a wireless charging system for electric vehicles. (Bloomberg)

WIND: A company applies to operate a three-turbine wind farm that could be the first offshore wind project in New Jersey. (North Jersey Record)

NUCLEAR:
New Jersey launches a proceeding to create a Zero Emission Credit program for nuclear plants, but the effort may face legal challenges. (Utility Dive)
An MIT study concludes that nuclear power is critical to cutting global carbon emissions but also faces a dim future. (Axios)

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COAL: West Virginia’s deputy revenue secretary says coal production is up in the state, but that “nothing is forever.” (Register-Herald)

COMMENTARY: While the Trump administration slows progress on energy efficiency standards, states are stepping up to fill the gap, an advocate writes. (NRDC Expert Blog)

CORRECTION: North Carolina lagged behind 31 states in the percent progress toward its 2017 energy efficiency potential. A story featured in Tuesday’s digest misstated its ranking.

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