U.S. Energy News

Climate on the agenda at oil company shareholder meetings

CLIMATE: Exxon Mobil and Chevron investors will push resolutions this week to require the company to disclose business risks from climate change, Exxon is expected to urge rejection of the proposals. (New York Times, Reuters, InsideClimate News)

ALSO: The school district in Portland, Oregon passes a resolution to eliminate textbooks that contain misinformation about climate science. (Portland Tribune)

FINANCE:
• A Minnesota firm sees success in helping local governments attract financing to pay for clean energy projects. (Midwest Energy News)
• A Department of Energy program helps find funding for energy upgrades in low-income Atlanta neighborhoods. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

RENEWABLES:
• Major technology companies push reluctant utilities and states to move more aggressively on clean energy. (EnergyWire)
• A bill introduced in the Massachusetts legislature would require utilities to invest more in hydropower and offshore wind. (MassLive)

CONGRESS:
• U.S. Senate aides give a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to craft the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. (RTO Insider)
Controversial measures are added to the legislation before differences are reconciled in the House and Senate versions. (E&E Daily)

SOLAR:
• Two new reports to be submitted to Nevada regulators find net metering benefits all ratepayers. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• Google plans to expand its Sunroof analysis tool to all 50 states this year. (Greentech Media)

TRANSMISSION: A $2.1 billion, 800-mile high-voltage transmission project being built out across the Midwest can be a model for the transition to a clean energy mix. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Kinder Morgan formally withdraws plans for a $5 billion natural gas pipeline amid opposition from New York. (Albany Business Review)

OIL AND GAS: Unable to impose a local ban, residents in a Colorado community try to limit the impacts of a proposed drilling project. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES: Plans for new natural gas plants in California run into opposition from advocates who say the state should be investing more in renewable energy. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

NUCLEAR:
• The TVA’s Watts Bar 2 reactor, the first new U.S. reactor in the 21st century, is expected to be operating at full power this summer. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz says the industry will have a revival within 15 years. (Environmental and Energy Management News)

COMMENTARY: How Nevada’s solar rate hike hurts the state’s water conservation efforts. (Las Vegas Sun)

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