U.S. Energy News

Coal-backed group loses legal battle to block new gas plant

POWER PLANTS: A group funded by Murray Energy loses its latest court battle to block construction of natural gas power plants in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

While touting clean energy plans, utilities also quietly support the U.S. EPA’s efforts to roll back air pollution regulations. (Utility Dive)
• Two New Orleans City Council members say they would consider a new vote on a proposed natural gas power plant. (E&E News, subscription)

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CLIMATE: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to stop a climate change lawsuit led by Oregon youth. (Associated Press)

• Tennessee Valley Authority will build two of the largest solar installations in Tennessee and Alabama to power Facebook’s new Huntsville, Alabama data center. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
• Florida will see a solar energy boom as the price of photovoltaic cells and installation costs drop to all-time lows. (E&E News)

An otherwise routine county election in Illinois draws outside interest from activists both opposed to, and in favor of, wind energy. (Energy News Network)
In a scathing 20-page order, Virginia regulators say they approved a $300 million offshore wind power project because of a legislative mandate, and that ratepayers will bear all the costs and risks. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Massachusetts’s governor asks Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke not to lease an area south of Long Island to offshore wind developers, saying it’s one of several “high-value grounds” for regional fishermen. (The Standard-Times)

• Activists say they are prepared to camp in northern Michigan until Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is permanently shut down. (Bridge Magazine)
• The Nebraska Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week over a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Omaha World-Herald)

COAL: An Indiana utility’s plan to transition to renewables in the next decade suggests the end of the coal industry “may be nearer than some expect.” (Indianapolis Star)

COGENERATION: The world’s largest processor of fresh cut vegetables is powering one of its California plants with a microgrid powered by wind, solar and a gas-fired cogeneration system that takes advantage of waste heat. (GreenBiz)

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a proposed hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts are hopeful that a series of regulatory delays will ultimately derail the project. (Boston Globe)

EFFICIENCY: Fewer Connecticut businesses are participating in an energy conservation program after lawmakers took $117 million from the program to help balance the budget. (Hartford Business Journal)

BIOMASS: Smithfield Foods contributes $300,000 to plant native grasses and other species on Missouri farmland for biomass production. (E&E News, subscription)

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Oil and gas companies and associated PACs have spent at least $47 million to defeat ballot measures in Washington and Colorado. (Vox)
• Utilities bet on Republicans in close governor’s races, but hedge in others, according to a clean energy group’s analysis. (Energy and Policy Institute)

• An editorial board says Washington’s carbon fee ballot measure could serve as a national template in the fight against climate change. (USA Today)
Virginia is allowing Dominion to push a risky pipeline project through and ratepayers will shoulder the costs, the state’s former attorney general writes. (Washington Post)

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