U.S. Energy News

‘Coal is over’: Some Appalachian miners warm to clean energy

COAL: “Coal is over.” Meet the Appalachian miners who support the Green New Deal and see more economic promise in clean energy. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• Alabama Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed at a forum on the future of coal says God put coal on Earth for a reason, and that the industry is making a comeback in the state. (Yellowhammer, Daily Mountain Eagle)
• Wyoming requires K-12 schools to offer computer science as part of an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on the oil, gas and coal industries. (New York Times)
• FirstEnergy will close Pennsylvania’s last coal-fired power plant nearly two years ahead of schedule due to economic factors. (Beaver County Times)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• The Trump administration orders an additional study for the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts, extending its review into early 2020. (Bloomberg)
• PJM says it has seen growing interest from transmission developers looking to build projects for anticipated offshore wind development. (Platts)

STORAGE:
• Utilities are investing in giant batteries that are making it more affordable to store renewable energy and deploy it when needed. (Wall Street Journal)
• New MIT research concludes that energy storage costs need to fall to about $20 per kilowatt-hour in capacity to make 100% renewable power possible. (Vox)

SOLAR:
• A proposed settlement over PURPA rates in Michigan could lead to hundreds of megawatts of power development within the next four years. (MiBiz)
• North Carolina’s tax collector is looking to cancel some of the $1 billion in tax breaks the state gave to solar farm investors. (News & Observer)

EFFICIENCY: Florida’s major utilities are proposing much lower energy efficiency goals over the next decade than they have in the past. (WJCT)

PIPELINES:
• The U.S. EPA plans to rewrite Clean Water Act rules to fast-track pipelines and limit the ability of states or tribes to block projects. (InsideClimate News)
• Law enforcement groups have used online surveillance to monitor opponents of an Oregon pipeline and LNG export terminal, emails reveal. (The Guardian)
• A federal judge plans to take up a dispute between the Trump administration and environmental groups over the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Georgia environmental groups object to Georgia Power’s plans to leave coal ash in unlined retaining ponds at several sites. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol and corn producers blame the Trump administration for bailing out the U.S. oil industry with waivers for biofuel mandates. (Reuters)

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NUCLEAR: A $60 million refund for an unfinished nuclear power plant has resulted in comically small checks to former SCE&G customers. (The State)

COMMENTARY:
• An author makes a case for ditching air conditioning: “A hot room won’t usually kill you, but a hot planet will.” (The Guardian)
• Chopping down and burning our forests for electricity is not a sustainable climate solution, write the directors of two environmental groups. (The Hill)

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