U.S. Energy News

Coal plant ‘super polluters’ headed for retirement

COAL: A wave of super-polluting power plants are headed toward retirement, though the vast majority of large coal plants have no closure date in sight. (E&E News)

OIL & GAS:
• A Trump administration plan to replace Obama-era methane standards would leave only a patchwork of state regulations and voluntary goals. (E&E News)
• A new study points to U.S. fracking as the likely source of a mysterious spike in atmospheric methane levels. (Vox)
• High production and the closure of natural gas pipelines and processing facilities leads to record natural gas flaring in North Dakota. (Bismarck Tribune)

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PIPELINES:
• Two major pipeline projects in the South and Appalachia hit stumbling blocks because of safety concerns and legal challenges. (ThinkProgress)
• Mountain Valley Pipeline developers voluntarily suspend work on parts of the project after environmental groups filed a lawsuit about its impact on endangered species. (Roanoke Times)
Developers of the PennEast pipeline in Pennsylvania tell federal regulators they found evidence of early Native American habitation at three sites and will take steps to minimize disruption during construction. (Platts)

TRANSPORTATION:
• An $18 million transportation bill contains steps in the right direction but falls short of being transformational, climate advocates say. (Energy News Network)
• California policymakers ramp up efforts to encourage ride-sharing and public transit as transportation accounts for 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. (Cal Matters)
House Democrats urge leading automakers to join four car manufacturers that signed a deal recognizing California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. (The Hill)

GRID:
• Texas’ grid operator declares a power emergency for the second time this week. (E&E News, subscription)
• Energy demand could rise up to 58% in the next 30 years due to climate change, and Texas’ grid isn’t ready, according to a study. (Texas Observer)
• All but six states took grid modernization actions in the second quarter of the year, according to a study by North Carolina researchers. (Solar Industry)

WIND:
• The Danish wind turbine company Vestas reports a sharp drop in profits due to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. (E&E News, subscription)
• Vineyard Wind supporters rally Thursday and call for federal officials to end a delay for a key permit the project needs. (Cape Cod Times)

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SOLAR: A study by Duke Energy finds that ramping power plants up and down to accommodate solar output leads to more nitrous oxide emissions than if natural gas was used instead. (PV Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmentalist Bill McKibben writes that the newest research shows “just what folly biomass burning really is.” (The New Yorker)
• A law professor writes that the wood pellet industry plays an important role in preserving trees by maintaining a market for forestry products. (The Hill)
• Two former Interior secretaries say the U.S. can become a world leader in offshore wind, and now is the time for all levels of government to aggressively resolve outstanding issues. (The Hill)

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