U.S. Energy News

Coal’s collapse contributes to dip in U.S. emissions

EMISSIONS: U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped slightly in 2019, driven by a shift from coal generation, though future declines are unlikely without rapid policy change. (Reuters, InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
California Democrats announce a Green New Deal that would aim to transition the state completely off of fossil fuels by 2030. (Sacramento Bee)
A project at a Colorado industrial cement plant would target capturing 725,000 metric tons of carbon per year. (Houston Chronicle)
• JetBlue plans to become the first U.S. airline to make all of its domestic flights carbon neutral by investing in technology, alternative fuels and offsets. (Reuters)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• The Trump administration moves toward tightening pollution controls on trucks while blocking states from adopting tougher rules. (New York Times)
A coalition of electric vehicle advocates urges the Boston-areas transit authority to shorten the testing time for electric buses and have the entire fleet electrified by 2030. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Solar installers embrace residential solar-plus-storage systems as homeowners express interest in pairing batteries with rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)
The number of customers seeking to connect solar panels in eastern Kansas plunged in 2019 after the region’s utility placed a new fee on solar customers. (Energy News Network)
• Solar panel manufacturer First Solar will pay out $350 million in claims related to a class action lawsuit by shareholders over warranty costs. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: The California Energy Commission is sinking $11 million into energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries. (Utility Dive)

WIND: Attempts to limit wind energy development in Ohio leave the state among the worst in the U.S. for renewable energy production. (Truthout)

COAL:
• America’s coal consumption entered a free fall in 2019, an 18% drop that represented the largest one-year decline ever recorded. (The Atlantic)
• The shutdown of U.S. coal plants over a decade saved more than 26,000 lives, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability. (The Guardian)
• Dozens of laid-off employees of another Kentucky coal company say they have not received their final paychecks. (Lexington Herald Leader)

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OIL & GAS: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania again introduces legislation to force disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania homeowner says drilling activity from the Mariner East pipeline contaminated her well and released colored and foul-smelling water into her bathtub. (CBS Philly)

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