U.S. Energy News

Cold snap produces few electricity disruptions in Northeast

GRID: A recent cold snap produced few electricity disruptionsundercutting arguments by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that coal and nuclear plants need government support to keep lights on during cold weather events. (Washington Post, The Hill)

• Weak natural gas prices are hurting coal and nuclear operators more than renewable energy, according to a new report that could have implications for a DOE proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear. (Utility Dive)
• The Trump administration’s efforts to help coal and nuclear plants are drawing backlash from other energy sectors. (Reuters)

POLITICS: Colorado’s governor wants to restore state funding for the Colorado Energy Office, which has been a political football for Republican and Democratic lawmakers. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES: Baltimore Gas and Electric plans to pass roughly $82 million in annual tax savings on to customers by decreasing rates. (Baltimore Business Journal)

• A new report from the U.S. International Trade Commission could make it harder for the World Trade Organization to challenge a possible Trump administration decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Greentech Media)
• Georgia Power is launching a community solar program to allow customers to lease solar panels. (Augusta Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Clean energy advocates say public transit and school buses are likely targets for electric vehicle spending with Volkswagen settlement funds. (Stateline)

• The new tax plan allowed the expiration of an oil industry tax that funded the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which helps the government respond quickly to oil spills. (Washington Post)
• Experts say a Trump administration proposal to open California coastal waters to offshore drilling is unlikely to succeed due to hostile state lawmakers and unfavorable economics. (Los Angeles Times)
• The Trump administration’s efforts to boost drilling on public lands in the West have attracted little interest from oil and gas producers. (Los Angeles Times)

PIPELINES: Dominion Energy’s planned purchase of South Carolina’s SCANA energy company could lead to an expansion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is currently slated to run through Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. (Associated Press)

• Ohio’s shift from coal to natural gas has led to a significant drop in carbon emissions, which fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015. (Midwest Energy News)
• A county supervisor explains how the closure of a Pennsylvania coal mine will impact the community there. (NPR)

• A nuclear plant in Massachusetts is removed from service due to a downed power line, putting further strain on the region’s grid. (Utility Dive)
• SCANA won’t give severance packages potentially worth tens of millions of dollars to former executives following the failure of the Summer nuclear project. (Associated Press)
• South Carolina utility customers would receive a one-time payment but still be on the hook for paying $2.2 billion for the failed Summer nuclear project under Dominion Energy’s plan to buy SCANA. (Post and Courier)
• The nation’s oldest nuclear plant in New Jersey is forced to reduce its power due to unusually low tides and high winds. (Associated Press)

• The former CEO of  Sungevity explains how cutting red tape can decrease the cost of residential solar by half. (Greentech Media)
• The head of the Natural Gas Supply Association says recent extreme weather proves the energy grid is strong and FERC should reject the Trump administration’s plans to subsidize the coal and nuclear energy industries. (The Hill)

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