U.S. Energy News

Colorado Supreme Court rejects local fracking bans

FRACKING: Colorado’s Supreme Court rejects a local fracking ban, saying such efforts to block drilling are pre-empted by state law. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES:
Investigators have still not determined what caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline to explode last week. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Construction begins on the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. (NGI)
Enbridge expects to pay $62 million in fines and penalties related to a 2010 oil spill near Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Associated Press)

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COAL:
A Wyoming coal company says it will move away from the practice of self-bonding to cover mine clean up costs. (SNL Energy)
CEOs for Arch Coal and Peabody were each paid nearly $5 million last year as their companies approached bankruptcy. (SNL Energy)

SOLAR:
A Department of Energy program aims to push solar costs even lower. (InsideClimate News)
Two clean energy advocates take seats on an Arizona utility’s board. (Arizona Republic)
New Hampshire’s governor signs a law that doubles the state’s net metering cap. (Concord Monitor)
Solar installers object to an Arizona utility’s plan to expand a program in which it owns customers’ rooftop solar installations. (Arizona Daily Star)

WIND: How Massachusetts’ renewable energy standard is driving the push for offshore wind. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
• New York lawmakers set aside $30 million for communities impacted by power plant closures. (WRVO)
• Potential buyers for an unfinished nuclear plant in Alabama have been identified but not disclosed as the TVA’s board prepares for a vote on Thursday. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

RENEWABLES:
• Advocates are pushing Missouri-based Ameren to adopt a shareholder resolution calling for more investment in renewables, and are still encouraged by the utility’s recent vote rejecting it. (Midwest Energy News)
An Alaska renewable energy program may fall victim to budget shortfalls. (EnergyWire)

CLIMATE: 
“We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture”: America’s first climate refugees, in Louisiana, react to being resettled. (New York Times)
San Diego’s mayor proposes $127 million for the city’s climate plan, an amount he describes as “just the down payment.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)

UTILITIES: Facing pushback from FERC, Ohio utility FirstEnergy withdraws its income-guarantee plan before state regulators, instead pursuing a plan for customer surcharges that would avoid the need for federal intervention. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

TECHNOLOGY: Researchers seek ways to convert carbon dioxide to fuel. (New York Times)

EFFICIENCY: A state-funded program in Michigan brings retired engineers to small manufacturing companies to help them identify energy efficiency savings. (Midwest Energy News)

COMMENTARY:
A New York Times forum discusses the obstacles to renewable energy.
Why New York’s clean energy plan is a great economic strategy. (Huffington Post)
Why our utility bills don’t reflect the true cost of energy. (Energy Collective)
Community solar is a win-win for utilities. (GreenBiz)

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