U.S. Energy News

Congress boosts funding for clean energy in spending bill

POLICY: Congress increases funding for DOE clean energy programs in an omnibus spending bill passed early Friday, rejecting requests from the Trump administration to gut the programs. (Vox, New York Times)

• New Mexico regulators approve Xcel Energy’s $1.6 billion plan to build two large wind farms near the Texas-New Mexico border. (Albuquerque Journal)
• An environmental group’s report says the majority of the Atlantic Coast states have offshore wind potential that exceeds their electricity consumption. (Windpower Engineering)
• Ohio state Rep. Bill Seitz distributes a wind energy study on theoretical turbine incidents though other research says there is no overall trend of such incidents. (Midwest Energy News)

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• An Arizona utility and Tesla reach a settlement in an antitrust lawsuit over solar installation fees. (KJZZ)
• Mayors from 180 U.S. cities write a letter calling for increased solar energy use, saying communities “need to act quickly to continue our progress toward renewable energy.” (Smart Cities Dive)
• A ranking lists the top 15 developers, engineers and other companies that make up the downstream U.S. commercial solar industry. (Greentech Media)
• Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar could win incentives to build the first U.S. panel plant since Trump imposed tariffs on imported solar modules. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: The Trump administration’s new tariffs on steel could increase battery-installation costs by as much as 3 percent. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Ford is teaming up with India’s Mahindra & Mahindra to develop an electric vehicle. (Reuters)

EFFICIENCY: The Trump administration’s new budget and tax reforms are helping the business case for combined heat and power. (Greentech Media)

• Scientists discover that two massive sinkholes in West Texas are part of a bigger problem caused by decades of oil activity. (Texas Tribune)
• Despite natural gas power generation seeing record declines in 2017, it still remains the country’s top fuel source. (Greentech Media)

COAL: Duke Energy tells shareholders it could be out of the coal business within 30 years, which will involve the development of new carbon-free technologies. (Charlotte Business Journal)

POLLUTION: The damage from toxic spills during Hurricane Harvey, which struck the nation’s petrochemical hub in Texas, may be far greater than authorities reported. (Associated Press, Houston Chronicle)

NUCLEAR: SCANA will pay shareholders $529 million in dividends from its failed nuclear project in South Carolina, which is more than a quarter of what the utility is charging electric customers for the project. (Post and Courier)

GRID: House lawmakers grill FEMA on why over 100,000 residents of Puerto Rico are still without power after Hurricane Maria, saying “no one would leave a state without power for six months.” (The Hill)

EPA: A new EPA policy that blocks the use of non-public scientific data could undermine a federal review of the risks posed by soot and other air pollution. (InsideClimate News)

POLITICS: The main U.S. coal miners’ union will endorse two Democrats running for Congress in West Virginia, giving a boost to Democrats trying to win over a constituency that voted heavily for President Trump. (Reuters)

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• Chevron lawyers say energy demand — not extraction — drives greenhouse gas emissions, while defending the company from a lawsuit that accuses five oil companies of climate-related damages. (E&E News)
• Climate models that oil companies are using to defend themselves from the lawsuit are outdated and have routinely underestimated the rate of global warming. (Grist)

• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline hasn’t received final approval, but it may already be violating permits, says an environmental policy analyst. (NRDC)
• A lobbying group for GM, Ford and Toyota is pushing bad science in an effort to weaken clean car standards, says a columnist for ThinkProgress.

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