U.S. Energy News

Corporations break record for clean power in 2018

REGULATION: President Trump’s plans to repeal or relax 11 major environmental and safety rules would result in steep increases in premature deaths, greenhouse gas emissions and water contamination, according to an analysis of the government’s own estimates. (Associated Press)  

RENEWABLES: Corporations bought a record amount of clean energy through power purchase agreements in 2018. (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

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SOLAR:
A Rhode Island town’s solar moratorium is the latest flashpoint in a debate over how to develop solar power without spoiling scenery. (Energy News Network)
A Wisconsin solar project divides farmers, highlighting land-use concerns. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Oregon regulators prohibit solar projects on high-value farmland unless developers prove it has a dual use and counties approve. (Statesman Journal)
• A solar company says it’s fixed key problems that plagued a notoriously difficult solar roofing product from Dow Chemical. (Greentech Media)
A Vermont utility is developing solar-storage projects with the aim of improving reliability during summer peaks. (Energy News Network)

GRID: An emerging push for time-of-use rates renews longstanding debates about whether they are fair to customers or good for the grid. (Utility Dive)

COAL: The coal industry lobbied against extending a tax program that provides benefits for miners with black lung disease and their families. (Roll Call)

POWER PLANTS: A plan to keep a Massachusetts liquefied natural gas power plant in operation sets a precedent that some worry could slow the region’s transition away from fossil fuels. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
Two Colorado federal lawmakers introduce ambitious legislation aiming to protect 400,000 acres of public land, about half of which would be off limits to oil and gas development. (Denver Post)
• Oil and gas companies in the Permian Basin burned off nearly twice as much natural gas than they reported to regulators, according to an analysis of satellite data by an environmental group. (Houston Chronicle)

PIPELINES:
• Federal energy regulators argue that is is “nearly impossible” to assess the climate impacts from new natural gas pipelines. (E&E News)
• Attorneys call for a federal investigation into whether developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline broke laws by working after a permit suspension. (E&E News, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• Equipment owned by California’s three largest utilities started more than 2,000 fires over the past three and half years, but they were only cited and fined nine times by state regulators. (Los Angeles Times)
• In an unprecedented move, the Michigan Public Service Commission prohibits a major utility from using corporate dollars to fund nonprofit political advocacy groups. (Energy News Network)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Tesla charging station in Utah was vandalized by someone using a drill. (Quartz)

COMMENTARY: The Green New Deal must benefit black and Hispanic Americans, writes the director of a solar advocacy group. (Forbes)

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