U.S. Energy News

Courts rebuke Trump’s tactics to boost fossil fuels

OIL & GAS: President Trump’s attempts to bolster the U.S. fossil fuel industry have been repeatedly rebuked by the court system. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Federal wildlife managers accuse the Trump administration of failing to consider climate change, oil spills and the welfare of polar bears in its expedited study of proposed drilling in a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. (Reuters)
A nationally renowned drug rehab program sent patients to work without pay at an Exxon refinery and Shell oil platform, an investigation finds. (Reveal)
A Washington activist who stopped what would have been the largest oil terminal in North America is awarded an international environmental prize. (Huffington Post)

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POLICY: As Democrats won control of state legislatures nationally, hundreds of new laws supporting clean energy have been introduced. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
Texas lags in rooftop solar because there is no net metering law and electricity is already cheap, according to a report from the Dallas Fed. (Axios)
Advocates question why trees are being cut for solar projects in Massachusetts when rooftops and parking lots are still available. (WGBH)

WIND:
• U.S. wind developers announce a record number of projects during the first quarter, according to a wind industry group’s report. (Houston Chronicle)
• Strong net metering policies make the Northeast the leading market for small-scale wind energy, despite having weaker winds than other parts of the country. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: Massachusetts’ energy storage policy is being hailed as a national model, but whether storage can reduce emissions is still an open question. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS: The U.S. Justice Department opens a criminal investigation into the accuracy of Ford’s emissions certification process. (Detroit Free Press)

PIPELINES:
A Minnesota group spent nearly $250,000 since November on ads supporting the Line 3 pipeline, but its ties to Enbridge are unclear. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester is charged with felony threat of terrorist acts in West Virginia after chaining himself to equipment. (Associated Press)

COAL ASH: Duke Energy appeals an order from North Carolina regulators to dig up and remove all of its coal ash from unlined storage sites. (WUNC)

NUCLEAR: The legacy of Three Mile Island and a burgeoning natural gas industry present unique challenges to proponents of a nuclear energy subsidy plan in Pennsylvania. (WHYY)

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POWER PLANTS: Watch parties and celebrations greeted the controlled demolition of two cooling towers at the last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts; the site will be redeveloped to support offshore wind. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: The director of industry partnerships at Google says smart thermostats will make natural gas the next frontier for demand response. (Greentech Media)

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