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)

• 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)

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)

• 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)

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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