U.S. Energy News

Critics say U.S. forecast undersells clean energy growth

FORECAST: Critics say the U.S. government’s new long-term energy outlook underplays coal’s decline and renewable energy’s rapid rise. (InsideClimate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The Energy Information Administration report projects internal combustion engines will remain “dominant” through at least mid-century. (Axios)
• A separate report predicts the cost of ownership for electric vehicles will match gas and diesel cars within five years and sooner in some countries. (GreenBiz)

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PG&E BANKRUPTCY: Facing billions of dollars in liability claims from recent wildfires, California’s largest electric utility files for bankruptcy protection. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: Bill Gates visits key members of Congress to try to sell them on the promise of nuclear power to combat climate change. (Washington Post)

POLICY:
Massachusetts lawmakers introduce legislation to require 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean power for transportation and heating by 2045. (State House News Service)
Several groups want Connecticut lawmakers to follow the lead of neighboring states and adopt community choice aggregation, which allows local governments to buy clean power on behalf of residents. (Energy News Network)
An upcoming FERC decision on PJM’s capacity market could give Illinois and other states greater autonomy to pursue clean energy. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Clinics that treat black lung disease call for action to protect coal miners, but a top government regulator says there are no plans for new measures. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Unemployed coal miners in West Virginia train as beekeepers to help make a living. (NPR)

OIL & GAS:
• County officials in Seattle approve a six-month moratorium on building or expanding major fossil fuel infrastructure. (Seattle Times)
• Santa Barbara, California observes the 50th anniversary of the state’s worst oil spill, an event that sparked the modern environmental movement. (NPR)

PIPELINES:
• Environmental groups ask a federal court to reverse FERC’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Roanoke Times)
• Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers ask an appellate court to reconsider a decision to vacate permits for the project. (E&E News, subscription)

WIND:
• Major companies like Walmart and GM work to get Texas wind farms up and running before federal tax credits expire. (UPI)
Tufts University will offer the country’s first offshore wind energy graduate program dedicated to structural and geotechnical engineering. (TuftsNow)

SOLAR: Farmers in Massachusetts, Maryland and other states must decide whether to welcome solar projects on their land. (Reuters)

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EMISSIONS: Vermont’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a reminder that more sweeping changes are needed to meet climate goals. (Boston Globe)

COMMENTARY: Why conservative states have the most at stake in debates over how to address climate change. (CNN)

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