U.S. Energy News

D.C. suburb considers banning all fossil fuels

CLIMATE: A Maryland city is considering a total ban on fossil fuels, including gas appliances, pipelines and gas stations, by 2045. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
As Oregon Republicans threaten to walk out of the state legislature over climate legislation again, Gov. Kate Brown tries to reach a compromise. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
Democratic primary for an energy regulatory seat in Texas could be “the most important environmental race in the country” and is a microcosm for how the national party approaches the fossil fuel industry. (HuffPost)

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PIPELINES:
Supreme Court oral arguments begin today for a case over a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail. (WVPB)
The developer of the Constitution Pipeline in New York stops work on the project, saying it is no longer financially viable. (Oneonta Daily Star)

POLICY: Major clean energy legislation in Illinois would be funded through a small increase in a utility customer charge, possibly offset with savings from shaking up how the state ensures long-term energy supplies. (Energy News Network)

MICROGRIDS: Maine island communities increasingly see microgrids as a cheaper and more reliable alternative to cables from the mainland. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Solar panels on former president Jimmy Carter’s farm in Georgia now power operations for about half the town of Plains. (The Week)

WIND:
In his annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffet highlights how wind energy is helping to reduce Berkshire Hathaway’s reliance on fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)
• A wind turbine technician says he was drawn to the job by “the impact that we can have on our communities and our environment.” (Quad-City Times)

GRID: Renewable energy is starting to lower power prices in New England but fossil fuels still dominate supplies in the region’s energy grid. (Hartford Courant)

COAL:
The percentage of Kentucky coal miners diagnosed with black lung disease has fallen in half after a state law two years ago restricted the pool of doctors who can determine a miner’s eligibility for benefits. (Ohio Valley Resource)
A West Virginia plant is working to turn acid mine drainage into minerals for things like smartphones, electric cars and satellites. (Christian Science Monitor)

OVERSIGHT: An investigation reveals that Montana regulators have been spying on each other as the commission became increasingly dysfunctional in the past year. (Billings Gazette)

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ELECTRIFICATION: Durham, North Carolina, officials agree to give the local housing authority $1.4 million to replace leaking gas stoves with electric stoves. (News & Observer)

COMMENTARY:
• Recycling wind turbine components is a viable alternative to landfills, says the director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum. (Energy News Network)
• The attorneys general of three states in the PJM regional power grid say a federal regulator imperils efforts to promote clean energy. (The Hill)

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