U.S. Energy News

Dark money groups push for end to net metering

SOLAR: Advocacy groups linked to DTE Energy are waging a public campaign to dismantle net metering in Michigan. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
• Senate Democrats plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 campaign. (New York Times)
• “They’re trying to get rid of all the cows”: The Green New Deal draws scorn at an annual conservative gathering. (E&E News)

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NUCLEAR:
• Pennsylvania lawmakers indicate a willingness to support the state’s nuclear plants, as climate change creates more urgency around the conversation. (Associated Press, E&E News)
• A leading U.S. uranium producer seeking trade restrictions on imported nuclear fuel courts conservative activists at an annual conference. (The Daily Beast)

COAL:
• More than 90 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants that are required to monitor groundwater near coal ash dumps show unsafe levels of toxic metals, a new study finds. (Reuters)
• Washington’s state Senate passes a bill requiring utilities to stop using coal by 2025. (Seattle Times)
Alabama Power documents show customers will have to pay $740 million after a coal plant retires this year. (AL.com)
• Fewer than 130,000 households still use coal for heat, but the coal industry wants to boost that number and has a plan to attract more customers. (NPR)

OIL: Taylor Energy files lawsuits to fight the U.S. government over the longest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, which the company is responsible for. (Washington Post)

NATURAL GAS:
• Advocates push for buffer zones to prevent drilling near dams in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Texas motorists have damaged 3,600 gas meters since 2010, an investigation shows. (Dallas Morning News)

PIPELINES:
• Enbridge says its Line 3 pipeline replacement and extension in Minnesota will be delayed about a year because of the permitting process. (Star Tribune)
• Tribes accuse the Army Corp of Engineers of withholding documents that could bolster their case against the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Colorado power provider is on the verge of a deal with some of its co-op members that might entice some to remain customers despite previous tension over its commitment to clean power. (Energy News Network)

TRANSPORTATION: Minneapolis officials are developing a transportation plan to help the city move away from cars and toward sustainable alternatives. (Star Tribune)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Michigan electric truck startup company wins over investors and analysts who think it could challenge Tesla. (The Detroit News)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont energy efficiency agency prepares to tackle growing electricity demand from the marijuana industry. (VT Digger)

TRANSMISSION: A federal appeals court rejects the Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of an already built transmission line built across the James River in Virginia. (E&E News)

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CLIMATE: The plaintiffs in a youth climate change lawsuit talk about their motivation for suing the federal government. (60 Minutes)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration can’t even save coal-fired power plants it has a direct stake in, a columnist writes. (Bloomberg)
• On climate change, “penny-ante political moderation can not possibly get the job done,” writes a columnist. (The Week)

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