U.S. Energy News

Data show costs falling as grid gets cleaner

CLEAN ENERGY: New data show that energy prices are generally falling as the grid gets cleaner. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• Analysts say low oil prices shouldn’t have a long-term impact on clean energy sectors. (Reuters)
• Environmental groups in Oregon put $250,000 toward backing a ballot measure to displace coal with clean energy. (Willamette Week)
• A Texas army base will get about half of its electricity from renewable sources. (Military.com)

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CLIMATE:
• Climate scientists warn in a new report that decisions made today could affect human civilization for the next 10,000 years. (Washington Post)
• Two Florida congressmen form a bipartisan climate caucus in the House. (The Hill)
An international agreement aims to cut carbon emissions from air travel. (New York Times)
• Michael Bloomberg urges businesses to be more upfront about how climate change will impact their operations. (Financial Times)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• Advocates say Kansas regulators are ignoring the untapped potential of using energy efficiency to comply with the federal rules. (Midwest Energy News)
A new calculator developed by an efficiency advocacy group shows Midwest states can make great strides in hitting their Clean Power Plan goals through efficiency. (Midwest Energy News)
Alabama delays writing its compliance plan, saying it is confident a court will uphold a stay. (EP Newswire)

SOLAR:
• “The industry’s on hold” in Massachusetts as key incentives run out. (Boston Globe)
• Nevada Sen. Harry Reid says ALEC is behind the push to kill net metering in his state. (CleanTechnica)
• Rooftop solar employees in Nevada rally to support a referendum to restore net metering rates. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

WIND: Dong Energy secures rights to a 1 GW lease to develop wind off New Jersey’s coast. (reNews)

OIL AND GAS:
• Shipping crude oil by rail is losing its dominance as thousands of miles of new pipelines are being built, inland crude prices decline and protests continue over rail tank car safety. (EnergyWire)
• Developers are scaling back work on a Utah oil sands site. (Deseret News)
• Utilities’ growing reliance on natural gas poses big risks as more long-term projections point to demand catching up with supply, boosting prices. (Utility Dive)

NUCLEAR: The Energy Department is proposing to abandon a long-delayed nuclear fuel processing facility in South Carolina. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: Seven smarter ways to talk about climate change. (Grist)

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