U.S. Energy News

Delta announces plan to become first “carbon neutral” airline

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration’s draft plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards may not be ready until summer, with necessary documents full of spelling and numerical errors. (New York Times)

EMISSIONS:
Delta says it will spend $1 billion over the next decade to cancel out all of its future greenhouse gas emissions beginning March 1. (Axios)
Pennsylvania regulators release a draft of proposed rules for the state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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CLIMATE: While the Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Accords, nearly half of U.S. states are acting to uphold the pact. (Business Insider)

PIPELINES:
Three Native American women file a formal complaint with an international organization accusing Credit Suisse of violating the human rights of Indigenous people with its financing of two U.S. pipeline projects. (Drilled)
The West Virginia House passes a bill that increases penalties for damaging, disrupting, or trespassing on property containing “critical infrastructure” facilities such as pipelines. (Register-Herald)

GRID:
An investigation finds that Bloom fuel cells, which have gained popularity as a backup power source in California, face a host of issues and are still far more expensive than renewable energy. (Forbes)
Experts predict a long legal battle over a federal regulator’s order in PJM that disadvantages clean energy sources. (E&E News)

STORAGE:
The battery market faces a supply crunch as coronavirus-related travel bans and factory closures slows battery manufacturing in China. (Greentech Media)
A federal regulator highlights work being done to integrate storage into the wholesale electricity markets. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Experts say California’s requirement to deliver more than 1 GW for new homes could be a “eureka moment” for the U.S. solar sector. (PV Magazine)

COAL:
Scientists and advocates are replanting tens of thousands of acres of trees across Appalachia to restore forests destroyed by mountaintop removal mining. (Washington Post)
• A new report indicates retrofitting New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology could put investors at risk for up to $450 million. (Utility Dive)

BIOMASS: A British company applies for an air quality permit to build a wood pellet plant in rural Robeson County, North Carolina, raising environmental justice concerns. (NC Policy Watch)

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UTILITIES: Exelon officials say a federal investigation into its lobbying activities could subject the company to civil or criminal penalties. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY: Adding solar to wind-heavy markets and vice versa can help integrate more renewables on the grid, a wind energy executive writes. (Greentech Media)

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