U.S. Energy News

Democrats release new plan to get U.S. to zero emissions by 2050

EMISSIONS: House Democrats get mixed reviews from environmental groups for a Green New Deal alternative that aims to put the country on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. (Common Dreams, The Hill) 

ALSO:
More than a dozen major outdoor retailers announce greenhouse gas reduction commitments as climate change threatens to upend the industry. (E&E News)
A recent report by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisiolak’s Office of Energy shows the state reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22% between 2005 and 2016. (KVVU)

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RENEWABLES:
Texas accounted for more than a quarter of all corporate renewable energy deals signed worldwide last year, according to a report. (Greentech Media)
Amazon and Arlington County, Virginia, agree to buy all the power from a new solar farm, a major step for the county’s renewable goals. (Washington Post)
An analyst says a Florida bill to require 100% renewable electricity by 2050 may be difficult to pass, even as utilities install more solar. (S&P Global)

STORAGE:
Solar-plus-storage projects took off in 2019, as projects pairing renewable energy and large batteries became a $2.8 billion global business. (E&E News)
iPod inventor Tony Fadell backs a company that says it’s using silicon scrap waste to make more powerful batteries. (Bloomberg Environment, subscription)

TECHNOLOGY: A startup company that sells modular microgrid products wins a $300 million investment from a private equity firm. (Greentech Media) 

EFFICIENCY: Cities are incorporating workforce development programs into their efforts to prepare employees needed for jobs in energy efficiency. (ACEEE)

GEOTHERMAL: A Minneapolis developer wants to heat a planned food hall and apartment complex with an aquifer thermal system that could be a model as the city looks to reduce its reliance on natural gas. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Republican senators press the IRS for information about “what appear to be systemic problems” with an electric vehicle tax credit program. (The Hill)

OIL & GAS:
The Guardian will no longer accept advertising from oil and gas companies, becoming the first major global news organization to do so. (The Guardian)
Colorado oil and gas companies failed to submit thousands of monthly reports used to track energy production, costing the state millions in tax revenues. (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: The Keystone XL pipeline developer plans to start construction in South Dakota in August, but legal challenges still loom. (Associated Press)

COAL:
An expert says Wyoming and Montana’s U.S. Supreme Court motion challenging Washington state’s regulatory roadblock of a west coast coal port expansion project faces an uphill legal battle. (WyoFile)
Clean energy and consumer advocates worry an Indiana bill requiring special approval to shut down coal plants is a “Trojan Horse” that could become more insidious with revisions. (Energy News Network)
New York state’s top pension fund official says it is reviewing whether to divest from 27 coal companies and could make decisions within two months. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: A court decision last week casts doubt on the legitimacy of dozens of biofuel waivers granted to oil refiners by the EPA, experts say. (Reuters) 

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POLITICS:
• A conservative clean energy group is committing $2 million to help re-elect Republicans who support its values. (E&E News, subscription)
• The political action committee of Murray Energy, which declared bankruptcy in October, contributed $160,000 in July to a fund to re-elect President Trump. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

COMMENTARY:
• Automakers deserves blame for falling electric vehicle sales as most have failed to fully market EVs in much of the country, a journalist writes. (Greentech Media)
• A Harvard graduate says the university has ignored student activism promoting divestment of fossil fuels from its endowment, so a new strategy is to elect like-minded graduates to university boards. (New York Times)

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