U.S. Energy News

Despite repeal, utilities hit Clean Power Plan targets anyway

CLEAN ENERGY: Despite the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a new report finds electricity providers have hit the Obama-era policy’s targets a decade ahead of schedule. (E&E News, subscription required)

ALSO:
• The Trump administration has granted an extension to some renewable energy projects so they can still qualify for federal tax credits. (The Hill)
• The International Energy Agency projects energy investments will drop 20% this year, slowing efforts to reduce emissions. (Greentech Media)

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EMISSIONS:
• Nearly two dozen states join California in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s effort to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars. (Los Angeles Times)
• Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the rollback is an “additional slap in the face to public health” during a pandemic. (MLive)
A questionable study by a fringe scientist has been a driving force behind the EPA’s turnaround on pollution rules under Trump. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE:
• A new report says continued inaction on climate by the United States could set back global efforts to cut emissions by a decade. (Carbon Brief)
Southern Company sets a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050 with plans to expand renewable energy, nuclear and energy efficiency, while still moving ahead with new natural gas plants. (Greentech Media)  

SOLAR:
• Honolulu leads the nation in per capita solar capacity, according to a new report ranking the top U.S. cities for solar. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Environment America)
Democrats in Congress urge federal regulators to reject a petition that would remove solar net-metering programs from state control. (E&E News, subscription required)

STORAGE: Despite ambitious targets set for storage in a 2018 law, New Jersey has shown virtually no progress with the technology since. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY: Missouri’s two largest cities are on very different trajectories when it comes to energy efficiency for buildings. (Energy News Network)

COAL: A large Wisconsin coal plant with no set retirement date could cost utility customers $257 million through 2030, according to a Sierra Club report showing clean energy is a cheaper option. (Utility Dive)

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MARKETING: Connecticut churches and nonprofits band together for group purchases of electricity for the second time in a year, with double the number of participants. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial writer says the Trump administration has been “ignoring the experts and conducting its own shoddy analysis” to justify rolling back vehicle emissions standards. (Los Angeles Times)
• Utilities across 15 Midwest states “exploited power market loopholes” in operating coal plants that cost customers $350 million in 2018, the Union of Concerned Scientists says in a new report. 

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