U.S. Energy News

Despite shutdown, doors stay open for oil and gas industry

OIL & GAS: Oil and gas industry officials say they have yet to feel any real consequences from the partial government shutdown. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• A North Dakota judge recommends state officials issue a water permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. (Associated Press)
• An analysis shows the Trump administration downplays environmental risks of opening Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. (Huffington Post)

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TRANSPORTATION:
Bills seeking to put a price on carbon emissions from transportation are gaining momentum in Massachusetts. (Energy News Network)
Maryland will put part of a $6 million settlement over Fiat Chrysler’s alleged diesel emissions test cheating toward electric school buses. (Baltimore Sun)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: General Motors is expected to announce Cadillac as its lead electric vehicle brand as it challenges Tesla. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES:
• Virginia regulators approve a green tariff for Appalachian Power that gives customers access to renewables but also blocks competition. (Virginia Mercury)
Yale University launches an online certificate program to train professionals on how to finance and deploy clean energy projects. (Yale)

SOLAR: A bipartisan group of South Carolina lawmakers and solar advocates is renewing a push to ease restrictions on rooftop solar customers. (The State)

WIND:
A survey shows recreational fishermen perceive Rhode Island’s offshore wind farm positively while commercial fishermen see it as negative. (ecoRI News)
The Danish turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind selects Boston for its U.S. headquarters. (Boston Globe)

BIOMASS: Wood pellet maker Enviva moves ahead with plans for a $140 million pellet mill and a $60 million ship-loading terminal on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• A panel overseeing the decommissioning of a California nuclear plant wants to the process to begin as soon as it closes in 2024. (Associated Press)
• Congressional proponents of sending nuclear waste to Nevada’s Yucca Mountain for storage say the funding fight will likely shift to the U.S. Senate this year. (The Nevada Independent)

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UTILITIES:
• The president of an Indiana utility says the transition from coal to renewables is a “real revolution.” (Inside Indiana Business)
• Lawyers for Ohio manufacturers, consumers and environmental advocates urge the Ohio Supreme Court to halt an unrestricted charge by FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities. (Energy News Network)

POLITICS:
A number of Republicans worry if Trump declares a national emergency to build a border wall, the next president could do the same for climate change. (E&E News, subscription)
• Colorado’s new governor says he intends to give local governments more control over where oil and gas companies operate, a long-running conflict in the state where population growth and drilling frequently collide. (Associated Press)

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