U.S. Energy News

Documents: Fossil fuel industry knew of carbon risks in 1957

CLIMATE: New documents show that the fossil fuel industry had the “underlying knowledge of climate change” as early as 1957. (InsideClimate News, New York Times)

ALSO:
• ExxonMobil sues to block a subpoena seeking 40 years of climate change records. (InsideClimate News)
• Methane leaks have the potential to undermine the greenhouse gas emission reductions made by transitioning away from coal. (Washington Post)
The “keep it in the ground” movement is growing. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

***SPONSORED LINK: Join Greentech Media at Solar Summit for over two days of unrivaled networking opportunities and innovative, engaging panel sessions that will provide a unique mix of market intelligence and coordination among industry players. To get 10% off your registration, use our code: MWENERGY10***

OIL AND GAS:
• The Government Accountability Office cites a “massive failure” by the EPA to protect drinking water from drilling waste. (Associated Press)
• ExxonMobil says new offshore drilling rules will cost $25 billion and render some sites uneconomic to develop. (Bloomberg)
• A Washington state utility files legal action to prevent the release of records related to a natural gas terminal, citing terrorism concerns. (Tacoma News Tribune)
• A new study says it is “plausible” that wastewater injection caused a 2012 earthquake in Texas. (Texas Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• A bill in New Hampshire would require pipeline developers using eminent domain to buy entire properties affected. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• A Massachusetts pipeline case to be heard this week will determine whether a federal law can override the state constitution. (MassLive)

CONGRESS: The Senate advances an energy bill, and a House energy bill would block clean water protections. (The Hill, Bloomberg)

COAL: The Peabody bankruptcy heightens awareness of mining reclamation challenges. (Associated Press)

SOLAR:
• A utility-backed campaign in Nevada aims to defend new rates for rooftop solar. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Maine lawmakers remain divided over a bill to boost the state’s solar industry. (Portland Press Herald)
• The popularity of community solar is leading utilities in Washington to cap their programs. (KUOW)

WIND:
• Residents in a Wisconsin county will continue to raise health concerns about a nearby wind project, despite a recent state study finding no evidence to support such claims. (Associated Press)
• A legal challenge in North Carolina could imperil what is set to become the largest wind farm in the Southeast. (Raleigh News & Observer)

CLEAN ENERGY: A group of startup companies competed for $1 million in prize money for innovative clean energy projects meant to help developing nations as well as modernize the U.S. grid. (Midwest Energy News)

GRID: Quebec plans to increase renewable energy exports to the U.S. (Platts)

ELECTRIC CARS:
• A GM executive takes a shot at Tesla, noting that the Chevy Bolt “will be the first to market.” (Detroit Free Press)
• Faraday, an upstart electric car company, breaks ground on a new plant in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• What Peabody Energy’s bankruptcy means for clean energy. (The Equation)
• Peabody’s bankruptcy will likely reveal whether the company has been funding climate misinformation. (Huffington Post)
• With each new coal bankruptcy, more costly legacies will burden utility ratepayers and the environment. (New York Times)
How to restore Nevada’s leadership on solar. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Utilities are innovating more than you realize. (Greentech Media)

Comments are closed.