U.S. Energy News

Documents reveal coal giant’s support of climate denial groups

CLIMATE: An analysis of court documents finds Peabody Energy has funded at least two dozen groups that spread misinformation about climate change and oppose environmental regulations. (Guardian)

COAL: U.S. coal production is at its lowest level since a 1981 miners’ strike. (New York Times)

GRID:
• A New York utility announces a $15 million solar + storage pilot project. (Greentech Media)
• An analysis predicts battery storage will be as widespread in 12 years as rooftop solar is today. (Bloomberg)
• However, MIT researchers say widespread storage isn’t necessary for a cleaner grid. (Greentech Media)
• A study says uniting California’s grid with other western states will increase emissions. (Public News Service)
• Flywheel storage helps an Alaska co-op get 99.8 percent of its electricity from renewables. (EnergyWire)
• A decision by Texas regulators to avoid capacity markets may be saving ratepayers billions. (Greentech Media)

RENEWABLES: A report finds renewable energy will attract two-thirds of all investment in new electric capacity between now and 2040. (Reuters)

COAL ASH: In a new study paid for by advocates represented in a lawsuit against Duke Energy, Duke University scientists find harmful effects can last years even after ash ponds have closed. (Raleigh News & Observer)

OIL BY RAIL:
• Union Pacific railroad says a broken bolt is to blame for an oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge earlier this month. (Associated Press)
• Despite production declines, millions of gallons of volatile Bakken crude oil are still being shipped by rail. (LaCrosse Tribune)

FRACKING: The Massachusetts senate unanimously approves a ten-year fracking ban in the state. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission rejects the practice by rural electric cooperatives to apply fixed charges on solar installations without regulatory approval. (Midwest Energy News)

WIND: A last-minute provision in a Rhode Island budget bill could reverse a decision by state regulators regarding the interconnection of wind projects, and has drawn accusations of favoritism. (Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: Nuclear shutdowns raise reliability concerns in the Northeast. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

POLITICS:
• A report details $1.3 billion in diversions from New Jersey’s clean energy fund over the past decade. (NJ Spotlight)
• A $150 million clean energy fund in Hawaii has so far financed only 11 projects. (Associated Press)

FINANCE: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is helping rural communities with renewable energy and efficiency projects. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Net metering sounds simple, but is it fair? (The Hill)
• How energy efficiency makes Clean Power Plan targets easy to achieve. (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy)

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