U.S. Energy News

DOE to fund development of floating offshore wind turbines

The U.S. Department of Energy commits $28 million to develop advanced floating offshore wind turbines. (Greentech Media)
• An Iowa state senator who unexpectedly resigned this month takes a job lobbying for the American Wind Energy Association. (Associated Press)

• Clean energy advocates say the Tennessee Valley Authority’s planned shift to solar energy lacks urgency and specifics. (Nashville Public Radio)
• Some Illinois farmers embrace solar development as a source of additional income. (Washington Post)

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• Exxon Mobil complains to U.S. financial regulators that an investor proposal calling for the company to set greenhouse gas emission targets is a misleading attempt to “micro-manage the company.” (Reuters)  
• At least eight U.S. cities, five counties and one state are suing some of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies for their role in climate change. (Vox)
• Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts may be one of the most aggressive governors in the country on addressing climate change. (E&E News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Scientists are working to develop a liquid battery technology that could be refilled in minutes at a vast network of converted gas stations. (NBC News)

ETHANOL: The U.S. EPA agrees to finally conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact of burning ethanol on air quality. (Reuters)

TRANSMISSION: Achieving high levels of renewable energy requires bolstering the U.S. transmission grid, a significant political challenge. (E&E News, subscription)

• The redevelopment of two former coal plant sites is a significant factor in tomorrow’s Chicago City Council election. (Energy News Network)
• President Trump names the wife of a well-known coal executive to serve as the nation’s ambassador to the United Nations. (E&E News, subscription)

The Dakota Access pipeline developer sues Greenpeace in state court after a federal judge dismissed the company’s racketeering claims. (Associated Press)
• North Dakota officials say a highway shutdown during Dakota Access protests was not meant to manipulate the media or tribes. (Associated Press)

Plastics production follows the natural gas fracking boom to Appalachia, bringing with it health and environmental concerns. (InsideClimate News)
• Federal regulators approve plans for a liquified natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and a pipeline to supply the facility. (CNBC)

Advocates say Minnesota utilities are not disclosing avoided costs, which determine whether third-party generators can sell power to utilities. (Energy News Network)
A Memphis utility considers leaving the TVA, citing potential savings by generating its own power or purchasing it from other suppliers. (Times Free Press)

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• The author of California’s landmark law requiring the state to get all of its electricity from renewables by 2045 is running for Los Angeles city council. (Greentech Media)
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry applauds an Arizona utility’s clean energy investment as he called for an “all of the above” approach to energy development. (Arizona Republic)

How a pipeline controversy could turn New York Harbor into “the Standing Rock of 2019.” (Daily Beast)
• The president of the Conservative Energy Network says renewable energy isn’t the political wedge issue it once was. (The Hill)

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