U.S. Energy News

DOE wants to help develop ‘near zero emission’ coal plants

POWER PLANTS: Ohio Republicans introduce a bill that would provide subsidies for two nuclear plants — and possibly coal and gas plants, too — while defunding renewable energy and efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The U.S. Energy Department says it will invest $100 million in research funds into developing coal power plants with “near zero emissions.” (Houston Chronicle)
The owner of a fleet of Illinois coal plants supports state legislation that would provide funding to repurpose them for solar and energy storage. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
A group of Republican lawmakers tie the fate of Medicaid expansion in Montana to a bill seeking to save a struggling coal plant. (Helena Independent Record)

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WIND:
• The grid that serves Oklahoma and much of the Great Plains at one point last week drew nearly two-thirds of its power from wind, a new record. (Oklahoman)
The new operator of a Connecticut port is promoting expansion, including a push to make it a staging area for offshore wind development. (The Day)

SOLAR:
• For every solar project moving forward under Illinois’ renewable energy credit lottery system, many more are stalled on a waitlist. (Greentech Media)
• A bill backed by Iowa’s largest utility to add fees for solar customers faces an uncertain future and has emerged as one of the most polarizing issues of the legislative session. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Des Moines Register)
• Tesla needs to double employment over the next year at its state-funded factory in Buffalo to meet commitments it made to New York. (Buffalo News)

RENEWABLES: A Florida lawmaker files a bill that would require the state to draft a plan for 100% renewable energy, and says utility companies are influencing decisions on renewables. (WUSF)

PIPELINES: The utility blamed for an explosion in Massachusetts last year has begun replacing equipment damaged in homes. (NBC Boston)

OIL & GAS:
Researchers say a new 10-year study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing “should be of serious concern to policymakers interested in protecting public health.” (Environmental Health News)
• Chevron acquires Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion, expanding its footprint in the Permian Basin. (NPR)
• Members of a congressional subcommittee are in New Mexico today to gather testimony on the impacts of drilling near sites considered sacred by several Western tribes. (Associated Press)

HEATING: A new report concludes electric heat pumps are economical in cold, northern climates when paired with better building standards and rooftop solar. (Greentech Media)

UTILITIES:
Green Mountain Power in Vermont says it will be carbon-free by 2025 and 100% renewable by 2030. (Rutland Herald)
• California Gov. Gavin Newsom releases a report that suggests one way the state could grapple with rising wildfire costs is to create two funds to help pay for damages. (New York Times)
• Nevada’s largest utility outspent all other energy companies in political contributions during the 2018 midterms, campaign records show. (The Nevada Independent)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley seeks more information from the Trump administration on waivers for small oil refineries to avoid ethanol-blending mandates. (E&E News, subscription)

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TECHNOLOGY: An Arizona startup hopes its hydrogen-powered big rigs can finally bring the fuel mainstream. (Forbes)

COMMENTARY:
• Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, the co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, says it’s a revolutionary call to action on the climate crisis. (Boston Globe)
• Urban sustainability advocates say New Jersey’s clean energy policies should be designed to include participation of low-income residents. (NJ.com)

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