U.S. Energy News

Election could reshape climate, energy debates

ELECTION: A Washington state ballot measure creating a carbon fee could reshape climate politics in the state and beyond. (The Atlantic)

ALSO:
• Attorney general races could change the legal landscape on climate regulation, pipeline oversight, and energy development. (E&E News, subscription)
• A Colorado ballot measure seeking to increase drilling setbacks has caused some political fractures among Democrats. (Vox)
• A loss for North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp could upend the future of “clean coal” and carbon capture and sequestration. (E&E News, subscription)

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RENEWABLES:
Renewables reduced wholesale power costs in Texas by $5.7 billion, or about $20 per resident over eight years, a new report says. (PV Magazine)
Home improvement retailer Home Depot has an ambitious vision for lowering carbon emissions, and clean energy plays a role. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• A central Washington plant that makes polysilicon for solar panels may become the first casualty in the U.S.-China trade war. (Seattle Times)
A Rhode Island church installs solar panels as part of a trend for religious groups to promote environmental stewardship. (Energy News Network)
An environmental group’s new web tool lets people in six Southeast states see if their utility is embracing solar or blocking it. (PV Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Rolling back federal CAFE and GHG standards would have little effect on the plug-in electric vehicle market, according to Navigant Research. (GreenBiz)
Electric vehicle adoption will have an outsized impact on the electric grid in New England. (Forbes)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators postpone a decision on a controversial transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts until at least March 2019. (Mainebiz)

HYDROPOWER: Hydro dams will become a less sustainable source of power as the climate changes, according to a Michigan State University report. (Bloomberg Environment)

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POLICY: Energy industry leaders express disappointment at the Trump administration’s protectionist trade policies at an annual energy conference between New England and Canada. (RTO Insider)

CLIMATE: North Carolina leaders take a new, more progressive stance on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions. (Coastal Review Online)

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