U.S. Energy News

Electric vehicles get spotlight in Super Bowl ads

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At least three car companies ran Super Bowl ads promoting plug-in electric vehicles, a sign of a shift underway in automakers’ strategies. (New York Times) 

OIL & GAS:
An influential TV financial analyst advises viewers to ditch their oil company investments, saying that they are in the “death knell phase.” (Grist) 
The head of the federal government’s offshore safety agency thinks there will be a drilling resurgence in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)
Renewable energy advocates disagree with the oil and gas industry that natural gas is needed as a bridge fuel in Colorado’s clean energy transition. (Denver Post)

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CLIMATE:
A Portland suburb becomes Oregon’s first city to declare a climate emergency; a similar measure advances in Flagstaff, Arizona. (KATU, Arizona Daily Sun)
A Chicago think tank with a history of spreading misinformation on climate change makes a presentation to Idaho lawmakers. (Idaho State Journal)

POLICY:
Massachusetts advocates say proposals for net-zero emissions are incomplete without a commitment to 100% renewable energy. (Energy News Network)
Wisconsin Democrats introduce a bill that would require regulators to consider the social costs of carbon when evaluating new power plants and transmission lines. (Wisconsin State Journal)

SOLAR:
The coronavirus has potential to disrupt the global solar supply chain, much of which is based in China, but the impact is still uncertain. (Greentech Media)
The size and number of large solar projects is growing, while some say smaller projects will be needed to meet ambitious renewable goals. (Greentech Media)
Duke Energy customers in North Carolina were denied or waitlisted for solar rebates last month due to website problems. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Updating its building energy code would help Kansas City meet its climate goals, but the plan faces opposition from homebuilders. (Energy News Network)

COAL:
• Xcel Energy’s CEO says there are “opportunities across our system” to change the way coal plants operate to save money and reduce emissions. (Utility Dive)
A top U.S. EPA appointee is leaving the agency to become a lobbyist for the National Mining Association, the nation’s top coal mining advocate. (The Hill)
The Tennessee Valley Authority is trying to identify families of those buried in a Tennessee cemetery, which it wants to move so that it can store coal ash on the site. (WKRN)

PIPELINES: A relatively small 7.3-mile pipeline in upstate New York languishes in an approval process as it becomes a proxy in the state’s battle over how to power itself now and in the future. (InsideClimateNews)

NUCLEAR: The Saugeen Ojibway Nation rejects plans to store nuclear waste at a repository along the Canadian shores of Lake Huron, dealing what may be a fatal blow to the project. (Michigan Radio)

EMISSIONS: Wisconsin-based Kohler will pay a $20 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that small engines it makes for various equipment included emission cheating devices and violated the Clean Air Act. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A FirstEnergy subsidiary seeks permission from state regulators to operate as an energy broker and aggregator, which critics say raises conflict of interest questions. (Energy News Network)

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POLITICS:
• Democrats hope the Trump administration’s relaxing of federal biofuel requirements will help them win Iowa in November. (Reuters)
• Sen. Bernie Sanders’ climate plan calls for a government takeover of electricity production and full transition to renewable power by 2030. (Politico)
• Former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential hopeful Deval Patrick releases a plan to make the U.S. carbon-neutral by 2040. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: The National Hydropower Association says clean energy incentives in many states exclude or ignore the technology’s benefits. (Greentech Media)

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