U.S. Energy News

Energy disruptions from Hurricane Florence to be felt widely

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Operators of nuclear power plants in the path of Hurricane Florence say they’re prepared for the worst. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• Hurricane Florence could bring devastating runoff and erosion along the Mountain Valley Pipeline route. (Washington Post)
Flooding from Hurricane Florence could disrupt natural gas production and pipelines in parts of the Northeast, according to estimates. (S&P Global)

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OIL & GAS:
• North Dakota officials say they would reconsider recently toughened state rules on oilfield gas leaks if the Trump administration moves forward with a plan to ease methane regulations. (Associated Press)
• As California moves away from fossil fuels, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry experiences a shift in culture. (Pacific Standard/Center for Public Integrity)

PIPELINES:
• In a lawsuit, two tribes accuse the Trump administration of approving the Keystone XL pipeline without considering potential damage to cultural sites. (Associated Press)
Protesters opposing the Line 3 replacement project shut down a Minnesota Public Utilities Commission meeting. (Forum News Service)

GRID: California’s grid operator approves a series of measures designed to increase storage and distributed energy resources. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN TECH: Construction is underway on multiple clean energy and technology projects in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Cleveland is among a coalition of U.S. cities that has pledged to incorporate EVs into municipal fleets to reduce greenhouse gases. (Governing Magazine)
• New Hampshire will use $4.6 million from the 2016 Volkswagen emissions settlement to build EV charging stations. (Concord Monitor)

WIND: New York fishermen are worried about the possible impacts of a planned wind farm off the coast of Long Island. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

COAL: The EPA proposes adding a West Virginia town to its cleanup priorities list decades after a contractor for the local coal-mining industry dumped toxic chemicals in the area.  (Washington Post)

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CARBON: A group pushing technology that captures carbon dioxide emissions from the sky is rebranding and redoubling its focus as the tech gains steam. (Axios)

COMMENTARY:
• If California achieves economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045, it would be be the most significant carbon policy commitment ever, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• Texas’ oil boom is having a profound impact on geopolitics, but it won’t last, says the author of a new book on fracking. (Dallas Morning News)
A new report shows energy efficiency employs 2.25 million U.S. workers, making it the top employer in the country’s energy sector. (NRDC Expert Blog)

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