U.S. Energy News

Energy execs see bright future for renewables, even with low gas prices

RENEWABLES: A majority of energy executives in a recent survey say renewables will provide more than half of U.S. energy by 2045, even with low natural gas prices. (Platts)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: The main opposition to the federal rules wants the U.S. EPA to stop fulfilling requests for information as the plan is being challenged in court. (ClimateWire)

SOLAR:
• Sunrun drops its public records lawsuit against Nevada’s governor as the two parties announce a commitment to advance solar in the state. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
• What one million solar installations in the U.S. means in context. (InsideClimate News)
• A new report documents how a big share of solar’s latest growth is occurring in states without mandates. (Greentech Media)
• Local officials in Indiana block a planned 100,000-panel solar project following neighborhood concerns. (Columbus Republic)

POLICY:
• New York lawmakers introduce a bill to codify the state’s goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Associated Press)
• A Massachusetts bill to boost hydro and offshore wind gets mixed reviews from stakeholders. (Worcester Business Journal)
• A Utah energy summit seeks a path forward for the state as fossil fuel industries decline. (Deseret News)

ACTIVISM:
• Utah advocates say the state’s leaders are standing in the way of clean energy. (Salt Lake Tribune)
• Advocates and an industry group launch a campaign to promote renewable energy in Montana. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

PIPELINES: An oil pipeline ruptures in California’s Central Valley, spilling 21,000 gallons of crude; it’s the second spill on the line in 8 months. (San Francisco Chronicle, KQED)

OIL AND GAS:
• The U.S. leads the world in oil production for the third straight year. (Climate Central)
• Offshore drilling opponents say an obscure provision in a 1953 law could be used to ban offshore drilling in the U.S. permanently. (Bloomberg)
• Chesapeake Energy settles a lawsuit over Texas royalty payments for $53 million. (Oklahoman)

COAL:
• The operator of a Montana coal plant that has become a touchstone in the debate over the industry’s future in the state says it’s leaving in two years. (Billings Gazette)
• Lower power prices could spell doom for a major Pennsylvania coal plant. (SNL Energy)
More than a thousand people pack a public hearing on a proposed Washington state coal export terminal. (Seattle Times)
• Supporters of a proposed Oakland coal terminal say it will bring needed jobs to the area. (San Jose Mercury News)

NUCLEAR:
• Congressional opposition to long-term nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, Nevada is unlikely even after Sen. Harry Reid’s retirement. (Bloomberg)
A new report says U.S. nuclear reactors aren’t prepared to handle natural disasters. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC CARS:
• Hyundai plans to release an electric car with 250 miles of range by 2020. (Car and Driver)
• A $5,000 incentive starting in 2017 could make Colorado the best state to buy an electric car. (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: Revisiting the predictions of “An Inconvenient Truth” on its 10th anniversary. (ClimateWire)

COMMENTARY: An Exxon executive says the company is “proud of the role it plays in thoughtfully addressing” climate change and calls the Paris accord “an important step forward.” (Dallas Morning News)

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