U.S. Energy News

Energy Secretary Rick Perry planning to resign

POLITICS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry is planning to resign in November, according to sources who also say the departure is unrelated to impeachment proceedings against the president. (Politico)

CLIMATE:
The Trump administration removed language about climate change from an earlier draft of its plan to overrule California’s car emissions standards. (E&E News)
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order to begin the process to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade compact. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
A study commissioned by New York’s grid operator says a carbon tax would initially cost ratepayer a few dollars a month more and then lead to lower prices. (Albany Times Union)

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UTILITIES:
Pacificorp releases an updated resource plan that includes significant investment in renewable energy, the closure of 83% of its coal-fired generating units by 2038 and major energy projects in Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Oregon. (Seattle Times, Deseret News)
• Minnesota-based Xcel Energy is looking at the potential of hydrogen, modular nuclear and other technology to help it eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. (MPR News)

COAL: Coal company Murray Energy, which asked the Trump administration for help to avoid bankruptcy, is trying to avoid default after missing debt payments. (Bloomberg)

COAL ASH: A new coal ash study of three major U.S. coal sources, including the Powder River Basin, finds a significant increased risk for toxic water and soil contamination if those contaminants are left exposed. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS:
• The company that owns a bankrupt Philadelphia refinery wants to pay another round of bonuses to executives, but this time wants to keep the amounts secret to avoid harming employee morale. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
An updated assessment from federal officials says 214 trillion cubic feet of natural gas may exist in the Appalachian Basin, which includes large swaths of Pennsylvania and New York. (USGS)
• An Ohio family suffers as serious Clean Air Act violations at a nearby well pad dating back to 2016 remain unresolved. (E&E News)

BIOFUELS:
The Trump administration is expected to reveal its new proposal for biofuel quotas today. (Reuters)
• An Ohio ethanol plant temporarily halts production and lays off employees as farmers struggle with bad weather and trade war fallout. (Coshocton Tribune) 

EFFICIENCY: Penn State has cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half largely with a campus-wide efficiency program throughout its 600 buildings. (NPR)

STORAGE: Iowa funds research into sodium batteries as a lack of grid capacity begins to constrain wind development in parts of the state. (Energy News Network)

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ANALYSIS: There is still a lot of work to be done to update the electric grid to accommodate high penetrations of renewable energy. (Ensia)

COMMENTARY: With resistance against the Mountain Valley Pipeline still going strong, the project is becoming harder to complete, an environmental activist says. (Sierra Club)

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