U.S. Energy News

EPA acknowledges coal plan will lead to thousands of premature deaths

EPA: The EPA acknowledges that its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan, dubbed the “Affordable Clean Energy Plan,” would result in thousands of premature deaths from increased pollution. (Reuters, Vox)

ALSO:
• Multiple states plan to sue the EPA over the proposal. (Associated Press)
• A small change in permitting procedures included in the Trump administration’s plan could have far-reaching impacts. (E&E News)
• A news analysis notes that the EPA’s declaration against “top-down, one size fits all mandates” is contrary to the justification used to limit California’s authority to set automobile emissions standards. (Los Angeles Times)
The Trump plan could lead to more air pollution entering New Jersey and other Northeast states from upwind. (NJ Advance Media)
Coal-dependent states such as North Dakota say the Trump proposal gives them more flexibility. (Forum News Service)

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SOLAR:
Massachusetts solar developers are waiting to see whether the final details of a new incentive program will help or hinder the state’s solar industry. (Energy News Network)
• A $365,000 federal grant will help the Winnebago tribe of northeastern Nebraska double its solar capacity. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT:
• Documents show that Energy Secretary Rick Perry spent much of his early tenure meeting with fossil fuel companies. (E&E News)
• The New England Power Pool files a request with FERC to formally
bar members of the press from attending its meetings, which help shape policy for electricity markets in the region. (Concord Monitor)

OIL AND GAS: A Canadian company is betting that a remote desert in Utah will become the next hot energy patch due to its enormous untapped deposit of oil sands. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: Virginia regulators rejected a move to consider revoking water permits for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, instead voting to push for stricter regulations. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR:
Georgia regulators approve more than $400 million in costs associated with Vogtle nuclear plant construction. (WSAV)
South Carolina utilities and regulators are still reeling over what to do about the failed nuclear plant project more than a year later. (Post and Courier)

UTILITIES: Leaders from utilities and other energy businesses explore the ramifications of electrifying the entire economy. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS: At a rally in West Virginia, President Trump made false claims about coal, West Virginia’s economy, and pollution. (New York Times)

COMMENTARY: A staff attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law says the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan will have a net cost in the billions of dollars.

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