U.S. Energy News

EPA attributes emission reductions to Trump “regulatory reform”

COAL: Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler attributes a drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to Trump “regulatory reforms,” a claim that was criticized as “political plagiarism and vandalism.” (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• Analysts said the Trump administration is taking credit for emission reductions that are “a direct result of the decline of coal.” (E&E News, subscription)
In a Pennsylvania town that is home to a large coal-fired power plant, the mortality rate in some areas is 87 percent above the national level. (Esquire)
Pacific Northwest environmentalists are ready to take on the Trump administration over its plan to use West Coast military bases to ship coal. (Grist)

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RENEWABLES:
• U.S. corporate renewables procurement is on track to smash records in 2018, according to the latest figures from RMI. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy requests input from commercial, industrial and government customers in Virginia about its renewable energy plan. (Power Engineering)

SOLAR:
A new bill-credit mechanism in Massachusetts will give community solar developers certainty for near-term contracts. (Greentech Media)
• Washington officials next week will dedicate a 28 MW solar installation, currently the largest project of its kind in the state. (The Spokesman-Review)

GRID: The PJM Interconnection is relying more on natural gas-fired power plants, according to a new report. (Tribune-Review)

COAL ASH: Sickened coal ash workers and deceased workers’ widows testify against a firm TVA hired to clean up the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill in Tennessee. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

POWER PLANTS: A Department of Energy official says people misinterpreted the Trump administration’s proposal related to coal and nuclear plants “for whatever political reasons they chose to.” (RTO Insider)

OIL & GAS: Con Edison wants to spend $305 million to reduce peak natural gas consumption while still pursuing additional gas pipeline capacity in the greater New York City area. (Greentech Media)

PUBLIC LANDS: The Trump administration’s decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah to foster energy development is emblematic of the bitter battles erupting throughout the West about how public lands should be managed. (National Geographic)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed transmission line that would run from Canada to Massachusetts wouldn’t reduce carbon pollution because it would only redirect existing hydroelectricity, according to a new report; developers dispute the reports findings. (Portland Press Herald)

TECHNOLOGY: Nevada regulators are considering how renewable energy producers could use blockchain technology to buy and sell credits to electric utilities. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Iowa regulators question whether the Dakota Access pipeline has enough insurance to protect against an oil spill. (Des Moines Register)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Duke Energy and Xcel Energy unveil major investments to increase electric vehicle access in South Carolina and Minnesota. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• A western Colorado utility maneuvers to buy out its contract with a wholesale power provider that’s been accused of not moving fast enough to dump coal and transition to clean energy. (Denver Post)
In a Q&A, Connecticut’s chief cybersecurity risk officer says distributed generation creates new entry points for hackers to exploit. (Energy News Network)

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POLITICS:
Another conservative group endorses a federal tax on carbon emissions, though the idea isn’t gaining traction with lawmakers. (E&E News, subscription)
• More than $100 million has been poured into a Nevada energy choice initiative, making it the most expensive ballot measure in the state’s history. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Climate scientist James Hansen urges votes to approve a Colorado ballot measure increasing drilling setbacks. (Denver Post)
• Boston needs stronger energy efficiency standards for buildings in order to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, says a professor at Northeastern University and the former mayor of Cambridge. (WBUR)

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