U.S. Energy News

EPA: C02 emissions from transportation rival electricity sector

EMISSIONS:
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from transportation are now equal to emissions from the electricity sector, largely thanks to a shift away from coal power, according to an EPA report. (E&E News)
More than 170 countries in the International Maritime Organization agree to cut CO2 emissions from the shipping industry in half by 2050, based on 2008 levels, but the U.S. said it views the “target as premature.” (Washington Post)

CLIMATE: Massachusetts’ highest court rules that Exxon Mobil must hand over documents related to a state investigation regarding fossil fuels and climate change. (Associated Press)

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POLICY:
The Interior Department tells federal wildlife police that the incidental killing of birds is no longer illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (Washington Post)
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell are pushing a bipartisan bill that would be the first major U.S. energy policy update in a decade. (Roll Call)

POLITICS: Energy Secretary Rick Perry travels to India to promote U.S. natural gas exports and discuss an energy partnership between the nations. (The Hill)

EPA: A House committee chairman demands interviews with top aides to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as well as documents related to Pruitt’s reported ethics scandals. (The Hill)

WIND:
Wyoming energy regulators agree to let Rocky Mountain Power build three wind farms totaling 1,150 megawatts. (Associated Press)
Researchers are designing a 50 MW offshore wind turbine with folding, wind-resistant blades that are as long as two football fields. (Greentech Media)
County officials approve a permit for a 156 MW wind farm in northern Oklahoma expected to come online in 2020 . (Tulsa World)
• Why “bigger is better” when it comes to wind turbines. (Vox)

STORAGE:
A developer wants to build the world’s largest energy storage project in the California desert, but a Native American tribe says it would threaten ancient lands. (Grist)
Two companies want to use blockchain technology to make the supply chain for cobalt — a key element in lithium-ion batteries — transparent and conflict-free. (Greentech Media)

CLEAN TECH: Ameren partners with researchers and the private sector on a business incubator focused on smart grid technology. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As North Carolina debates how to spend Volkswagen settlement funds, stakeholders agree the state should spend all it can to boost electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Southeast Energy News)

UTILITIES:
Rocky Mountain Power completes an application with Idaho regulators for a plan to retire 3.5 GW of coal generation and increase its portfolio of wind and solar power. (Utility Dive)
The oil and gas industry opposes FirstEnergy’s request for government assistance to keep its struggling coal and nuclear plants running. (CNBC)
Power plant owners urge the Trump administration not to approve a plea by FirstEnergy to save its coal and nuclear plants, saying it would create an unfair competitive advantage. (Washington Examiner)

ADVOCACY: Protesters call for evidence-based policymaking and increased funding for scientific research at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., but crowds were significantly smaller than last year. (Science)

OIL & GAS: Low oil prices forced 335 North American energy companies into bankruptcy over the last three years, according to a new report. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL ASH: As the effects of coal ash on public health become clearer, the Trump administration continues to roll back regulations. (Daily Beast)

NUCLEAR: States across the Midwest are considering bills to protect existing nuclear plants from market challenges. (Forbes)

BIOFUEL: The American Petroleum Institute says the EPA can’t allow the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol year-round — an idea floated by the Trump administration last week — due to seasonal air pollution rules. (Houston Chronicle)

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CLIMATE: Seven young people in Florida sue Gov. Rick Scott for refusing to take action on climate change. (Miami Herald)

COMMENTARY: An attorney says states should capitalize on energy efficiency and renewable energy policies to bolster electric vehicle deployment. (Utility Dive)

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