U.S. Energy News

EPA delays rule limiting water pollution from coal-fired plants

• In a blow to environmental groups, the EPA will delay compliance for an Obama-era rule limiting toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants by two years, “while the agency revisits some of the rule’s requirements.” (Reuters, The Hill)
• House lawmakers vote to block the implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to limit methane emissions from new oil and gas drilling sites. (The Hill)

COAL: The owner of a Montana coal mine says over 80 miners could be laid off after a district judge blocked an expansion project. (Associated Press)

• The effects of Hurricane Harvey could soon evaporate the world’s glut of gasoline and other fuels, according to a monthly report by the International Energy Agency. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oil tankers are streaming into Florida’s ports to meet the gasoline spike as Hurricane Irma evacuees return to the state. (News Service of Florida)

FRACKING: A commission votes to begin the lengthy process of banning drilling and fracking near the Delaware River and its tributaries. (Associated Press)

• West Virginia regulators will reconsider their decision to approve a natural gas pipeline, saying the information they originally used “needs to be further evaluated and possibly enhanced.” (The Hill)
• Landowners in the path of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have filed a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit that challenges the process for pipeline development and land acquisition. (E&E News)

RENEWABLES: A coalition launches a campaign calling for half of Maryland’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. (Baltimore Sun)

• Utility-scale solar is rapidly growing, with capacity expected to reach 29 gigawatts by the end of 2017, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Utility Dive)
• Solar developers are suspending construction as they face the looming threat of U.S. import tariffs following the trade case Georgia-based Suniva filed in April. (Bloomberg)
• The Energy Department’s Solar Energies Technology Office is shifting gears by awarding $62 million in grants for early-stage research into concentrated solar power. (Washington Post)
• An Arizona utility is asking the Supreme Court to decide whether it’s immune from antitrust lawsuits, as part of a larger battle with SolarCity over whether it can impose $50 demand charges from rooftop solar owners. (Greentech Media)
• Illinois utilities begin implementing plans for community solar as required under a new state energy law. (Midwest Energy News)

STORAGE: A new report highlights challenges for storage inverter manufacturers, identifies characteristics of successful vendors and notes key market trends. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The nation’s largest fast-charging system is pairing used electric vehicle batteries with charging stations to help avoid demand charges. (Utility Dive)

GRID: A conference in Minnesota this week will explore the Midwest’s growing potential for energy storage. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: Florida Power & Light estimates power will be almost fully restored in the state by Sept. 22, but is “overwhelmed” by the volume of customer inquiries. (Sun Sentinel)

• Some Florida nuclear power plants remain inactive – but undamaged – from Hurricane Irma. (TC Palm)
• An advocacy group says South Carolina lawmakers should repeal a law that allows utilities to collect money from customers for nuclear plants before they generated power. (Associated Press)

• By refusing to hear an appeal filed by ExxonMobil, New York’s highest court has opened the door for state investigators to access the company’s records as part of a climate fraud investigation. (InsideClimate News)
• Republican leaders remain skeptical that two recent hurricanes are associated with climate change. (New York Times)

• A guest columnist says it’s time to build Florida’s power grid underground. (CNN)
• Conservatives are uniquely positioned to do something about climate change, says a columnist at Bloomberg.

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