U.S. Energy News

Federal agencies at odds over offshore wind project

WIND: Documents show the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts is being delayed by bureaucratic infighting between federal energy offices and agencies advocating for fishing interests. (Reuters)

ALSO: Scientists say the project creates little risk to endangered right whales, which tend to congregate off Matha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR:
• An analyst says Tesla is “just barely in the solar game” three years after acquiring SolarCity. (Los Angeles Times)
• Three years after the contentious dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe embraces solar energy. (Bismarck Tribune)

RENEWABLES:
• A Missouri utility under new ownership plans an aggressive pivot to renewable energy in the coming years. (Energy News Network)
• Rhode Island’s energy office says the state’s predominant utility fell short in its response to a solicitation for 400 MW of renewable energy. (Providence Journal) 

BIOMASS: Three prominent scientists who are graduates of Dartmouth college urged the school to abandon its conversion to a biomass-fueled heating system, saying it will not reduce CO2 emissions. (Union Leader) 

PIPELINES:
• A federal court throws out two key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permits, siding with environmental groups who argued that regulators failed to consider potential impacts to endangered species. (WVPB)
• Bernie Sanders is the second Democratic presidential candidate calling for the shutdown of the Line 5 pipeline. (Detroit News)

OIL & GAS:
• An anticipated rush of oil and gas development in southern Illinois fails to materialize amid low oil prices and legal opposition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Locals are worried about how California’s largest oil spill in nearly 30 years would affect elections and industry regulation. (Los Angeles Times)
• The fight to shut down a Los Angeles oil rig highlights the racial inequities in energy development (Huffington Post)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: A federal agency will complete an assessment of oil and gas industry impacts on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico by November under a settlement with three environmental groups. (NOLA.com)

BIOGAS: Minnesota regulators reject a utility’s plan for a renewable natural gas pilot program following concerns over transparency, costs and out-of-state gas sourcing. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

COAL:
• Wyoming’s energy industry has always had ups and downs, but some experts see the Blackjewel bankruptcy as a major inflection point and a sign of further decline. (Casper Star Tribune)
• Blackjewel receives court approval to move forward with a potential sale of mines and equipment in West Virginia and Wyoming. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• Former miners with black lung disease discuss their frustration with Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, who they say would not listen to their concerns last week during a visit to D.C. (Kingsport Times News)

GRID:
• Federal regulators cancelled a power supply auction for August as PJM and stakeholders in its member states have been unable to set policies that ensure just and reasonable rates. (NJ Spotlight)
• Major cities joined a list of constituents asking grid operator PJM to appoint a new CEO who is attuned to climate goals adopted by an increasing number of states. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSPORTATION:
• It’s still not clear whether other automakers will join a landmark deal to uphold California’s emissions standards. (E&E News)
• The agreement is the latest way the state has shown it can “outwit and outlast” the Trump administration on environmental protection. (San Jose Mercury News)

POLITICS:
• Fossil fuel money is flowing into a Los Angeles City Council race where shutting down the Aliso Canyon natural gas site is an issue. (Los Angeles Times)
• Democrats’ messages on electric vehicles could be critical for winning over voters in Michigan. (E&E News, subscription)

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ADVOCACY: Indiana high school students grapple with cynicism and disappointment as plans are revived for a waste-to-energy facility across the street from their school. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
Vox columnist David Roberts calls Ohio’s power plant bailout the “most counterproductive and corrupt piece of state energy legislation” he has seen.
• A researcher of statewide clean energy laws says the Ohio bill to subsidize nuclear and coal plants is the worst in the country. (The Guardian)
• The solar nonprofit CEO says workplace demographic studies are critical if the solar industry wants to reflect the communities it serves. (Greentech Media)

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