U.S. Energy News

Federal agency predicts renewables will overtake natural gas

RENEWABLES: The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts for the first time that renewables will overtake natural gas as the country’s largest source of electricity by 2050. (Greentech Media)

New York holds its first hearing on a proposal to turn Rikers Island into a clean energy production center when the famed prison closes. (New York Daily News)
Wind and solar installation and maintenance jobs could be an economic spark in rural Iowa communities, experts say. (Marshalltown Times-Republican)

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The Federal Reserve has a role to play in keeping climate change from destabilizing U.S. banks and financial markets, the bank’s chair says. (Reuters)
Momentum is growing to pass a carbon price in Massachusetts this year, but details have yet to be worked out. (Energy News Network)
Illinois’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker says in his state of the state address that “urgent action” is needed this legislative session to address climate change. (WNIJ)
• Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says crafting a climate change policy is one of her top priorities for the upcoming short session of the state’s legislature. (KBND)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Chicago receives high marks in a report on resiliency planning, but questions remain about whether the city can live up to environmental justice commitments. (Energy News Network)

Texas installed more wind turbines than any other state last year, totaling 4 gigawatts, according to an industry group’s report. (Bloomberg)
East Coast states with big plans for offshore wind are catching up with Texas’ wind capacity, according to the same report. (Greentech Media)
Analysts say wind growth was partly driven by uncertainty about tax credits, and that concerns exist about competition with natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

Ford plans to partner with EV startup Rivian to develop the first fully electric Lincoln model. (Detroit News)
Los Angeles has committed to fully electrifying its sanitation fleet by 2035, but most cities aren’t yet ready to follow its lead due to many hurdles. (Utility Dive)
Southern states have some of the lowest adoption rates of electric vehicles, but some drivers are slowly starting to make the switch. (Electrek)

Tesla finishes its fiscal year with a record quarter for storage deployments and notable growth from its solar business. (Greentech Media)
A growing field of scientists are looking to tiny nanoparticles for the next breakthrough in battery technology. (Grist)

Coal plants are increasingly operating in ways they were not designed to, leading to inefficiencies and costs for ratepayers, according to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. (Utility Dive)
• An Indiana bill to slow coal plant retirements would make it the third state over the past year to pass legislation contrary to energy market forces. (InsideClimate News)

• House Democrats challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over its recent ruling affecting the PJM Interconnection capacity market. (E&E News)
A backlog of rehearing requests for FERC’s recent PJM minimum price rule could leave opponents in a legal “purgatory.” (Utility Dive)

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OIL & GAS: The Bureau of Land Management is mocked and criticized for a tweet promoting “petroleum-based” camping and outdoor products. (The Hill)

• An activist reflects on being labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the U.S. government for shutting off a tar sands pipeline in 2016. (The Guardian) 
Social tipping points are the only hope for climate change, and a new paper explores how to trigger them, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
A designer of net-zero homes says new residential construction is the most efficient way to reduce energy consumption in the housing sector. (Bloomberg)

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