U.S. Energy News

Feds cut off fuel efficiency talks with California

TRANSPORTATION: The Trump administration breaks off talks with California officials over vehicle fuel efficiency standards and is on track to roll back standards put in place by the Obama administration. (Washington Post)

EMISSIONS: Volkswagen is the first automaker to pledge to make its manufacturing operations carbon neutral. (E&E News)

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RENEWABLES:
• Arizona’s largest utility announces it will add almost 850 MW of new battery storage and 100MW of solar power by 2025. (Greentech Media)
• Clean energy advocates demand a role for solar, energy storage and microgrids as California regulators grapple with how to manage the potential for widespread grid shutdowns to minimize fire risks. (Greentech Media)
• Chicago’s resilience strategy includes powering buildings with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. (Cities Today)

SOLAR:
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes $20 million over the next two years for grants that help schools install solar panels. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A Minnesota resident talks about transitioning from working in the oil industry to installing solar panels. (Minnesota Public Radio)

PIPELINES:
• Natural gas pipeline explosions in Ohio highlight concerns over lax pipeline safety regulations as the fracking industry grows. (Rolling Stone)
• Energy, utility and manufacturing industry interests urge an appellate court to reconsider a decision that would overhaul crossings for pipelines on the Appalachian Trail. (E&E News, subscription)

NATURAL GAS:
A Massachusetts utility says a series of fires and explosions in September have now cost it more than $1 billion. (Boston Globe)
Two New England senators propose a bill to encourage natural gas demand response programs. (Utility Dive)

COAL:
• Alabama Power says it will close a 100-year-old coal-fired power plant and blames “federally driven environmental mandates.” (AL.com)
• West Virginia coal miners and supporters rally at the state capitol in support of bills to prevent and treat severe black lung disease. (Ohio Valley Resource)

TRANSMISSION:
Maine’s governor signs on to a settlement supporting a proposed transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec to Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)
Some conservation groups that had opposed the Northern Pass project in New Hampshire are willing to back the Maine option. (Boston Globe)

CLIMATE: A judge rejects a lawsuit filed on behalf of two Philadelphia children challenging the federal rollback of climate policies. (Reuters)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA continues a balancing act between competing interests of the biofuel and oil refining industries over renewable fuel standards. (E&E News, subscription)

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POLITICS: Senators who don’t support the Green New Deal accepted on average seven times more money from fossil fuel companies, an analysis finds. (HuffPost)

COMMENTARY:
• Amtrak’s restructuring plan would take people out of cars and airplanes — a win for travelers and the planet, a columnist writes. (Grist)
• We need to ensure rare earth metals for use in clean energy are sourced in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, a professor writes. (GreenBiz)
A New Jersey advocate says “natural gas is about to become the next typewriter.” (NorthJersey.com)

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