U.S. Energy News

Feds propose fewer inspections for aging nuclear plants

NUCLEAR: A federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission report suggests fewer and less stringent inspections are needed for the nation’s nuclear power plant fleet. (New York Times)

ALSO:
There is a growing consensus among utilities and policymakers that nuclear power is key for a carbon-free future. (Utility Dive)
• Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation call on the Energy Department to re-evaluate seismic risk at the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. (Nevada Appeal)

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RENEWABLES:
The state agency responsible for procuring power for Illinois utilities says the state is falling short of meeting renewable energy targets with existing funding and incentives. (Energy News Network)
• Under pressure from its members to reduce emissions, a Colorado energy provider announces it will close a coal plant two years early and commit to developing new renewable energy resources. (Colorado Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar industry launches a lobbying push to convince Congress to extend a solar tax credit that is set to being phasing out next year. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania had far more solar installations in the first three months of this year than ever before but still lags behind its neighbors. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

STORAGE: A study contends that a four-hour duration for energy storage to qualify for the capacity market in PJM is achievable rather than the 10-hour minimum the grid operator had proposed. (PV Magazine)

COAL:
• With coal in free-fall, Wyoming is being forced to grapple with the decline of the industry that has long undergirded its economy. (High Country News)
Court documents indicate that bankrupt coal operator Blackjewel LLC has not yet secured long-term financing needed to reopen mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)

COAL ASH: Groundwater contamination from flooded coal ash storage sites is an ongoing concern in Ohio, which just saw its wettest 12-month period on record. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• Montana and North Dakota have asked the federal government to block the state of Washington from restricting crude oil-by-rail shipments that pass through the state. (Associated Press)
• A Trump administration official says drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge won’t pose a threat to nearby tribes. (Alaska Public Media)

PIPELINES: A rare pipeline dispute in Texas puts anti-flaring activists at odds with ranchers who don’t want the project on their property. (Bloomberg)

OHIO: The state Senate passes a bill to subsidize two FirstEnergy nuclear plants while scaling back clean energy programs; the state House is expected to take up the revisions on Aug. 1. (Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

UTILITIES: Colorado regulators reject a utility’s time-of-use rate pilot project amid concerns it doesn’t do enough to protect low-income customers. (Utility Dive)

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BIOFUELS:
• The airline industry looks to biofuels as its best bet for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from flights. (NBC News)
An attorney representing a group of unnamed refineries says they will sue the EPA in 60 days if it doesn’t start granting waivers for the federal ethanol mandate. (Houston Chronicle)

COMMENTARY:
• A program in Minnesota offers rural communities a way to raise their concerns and work through issues around renewable energy development. (Daily Yonder)
• The director of West Virginia’s oil and gas association claims local media is stirring opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
An environmental attorney says blocking new fracking leases should be a key part of California’s climate strategy. (Sacramento Bee)

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