U.S. Energy News

Feds say solar will outpace gas in new U.S. capacity this year

SOLAR: 
The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects solar will outpace natural gas in new capacity this year, with more than 9 GW built. (Quartz)
A report finds over half of utility-scale solar installed in the U.S. in 2016 will be above and beyond state renewable standards. (Greentech Media)
How state policy fights are calling into question the future of rooftop solar. (Reuters)
Virginia lawmakers table a suite of bills related to solar power. (Greentech Media)
MIT researchers develop a solar cell that is 50 times thinner than a human hair. (Mother Jones)

POLICY: Oregon’s state House passes a bill to double the state’s renewable energy standard, the Senate is expected to vote on it today. (Portland Tribune)

POLITICS: The ClearPath Foundation releases polling illustrating significant support among Republicans for clean energy state-by-state. (ClearPath Foundation)

CLEAN ENERGY: A report finds that despite clean-energy growth in Vermont, none of that energy actually reaches the state’s residents. (Utility Dive/Smart Grid News)

FRACKING:
A Florida state Senate committee fails to revive a bill that would have banned local fracking controls, meaning it’s likely dead for this session. (Tallahassee Democrat)
Advocates say Oklahoma’s steps to prevent earthquakes related to wastewater disposal are too little, too late. (Los Angeles Times)

OIL AND GAS:
A California utility could face up to $652 million in fines for violations related to inadequate record keeping for its natural gas system. (San Jose Mercury News)
A former Chesapeake Energy executive faces federal charges over allegations he conspired to suppress lease prices in Oklahoma. (New York Times)

COAL:
Statistics suggest China’s coal consumption may have already peaked, further raising doubts for the future of U.S. mining. (New York Times)
Concerns over mine cleanup are spiking amid the industry downturn. (Greenwire)
Gas-fired plants generated more electricity than coal did in seven months of 2015. (Utility Dive)

WIND: By the end of 2017, wind is slated to overtake hydropower as the leading source of renewable energy generation in the U.S. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
The Exelon-Pepco merger is again in doubt amid opposition from D.C.’s mayor and consumer advocate. (RTO Insider)
NRG Energy’s new CEO pledges a more scaled-back approach to transitioning to clean energy. (EnergyWire)

ELECTRIC CARS: Nevada’s governor unveils the first state-sponsored charging station on an “electric highway” between Las Vegas and Reno. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says it will be difficult for future presidents to reverse course on Obama administration efficiency rules. (The Hill)

DIVESTMENT:
An analysis finds New York’s pension fund lost $5 billion over three years on fossil fuels. (Grist)
Why a Rockefeller heir is moving her family’s wealth away from oil. (Huffington Post)

COMMENTARY:
What the U.S. can learn from the success of British Columbia’s conservative-backed carbon tax. (New York Times)
Why “community choice” energy programs offer a better deal for ratepayers. (Greentech Media)

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