U.S. Energy News

FERC chair: ‘Make energy policy boring again’

OVERSIGHT: FERC chair Neil Chatterjee says his agency should not be setting policy and urges Congress to take the lead: “a solution to all of this is to make energy policy boring again.” (Utility Dive)

POLITICS:
The Trump administration is pushing ahead with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile emissions standards, say three people close to the situation. (New York Times)
• The biofuel debate has become a volatile flashpoint for the Trump administration as it tries to please both the oil industry and Midwest corn farmers. (Reuters)
• The president of the United Mine Workers of America says that the coal industry is not “back,” despite President Trump’s claims. (CNN)

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UTILITIES: An Ohio utility’s lawsuit to block a referendum on recently approved power plant subsidies may hinge on who the court believes will benefit from them. (Energy News Network) 

TRANSPORTATION: Advocates say a regional cap-and-trade program for transportation emissions in the Northeast must include its impact on low-income communities. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• The Future Energy Jobs Act has fueled a solar boom in Illinois despite some remaining obstacles for the industry. (Chicago Tribune)
• Next year, the tax credit for solar in Kentucky will drop from 30% to 26%; rates for net metering under a new law have yet to be determined. (WFPL) 

WIND:
• Ultra-tall wind turbines are promising, but there are few in use in the U.S., with the largest one in Texas. (Greentech Media)
• The Kansas State Fair for the first time will be entirely powered by wind energy thanks to a donation of renewable energy credits. (Leavenworth Times)
• The economic case for wind power is overcoming the political divide over renewable energy in conservative states such as Nebraska. (CleanTechnica)

PIPELINES:
New Jersey environmental officials say the PennEast pipeline permit applications are incomplete and developers have 30 days to submit required information on wetland mitigation and other requirements. (NJ Spotlight)
• Developers of the Atlantic Coast pipeline contest federal regulators’ allegations of unsafe construction practices. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL AND GAS:
• North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in an interview defends the state’s record on flaring and the environment. (E&E News, subscription)
• Ohio has millions of dollars to spend on plugging orphaned oil and gas wells, but it needs more contractors to do the work. (Canton Repository)

PUBLIC LANDS: A new report explores how Western mountain communities have been harmed by the Trump administration’s assertion of “energy dominance” on public lands. (Indian Country Today)

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MEDIA: A new Google news app is pushing climate denial articles to users. (Buzzfeed)

COMMENTARY:
A columnist says electric utility efficiency will be critical to the smart cities of the future. (Inside Sources)
Clean energy advocates say the continued success of Massachusetts’ solar industry requires an expansion and refinement of current policies. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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