U.S. Energy News

FERC Commissioner: Pipeline debates must consider climate change

PIPELINES: Oral arguments begin tomorrow before the Nebraska Supreme Court over the Keystone XL pipeline’s route through the state. (NET News)

ALSO: FERC Commissioner Richard Glick says the agency needs to acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change when assessing pipelines. (E&E News, subscription)

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OIL & GAS: University of Pittsburgh researchers receive $1.76 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to test a new method for treating and reusing fracking wastewater. (Tribune-Review)

STORAGE: ISO New England’s recently filed proposal to integrate batteries into its energy markets predicts rapid growth in energy storage. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: An environmental nonprofit and solar company partner to offer Alabama residents discounts on solar installations to cut down on fees Alabama Power imposes. (Yale Climate Connections)

WIND:
Maryland and Massachusetts are on course to double their wind capacity, according to an industry report. (reNEWS)
Anti-wind energy groups from two Texas counties hold meetings about opposing another wind farm in the state. (KFDX/KJTL)

NUCLEAR: A Virginia man fights the state’s uranium mining ban so that he can mine massive amounts on his land, which holds the largest-known deposit of uranium in the U.S. (Bloomberg)

COAL: Coal mining has tampered with or surrounded many centuries-old graveyards in Appalachia, concerning families. (Atlas Obscura)

BIOFUELS: More than a dozen environmental groups file a petition alleging the U.S. EPA is ignoring cases of farmers plowing over prairies and wetlands to grow corn needed to satisfy a biofuel mandate. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: Ameren Missouri reaches an agreement with ratepayer and clean energy advocates on a scaled-back energy efficiency program. (Energy News Network)

GRID:
After a legislative effort to expand California’s grid fails, Western policy makers start discussing “Plan B,” which will likely involve increasing the state’s energy imbalance market. (Utility Dive)
GE is investigating the potential of blockchain to manage a virtual power plant. (Greentech Media)

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POLITICS:
• The U.S. oil and gas industry is significantly outspending a coalition of green groups and environmentally-minded billionaires in its quest to defeat a Washington state ballot measure seeking to create a carbon fee. (Reuters)
Democrats have a shot at winning on energy policy next week, particularly in western states, where voters have potential to shape the nation’s climate change response. (Washington Post, New York Times)

COMMENTARY:
The Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has led to numerous economic benefits, including more than $2.9 billion in economic growth, according to a new book on climate solutions. (Energy News Network)
• General Motors’ call for a national zero-emissions vehicle program could undermine state-level EV requirements and federal greenhouse gas emission standards. (Union of Concerned Scientists)
• A chemical engineer says allowing higher ethanol blends to be sold year-round will likely push more equipment repair costs onto consumers. (Forbes)

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