U.S. Energy News

Floating projects could help U.S. catch up on offshore wind 

WIND: As the world’s largest offshore wind farm nears completion off England’s coast, the U.S. still could emerge as a global leader as several floating offshore wind projects move toward commercialization. (CNN, Greentech Media) 

SOLAR:
• Solar emerged as a winner this summer as renewables helped keep the lights on in Texas during an intense heat wave. (Greentech Media)
• A 1,500 acre solar farm being built in Yum Yum, Tennessee, would be the largest ever to be built for Google. (Memphis Business Journal, subscription)
• Minnesota investigates whether roadside noise barriers and snow fencing could be used for solar installations. (Traffic Technology Today)

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STORAGE: A Wisconsin company plans a multi-million-dollar infomercial campaign to build interest in its residential solar-plus-storage systems. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Solar panel and electric vehicle customers may not overlap as much as conventional wisdom assumes they do, according to a new report. (Bloomberg)
Five electric school buses in a New York city are part of a pilot program in which they can feed power back to the grid in times of peak demand. (Bloomberg)
The anticipated shift to electric vehicles is causing uncertainty among suppliers of internal combustion engine components. (E&E News, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION:
A survey of biotech workers in the Boston area finds 79% have been late for work because of transit delays, and more than half are considering switching to driving. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A Fiat Chrysler manager in Detroit who led a team of engineers involved in the company’s diesel emissions scandal is indicted by a grand jury. (Detroit Free Press)

UTILITIES: Some climate analysts are skeptical about major utilities’ carbon-reduction goals because the same companies plan to keep large coal plants online for decades and transition to natural gas. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• A Kentucky coal company that filed for bankruptcy in June is poised to sell its assets, including mines that employ nearly 700 workers. (Lexington Herald Leader)
• FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee says he “simply can’t take into account” his feelings on the plight of coal communities in his home state of Kentucky when making decisions on federal energy policy. (CNN)

OIL & GAS: In an assessment on drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management claims “there is not a climate crisis.” (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES:
A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania says he will sue the Mariner East pipeline as a public nuisance following a series of construction mishaps. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A doctors’ group says a proposed compressor in Massachusetts cannot be made safe by regulations due to its soil contamination and expected emissions. (Patriot-Ledger)

CLIMATE: A New York City bill to be introduced today follows a Norwegian model by setting an emissions budget for each city department. (Huffington Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: Exelon, which owns three nuclear power plants in New York, will unveil a $20 million fund to finance clean energy start-ups at a climate forum in New York City today. (Associated Press)

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BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA granted some refineries full waivers from biofuels regulation despite Energy Department advice that only partial waivers were necessary, according to a memo. (Reuters)

ANALYSIS: President Trump is weaponizing the EPA in his political fight with California, part of a pattern of using federal funds to settle scores. (CNN)

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