U.S. Energy News

Forecast: U.S. carbon emissions will be even higher in 2050

• The U.S. carbon footprint will be higher in 2050 than it is now, despite ongoing efforts to move away from coal, according to a government forecast. (InsideClimate News)
• EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says in an interview that global warming isn’t “necessarily a bad thing” and could ultimately help humans flourish. (Washington Post)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Four Democratic senators want Pruitt to recuse himself from overseeing the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, saying evidence for his “inalterably closed mind on CPP rulemaking is overwhelming.” (The Hill)

POLITICS: A Senate committee advances the nomination of climate denier and coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler for the position of EPA deputy administrator after he threw the senators fundraisers. (The Hill, The Intercept)

POLLUTION: A federal court orders the Trump administration to take action on a request from Connecticut’s government that a Pennsylvania power plant reduces its emissions. (The Hill)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: California vows to deny pipeline permits needed to transport oil sourced from new drilling off the Pacific Coast, which could impede a Trump administration plan to expand offshore drilling. (Reuters)

• PennEast begins eminent domain proceedings against New Jersey and Pennsylvania landowners whose property is in the path of the company’s 120-mile natural gas pipeline project. (The Morning Call)
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s contrasting actions on offshore drilling and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have frustrated activists, but they reflect the issues’ very different legal, political and economic risks. (Southeast Energy News)

• The parent company of Kentucky’s two large utilities orders a major reduction in emissions by eliminating “the bulk” of its coal-burning in the coming years. (Courier Journal)
• The Justice Department is considering a retrial for a West Virginia coal boss accused of organizing a campaign finance scheme to give coal industry executives access to members of Congress. (Associated Press)

• A bill that would extend the life of solar tax credits in Utah passes a state Senate committee. (Deseret News)
• The European Union demands compensation for new tariffs on solar equipment imported by the U.S., saying Germany is a major exporter of modules. (Reuters)
• A Las Vegas tech company announces a 1-gigawatt solar farm in Nevada that will be the “single largest solar project portfolio in the United States.” (Utility Dive)
• A solar project in Vermont, expected to be the largest in the state, will provide cities and schools with net-metering credits generated from the approximately 5-megawatt array. (Brattleboro Reformer)

WIND: A Nebraska lawmaker looks to restrict wind energy development and remove it from the state’s list of “renewable” energy sources. (ThinkProgress)

EFFICIENCY: A report commissioned by a consumer group shows Dominion Energy could save Virginia ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars by investing more in energy efficiency. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to impose an annual registration fee on hybrid and electric vehicles to help pay for state road repairs. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: A U.S. District Court judge rules that U.S. officials don’t have to provide details about shipments of radioactive spent nuclear fuel to a government nuclear research laboratory in Idaho. (Associated Press)

• Hawaii regulators approve a revised demand response portfolio from Hawaiian Electric that will compensate customers for allowing the utility and its partners to control their equipment in order to manage energy use. (Pacific Business News)
• Five months after Hurricane Maria, a desperate town in the mountains of Puerto Rico is working to restore power on its own. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Ohio-based American Electric Power announces plans to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 through increased use of renewables, natural gas and energy efficiency. (Columbus Dispatch)

• The Trump administration has no good reason to expand a 400,000-acre area of desert in Southern California that’s slated for wind, solar and geothermal energy production, says the Los Angeles Times editorial board.
• Wind energy development has strong support among Iowa residents, who largely see it as an economic development tool, an industry group says. (American Wind Energy Association blog)

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