U.S. Energy News

‘Full speed ahead’ for wind industry despite setback in Texas

WIND: Despite the cancellation of a major wind energy project in Oklahoma and Texas, experts say the U.S. industry shows no signs of slowing down. (Greentech Media)

• Apple is leading the development of a wind project in Illinois that will help other companies access renewable energy. (Fortune)
• Strong wind generation helped Texas’ grid reliability in July, but it’s unlikely to be available if another heat wave strikes. (S&P Global)
• An offshore project in New Jersey tries a third time for regulatory approval while developers reconfigure a Massachusetts project before seeking federal approval. (NJ Spotlight, Cape Cod Times)

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OIL & GAS: In a lawsuit filed in Montana, conservation groups allege that a federal committee reviewing fossil fuel royalties is stacked with industry supporters who have held secret meetings. (Associated Press)

• In Iowa, an environmental group calls MidAmerican Energy’s 100 percent renewable goal “a bit of a gimmick” and asks for a plan to phase out coal. (Des Moines Register)
• The Energy Information Administration forecasts U.S. coal production to decline by 1.1 percent in 2018 and more in 2019, despite an increase in exports. (ThinkProgress)
• Burbank, California residents press their municipal utility to stop buying power from a Utah coal plant and invest in energy storage. (Los Angeles Times)

An environmental group calls on federal regulators to stop all work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after two permits were thrown out. (Washington Post)
Dominion Energy says it doesn’t expect a court order that vacated two permits to hold up construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Sacramento’s electric vehicle efforts finally gain traction with help from a $44 million Volkswagen grant. (E&E News)

GRID: ComEd’s $2.6 billion grid modernization investments have yet to be truly tested due to relatively calm summer weather in Chicago. (Crain’s Chicago Business)

SOLAR: Solar continues to grow faster than wind power, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration trimmed a short-term forecast. (Utility Dive)

POLITICS: New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon wants to invest $7 billion in renewable energy jobs using funding from companies responsible for carbon emissions. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE: The White House makes a rare acknowledgement of climate change, predicting that its proposal to weaken vehicle fuel efficiency standards would contribute to a warmer planet. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “slimy trail of scandals” pales in comparison to his decisions that allow coal, mining and oil and gas industries to harm public lands, says a Montana revenue director. (Denver Post)

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