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)

MORE:
• 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)

COAL:
• 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)

PIPELINES:
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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