U.S. Energy News

GOP, activists escalate fight over Exxon climate disclosures

CLIMATE: A new poll finds increasing public concern about climate change. (InsideClimate News)

• A Republican-led U.S. House panel subpoenas two state attorneys general and eight environmental and legal groups amid their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks; environmental groups respond by seeking more information on lawmakers’ relationships with oil companies. (Reuters, The Hill)
• Senate Democrats confront the “many-headed dragon” of organizations denying climate science. (Huffington Post)

CONGRESS: Rep. Fred Upton says an energy bill is unlikely to emerge from Congress before the election. (The Hill)

• A bill in the U.S. Senate would offer tax credits for energy storage. (Bloomberg)
• A San Francisco office tower will use on-site batteries to avoid peak power rates. (CleanTechnica)

OVERSIGHT: Political contributions raise questions about transparency in the approval process for a Rhode Island power plant. (Rhode Island Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: Missouri regulators delay action for 60 days on reconsidering a developer’s plans for the $2 billion Grain Belt Express transmission project. (EnergyWire)

• A Republican state senator touts his plan to expand solar in Florida without subsidies. (Southeast Energy News)
• An Arizona utility says its rooftop solar program is not intended to shut out competition. (Greentech Media)
• An endangered bird thwarts plans to install a solar array on a former landfill in Massachusetts. (WWLP)
• A Maine organic farm could be home to the state’s largest solar array. (Portland Press Herald)
• A California utility will partner with SolarCity on a grid storage project. (Utility Dive)

WIND: A reclaimed Wyoming coal mine is now home to a wind farm. (KCWY)

NUCLEAR: Groups sue Florida Power & Light alleging the cooling ponds for its Turkey Point nuclear plant have become an “open industrial sewer.” (Miami New Times)

OIL AND GAS: Oklahoma officials investigate whether drilling activity is playing a role in a recent cluster of earthquakes. (Associated Press)

EQUITY: Neighbors are calling plans to revive an idled natural gas plant in a predominantly black New Orleans neighborhood an “environmental injustice.” (ColorLines)

POLITICS: Montana Republicans say Democrats are to blame for the state’s declining coal industry. (Billings Gazette)

BIOMASS: Some scientists and environmentalists are “a lot more skeptical” about the purported climate benefits of biomass. (North Country Public Radio)

COMMENTARY: Three visions for the grid of the future. (Greentech Media)

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