U.S. Energy News

GOP lawmakers seek overhaul of key 1978 clean energy law

CLIMATE:
• A new report warns the world’s transition from fossil fuels isn’t happening quickly enough. (New York Times)
• The city council in Denton, Texas takes up a plan to move to 70 percent renewable energy. (KERA)

CLEAN POWER PLAN:
• EPA director Gina McCarthy suggests Texas would prefer to have its own plan to comply with carbon rules, rather than have the EPA dictate one. (Texas Tribune)
• Most states that have joined the lawsuit against the federal rules are also mulling how they might comply, including Indiana’s once-defiant governor. (ClimateWire)

POLICY:
• Republican lawmakers want FERC to re-evaluate the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, a 1978 law that has helped spur renewable energy adoption. (Bloomberg)
• Based on strong public polling, advocates in Missouri are crafting a clean-energy ballot initiative for the 2016 election. (Midwest Energy News)

UTILITIES: As it seeks to form a municipal utility, Boulder, Colorado cannot acquire Xcel Energy resources outside its city limits, according to a decision by state regulators last week. (SNL Energy)

WIND:
• Developers propose new offshore wind farms off the Massachusetts and California coasts. (Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News)
• Conspiracy theories about the removal of anti-wind signs in Maine turn out to be mistaken. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: Meet the physicist who helped the Department of Energy push the envelope on reducing solar costs. (Greenwire)

GRID: How a California company’s “hybrid electric buildings” could be the next breakthrough in energy storage. (Washington Post)

KEYSTONE XL:
• Analysts say President Obama’s rejection of the project may eventually boost rail shipments out of Alberta. (EnergyWire)
• TransCanada may still have other options to develop the pipeline. (Christian Science Monitor)

OIL AND GAS: The Bureau of Land Management attempts to balance drilling interests with Utah’s recreation economy. (High Country News)

POLLUTION: A study finds chemical dispersants may not have helped degrade oil after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, raising new questions about where the oil wound up. (Associated Press)

POLITICS: Utilities have spent more than $1.6 million in Michigan over the past year to influence legislators and the public as the state overhauls its energy policy. (MLive)

OVERSIGHT: New Mexico’s Supreme Court rejects a petition to disqualify some state regulators from deciding on a utility’s coal plant plan. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• How renewable energy certificates advance clean energy in the U.S. (Vox)
• Why coal, not Keystone XL, is the real climate victory. (Politico)

 

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