U.S. Energy News

Group pitches energy corridor as border wall alternative

RENEWABLES: A consortium of scientists and engineers propose an energy-water corridor along the U.S.-Mexico border with solar, wind, natural gas and water infrastructure. (Scientific American)

ALSO:
• Two cleantech startups by Google’s parent company attract big-name investors to commercialize geothermal and kite-based wind technology. (Greentech Media)
New political leadership in a number of Northeast states could help the region re-emerge as a clean energy powerhouse. (Yale Climate Connections)
A Portland utility teams up with a Florida energy company to develop a unique, large-scale wind, solar and storage project in eastern Oregon. (The Oregonian)

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EFFICIENCY: Minneapolis is expected to adopt a residential energy disclosure ordinance offering homeowners and renters more information about energy costs before they buy a home or sign a lease. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
• Demand for community-shared solar is soaring, but supply cannot catch up due to a lack of financing options, according to a new report. (GreenBiz)
• The Kentucky Senate passes a fast-tracked bill that would reduce the rate utilities pay customers for surplus solar power. (Courier Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
General Motors and Amazon are reportedly ready to invest in a startup electric truck manufacturer based in Michigan. (Detroit Free Press)
Recognizing the growing global demand for lithium, a Houston entrepreneur bets on a parched patch of Nevada desert to yield the next world class deposit. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board will soon decide whether to close a Kentucky coal plant as President Trump pressures the utility to keep it open. (Associated Press)
• Former coal towns in Virginia and throughout Appalachia look to outdoor recreation to fill a gap left by the coal industry. (Ensia)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia’s second-largest natural gas producer will pay $53.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it cheated thousands of residents out of gas royalties. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)
Gas utilities face limitations on the availability of renewable natural gas and competition from other sectors that want to use it. (Energy News Network)
Enbridge submitted a study from a climate denier as part of a Massachusetts health evaluation for a proposed gas compressor station. (DeSmogBlog)

PIPELINES: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wades into his most contentious issue yet by challenging the Line 3 pipeline replacement. (Minnesota Public Radio)

CLIMATE: A New York City councilman introduces a bill to create a climate change agency to oversee the city’s sustainability policies. (Huffington Post)

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GREEN NEW DEAL:
• As part of their 2020 election strategy, Republicans plan to “wage a war” against the Green New Deal. (BuzzFeed News)
• A historian says President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal faced similar backlash as the Green New Deal. (CBS News)

COMMENTARY:
• Utilities keep proposing larger fixed charges but some regulators are also pushing back against them, writes an NRDC clean energy advocate. (Medium)
• Clean energy advocates say outdated fossil fuel plants were the least reliable power sources during the polar vortex. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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