U.S. Energy News

Groups sue over offshore drilling safety rule rollback

OIL & GAS: A coalition of environmental groups sue the Trump administration over its decision to weaken safety rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
• A pair of West Virginia court rulings send mixed messages about the property rights of landowners challenging natural gas companies. (ProPublica/Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The Delaware River Basin Commission confirms that a developer wants to build a liquified natural gas export terminal on a former industrial site in southern New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

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PIPELINES:
• Greenpeace asks a North Dakota judge to dismiss claims by the Dakota Access pipeline developer that it conspired against the project. (Bismarck Tribune)
• Virginia’s controversial pipeline projects may drive more voters to the polls in the 2019 elections, with every legislative seat up. (Bloomberg)
• Dominion Energy expects to win one of two legal challenges against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and resume construction, an executive says. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
Some residents in a Chicago suburb seek to challenge the village’s policy against allowing rooftop solar on homes. (Energy News Network)
• A consulting firm’s survey suggests consumer interest in rooftop solar is waning due to cost and performance concerns. (Houston Chronicle)
• A 23.5 MW solar array is now providing enough power to offset nearly all of the electricity used at a Six Flags theme park in New Jersey. (Asbury Park Press)

COAL:
• A Kentucky county struggles to figure out what comes next now that a coal-fired power plant that was its main source of income is closing. (WBUR)
• The Trump administration claims coal is coming back, but consumption is at a 41-year low, according to U.S. Department of Energy data. (CBS)

POWER PLANTS:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells reporters the DOE does not have “regulatory or statutory ability” to create incentives for coal and nuclear plants. (Utility Dive)
• West Virginia University researchers are working on ways to repurpose water used in power plants to reduce water use. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Clean energy groups say a contentious ratemaking bill in North Carolina gives Duke Energy a pass on real reform. (Energy News Network)

WIND:
• With legislation to procure up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind just signed, Connecticut will soon seek bids from developers. (Associated Press)
• Offshore wind developers at a conference appeared cool to a Massachusetts proposal to have a single transmission connection to land owned by a third party serving multiple projects. (Herald News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A report says electric vehicle drivers could become targets of cyber criminals if states require credit card readers on charging stations. (The Hill)

EFFICIENCY: Wisconsin’s $100 million energy efficiency program delivered $3.66 in savings for every dollar invested, making it one of the nation’s most cost-effective efficiency programs. (Wisconsin State Journal)

BIOFUELS:
• Farmers ask President Trump at a stop in Iowa to reconsider the use of biofuel waivers for oil refiners, reflecting similar concerns from state Democrats. (Radio Iowa, Cedar Rapids Gazette)
• While Iowa leads the U.S. in ethanol production, coastal states lead in consumption. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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CLIMATE: A federal judge says the city of Baltimore’s climate nuisance lawsuit against oil companies should be argued in state court. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• The U.S. military is worried about climate change, and also a huge carbon emitter, a Boston University political science professor writes. (The Conversation)
• An editorial board says despite what Gov. Jim Justice claims, climate change is a threat to West Virginia and the realities of the coal industry’s demise are inescapable. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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