U.S. Energy News

House Democrats introduce scaled-back energy proposal

POLICY: House Democrats introduce a climate and energy bill that falls short of earlier committee recommendations but could be reconciled with a similar bill moving through the Senate. (The Hill)

OVERSIGHT: Senate Democrats continue to push for the removal of William Perry Pendley as head of the Bureau of Land Management, and the EPA reappoints a scientist with ties to the oil industry to an air quality advisory committee. (The Hill)

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COAL: Industry conditions are “not going to reverse,” an analyst says as major U.S. coal companies report a roughly $1.8 billion reduction in asset values. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: U.S. financial regulators are investigating FirstEnergy’s alleged $60 million bribery scheme in a separate probe from the FBI. (Cleveland.com)

WIND: Following an unexpected committee decision last week, Wyoming lawmakers will propose a bill this fall to eliminate tax breaks for new wind farms in the state. (Casper Star Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Five months after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled it illegal, utility Evergy continues to collect a demand fee from customers who own solar panels. (Energy News Network)
Florida utility regulators are set to begin revisiting the state’s net metering policy at a workshop tomorrow after a state lawmaker raised concerns about the program. (Tampa Bay Times)

STORAGE: Virginia utility regulators issue a proposed rule to put Dominion Energy on a path to 2.7 GW of energy storage by 2035. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Chicago architects work to balance needed energy efficiency upgrades with the design integrity of historic buildings. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• Permian Basin oil and gas companies continue to rush to secure new drilling permits ahead of November’s presidential election, concerned that a Joe Biden administration could end fracking on federal lands. (E&E News)
• Native American tribal nations and environmental groups file lawsuits challenging the EPA’s rollback of methane emissions standards for oil and gas companies. (news release)

CLIMATE:
Vermont Republcan Gov. Phil Scott vetoes a bill requiring the state to meet emissions targets that would have given citizens the right to sue the state if it failed. (VT Digger)
A board in Pennsylvania passes a draft resolution for the state to join a regional emissions cap-and-trade agreement, opening a 60-day public comment period. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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ANALYSIS: Experts say clean energy will continue to advance regardless of who wins the election, but there will still be stark differences. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY: Legal experts say a recent court decision that has slowed pipeline development may not have the same impact on transmission lines. (Sabin Center for Climate Change Law)

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