U.S. Energy News

House Democrats unveil vision for net-zero economy by 2050

POLICY: House Democrats release a white paper outlining a vision for achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across the entire U.S. economy. (The Hill)

ALSO:
The Trump administration is expected to release proposed changes today that would narrow the scope of federal environmental reviews. (Washington Post)
Clean energy lobbyists say they are still confident, despite recent setbacks, that Congress will pass tax incentive policies this year. (E&E News, subscription)

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EFFICIENCY:
A new school campus in Maine seeks to be a model for the state as plans call for it to produce more energy than it consumes. (Energy News Network)
A Florida nonprofit plans to build seven net-zero homes in a city south of Tampa to help improve affordable housing. (Tampa Bay Times)

SOLAR:
• Developers of two large solar projects in Appalachian Ohio may have to build incrementally, likely reducing the economic impact. (Energy News Network)
• National dairy co-op Organic Valley has helped hundreds of farmers across the U.S. install on-farm solar projects. (Civil Eats)
Nevada utility NV Energy will provide 350 MW of solar and as much as 280 MW of battery storage for a Google data center outside Las Vegas. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE:
The U.S. Department of Energy announces a 10-year initiative aimed at accelerating energy storage technologies. (E&E News, subscription)
An energy storage working group presents recommendations to Maryland regulators, including how the resource should be compensated. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: Chicago’s new fees on ride sharing services are meant to reduce congestion while also supporting a more equitable and lower-carbon transportation system. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators approve a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower, saying it is permitted under state law. (NewsCenterMaine)

OIL & GAS:
Environmental groups want to stop oil and gas lease sales in the ecologically sensitive National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, offshore Arctic waters, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (InsideClimate News)
Dominion Energy fired a Rock Springs, Wyoming oilfield worker a few days before Christmas after he saved an estimated 50 waterfowl from wastewater ponds. (WyoFile)

COAL:
Xcel Energy offers to run its Minnesota coal plants seasonally rather than self-committing to the market, which could save ratepayers tens of millions of dollars annually. (Utility Dive)
The coal industry lobbies West Virginia lawmakers to prop up the state’s nine remaining coal-fired power plants. (WV News)

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UTILITIES: Smart meter deployment is slowing as more customers receive the devices and some regulators balk at the technology’s additional costs. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
Bigger and faster emissions reductions are possible if environmentalists work together with oil and gas companies, writes the head of a climate coalition that includes five large energy companies. (New York Times)
Carbon capture and utilization depends on policy incentives that, if not designed correctly, could provide greater benefits to fossil fuel companies than the climate, David Roberts writes. (Vox) 

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