U.S. Energy News

In Paris, White House delegates say Clean Power Plan will stand

CLIMATE:
• A new study projects a possible decline in global carbon emissions. (Climate Central)
• President Obama’s advisers tell delegates in Paris that the Clean Power Plan will survive legal challenges. (EnergyWire)
• Secretary of State John Kerry says the private sector will be key to addressing climate change. (The Hill)
• An update to Pennsylvania’s climate plan includes expanding renewable energy and cracking down on methane leaks from pipelines. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Goldman Sachs report predicts energy from new wind and solar worldwide in the next five years will exceed the new energy from U.S. shale over the previous five. (Bloomberg)
• How Google and other major companies are moving to 100% renewable energy(Fast Company)

SOLAR:
• South Carolina’s state-owned utility approves new charges for solar customers. (The State)
• Two years into a state inquiry on energy policy, no news is good news for Iowa net metering supporters. (Midwest Energy News)
• A bipartisan coalition fights to preserve solar rates in Michigan. (Detroit News)
• Installers in New Mexico prepare for the loss of millions in state incentives. (Albuquerque Business Journal)
• A Hawaii solar startup wins a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy. (Pacific Business News)
• Advocates say Mississippi’s recent net metering decision is “historic.” (Mississippi Public Broadcasting)

WIND: A Norwegian developer signs an agreement to build a proposed Lake Erie offshore wind farm. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

OIL AND GAS:
• An environmental group’s study finds methane emissions in Texas’ Barnett Shale are 90% higher than EPA estimates. (InsideClimate News)
• Democrats may join forces with Republicans to end the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. (Politico)
• Colorado regulators struggle to balance competing interests between drillers and local communities. (Denver Business Journal)

POLLUTION: New York proposes emissions limits on diesel backup generators at hospitals and other facilities. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A new plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio could give New York City the largest municipal fleet of electric cars in the U.S. by 2025. (Green Car Reports)
• Rapid growth of car ownership worldwide could overwhelm efforts to expand electric vehicles. (New York Times)

BIOFUELS: A report says California has missed opportunities to expand biofuel production in the state. (Biofuels Digest)

UTILITIES: Exelon and Pepco try once again to persuade D.C. regulators that their proposed merger is in the public interest. (RTO Insider)

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EFFICIENCY: While its unclear whether a demonstration “smart home” in California is saving energy, it is saving thousands of gallons of water. (Sacramento Business Journal)

COMMENTARY: What would an independent Texas tell the world about its climate pollution? (Texas Climate News)

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