U.S. Energy News

Industry lobbies Trump to strip states of pipeline authority

PIPELINES: Pipeline companies urge the Trump administration to assert federal authority over interstate pipelines to prevent states from blocking projects. (Houston Chronicle)

ALSO:
• Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will continue a court appeal started by his predecessor that could block Line 3 replacement plans. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• North Dakota will sue the federal government in an attempt to recoup $38 million it spent policing Dakota Access pipeline protests. (Associated Press)

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OIL & GAS: Dominion Energy pledges to cut methane emissions from its natural gas systems in half by 2030. The move comes as Virginia considers new regulations on methane. (WFAE, Energy News Network archive)

UTILITIES: Colorado regulators will make a key decision this week in a case over whether a wholesale provider can charge a hefty exit fee to one of its member co-ops wanting to buy cleaner energy elsewhere. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont could redirect $8.2 billion spent annually on importing fossil fuels to achieve 80 percent clean energy across the region, according to a new report. (Portland Press Herald)
• North Carolina communities trying to cut emissions are tackling low-hanging fruit like building efficiency but will need help from the state and Duke Energy to achieve more ambitious goals. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: Wisconsin becomes the 21st state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance committed to the Paris climate agreement, though it’s unclear how goals will be met in states with Republican legislatures. (Wisconsin Public Radio, E&E News)

SOLAR:
Sunrun’s planned network of 5,000 solar- and battery-equipped homes in New England could become a model for others across the country. (The Republican)
New York wants Tesla and Panasonic to diversify the products made at a Buffalo solar plant that’s struggling to meet job goals. (The Buffalo News)

WIND:
• A partnership aims to improve wind farm performance by using sensors and software to help turbines communicate and work together. (Utility Dive)
A group of New England wind advocates announces the formation of a regional wind power council to promote offshore wind power projects. (North American Windpower)

NUCLEAR:
Watchdog groups say a proposed nuclear fuel plant in Ohio would cross a potentially dangerous line by combining the capability to produce material for use in power plants and nuclear weapons. (Energy News Network)
• President Trump meets with nuclear industry executives to discuss the future of nuclear power and the importance of renewables, an official says. (E&E News)

COAL:
A federal judge rules that the federal government must consider potential climate change impacts from a Montana coal mine expansion. (Associated Press)
• President Trump and Kentucky lawmakers continue to pressure TVA to keep a coal plant open despite the utility’s decision to close it because it’s unreliable. (InsideClimate News)
• During a congressional hearing on climate change, economic development leaders from coal communities urge lawmakers to include them in climate action plans. (Ohio Valley Resource)
Researchers find a strain of hemp that grows well in coal mine waste, creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs in northeast Pennsylvania. (The Citizens’ Voice)

BIOFUELS: The U.S. EPA will tie its proposal to expand sales of higher ethanol fuel with recommended changes to the renewable fuel credit system, though industry groups hoped the issues would be taken up separately. (E&E News, subscription)

OVERSIGHT: The lawyer nominated to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would face requests to recuse himself from matters related to former clients, clean energy groups say. (Energy News Network)

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POLITICS: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to call a vote on the Green New Deal in hopes that it will provide political ammunition for Republicans trying to paint Democrats as extreme. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
The oil and gas industry’s latest misguided attack on its critics proves that it still isn’t telling the truth about climate change, says a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
• Texas and Oklahoma case studies of corporate investments in wind farms show they benefit local communities, a wind energy group says. (AWEA blog)

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