U.S. Energy News

Interior secretary says it’s not his job to address climate change

OVERSIGHT: New Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says it the agency’s job is not to address climate change, but to “maximize sustained yield” from energy development. (E&E News, subscription)

ALSO: As state lawmakers consider subsidies for the FirstEnergy’s power plants, the company has spent millions of dollars on campaign contributions, lobbying, and public relations in Ohio since 2017. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Critics worry Duke Energy’s $76 million electric vehicle plan for North Carolina will give the company a monopoly and crowd out competition for charging infrastructure. (Energy News Network)

WIND: A new initiative has been launched to study the effects of offshore wind on Northeast fisheries, as a lack of information has led to mistrust between the two industries. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: A California-based renewable energy company is backing off plans to build a $5 billion solar-thermal power plant on federal land in Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

COAL ASH:
• The Tennessee Valley Authority’s own testing in 1981 and 1995 revealed coal ash contained radioactive materials and toxic heavy metals, but the company didn’t tell workers. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NUCLEAR:
• AARP Ohio tells lawmakers it strongly opposes any efforts to require electric ratepayers to subsidize uneconomic power plants. (Energy News Network)
Entergy has agreed to sell the Indian Point plant in New York to a company that specializes in decommissioning retired nuclear plants when the facility completely shuts down in 2021. (Journal News)
• The losing side in the U.S. Supreme Court case upholding subsidies to nuclear plants says it will continue opposition to similar contracts in regulatory proceedings. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs a bill into law bringing sweeping changes to the way the oil and gas industry is regulated in the state including giving cities more control over drilling. (Denver Post)
• Former and current employees of a petroleum company’s Denver office describe a toxic work culture of “treating women as sexual playthings.” (Denver Post)

PIPELINES: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer does not rule out the potential for an underground tunnel for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac as she reopens discussions with Enbridge. (Detroit News)

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TRANSMISSION: Missouri lawmakers advance a bill that would prevent the developer of the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line from using eminent domain, which could jeopardize the project. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

CLIMATE:
Vox writer David Roberts interviews Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey about the Green New Deal, saying the senator’s involvement “doesn’t fit the media’s favored narrative that the GND is unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky socialism, so it doesn’t get discussed much.”
“It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to ignore:” Record flooding may be shifting attitudes about climate change in Nebraska. (Christian Science Monitor)

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