U.S. Energy News

Interior Secretary Zinke: “I’m very bullish on offshore wind”

WIND: The Trump administration is considering allowing offshore wind farms to be developed off the coast of California where some landowners worry about their oceanfront views being obscured by turbines. (The Hill, San Luis Obispo Tribune)

ALSO: This December the U.S. Interior Department will auction nearly 390,000 acres of federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts for wind energy development, which if fully developed could provide more than 4 GW of capacity. (Associated Press, news release)

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OFFSHORE DRILLING: A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot following a court ruling. (ThinkProgress)

PIPELINES:
• Kinder Morgan cancels a controversial plan to push natural gas liquids from Ohio to Texas through a repurposed pipeline. (InsideClimate News)
• A Virginia couple whose property lies in the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline hosts an interfaith ceremony on the site today. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION:
Environmental groups and gas generators both oppose a transmission line that would deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. (Energy News Network)
• Central Maine Power unveils a plan to run its hydropower transmission line under the Kennebec Gorge in Maine. (CommonWealth Magazine)

COAL:
• “They told us we would be fired if we wore a mask.” A sickened worker shares his story from the 2008 TVA coal ash spill. (Knoxville News Sentinel)  
How a local broadband company was able to save a Colorado coal community after two local mines shut down. (NPR)

SOLAR:
• Both Republicans and Democrats like solar energy as a way to be more self-sufficient, according to a new study co-authored by a Washington State University professor. (NWPR/Earth Fix)
Solar executives tell New Jersey officials the industry could see massive layoffs if the state doesn’t find a new way to promote solar within the next six months. (NJ Spotlight)

NATURAL GAS:
Minnesota regulators delay a decision on a proposed $700 million natural gas plant in Superior, Wisconsin, as they consider arguments on the need for an environmental review. (Wisconsin State Journal)
The proposed plant is the latest in the Midwest to face challenges from environmental groups over utilities’ stated capacity needs. (E&E News, subscription)

GRID: ISO New England was “one large contingency away from rolling blackouts” during last winter’s cold snap, which led to changes in operating procedures, says the organization’s president. (Associated Press)

POWER PLANTS: Multiple coal and nuclear plants scheduled to close in the Midwest are located near military bases that need reliable, 24/7 power. (E&E News)

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POLITICS:
• A clean energy group launches an ad blitz in support of Florida GOP U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who proposed a carbon tax in July. (Florida Politics)
• Utilities gave nearly $8.4 million to political organizations during 2017 and 2018, with 70 percent going to Republican groups, according to a report from the Energy and Policy Institute. (Utility Dive)
• A Democratic state lawmaker in Michigan proposes a bill to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. (MLive)

COMMENTARY:
• The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is plunging ahead with as much work as it can get away with before securing key permits, and that appears to be a deliberate strategy to deflate opposition and stay ahead of court decisions. (Virginia Mercury)
• Hurricane Michael highlights the urgent need for more solar power in Florida, writes a manager with the Environmental Defense Fund. (Forbes)
• There’s a lot more than just coastal liberals stopping Asian consumers from buying Wyoming coal, says a Bloomberg columnist.

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