U.S. Energy News

It’s official: California will go 100 percent clean energy by 2045

RENEWABLES: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill requiring the state to get all of its electricity from clean power sources by 2045. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• Xcel Energy’s resource planning executive says economics and customer expectations are driving the company’s shift to renewables. (Greentech Media)
A Minnesota clean energy group wants to expand the state’s renewable energy standard to give developers more certainty. (PV Magazine)
Hydropower is the top renewable electricity source in 19 states, with wind power leading in 16 states. (U.S. Energy Information Administration)

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SOLAR: Minnesota leads the nation on community solar, followed by New York, Colorado and Massachusetts according to a new report. (Axios)

WIND:
A move by Maine officials to rewrite terms of an offshore wind deal will delay a demonstration project and hurt the state’s credibility with clean energy developers, according to project advocates. (Energy News Network)
• A pact with environmental groups puts a Lake Erie offshore wind demonstration project one step closer to construction. (Energy News Network)

COAL ASH:
Duke Energy’s coal ash waste facilities in North Carolina are among the toxic sites at risk for flooding from Hurricane Florence. (Bloomberg)
• The owner of coal ash pits along Illinois’ only national scenic river wants to build bigger walls instead of removing the toxic muck. (Chicago Tribune)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration wants to make it easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere. (New York Times)
Delta Airlines’ purchase of an oil refinery outside Philadelphia in 2012 turned out to be a costly mistake. (Forbes)

PIPELINES:
A gas pipeline explodes in western Pennsylvania, destroying one home and sparking calls to halt construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Daily Local News)
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline’s developer agrees to temporarily halt the project on one piece of Louisiana land during a legal dispute. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: California’s governor accuses President Donald Trump of being a “big saboteur” of electric vehicles. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: An Alaska senator introduces a bill aimed at reviving the U.S. nuclear industry. (Utility Dive)

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POLITICS: Both candidates running for New York attorney general have promised to crack down on polluters in the state, which could include divestment from the fossil fuel industry. (Grist)

COMMENTARY: Texas lags California in economic growth because it still depends on oil and gas and hasn’t set ambitious climate pledges, a clean energy industry researcher argues. (Forbes)

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