U.S. Energy News

It’s official: U.S. is out of the Paris climate accord

CLIMATE: As of today, the U.S. has formally withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, a process that was set into motion by the Trump administration last year. (New York Times)

ALSO:
The head of an oil and gas lobbying group says the industry would work with a Democratic presidential administration in addressing concerns about climate change. (Washington Post)
Republicans seem likely to maintain control of the Senate, making it difficult for comprehensive climate legislation to pass in the next two years regardless of who wins the presidential race. (Reuters)

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ELECTION 2020 — CLEAN ENERGY:
A constitutional amendment to establish a 50% renewable energy standard in Nevada appears likely to pass, with 56% percent of voters in favor. (Vox)
A majority of voters in Boulder, Colorado so far are in favor of a new contract with Xcel Energy, which would effectively end the city’s push to form a municipal utility. (BizWest, Energy News Network archives)
The fate of legislators in Pennsylvania who favor more aggressive climate and clean energy action could be unclear for days as votes continue to be counted. (E&E News, subscription required)
Voters approve a ballot measure in Columbus, Ohio, enabling the city to negotiate a cleaner energy supply on behalf of residents. (Columbus Dispatch, Energy News Network archives)
• Denver voters approve a sales tax increase to support renewable energy development. (Colorado Politics)
• Voters in a Minneapolis exurb appear to reject a ballot measure that would have dissolved the city’s municipal utility. (Southwest News Media)

ELECTION 2020 — OVERSIGHT:
Two Democrats and one Republican could take seats as Arizona’s newest utility regulators, shifting the board’s party alignment. (Arizona Central)
Republicans will likely keep their hold on the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees utility policy. All three seats on the board have been held by Republicans since 1994. (Texas Tribune)
Two Republican incumbents are leading in races for Georgia’s Public Service Commission. (Rome News-Tribune)
• A Republican incumbent on Oklahoma’s three-member utilities commission is leading by a comfortable margin. (The Oklahoman)
• One incumbent commissioner and two newcomers seem likely to secure seats on Montana’s Public Service Commission. (Associated Press)
• A measure to change the New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission from elected to appointed positions appears likely to pass, with 55% of voters supporting. (KQRE)

ELECTION 2020 — OIL & GAS: Voters in Alaska are rejecting a citizen-led initiative to increase taxes on North Slope oil producers. (Anchorage Daily News)

UTILITIES:
• Amid credit downgrades and an ongoing SEC investigation, FirstEnergy’s board creates an investigative committee to review the company’s internal governance policies. (Utility Dive)
• As COVID-19 cases surge to new records, U.S. electricity demand is starting to fall again as it did in the spring of this year. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
An insurance company files a lawsuit demanding $128 million in collateral from Peabody Energy, citing the coal company’s “deteriorating” financial condition. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Industry analysts “see a near-zero probability of new coal-fired” power plants being built in the U.S. (S&P Global)

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PIPELINES: A federal appeals court today wades into the yearslong dispute led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe over the Dakota Access pipeline and whether a lower court was justified in shutting it down pending reviews. (E&E News, subscription)

MEDIA: A museum in New York has been unable to promote its new climate change exhibit on Facebook because of the platform’s election-related advertising restrictions. (Ithaca Voice)

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