U.S. Energy News

‘Jello at the wall’: DOE, states grasp to prop up power plants

POWER PLANTS:
• Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he’s “thrown a lot of jello at the wall” looking for ways to keep coal and nuclear power plants from closing. (Houston Chronicle)
• Without federal help, local governments are also attempting to save coal plants with different results around the country. (Ars Technica)

RENEWABLES: Midwest states are among the world leaders for the percentage of electricity that comes from wind and solar power. (Axios)

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SOLAR:
• Corporations locking into long-term solar contracts face financial risk if prices continue to decline with the growth of the industry. (PV magazine)
Advocates say Connecticut’s solar industry faces an “existential crisis” if lawmakers don’t reverse a decision to eliminate net metering. (Hartford Courant)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The boom of e-commerce and the ensuing surge of truck traffic pollution in southern California has spurred calls for the electrification of trucks servicing giant distribution centers. (Energy News Network)
• A North Carolina bill would allow electric vehicle charging stations to resell kilowatt-hours purchased from a utility. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• In a vote along party lines, the Colorado Senate gave final approval to legislation seeking to overhaul oil and gas regulation in the state. (Denver Post)
Environmental groups sue the federal government over its plan to sell leases this month for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)

PIPELINES:
• A Republican FERC commissioner says “time is money” for energy projects as several high-profile pipelines face legal and regulatory delays. (E&E News)
Opponents of a proposed Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline say the project “evokes implications of class warfare.” (Waynesboro Record Herald)

STORAGE:
A proposed $800 million hydropower storage project in southern Oregon has some local community members worried about its potential impact on property values and tribal resources. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• The U.S. Forest Service shuts down plans to build a pumped storage hydroelectric project on federal land in West Virginia. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

GRID:
• New York released its implementation plan to reach 3 GW of energy storage by 2030. (Utility Dive)
Critics say an Indiana bill gives utilities a “blank check” for grid modernization projects. (Indianapolis Star)

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EMISSIONS: Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling nearly 900,000 vehicles because they don’t meet U.S. emission standards. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• We accept radiation in medicine, and we should accept nuclear power as part of our climate solution, writes a former International Atomic Energy Agency director. (Time)
• Purchasing local solar power is a win-win for cities, writes the city of Philadelphia’s energy manager. (GreenBiz)

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