U.S. Energy News

Job data refutes Trump claims of a coal industry rebound

WIND: The Energy Department says the U.S. wind industry is getting cheaper. more advanced, and expanding onshore and offshore, with Texas continuing to lead in new capacity. (InsideClimate News)

COAL: Government data shows the U.S. added about 2,000 coal mining jobs since Trump took office, but economists say it’s not statistically significant and the uptick is expected to fade. (CNBC)

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PIPELINES: In dealing with security issues, pipeline operators are juggling directives from three different federal agencies. (E&E News)

OIL AND GAS: The oil and gas industry proposes Texas build 60 miles of concrete seawalls to protect petrochemical facilities from Louisiana to Houston from rising seas and extreme weather, a growing threat as the climate changes. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric cars have grown to more than 6% of new registrations in California, but hybrid cars are seeing a corresponding decline. (Greentech Media)

ENERGY STORAGE: A study finds distributed energy storage in Massachusetts could deliver $2-$3 in benefits for every dollar spent. (PV Magazine)

UTILITIES: The failure of fixed charge proposals in New York and Connecticut may indicate similar fees are losing favor among state regulators. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Residential rooftop solar installations in Kansas will likely come to a near-standstill if state regulators approve demand fees proposed by the state’s two largest utilities. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLES: A newly amended California bill would require utilities to buy 2,500 MW of solar and wind power over the next four years, a move supporters say would save hundreds of millions of dollars in federal tax credits that would otherwise be lost. (Greentech Media)

Leaders from Portland and four California cities are vowing to make their buildings carbon neutral by 2050, joining some of the world’s largest cities in backing the effort. (Reuters)
• Officials gather in Cleveland to tout the benefits of energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sides with environmentalists who say Obama-era rules on coal ash storage did not go far enough to protect the public. (Utility Dive)
A decade after TVA’s Kingston coal ash spill in Tennessee, workers are suing the company that hired them, saying they were misled about the dangers. (Nashville Public Radio)

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HYDROPOWER: Critics say a Massachusetts deal to purchase Canadian hydropower could actually increase overall emissions. (CommonWealth)

COMMENTARY: How advances in technology are making wind energy viable in more places, and productive over longer periods of time. (Utility Dive)


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