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)

EFFICIENCY:
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)

COAL ASH:
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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