U.S. Energy News

Judge: Keystone XL permit approval lacked ‘reasoned explanation’

PIPELINES: A federal judge halts construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the Trump administration failed to address climate and environmental concerns or offer a “reasoned explanation” for approving the permit. (CNN, New York Times)

ALSO:
• West Virginia regulators repeatedly cite the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines for environmental problems. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
• The once-sleepy pipeline industry in Texas is now booming as companies plan to expand almost 10,000 miles of pipelines. (Houston Chronicle)

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WIND:
A state-funded pilot program in Rhode Island aims to inspire kids to think about careers in the offshore wind industry. (Energy News Network)
New York issues its first solicitation for offshore wind projects, inviting bids for an initial phase totaling at least 800 MW. (Associated Press, news release)

SOLAR: Stakeholders disagree on the best way to give lower income families access to New Jersey’s community solar program. (NJ Spotlight)

STORAGE: California regulators approve a plan by the state’s largest utility to build the two biggest battery systems in the world. (Greentech Media)

BUILDINGS: A new community of small homes near Tampa will run on solar power, have net-zero emissions, and be hurricane-proof. (Fast Company)

TRANSMISSION: Maine regulators tell developers their application to build a hydropower transmission line from Canada to Massachusetts is incomplete, further delaying the project. (Portland Press Herald)

NUCLEAR: Tests reveal radioactive groundwater exceeding safe drinking water standards at a South Carolina nuclear fuel site. (Charlotte Observer)

BIOGAS: Leftover grease from Rutgers University dining halls is being used to generate renewable energy from “bug farts” at a plant in New Jersey. (My Central Jersey)

TECHNOLOGY:
MIT engineers unveil a clear film that reflects the sun’s heat and could be applied to windows to reduce air-conditioning use. (Science Daily)
Researchers from New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology create a “bionic mushroom” that generates electricity. (New Atlas)

TRANSPORTATION: California air quality regulators and their federal counterparts will hold talks next week over the Trump administration’s plan to thwart the state’s efforts to adopt strict tailpipe emission limits. (Reuters)

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CLIMATE:
Chicago-area scientists hope to empower women in STEMM fields and promote their role in developing clean energy sources. (Energy News Network)
A federal appeals court grants the Trump administration a temporary stay in a lawsuit brought by 21 young plaintiffs who claim the federal government’s lax response to climate change has harmed them. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• Well-designed tax subsidies help to boost electric vehicle adoption, authors write in a new book on climate solutions. (Energy News Network)
A carbon charge could greatly reduce the need for zero-emission payments to nuclear plants, a Vermont Law School professor says. (Utility Dive)

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