U.S. Energy News

Judge: Trump administration can’t delay car efficiency fines

TRANSPORTATION:
A federal appeals court overturns a Trump administration action to indefinitely delay increased penalties for vehicles that violate federal fuel efficiency standards. (The Hill)
Volkswagen isn’t making a serious effort to transform the company culture after its emissions cheating scandal and failed to hold executives accountable for wrongdoing, according to a report from a former U.S. prosecutor. (New York Times)

RENEWABLES: The debate over North Carolina’s clean energy transition took center stage at the state’s annual energy conference. Here are seven takeaways. (Southeast Energy News)

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WIND:
How a family in Puerto Rico successfully started building and owning wind farms. (Bloomberg)
President Trump has pushed fossil fuels but hasn’t been hostile toward offshore wind, and now the industry is expanding off several East Coast states. (Associated Press)
Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas develop a way to extract more power from wind turbines. (Science Daily)

SOLAR: Some South Carolina solar employees worry about job security after the legislature failed to pass a bill raising the state’s solar energy cap. (WSPA)

STORAGE:
How energy storage could help prevent a supply/demand gap known as the “duck curve” in Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)
Experts at a conference predict significant growth in the energy storage market in coming years. (RTO Insider)

BIOMASS: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tells a group of Georgia forestry leaders that burning trees is carbon neutral, signaling a policy shift. (Washington Post)

CARBON CAPTURE: Installing carbon-storing technology at corn-ethanol refineries could advance the carbon capture and storage industry, according to a new analysis. (Washington Post)

OIL & GAS: More than 20 miles of shoreline at a Southeast Texas national wildlife refuge will be restored with $26 million from the Deepwater Horizon legal settlement. (Houston Chronicle)

COAL:
A developer proposing to build the West Coast’s largest coal export terminal in Oregon says it will appeal a board’s rejection of permits for the project. (Portland Business Journal)
• We Energies customer groups seek to recoup any ongoing costs associated with operating a Wisconsin coal plant that closed this month. (Midwest Energy News)
President of the National Mining Association Hal Quinn says his organization has lobbied hard to push pro-coal policies under the Trump administration. (The Hill)

EPA:
• Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey becomes the fourth House Republican to call on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to step down. (The Hill)
• The White House says it still supports Pruitt as more ethics scandals unfold, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying he “has done a good job … particularly on deregulation.” (Politico)
• Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe played a key role in making the EPA the anti-regulation agency it is today. (The New Republic)

UTILITIES:
• FirstEnergy’s attempt to seek emergency relief for its coal and nuclear plants receives pushback from some in the Trump administration. (Bloomberg)
• FirstEnergy has reached a deal — subject to approval — between creditors and its subsidiaries that operate power plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
• FirstEnergy profits skyrocket after its subsidiary’s bankruptcy filing. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Xcel Energy is pulling out of a Western utilities group, a move that will likely derail efforts by other Colorado utilities to join a regional transmission organization. (Denver Post)

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CLIMATE:
• With the price tag for extreme weather events mounting, who should pay for the death and destruction caused by climate change? (Sierra Magazine)
• A Minnesota appeals court allows pipeline protesters to use a “necessity defense” to argue they needed to stop the flow of oil to address climate change. (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A group of Republican attorneys general that has repeatedly sued the EPA is urging a federal court to dismiss San Francisco and Oakland’s climate change liability suits, saying the objections are “based in public policy, not law.” (Climate Liability News)

COMMENTARY:
President Trump can make America great again and beat China without a trade war by making renewable energy a national priority. (USA Today)
The Trump administration says the government needs to support struggling coal and nuclear plants to ensure grid reliability, but experts insist there is scant evidence of a resilience problem. (Axios)

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