U.S. Energy News

‘Keep it in the ground’ becomes 2020 campaign issue

POLITICS: Calls to stop extracting fossil fuels from public land have gone from fringe advocacy to a mainstream policy position in the 2020 presidential campaign. (E&E News)

ALSO: Whether or not Virginia joins a regional carbon cap-and-trade initiative could hinge on whether Democrats can flip the state legislature next year. (E&E News)

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RENEWABLES: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign legislation into law today putting the state on a path toward 100 percent clean energy by 2045. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

SOLAR:
A mediation process unique to Virginia helps improve solar’s prospects in the state as stakeholders compromise on draft legislation. (Energy News Network)
• Black employees of a New Jersey solar company that received millions in state incentives say they were subjected to racial slurs and paid less than white workers. (New York Times)

WIND:
Researchers from the University of Rhode Island analyzing lodging data at several coastal New England sites found that tourism increased at Block Island after construction of the nation’s first offshore wind turbines there. (URI Today)
• Officials in a central Indiana county vote to ban commercial-scale wind projects in certain rural areas, arguing they would hamper other development. (Lafayette Journal & Courier)

MICROGRIDS: Michigan lawmakers reintroduce a bipartisan-backed bill allowing for the expanded use of microgrids by utilities and customers. (Energy News Network)

TRANSMISSION: The U.S. EPA says the application to build a power line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine is incomplete and failed to include a detailed analysis of alternatives. (Mainebiz)

COAL ASH:
• As public pressure mounts for utilities to clean up coal ash, federal regulations are being rolled back and already leave many dump sites untouched. (Utility Dive)

COAL: Colorado coal communities start to plan for a fossil-free future. (Denver Post)

OIL & GAS: Oregon environmental regulators deny a key water quality certification for a liquefied natural gas terminal and pipeline, but leave the door open for the project developer to reapply. (The Oregonian)

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ADVOCACY:
• A nonprofit has pledged $1 million to advance the goals of the Green New Deal. (Reuters)
Minnesota teenagers rallied outside the state Capitol last week for lawmakers to take action on climate change. (Minnesota Public Radio)

COMMENTARY:
• A Houston Chronicle columnist says the world has already discovered all of the oil it can safely consume.
The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun says the U.S. Department of Energy’s assertion that Nevada has no regard for national security because of its efforts to keep nuclear waste out of the state is “a blood-boiling insult.”
• A plan to replace a Minnesota pipeline is the latest attempt to violate rights of Native Americans, a college student says. (MinnPost)

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