U.S. Energy News

L.A. natural gas debate prompts bigger questions of energy future

OIL & GAS: Advocates question the need for a new natural gas plant to serve Los Angeles as the city shifts away from coal. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
• New Jersey environmentalists say the state’s clean energy plans are undermined by a failure to include a moratorium on natural gas infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)
Environmental groups appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court seeking to block approval of an oil refinery near a national park. (Forum News Service)
• Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to block drilling near the Petrified Forest National Park. (Capitol Media Services)

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OVERSIGHT: A Republican senator says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will be moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. (Associated Press)

COAL:
• Climate policies could increase the risk of financial collapse for Appalachian coal counties but also create new sources of revenue, according to research by the Brookings Institution and Columbia University. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• A Kentucky priest pays the electric bills of about 200 out-of-work coal miners. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

UTILITIES: Con Edison warns more blackouts in New York City are possible during an expected heat wave this weekend, while Saturday’s event was blamed on an “overly sensitive” relay system. (New York Post, Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR:
Wyoming lawmakers consider storing nuclear waste in the state to help make up for lost revenue as the coal industry declines. (WyoFile)
• Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urges the Supreme Court to rule in favor of reopening a closed nuclear fuel facility in South Carolina. (Post and Courier)
• U.S. House committee leaders accuse the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of considering arbitrary reductions in safety oversight. (E&E News)

GRID:
• Illinois regulators withdraw a proposed rule change that would let utilities earn a rate of return for cloud-based software subscriptions. (Energy News Network)
• U.S. lawmakers meet this week to discuss the future of electricity delivery, including grid modernization and cybersecurity. (E&E News, subscription)

RENEWABLES:
American Electric Power utilities seek regulatory approval in four Southeast states to buy 1,485 MW of wind projects in Oklahoma. (Greentech Media)
• Minnesota-based developer Geronimo Energy is sold to a British utility for $100 million. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A Wisconsin utility agrees to drop proposed charges for customers who generate solar power. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

POLICY:
• A bill to establish a carbon tax in Massachusetts now has more than 100 co-sponsors in the state legislature. (Associated Press)
• Maine’s beneficial electrification law is seen as a way to encourage power generation using technologies that would otherwise require fossil fuel use. (Microgrid Knowledge) 

POLITICS:
• New Mexico’s attorney general is criticized by a dark-money organization with a history of promoting fossil fuels for employing two attorneys from a New York University environmental program. (Associated Press, DeSmog)
• Oregon Republicans, who defeated a climate bill by leaving the state, are now seeking to recall the state’s governor for supporting the proposal. (OPB)

PIPELINES: A Mountain Valley Pipeline protester in Virginia is charged with assaulting a pipeline worker while another is arrested for misdemeanor obstruction. (Roanoke Times)

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BIOGAS: Capturing landfill gas for electricity faces a complicated future as critics say economic and environmental disadvantages are being overlooked by the industry. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• An energy columnist says extending the lives of nuclear power plants will help combat the threat of climate change. (Forbes)
• A solar executive says New Jersey’s energy master plan has the state on the path to a once in a century chance to transform the industry. (NJ Spotlight)
• Despite the recent passage of clean energy legislation, the Sierra Club says Maryland is lagging behind on comprehensive climate change actions. (Baltimore Sun)

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