U.S. Energy News

Lax fiscal policy leaves coal states flat-footed as mining declines

COAL: Persistent belief in coal’s longevity has led to fiscal policies that have made it harder to diversify economies in Wyoming and other states. (Energy News Network)

OVERSIGHT: The Trump administration will release details this week on a proposal to roll back Obama-era methane restrictions, part of a series of actions that could be undone after the election. (New York Times)

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NATURAL GAS:
• A deadly explosion in Baltimore revives questions about the safety of natural gas infrastructure, though it may take months to determine the exact cause. (Baltimore Sun)
• A coalition of utilities launches a $100 million effort to seek alternatives to natural gas. (E&E News)

PIPELINES: Duke Energy takes a $1.6-billion after-tax charge for the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and lays out how renewable energy and grid modernization plans will fill financial holes. (Reuters, Greentech Media)

GRID:
• In a letter to Congress, federal regulatory staff say new high-voltage transmission lines will be key to meeting clean energy goals. (Utility Dive)
Nearly 90,000 customers, mostly in New York and Connecticut, are still without power a week after Tropical Storm Isaias. (New York Times)
A startup that will build a 150-hour duration battery plant says its technology can replace dirty and expensive peaker plants that are often an environmental hazard in disadvantaged and environmental justice communities. (Greentech Media)

EFFICIENCY:
• A coalition of environmental groups threatens to sue the Department of Energy for failing to update appliance efficiency standards. (The Hill)
• A retired utility engineer is helping Nebraska nonprofits reduce their electric bills by shaving peak electricity usage. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Offshore wind farms in the Carolinas could bring $45 billion in investment, but North Carolina’s renewable energy policies lag other states, according to a new report. (Triad Business Journal)

TRANSPORTATION: Delta Air Lines’ experiment in owning an oil refinery doesn’t appear to be working out. (New York Times)

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PUBLIC LANDS: The BLM finalizes its move to Grand Junction, Colorado despite congressional objections and the loss of almost 70% of the agency’s Washington, D.C. employees. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Willie Nelson and Paul Simon write that the Permian Highway Pipeline through Texas Hill Country should be stopped. (Houston Chronicle)
• The Climate Reality Project says New Jersey can be a national model for clean energy and efficiency by adopting a zero-carbon energy strategy and the necessary investment to enable it. (NJ.com)
• Climate advocates Tom Steyer and Bill McKibben say BP’s proposal to cut oil production represents a “seismic” change in the energy sector. (Greentech Media)

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