U.S. Energy News

Legal wins raise hopes that pipeline opposition is working

PIPELINES: Environmental groups have seen two critical legal victories this summer in their fight against pipeline development. (E&E News)

MORE:
Federal regulators halted all construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline following a federal court’s ruling that vacated two permits. (WVPB)
Federal agencies have repeatedly tried to clear roadblocks and expedite the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (ProPublica/Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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NUCLEAR:
A New York City official says the city’s greenhouse gas emissions could rise if the Indian Point nuclear plant is closed too soon. (New York Post)
• South Carolina residents living near a nuclear plant that leaked uranium worry about the long-term environmental and health effects. (The State)

SOLAR:
The Trump administration plans to fast-track a massive solar-thermal power plant in Nevada despite concerns about potential bird impacts. (Bloomberg)
• Smoke from California’s wildfires are impacting the state’s solar farms, but company officials aren’t overly worried. (Bloomberg)
Virginia regulators give conditional approval to a 500 MW solar farm that would be the largest east of the Rockies. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Xcel Energy breaks ground on a 150 MW wind project in southeastern North Dakota. (Fargo-Moorhead Forum)

RENEWABLES:
Two renewable energy proposals in Arizona highlight a fundamental disagreement over how fast the state’s clean energy transition should happen and who should control it. (Greentech Media)
Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities make stronger commitments to decreasing emissions. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

FOSSIL FUELS: A California bank’s plan to stop investing in fossil fuels sets off a firestorm of opposition from Western coal states. (Denver Post)

COAL: Michigan’s DTE Energy may have a tougher time retiring all of its coal generation by 2040 than its counterpart in the state. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

COAL ASH: A Western Kentucky coal plant won’t pay fines and has two years to install equipment at a landfill where coal ash polluted groundwater. (WFPL)

TRANSMISSION: Eversource appeals a New Hampshire decision to reject its high-voltage power line from Canada to Massachusetts. (InDepthNH)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A new study suggests California’s grid could handle a dramatic increase of electric vehicles. (KQED)

BIOFUELS: A tech company uses gas fermentation to convert carbon emissions into ethanol as an alternative to corn-based fuels. (CNBC)

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POLITICS: The Democratic National Committee passes a resolution saying it welcomes donations from the fossil fuel industry. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: While renewables are cheaper than dirty generation, energy efficiency can be even cheaper. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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