U.S. Energy News

LNG facility’s leaks raise red flags for natural gas exports

OIL & GAS: A federal investigation into leaks at a liquefied natural gas facility in Louisiana raises concerns about the safety and success of a burgeoning industry. (Center for Public Integrity, E&E News)

ALSO:
• As the Department of Energy faces blowback for calling LNG exports “freedom gas,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee runs with the phrase. (Axios, E&E News)
• An Appalachian gas storage project seeks a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee from a program meant for projects that reduce emissions. (Energy News Network)
Energy Secretary Rick Perry tells oil and gas industry officials that the Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing “draconian” regulations. (Associated Press)
The U.S. Interior Department is vowing to sell oil and gas leases this year for a national wildlife refuge in Alaska which has been off limits to drilling. (Reuters)

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STORAGE: A proposed 1,000 megawatt energy storage project in Utah is being hailed as the world’s largest. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
A Washington plant that makes raw materials used in solar panels is being “strangled” by the trade war with China, company officials say. (Los Angeles Times)
• A judge dismisses a proposed class action alleging Michigan’s Bosch Solar Energy sold thousands of defective solar panels that pose a fire risk. (Reuters)
• Facebook for the first time invests directly in a solar project, which could be a sign of things to come for corporate renewables. (Greentech Media)
• A Pennsylvania farmer says installing solar panels on his barn has proven to be a good investment in sustainability. (Yale Climate Connections)

NUCLEAR:
• After operating more than 46 years, today is the last day for the Pilgrim Nuclear Station in Massachusetts. (Cape Cod Times)
Duke Energy concludes it can decommission its Florida nuclear plant 50 years ahead of schedule and proposes a tear-down by 2027. (Ocala Star Banner)
• The Midwest has several “stranded” nuclear waste sites that are no longer attached to reactors that produce power. (Forbes)

COAL ASH: Illinois passes stronger rules for coal ash storage as it leads the nation with ponds leaching unsafe levels of contaminants in groundwater. (InsideClimate News)

UTILITIES: Virginia regulators deny Costco’s bid to purchase electricity from a provider other than Dominion Energy. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The Trump administration is expected to announce an end to a summertime ban on higher ethanol blends of gasoline as early as today. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
Colorado’s governor signs a suite of energy and climate bills into law, including legislation committing the state to a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Westword)
• An environmental policy group’s report highlights three scenarios to lower U.S. emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. (Utility Dive)
A former science advisor to President Obama leads a public forum on climate change and the Green New Deal at Illinois Central College. (Peoria Journal Star)

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POLITICS:
• Greenpeace grades the 2020 presidential candidates on climate policy, giving Washington Gov. Jay Inslee the highest marks. (NBC News)
• A pledge to refuse donations from leaders in the oil, natural gas and coal industries catches on in the Democratic presidential primary. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
• More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” on climate change policy — it’s a climate disaster, writes David Roberts. (Vox)
• Virginia needs to prioritize clean energy in policymaking and grid planning, says the vice president of sustainability for Salesforce. (Energy News Network)

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