U.S. Energy News

Los Angeles, Pennsylvania roll out climate plans

CLIMATE: The mayor of Los Angeles unveils a “Green New Deal” for the city that includes phasing out gas-powered cars by the 2030s. (Los Angeles Times)

ALSO:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf unveils a climate action plan that calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Time is running out for a handful of climate bills backed by Colorado’s largest utility. (Denver Business Journal)

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SOLAR:
• Tesla tries to get back in the solar game by slashing prices on solar panels and related equipment, but it’s not clear if the strategy is feasible. (New York Times)
• Southwest Virginia nonprofits work together to develop a solar energy industry cluster in the region’s seven coalfield counties. (Energy News Network)
Once a leader in community solar, Colorado looks to regain some of the momentum it’s lost since launching the first statewide program almost a decade ago. (Greentech Media)
• Two national developers claim Consumers Energy is blocking Michigan solar projects in violation of state and federal rules. (Energy News Network)

ENERGY STORAGE:
The plummeting cost of energy storage could make renewable energy more viable and transform the politics of climate change. (Politico)
New York is encouraging energy storage deployment with a package of $280 million in incentives. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR:
• Nuclear power gets a boost from some Democratic presidential candidates who say the power source can be effective in fighting climate change. (USA Today)
• Finding sites to store nuclear waste is becoming more difficult as lawmakers fail to reach agreement over a long-term storage plan. (NPR)
• Ohio Democrats plan their own review of legislation to subsidize FirstEnergy nuclear plants, saying the issue needs an “honest conversation.” (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Michigan’s attorney general vows to shut down the Line 5 pipeline if talks between Enbridge and the Whitmer administration are unsuccessful. (Associated Press)
• A South Dakota sheriff seeks to be dismissed from a lawsuit that challenges new state laws targeting anti-pipeline protesters. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Trump administration is still processing permit applications for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean despite saying that it was pausing plans to expand offshore drilling. (Reuters)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation that bans state agencies from granting permits needed to facilitate offshore drilling or transport across any state-owned land. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES:
• South Carolina utility SCE&G is being renamed Dominion Energy South Carolina four months after Dominion’s takeover of the utility. (The State)
• Memphis’ municipal utility launches a study to explore whether it can save money by breaking away from the Tennessee Valley Authority and developing renewable energy. (InsideClimate News)

JOBS: Two top energy officials in Michigan say the clean energy industry needs an increased focus on diversity and inclusion amid job growth. (MiBiz)

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POLITICS:
• Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announces a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change by achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Vox)
• O’Rourke’s plan is criticized as “empty rhetoric” by Green New Deal backers and fellow Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee. (HuffPost, The Hill)

COMMENTARY:
• Clean energy advocates say a controversial working paper from University of Chicago economists discounts several benefits of renewable energy standards. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
Ratepayers should question the Tennessee Valley Authority’s long-term energy plans, a columnist writes. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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