U.S. Energy News

Major banks pledge billions to support clean energy

FINANCE:
• Major banks pledge $7 billion in investments to support clean energy development. (Bloomberg)
• A financial leader says wind and solar have arrived at the “grownups table” of institutional investing. (Bloomberg)

UTILITIES: Opponents of the income-guarantee deals for two Ohio utilities say they have multiple ways of challenging state regulators’ approval, including a rehearing and court appeals. (Midwest Energy News)

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OIL AND GAS:
• Shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas field could lead to blackouts in California this summer. (Associated Press)
• The Labor Department says thousands of oil and gas workers may be owed more than $40 million in back wages. (U.S. News and World Report)
• The University of Texas seeks to reap more rewards from drilling leases on millions of acres of land the institution owns. (Bloomberg)
• Ohio advocates plan to dive deeper into public sentiment about the benefits and risks of the state’s fracking industry as drilling declines. (Midwest Energy News)
• The Massachusetts supreme court will hear a case next month on whether utilities can enter long-term agreements with pipelines and then sell the gas on the spot market. (MassLive) 
• Researchers find evidence of endocrine disrupting chemicals near a wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

PIPELINES:
• A leak that shut down the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota revives safety concerns. (InsideClimate News)
• The Texas supreme court will hear an “enormous, tangled mess” of a dispute between a landowner and a pipeline developer. (Texas Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts lawmakers reach a compromise on raising the state’s net metering cap. (Associated Press)
• A Pennsylvania county’s solar program expands to target businesses. (Pittsburgh Tribune)
• Researchers say the next wave of solar development won’t be driven as much by state renewable portfolio standards. (Utility Dive)
• Analysts say SunEdison’s decline will have little impact on the solar industry overall. (San Francisco Chronicle)

WIND: A New York official says the state cannot meet its renewable energy goals without offshore wind. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY:
• A demonstration project in Texas promises zero-emissions electricity from fossil fuels. (Vox)
• Why Hawaii is a key testing ground for clean energy start-ups. (EnergyWire)

POLICY:
• State policies aimed at developing advanced energy technologies could stimulate 160,000 new jobs annually in the Southeast and boost economies in Rust Beelt states, new research shows. (ClimateWire)
• After a variety of renewable energy technologies were accidentally omitted from the latest investment tax credit, federal lawmakers are discussing whether they should be continued. (E&E Daily)

COAL:
• Peabody Energy’s financial crisis could lead to tightening of “self-bonding” rules for coal mine cleanup. (MarketWatch)
• Montana’s governor is seeking a new ownership structure for a threatened coal plant. (Associated Press)
• A Kentucky bill to abolish the state’s mine safety inspections is likely dead for this year. (WKYU Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Some see the support for nuclear energy in Illinois by climate scientist James Hansen and other conservationists as a push for proposed legislation that would prop up Exelon’s struggling Illinois plants. (Midwest Energy News)

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BIOENERGY: Washington’s governor vetoes a bill that would have allowed some biomass producers to sell renewable energy credits. (Longview Daily News)

COMMENTARY: A recently signed Maryland bill is a model for bipartisan cooperation on climate. (NRDC Switchboard)

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