U.S. Energy News

Major energy companies backing bipartisan carbon tax push

CLIMATE: Exelon, First Solar and the American Wind Energy Association are among the companies supporting a new bipartisan campaign for a carbon tax. (Bloomberg)

EPA: At a confirmation hearing, Senate Democrats push two EPA nominees on administrator Scott Pruitt’s ethical scandals and denial of climate science; while Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe softens his criticism of Pruitt. (The Hill)

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BIOFUELS: The EPA is expected to announce a plan to reallocate wavied biofuel requirements to other refineries. (Reuters)

SOLAR: The solar company whose bankruptcy prompted the Trump administration to impose tariffs on imports seeks to abandon its own inventory of solar panels. (Reuters)

RENEWABLES:
The Department of Energy releases a report recommending more solar and storage to strengthen Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. (Greentech Media)
Connecticut’s governor signs legislation to strengthen greenhouse gas reduction standards and require that 40 percent of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030. (Connecticut Post)

OFFSHORE WIND: The Northeast’s offshore wind industry is turning to companies that typically work with offshore oil and gas rigs to get their projects up and running. (Energy News Network)

STORAGE: Massachusetts regulators must decide who owns the rights to energy storage projects and who gets to bid into ISO-New England’s forward capacity market. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES: A high-ranking Entergy official personally directed paid supporters to fill a New Orleans City Council committee meeting before opponents of its power plant project arrived. (The Times-Picayune)

NUCLEAR: An appeals court orders California utility regulators to disclose emails related to a 2014 deal that charged ratepayers more than $3 billion for a nuclear plant closure. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FRACKING: Duke University researchers discover that chemicals used in fracking stimulate fat cell growth, which has public health implications for people who depend on water from polluted aquifers. (News & Observer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Citing the Trump administration’s rollback of emission standards, nine states roll out a plan to boost electric vehicle sales. (RTO Insider)
• A new report highlights the unequal access to electric vehicles for low-income communities. (E&E News)

VW SETTLEMENT: A provision in North Carolina’s new budget threatens to delay and possibly disqualify the state from its $92 million share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement. (Energy News Network)

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OVERSIGHT: FERC commissioner Cherly LaFleur describes the “aha” moment that has caused her to push for examining climate impacts of pipeline projects. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY: Why cities are “at the heart” of climate change solutions. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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