U.S. Energy News

Massachusetts prepares Exxon climate lawsuit on eve of New York trial

CLIMATE: The New York attorney general’s fraud lawsuit accusing ExxonMobil of misleading investors on climate risks is set to go to trial next week. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO: Meanwhile, documents show Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is ready to file a lawsuit accusing ExxonMobil of deceiving consumers about the climate impacts of fossil fuels. (Bloomberg Environment)

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CALIFORNIA:
• Amid controversy over the utility’s planned outages, PG&E’s CEO promises to improve communications as senior executives are ordered to appear before California regulators this morning. (Associated Press)
PG&E noteholders and wildfire victims file a formal reorganization plan for the utility, proposing they get effectively all of its new shares. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
California businesses from Apple to wineries are turning to solar to keep power on during outages. (Washington Post)
• PJM Interconnection and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) will continue to be “hot markets” for renewables, according to analysts. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE:
• Electric vehicle makers and battery manufacturers are making progress in developing new lithium-ion designs amid concerns about the supply of key materials. (Greentech Media)
State regulators approve a 316 MW battery storage project at a New York City power plant complex that will replace fossil fuel peak generating units. (New York Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A study concludes that electric vehicles have the potential to act as a virtual power plant and shift residential peak load to nighttime hours. (Utility Dive)
• Volvo and Ford make big announcements related to electric vehicles, but analysts this week also warned about headwinds for the industry. (Axios)

WIND: Researchers say understanding certain wind patterns, increasing the size of turbines and dealing with variability are the main challenges to widespread wind development. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: A Minnesota nuclear plant is at the center of a debate over whether utilities should invest heavily to prolong the power source or use that funding for renewables. (Minnesota Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
• Energy investment experts say the outlook for U.S. shale is gloomy citing slowdowns in drilling, unplanned outages on the Western Gas system, poor production results, and job cuts. (Oil Price)
• Two recent fatal crashes of trucks carrying compressed natural gas expose gaps in regulations for vehicles on the “virtual pipeline” carrying fuel on state highways. (DeSmog)
• Colorado officials plan new restrictions on oil and gas drilling near homes after a state study finds short-term health risk from chemical exposure. (Denver Post)

BIOFUELS: An Iowa congresswoman calls the U.S. EPA’s latest biofuels plan a “bait and switch,” while industry officials say could cost the state 400 jobs. (Radio Iowa)

COAL:
The Navajo and Hopi Nations are grappling with the financial gap left by the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta Mine closures. (Arizona Republic)
Addressing a $66 billion funding shortfall for coal miners’ and other union pension plans is part of a political strategy for Republicans and Democrats in swing states like Ohio. (Roll Call)
• As the amount of coal produced in the U.S. dips lower, experts expect more massive layoffs of miners. (Bloomberg)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Gulf Coast oil and gas producers are closely monitoring a potential tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico. (S&P Global)

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POLITICS:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who led a failed federal effort to prop up struggling coal and nuclear plants, will resign. (New York Times)
• Elizabeth Warren’s rising 2020 polling numbers are causing “palpable concern” within the oil and gas industry. (CNN)
• Senate Democrats force a floor vote on the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan repeal but the effort fails on a 41-53 vote. (The Hill)

COMMENTARY: Advocates say low income Californians must not be left behind in the state’s clean energy push. (CALmatters)

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