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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• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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)

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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• 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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