U.S. Energy News

More Apple suppliers commit to renewables

Apple says another 21 manufacturers in its supply chain have vowed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. (Washington Post)
• More than 4,200 Amazon employees call on the company to make firm commitments to reduce its carbon footprint. (New York Times)

JOBS: Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan are among the top Midwest states for clean energy jobs thanks to strong automotive and manufacturing roots. (Energy News Network)

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WIND: Responding to President Trump’s recent comments, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says “wind turbines don’t cause cancer, they cause jobs.” (The Hill)

• A California startup has secured $2.4 million in seed funding to help commercialize a new solar technology. (Greentech Media)
• Illinois’ first lottery for renewable energy credits awards 112 community solar projects, leaving around 800 projects on a wait list. (Illinois Public Media)

STORAGE: A group of Midwest electric co-ops is testing whether putting batteries in customers’ homes is a cost effective way to reduce peak demand. (Energy News Network)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers seek to block President Trump’s attempt to end a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles. (Detroit Free Press)
U.S. automakers worry President Trump’s attempt to roll back fuel efficiency standards will create a divided market when states decide whether to follow the rules. (New York Times)

President Trump signs two executive orders to make it easier for companies to build pipelines and harder for states to intervene. (Washington Post)
• A study sponsored by the Sierra Club says methane is leaking from pipelines in several Connecticut cities. (CT Post)

• President Trump wants to allow natural gas to be shipped by rail, which would raise the risk of catastrophic accidents if one were to derail. (Bloomberg)
• Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in 2015 twice voted with Republicans to end the 40-year restriction on exporting oil overseas. (HuffPost)
• The fossil fuel divestment movement is gaining traction in Colorado despite opposition from the state’s powerful oil and gas industry. (Westword)

• A plan to build an interim storage facility for nuclear waste in New Mexico meets with stiff opposition from local and national groups. (NPR)
• The battle over nuclear subsidies in Pennsylvania has pitted lobbyists from the nuclear and natural gas industries on opposite sides. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION: As Maine regulators prepare to vote on a controversial power line, opponents have turned attention to legislative proposals that would delay construction by limiting eminent domain. (Press Herald)

BIOMASS: Georgia’s timber industry presses energy regulators to make sure biomass gets more use by Georgia Power. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UTILITIES: Who pays for decommissioning coal and nuclear plants remains a key sticking point in bankruptcy proceedings for FirstEnergy Solutions. (Energy News Network)

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COAL ASH: Energy News Network reporter Elizabeth Ouzts discusses coal ash cleanup in North Carolina. (WUNC)

GREEN NEW DEAL: A California Democrat pitches an idea to use existing, already vetted bills to fill out details in the Green New Deal. (The Hill)

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