U.S. Energy News

More Apple suppliers commit to renewables

EMISSIONS:
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)

SOLAR:
• 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)

TRANSPORTATION:
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)

PIPELINES:
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)

OIL & GAS:
• 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)

NUCLEAR:
• 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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