U.S. Energy News

More states seek to criminalize anti-pipeline activism

PIPELINES: At least 18 states since 2017 pass laws criminalizing anti-pipeline activism, which civil liberties advocates say is unconstitutional. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• A Virginia community hopes its investments in solar power send a message of opposition against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Energy News Network)
• Communities along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s route are divided over the economic benefits lost while construction is halted. (WVPB)
Suburban Philadelphia residents fear the Mariner East pipeline now under construction creates a catastrophic risk similar to a construction explosion in western Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Magazine)

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SOLAR:
• The political clout and incentives of big utilities discourage Florida homeowners from installing solar panels. (New York Times)
New York City homeowners installing solar power often face challenges because most panels are designed for sloped roofs. (New York Times)
• A utility’s challenge to a third-party solar project in Milwaukee is being closely watched in other states, advocates say. (Madison Capital Times)
• The rooftop solar industry is thriving in Nevada despite recent incentive cutbacks. (The Nevada Independent)

COAL:
• Wyoming coal miners and their families worry whether life will ever be the same after the sudden closure of two mines. (Casper Star-Tribune)
Coal company Blackjewel deducted miners’ paychecks from their bank accounts after filing for bankruptcy on July 1. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

OIL & GAS:
The Philadelphia refinery closed by a recent explosion will pay its workers until the end of August while the owner contemplates the future of the facility. (WHYY)
• West Virginia University researchers test an idea to save water by combining wastewater from power plants and fracking. (Associated Press)

TRANSMISSION: Proponents and opponents of a transmission line in Maine spent at least $1.8 million on advertising since late last year. (Bangor Daily News)

NUCLEAR: South Carolina could be stuck with a massive stockpile of dangerous nuclear material for decades despite a federal mandate to get rid of it. (Post and Courier)

EMISSIONS: Kentucky colleges have ambitious climate goals but are struggling to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. (Courier Journal)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: California Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a crucial test this week as he attempts to convince lawmakers to ratify his multi-billion utility wildfire fund. (Los Angeles Times)

BIOFUELS:
• Critics say the EPA’s latest proposed biofuel rules do little to address waivers for refineries to avoid blending ethanol with gasoline. (Radio Iowa)
• Supporting the ethanol industry is still considered a litmus test for presidential candidates who visit Iowa. (Bloomberg)

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POLITICS: Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray is hosting a private fundraising event later this month for President Trump’s re-election. (The Intelligencer)

COMMENTARY:
• A legal expert says next steps are unclear after the World Trade Organization ruled that clean energy laws in seven states are discriminatory. (Washington Post)
• A rural policy think tank says debt tied to uneconomic coal plants is a major obstacle to clean energy for many rural co-ops. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
A Pennsylvania environmental group for the first time takes a stand against natural gas as a solution to climate change. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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