U.S. Energy News

Mysterious push to end net metering faces broad opposition

SOLAR: A wide range of energy groups, state regulators and others urge FERC to reject a petition to end net metering being advanced by a dark-money group with ties to the fossil fuel industry; utilities still remain largely silent on the proposal. (Politico, Energy and Policy Institute, Utility Dive)

ALSO:
A new report says the Bureau of Land Management is largely overlooking the potential for utility-scale solar on federal lands in the Southwest. (AZ Big Media)
A rush to take advantage of expiring incentives has led to reliability issues at some concentrated solar plants. (E&E News)

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CLEAN ENERGY:
A conservative clean energy group launches a landowner rights initiative in Iowa to help counter local opposition to wind and solar projects. (Energy News Network)
Major clean energy projects around the U.S. have been moving forward despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)

WIND: New Jersey unveils plans to develop the first port on the East Coast solely dedicated to offshore wind and capable of serving projects in multiple states. (NJ Spotlight)

COAL:
A Colorado utility pledges to shut down a coal plant 16 years early, leaving only two coal units in the state without closure dates in the near future. (Colorado Sun)
• A national coal miners’ union asks a court to force the federal government to take steps to protect miners from the coronavirus. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS:
A federal appeals court upholds the cancellation of the last remaining federal oil and gas lease in a Montana region sacred to the Blackfeet Nation and critical for wildlife habitat. (Earthjustice)
• Mississippi lawmakers advance a bill that threatens up to seven years in prison for damaging or trespassing on oil and gas property, and up to $100,000 in fines for groups supporting those who do. (HuffPost)
• Texas regulators consider tightening restrictions on flaring. (Reuters)

GRID:
Transmission projects will be crucial to move wind and solar power from rural areas like the Great Plains to cities, experts say. (Bloomberg)
Environmentalists and consumer advocates sue federal regulators over market rules approved last year that they say will increase customer costs. (E&E News, subscription required)
Researchers are developing ways to prevent electric vehicles from being hacked to disrupt the grid. (E&E News, subscription required)

TRANSPORTATION: With car sales slow and interest in cycling surging, advocates in Connecticut want electric vehicle rebates expanded to include e-bikes, similar to what two Vermont utilities have done. (Energy News Network)

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CLIMATE: Ag giant Cargill is developing initiatives to help farmers profit from sequestering carbon dioxide. (GreenBiz)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate scientist says the COVID-19 pandemic is a “pop quiz” for the final exam on climate change. (Yale Climate Connections)
The call to ‘defund police’ isn’t that much of a stretch from divestment from the fossil fuel industry,” writes a black climate activist. (Grist)

 

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