U.S. Energy News

New Jersey bill would set 80 percent renewable standard

CLIMATE: Why Warren Buffett sees climate change simultaneously as a threat and a business opportunity. (InsideClimate News)

• New Jersey lawmakers advance a bill to establish an 80 percent renewable energy standard. (Bergen County Record)
• A proposed 50 percent renewable standard could come up for a vote again in the Oregon legislature this week. (Portland Tribune)
• A sweeping federal energy bill may return to the Senate floor for a vote this week. (E&E Daily)

• Warren Buffett shares details of a phone call he had with Elon Musk over Nevada’s net metering dispute. (Las Vegas Sun)
• Xcel Energy files plans with Colorado regulators to double its solar portfolio in the state. (Denver Business Journal)
• In a new survey of utility professionals, 91 percent of respondents said they expect utility-scale solar to “increase significantly or moderately in their fuel mixes over the next five years.” (Utility Dive)
• A proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution backed by utilities has 73% public support, a poll paid for by utilities finds. (Sun Sentinel)
• An 8.5 MW solar project in New Hampshire is on hold until lawmakers raise the state’s net metering cap. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants federal regulators to stop work on a natural gas pipeline near a nuclear plan. (Bloomberg)
• An environmental group warns that cheap natural gas is spawning a wave of petrochemical plants that will emit significant greenhouse gas emissions. (Associated Press)
A new industry report says natural gas pipelines don’t hurt property values. (Toledo Blade)
• A bill to allow fracking in Florida will go before a legislative committee again today. (CBS 47)

• When coal companies fail, who pays for the cleanup? (National Public Radio)
• Amid objections, a federal judge approves a financial lifeline for Arch Coal. (Casper Star Tribune)

• The House explores resuming the opening of a planned long-term commercial waste storage facility beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (The Hill)
• There may be lessons for U.S. utilities from how South Korea actually lowered costs of building new reactors. (Vox)

• As the country transitions away from coal to more wind, solar and natural gas, experts say new grid regulations are needed to ensure reliability. (EnergyWire)
• A survey finds growing interest among homeowners in energy storage. (Greentech Media)

TECHNOLOGY: As the federal ARPA-E program seeks the next game-changing energy innovation, calls to expand the program’s budget are falling on deaf ears. (Fortune)

UTILITIES: NRG Energy, in the midst of a leadership transition, posts a $6 billion loss. (Houston Chronicle)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Nissan shuts down the mobile app for its Leaf after a security breach. (Motor Trend)

POLITICS: A Texas anti-abortion group is campaigning for 100 percent renewable energy. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY: Everything you need to know about new light bulb efficiency standards. (NRDC Switchboard)

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