U.S. Energy News

New Mexico clean energy bill clears key hurdle

CLEAN ENERGY: After a four-hour filibuster by a Republic lawmaker, the New Mexico state Senate passed landmark legislation seeking to impose renewable energy standards while phasing out coal. (Albuquerque Journal)

ALSO:
• A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look to bolster projects. (Energy News Network)
A General Motors official discusses the importance of utility green power programs in making large renewable energy purchases. (GreenBiz)

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POLICY: An analysis outlines the differences between two carbon tax proposals and why oil companies support one of them. (InsideClimate News)

SOLAR:
• Strong interest in Illinois community solar projects has officials scrambling to accommodate applicants while advocates say more state investment is needed to avoid a jobs bust. (Greentech Media)
• A clean energy developer announces plans to build a 150 MW solar farm on state land southern Washington. (Seattle Times)

WIND:
• A Massachusetts legislator fears that a price cap included in the 2016 landmark law to encourage offshore wind development will discourage future project bids. (Boston Globe)
• Fishing industry representatives meet with offshore wind developers in New Jersey to discuss ways to limit impacts on fisheries. (Press of Atlantic City)

EFFICIENCY: Property assessed clean energy financing from a leading lender added $135 million and $51 million per year to the economies of California and Florida, respectively, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Direct current, super fast-charging electric vehicle stations should be placed along highways near transmission substations to facilitate fast charging times, a new report says. (E&E News, subscription)
• A sweeping transportation bill in Utah is nearing final approval that among other measures would create a “road user charge” program for electric vehicle drivers. (Deseret News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Las Vegas’s tourism agency recommends an Elon Musk-backed company be given a contract to build and operate a tunnel system that relies on autonomous electric vehicles to ferry people about the city. (Associated Press)
The White House reportedly held a tense call with U.S. automakers last month challenging them to back the administration’s effort to roll back fuel economy standards. (Bloomberg)
• California’s top environmental regulator says the Trump administration was never interested in negotiating with the state about its plan to roll back vehicle emission standards. (CALmatters)

OFFSHORE DRILLING:
• The Trump administration’s revised offshore drilling plan will be released in the coming weeks, according to the Interior Department. (Reuters)
Nine coastal states file a legal brief opposing seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic. (MassLive)

OIL & GAS: State lawmakers have repeatedly introduced bills to protect West Virginians from natural gas operations, but the state legislature has not taken action to put them in place. (Charleston Gazette-Mail, ProPublica)

NUCLEAR:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry plans to visit the site of Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant as it reaches a critical stage in construction . (E&E News, subscription)
• Industrial customers oppose a Pennsylvania bill that would allow nuclear plants to compete as zero-carbon resources. (Utility Dive)

COAL ASH: More than two dozen North Carolina families who sued over the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill reach a settlement with Duke Energy. (Greensboro News & Record)

TRANSMISSION: Reaction to a controversial ad targeting Gov. Janet Mills reveals a rift among Maine groups opposing a hydropower transmission line. (Bangor Daily News)

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CLIMATE: A new federal report says inaction on climate change will cost U.S. taxpayers tens of billions of dollars annually. (Common Dreams)

COMMENTARY:
• Illinois’ 100 percent renewable energy bill “may serve as a remarkable test case of one of the Green New Deal’s core principles”: attacking social justice issues. (Vox)
A former congressman calls pipeline alert systems “obstructionism” that “are meant to create the impression that those systems are likely to fail.” Federal data shows there are about 300 pipeline incidents per year. (Delaware County Daily Times, CityLab)
• A group of researchers propose an energy corridor along the border of Mexico instead of building the wall the Trump administration is pushing. (Renewable Energy World)

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