U.S. Energy News

New permit, new challenge against Keystone XL pipeline

PIPELINES: Keystone XL pipeline opponents again ask a judge to block construction of the $8 billion project after President Trump issued it a new permit. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
Presidential candidate and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee calls the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac a “clear and present threat” to the Great Lakes. (MLive)
• The West Virginia House passed a resolution written by a pipeline lobbyist that condemned citizen groups challenging the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

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RENEWABLES:
• Climate and NIMBY concerns are driving interest in developing floating wind and solar farms. (E&E News, subscription)
An environmental group’s analysis shows clean energy thriving in Republican-leaning states like Iowa and Indiana. (Washington Examiner)

SOLAR: New York City building owners are tapping city and state incentives to help transform rooftops into solar farms. (New York Times) 

STORAGE: A National Renewable Energy Lab study shows significant potential for energy storage to replace peaking capacity. (Utility Dive)

EFFICIENCY: Tech-savvy utility customers are more likely to be interested in energy efficiency programs than others, according to an annual survey. (Energy News Network)

BIOGAS: Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility is the first client in a pilot program to provide certificates for renewable natural gas. (Energy News Network) 

NUCLEAR: Nevada’s governor says the U.S. Department of Energy has again illegally shipped nuclear waste to the state. (Reno Gazette Journal)

EMISSIONS: As Northeast states look to craft a regional cap-and-trade system for cars, it’s raising lots of thorny policy questions. (E&E News) 

BIOFUELS: President Trump’s request to review biofuel waivers for oil refiners is stalling decisions on 2018 applications. (Reuters)

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: A federal judge in San Francisco orders PG&E to respond to a Wall Street Journal article that reported the California utility knew for years its equipment could cause wildfires and failed to make upgrades. (Time)

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OIL & GAS:
• U.S. oil producers cut nearly a third of Gulf of Mexico output and shut down some offshore rigs in preparation for a tropical storm. (Reuters)
• Two consumer groups urge California’s governor to freeze all new drilling permits after revealing that top state regulators held investments in major oil and gas companies. (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

POLITICS:
• A State Department official who was blocked from submitting testimony on climate change is resigning from his post. (Washington Post)
A series of presidential candidate forums in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will feature climate change as the primary topic. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

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