U.S. Energy News

New York foresees $6 billion offshore wind industry by 2028

WIND:
• A master plan for offshore wind energy in New York State foresees a $6 billion industry that employs up to 5,000 people by 2028. (Newsday)
• Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s wind energy commission will discuss the industry’s impact and regulations behind closed doors. (Portland Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• California Gov. Jerry Brown signs an executive order to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles in the state to 5 million by 2030. (Reuters)
• A proposal by Maryland utilities, environmentalists and charging-station companies would give the state the nation’s second-largest EV charging network. (Greentech Media)
• Colorado Springs’ public transit system hopes to invest money from the state’s Volkswagen settlement into electric vehicle infrastructure. (The Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
• Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation ask that most of the state’s waters be removed from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plan. (Associated Press)
• Democrats from Florida, North Carolina and California unveil an act meant to keep federal safety protections in place as the Trump administration tries to expand offshore drilling. (Sunshine State News)
• Ohio Democrats disagree with Dennis Kucinich’s call to end oil and gas drilling in the state, arguing instead the state should be a better watchdog. (WKSU)

EFFICIENCY: Iowa’s largest utility wants to roll back its energy efficiency programs, but it denied supporting a repeal of a state law that requires utilities to help customers conserve energy. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• North Carolina issues a water quality certification for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as the project’s partners announce $58 million for environmental initiatives. West Virginia regulators OK a permit for erosion and sediment control. (Associated Press)
• Western Pennsylvania landowners describe the stress of negotiating a pipeline contract on their property. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TRANSMISSION:
• Downed or sparking power lines, blown transformers and other problems with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. equipment prompted dozens of calls last fall as Wine Country fires began to spread. (San Francisco Chronicle)
• Central Maine Power plans to proceed with a new transmission line to transport wind and hydropower from Canada to New England’s electricity grid – despite losing a Massachusetts renewable energy contract. (Bangor Daily News)
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The Massachusetts attorney general plans to review the choice of Eversource’s Northern Pass for a state renewable energy project, as two Democrats vying for governor want the state ethics commission to investigate. (Concord Monitor)

NATURAL GAS:
• Natural gas is the nation’s leading source of electricity, but how long will it reign? Renewables and batteries are taking over. (San Diego Union-Tribune, The Guardian)
• A shipment of natural gas from Russia arrives at a Boston harbor, but does not appear to violate U.S. sanctions. (Politico)
• Stiffer regulations on coal-fired plants and the availability of cheap natural gas is leading to an increase in natural gas-powered plants in Pennsylvania. (Tribune Review)

SOLAR:
• The Hawaiian island of Kauai can generate 100 percent of its electricity from the sun on clear days. (Yale Climate Connections)
• The general consensus on Trump’s import tariffs in the West Virginia solar industry seems to be “we aren’t happy about it, but we aren’t freaking out about it, either.” (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
The solar industry will weather U.S. tariffs imposed on imported solar panels but job losses could number in the tens of thousands. (ecoRI news)
• U.S. companies, including one in Michigan, that manufacture polysilicon for solar panels praise President Trump’s solar tariff decision, saying it will restore their access to the Chinese market. (McClatchy)

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says he never agreed to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but campaign records show otherwise. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

EMISSIONS: Virginia moves closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program as the Trump administration rolls back federal climate policies, though it faces challenges. (Inside Climate News, Southeast Energy News archive)

EFFICIENCY: Duke Energy launches an effort to boost residential energy efficiency as part of an $80 million settlement from an overbilling dispute. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

POLITICS: A recent poll exposes a rift among Ohio conservative leaders over support for clean energy. (Columbus Dispatch)

COMMENTARY
Reckoning with climate change will require ugly tradeoffs from environmentalists, writes David Roberts at Vox.
• A natural gas crisis has put California at an energy crossroads, writes the Los Angeles Times editorial board.
• New Jersey can feasibly produce a third of its electricity from in-state renewables, writes the chair of the state Assembly’s Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee. (NJ Spotlight)
• A New York Times columnist says President Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels is part of a broader attempt to support fossil fuels.

 

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