U.S. Energy News

No mention of coal — or climate — in State of the Union

SOTU: President Trump omits coal from his State of the Union speech as he touted oil and gas production and “a revolution in American energy.” (The Hill)

ALSO:
• Trump also neglected to mention climate change, while Democrats used their guests to try to draw attention to the issue. (E&E News, Washington Post)
• A new poll suggests the president’s climate skepticism is swaying fewer Republicans, more of whom now accept climate science. (NBC News)

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WIND:
Vineyard Wind’s 800 MW offshore wind project passes a Massachusetts environmental review and will move on to permitting. (reNEWS)
Federal regulators decline to act on a request from Vineyard Wind to halt New England’s annual power-capacity auction until the company is allowed to participate. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
More than 900 MW of small-scale, distributed solar was installed in the Northeast in the 12 months leading up to November 2018, according to federal data. (PV Magazine)
Massachusetts utility regulators issue orders to specify net metering and capacity ownership rights for solar-plus-storage projects. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE:
• Enerblu suspends plans for a battery cell manufacturing plant in Kentucky that would have added 800 jobs, citing problems at the proposed site. (WSAZ)
• Bloom Energy, a California-based fuel cell firm, doubled revenue in 2018 and is optimistic about its prospects for 2019. (Greentech Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A powerful Republican senator wants to eliminate federal incentives for electric vehicles. (Houston Chronicle)
• Oil companies and utilities are buying up electric car charging startups. (Quartz)
Xcel Energy officials in Colorado say they will likely seek to establish rates for public charging stations and those that cater to larger fleets. (Denver Post)
• Tesla is lowering the price of its Model 3 sedan for the second time this year. (Reuters)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina residents are left footing the $9 billion bill to fix the construction site of the failed VC Summer nuclear project. (The Intercept)
• TVA says it can’t complete the sale of an Alabama nuclear plant because the developer doesn’t yet have a license to operate it. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

PIPELINES:
• An appeals court upholds a decision to let Mountain Valley Pipeline developers take immediate possession of land before deciding how much property owners should be paid. (Roanoke Times)
• Heavy equipment set on fire at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Virginia is being investigated as arson. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Utility executives say their companies need to expand their offerings to be more than electricity providers. (Greentech Media)

OVERSIGHT: Michigan’s new governor has a chance to advance clean energy with two upcoming utility commission appointments. (Energy News Network)

POLICY: A Minnesota bill calling for 100 percent clean energy by 2050 gets its first hearing but faces an uphill climb. (Minnesota Public Radio, Associated Press)

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RENEWABLES: Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and energy historian Daniel Yergin say a 100 percent renewable system “is not realistic.” (E&E News, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
• Satellites are becoming important tools to monitor and cut greenhouse gas emissions, an environmental group says. (Environmental Defense Fund)
• The CEO of a solar company dispels myths that the energy source doesn’t work in cold weather. (Solar Power World)

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