U.S. Energy News

NYC files lawsuit against five oil companies over climate change

CLIMATE: New York City plans sell billions in fossil fuel investments from its pension funds and launch a lawsuit against five oil companies for contributing to climate change. (New York Times, Washington Post)

• The Trump administration has systematically removed and buried climate change information across government websites, according to a new analysis. (New York Times)
• ExxonMobil is combating a series of climate change lawsuits brought by coastal California communities by using the Texas court system. (InsideClimate News)
• Republican Gov. Larry Hogan tells the U.S. Climate Alliance that Maryland will join the group in supporting the Paris climate accord. (Washington Post)

RENEWABLES: Clean energy advocates are hopeful a newly appointed member of Missouri’s Public Service Commission will support policies that spur renewable energy development. (Midwest Energy News)

• The New Jersey Senate passes legislation to increase the state’s solar energy target from 4.1 percent by 2028 to 5.3 percent by 2022, but it’s unclear whether Republican Gov. Chris Christie will sign the bill before he leaves office next week. (PV Magazine)
• A look at Alabama’s solar market, which is ranked one of the worst in the country. (Greentech Media)
• Dominion Energy is investing $1 billion in its solar fleet in Virginia and North Carolina, making it among the country’s utilities with the largest solar portfolios. (WTOP)
• A developer has finalized its plans for a 20-megawatt solar project in southwest Michigan, which it hopes is operational in 2019 or 2020. (Sturgis Journal)

STORAGE: Florida’s traditional, regulated utilities could actually make it one of the best new markets for energy storage(Utility Dive)

TECHNOLOGY: An Arizona-based startup is working on solar panels that capture water vapor and store it for drinking. (GreenBiz)

• The Trump administration could deal a major blow to the solar industry this month by imposing import tariffs. (Los Angeles Times)
• After FERC’s rejection this week, the best chances for coal and nuclear plants may be in Rust Belt states based on a plan by grid operator PJM. (Bloomberg)

• Coastal state governors want to know why the Interior Department is exempting Florida from a dramatic expansion of offshore drilling leases and are vowing to fight back if the same isn’t done for them. (Vox, Washington Post)
• The oil industry slams the Interior Department for excluding Florida from offshore drilling, saying the decision is “premature” and ignores the industry’s safety advances. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: An underground pipeline leaks 500 gallons of fuel oil into the yards of two homeowners on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. (Pacific Business News)

GRID: More than 20 electric companies, including Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, are sending a combined 1,500 workers to Puerto Rico to help repair damage from Hurricane Maria. (Denver Post)

UTILITIES: The new federal tax plan could lower electricity costs for 460,000 customers in Hawaii thanks to a cut in the corporate tax rate. (Pacific Business News)

• If the Trump administration is exempting Florida from offshore drilling because “its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism,” then it should also exempt California and other states, says the Los Angeles Times editorial board.
• A Trump administration plan to increase offshore oil production will give opponents plenty of opportunities to build public resistance and file lawsuits, says the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. (The Hill)

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