U.S. Energy News

Officials call for investigation of New York City blackout

GRID: Con Edison says it has not found the cause of a five-hour blackout that affected part of Manhattan Saturday night, while elected officials called for an investigation. (New York Times, Albany Times Union)

ALSO:
• Tropical Storm Barry knocked out power for tens of thousands in Louisiana while cutting U.S. offshore oil production by 73%. (S&P, WLFY, WAAY, Reuters)
Colorado is taking a more comprehensive approach to oversee how utilities develop the grid, to focus on cost-effectiveness. (Energy News Network)

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TRANSPORTATION:
Oslo’s pedestrian city center could provide lessons for Boston and other U.S. cities trying to reduce carbon emissions from cars. (Energy News Network)
The Trump administration plans to suspend an Obama policy that increased penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency requirements. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Massachusetts auto dealer association says it will be a challenge for the state to meet its goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on state roads by 2025. (MetroWest Daily News)
An Arizona utility plans to spend $8 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure after a statewide plan is approved by regulators. (Arizona Daily Star)

COAL:
• A group of clinics in Central Appalachia specializing in black lung disease expands to meet demand from a surge in cases. (Lexington Herald Leader)
A report on coal’s far-reaching economic impacts in Appalachian communities underlines the need for economic diversification. (Ohio Valley Resource)

OIL & GAS:
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and environmental groups want more details about a Chinese company’s agreements with state and federal officials to build a multi-billion dollar natural gas project in West Virginia. (The Journal)
• City officials in Duluth, Minnesota, want federal regulators to take a closer look at a chemical used in oil refining following an April 2018 explosion in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin. (Minnesota Public Radio)

POLLUTION: The U.S. EPA is preparing to weaken rules that give communities a voice in pollution permits for power plants and factories. (New York Times)

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy Solutions says time is running out to save its struggling nuclear plants with a state legislative bailout. (Crain’s Cleveland Business)

BIOFUELS: President Trump has largely escaped blame from farmers and Republicans for policy changes that could hurt ethanol. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: Quebec aims to be the “battery” to the Northeast by exporting excess hydropower to New York and New England. (Albany Times Union)

SOLAR: Kentucky solar installers are seeing a mini-boom from customers trying to install systems before a state law lowers net metering rates. (Messenger Inquirer)

STORAGE: Developers of a $1 billion energy storage project in Montana say they have reached a financing agreement that could enable work to begin next year. (Associated Press)

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CLEAN TECH: NASA’s plans to return to the moon are reviving research into fuel cells which could eventually benefit renewable energy storage and alternative-fuel vehicles. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• News organizations cover coal miners’ opposition to the Green New Deal but ignore their fight to protect pensions from bankrupt companies, an editor writes. (In These Times)
• A Florida editorial board says state lawmakers have blocked consumers’ access to solar energy for too long. (Tampa Bay Times) 

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