U.S. Energy News

Ohio governor signs bailout bill for nuclear, coal plants

NUCLEAR: Ohio’s governor signs a bill giving $150 million in annual subsidies to nuclear and coal plants while rolling back the state’s renewable and efficiency standards. (Columbus Dispatch, E&E News)

ALSO:
• Some residents in a small Texas town want to diversify from oil and gas by allowing a radioactive nuclear waste dump to be built. (Bloomberg)
• Developers of a small modular nuclear reactor planned in Idaho say federal regulators have completed two phases of design review, keeping the project on track to open in the mid-2020s. (Utility Dive)

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COAL:
• As Appalachian coal miners with black lung disease lobby in Washington, D.C., Democratic lawmakers introduce bills to provide more funding for miners’ medical benefits. (Ohio Valley Resource)
• Several miners are discouraged by a meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell, who they say left without answering questions or offering details. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
New York City business owners say an inability to obtain more natural gas service is harming expansion plans. (Crain’s New York Business)
A Tacoma, Washington, liquefied natural gas facility is close to final approval, to the disappointment of critics, including the Puyallup Tribe. (The News Tribune, Indian Country Today)
• An Energy Department official tells West Virginia lawmakers that building out a petrochemical industry in Appalachia is a top priority. (WVPB)

PIPELINES:
• A tribe in northern Wisconsin sues Enbridge, claiming the Line 5 pipeline trespasses and endangers their land. (MLive)
• Like Line 5 in Michigan, Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline is elevated to a national political issue as presidential candidate Jay Inslee announces his opposition to its expansion. (MinnPost)

SOLAR:
• A Nashville, Tennessee man works to introduce solar in minority communities and get more people of color in the solar industry. (NPR)
• The Interior Department begins taking comments on and facing criticism for a proposed solar project near Las Vegas that would be the largest solar facility in the country if approved. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Now)

STORAGE:
• Recent battery plant fires and a hydrogen station explosion raise safety questions as energy storage prepares for huge growth. (Greentech Media)
The Northeast is poised to become a national hub for energy storage thanks in large part to policies in New York and Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)
• An Oklahoma electric cooperative completes plans for the largest combined wind, solar and storage project in the U.S. (The Oklahoman)

OFFSHORE WIND: A small portion of a closed steel mill in Maryland will become a staging area for construction of the state’s first offshore wind farm. (Baltimore Sun)

GRID: New England’s recent heat wave resulted in some of the highest weekend demand for energy with a reliance on backup coal and oil generation. (ecoRI)

UTILITIES: A controversial North Carolina bill that would allow regulators to approve multiyear rate increases for Duke Energy is stalled in the Republican-controlled General Assembly. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: The Department of Energy announces more than $16 million in funding for tribal energy infrastructure including projects in Arizona, Montana, California, and Alaska. (news release)

BIOFUELS: Ethanol supporters release a national television ad praising President Trump for supporting the industry. (Associated Press)

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CLIMATE:
U.S. House Democrats release what analysts called a centrist alternative to the Green New Deal that proposes net-zero emissions by 2050. (New York Times)
• Moody’s Investors Service warns U.S. auto, shipping and rail companies face growing risks from climate change, including carbon policies. (E&E News)
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bill to reduce emissions while conceding it does not go far enough to address short-lived greenhouse gases. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY: The collapse of coal operators including Wyoming’s Blackjewel should serve as a wake-up call to utilities dependent on coal-fired generation, says a think tank. (Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis) 

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