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)

• 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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• 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)

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)

• 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)

• 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)

• 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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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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