U.S. Energy News

Oil industry wages quiet war on electric cars

ELECTRIC CARS: A review of regulatory filings finds groups backed by the oil industry are working state-by-state to block charging infrastructure for electric cars. (Politico)

EMISSIONS:
• Nine U.S. utilities that serve a combined 23 million customers sue to block the Trump administration’s effort to roll back Obama-era pollution rules. (Reuters)
• In an interview, former California regulator Mary Nichols explains why her state is standing up to the Trump administration on auto emission rules. (Yale E360)

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COAL:
• A new Energy Information Administration report says that Western coal production is decreasing quicker than previously forecast due to a decline in demand and market uncertainty. (Casper Star-Tribune)
• A proposed settlement would close in 2022 a central Illinois coal plant that’s been the subject of a lawsuit by environmental groups for years. (Peoria Journal Star)

UTILITIES:
Iowa environmental groups criticize a utility’s proposed fixed charge increase they say would discourage energy efficiency and customer-owned solar power. (Energy News Network)
• Missouri regulators plan to more closely watch utilities’ use of “self-scheduling” when they operate power plants despite low wholesale market prices. (Energy News Network)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
A new report explores the challenges facing Hawaii as the first state to require a total transition to renewable energy, and implications for the rest of the U.S. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Proposed “Clean Energy First” legislation in Minnesota that would make it tougher to build new fossil fuel generation has bipartisan support and may be more likely to pass than other clean energy proposals. (MinnPost)
• The “Expedia of energy providers” is helping customers around the country purchase clean energy on their own. (CNBC)
• In an interview, Bill Gates says tax incentives should be shifted to offshore wind and energy storage.
(Bloomberg)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A Congressional subcommittee hearing in New Jersey hears the concerns of fishermen and recreational boaters over the proposals for large areas of offshore wind production off the state’s coast. (Press of Atlantic City)
A conference last week explored the potential for offshore wind along the Oregon Coast. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

SOLAR:
• The U.S. solar market continues to grow, but the rate of growth is slower this year than initially forecast. (Reuters)
• A report finds that corporate customers are increasingly driving the growth of large-scale solar installations. (Greentech Media)
• A massive solar farm proposed in western New York would combine 280 MW of electricity generation with 20 MW of storage. (WHEC)

CLIMATE: Many Oklahoma lawmakers are reluctant to discuss climate change, but the conversation is evolving as the state leads in wind energy development. (Oklahoman)

NUCLEAR: Federal authorities want to extend the license of the nuclear storage facility in Idaho that stores the partially melted core of the Three Mile Island reactor. (Associated Press)

HYDROPOWER: The BPA’s administrator says the agency has a plan to recover from being $15 billion in debt. (E&E News)

EFFICIENCY: A new report says jobs related to energy efficiency are growing faster than the overall economy. (Houston Chronicle)

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POLITICS: CNN’s climate town hall was met with a surge of automated accounts spreading climate misinformation on social media. (InsideClimate News)

COMMENTARY:
The U.S. Senate should approve the House bill to ban offshore drilling off the coast of Florida, an editorial board writes. (Tampa Bay Times)
• A columnist says a Maryland representative’s opposition to offshore wind on national security concerns diminishes the threat posed by climate change. (Baltimore Sun)
• An advocate warns that a federal transportation bill contains a “poison pill” that would exempt many oil and gas pipelines from oversight. (The Hill)

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