U.S. Energy News

Oil production from federal lands, waters tops record 1 billion barrels

OIL & GAS: Oil production from federal lands and waters topped a record 1 billion barrels last year amid shorter permitting times and technological advances. (Associated Press)

ALSO:
A nonprofit’s campaign aims to use shareholder voting to oust a former Exxon CEO and climate skeptic from JPMorgan Chase’s board. (Houston Chronicle)
President Trump’s budget draft released Monday proposes to sell 15 million barrels of oil from the country’s emergency petroleum reserve. (Reuters) 

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EMISSIONS: Global carbon emissions from energy plateaued in 2019 and fell in advanced economies including the United States to levels last seen in the late 1980s, according to the International Energy Agency. (Reuters)   

BIOENERGY:
Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would require utilities to source renewable natural gas from dairies, landfills and other sources. (Energy News Network)
A recent report suggests California power plants could convert wood from forests and orchards into liquid or hydrogen fuels while capturing their carbon. (Grist)

SOLAR:
• Cincinnati, Ohio’s mayor pursued the country’s largest municipal-run solar project out of anger toward President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. (Mother Jones)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes a net-metering bill for the third time as Democrats accuse him of reneging on a promise to compromise to expand solar access. (InDepth NH)
A coastal conservation group signs an easement to protect South Carolina land from development, with one caveat: it can be used for a solar farm. (Post and Courier)

STORAGE: Several states file briefs in support of recent FERC orders directing grid operators to allow storage resources to bid into their markets. (Utility Dive) 

RENEWABLES: Solar projects have more reliably matched or exceeded generation expectations than wind farms, according to a new analysis. (Greentech Media)

TRANSPORTATION: Tesla’s experience in building electric vehicle battery packs is helping it extend its lead over other automakers, according to a new report. (CNBC)

PIPELINES:
A West Virginia House bill that would criminalize protesting at “critical infrastructure facilities,” including pipelines, draws heavy opposition at a public committee hearing. (WVPB)
Dominion Energy and Duke Energy back a controversial anti-protest bill in Ohio, the latest front in a national campaign by a conservative legislative group. (Energy and Policy Institute)
Federal energy regulators say they will try to reach a final decision within 30 days on complaints from property owners who have their land seized by pipeline companies. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL:
• Utilities and regulators are overlooking recycling options that could generate revenue and ease tensions over coal ash, according to a new report. (Utility Dive)
• Environmental groups ask a federal judge to require the EPA to adopt “good neighbor plans” for 20 states that address coal plant pollution from downwind states. (E&E News, subscription)
• The Indiana NAACP calls on state lawmakers to reject a bill aimed at keeping coal plants open longer, citing negative health impacts on low-income and minority communities. (WBOI)
• Coal plants owned by three Minnesota utilities run at a loss 30 to 60% of the time, often when cheaper renewables are available, advocates say. (KMSP)

HYDROPOWER: A new study says existing fossil fuel and nuclear generators would lose $1.8 billion in revenue over 15 years if a power line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine is built. (Bangor Daily News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Utility regulators urge caution as the movement by cities to ban natural gas in new construction gains momentum in several states. (S&P Global)

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POLITICS:
As Virginia lawmakers prepare to vote today on major legislation to decarbonize the state’s economy, Democrats are divided over the policy, with some supporting a more aggressive plan to cut emissions. (Virginia Mercury)
• Changing Iowa’s first-to-vote status could shift presidential candidates’ political calculus around supporting ethanol. (New Republic)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental attorney says federal regulators are going out of their way to “steamroll” states’ attempts to promote clean energy and regulate pipeline construction. (Utility Dive)
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and other natural gas pipelines are too risky and should be halted immediately, a columnist writes. (The Week)

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