U.S. Energy News

Opponents target pipelines with new lawsuit, rally

PIPELINES: Citizen groups file a lawsuit with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal permit that undergirds all other permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Energy News Network)

Two dozen groups are expected to rally in Richmond, Virginia to raise awareness about issues surrounding the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. (Daily Press)
If Congress passes a bill to weaken the Clean Water Act, it could deal a blow to pipeline opponents in New Jersey and New York. (NJ Spotlight, S&P Global)

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• Environmental groups and Indiana’s coal industry align in opposition to Vectren’s plan to build a $900 million natural gas plant. (E&E News)
• The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a case before the state’s Supreme Court. (Energy News Network)

The fight for cheap solar power is playing out in Southeastern states where some utilities impose fees and states lack renewable-friendly policies. (Grist)
Xcel Energy reaches a 22-year power purchase agreement with a Colorado steel mill that includes plans for a 240 MW solar farm. (Pueblo Chieftain)
Maine’s highest court dismisses a challenge to a new rule that reduces solar net-metering rates over time, dealing a blow to solar advocates. (Portland Press Herald)

WIND: Fishermen have been largely unaffected by Rhode Island’s Block Island Wind Farm, but there are concerns that larger wind farms could harm offshore ecosystems. (Providence Journal)

• A small northern Michigan utility is the first in the state to announce a 100 percent renewable energy goal as coal plant closures by major utilities forces smaller companies to seek other options. (Energy News Network)
• An Indiana researcher says non-mandated goals are not effective in driving renewable energy, except where the resource is price-competitive, like wind in the Great Plains. (Utility Dive)
Massachusetts is among a handful of states experimenting with new policies to achieve the same goals as renewable portfolio standards. (Utility Dive)

COAL: An annual coal production report from West Virginia University says the state’s recent uptick in coal production will be short-lived and that it will decline over the next two decades. (WVPB)

OIL AND GAS: An FBI agent says Louisiana is a “major cyber vulnerability area” because its network of pipelines and oil and gas infrastructure is vital to the energy industry. (Associated Press)

HYDROELECTRIC: Minnesota regulators pull $3.5 million in funding for a long-planned hydroelectric project along the Minneapolis riverfront, saying it is no longer in the public interest. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

MICROGRIDS: The island of Ocracoke on the Outer Banks in North Carolina is using cheap solar panels and batteries to power its microgrid. (WUNC)

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TRANSPORTATION: Undeterred by the Trump administration’s plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards, Colorado air quality officials launch a push to accelerate the state’s shift toward zero-emission vehicles. (Denver Post)

POLITICS: At a stop to drum up support for Washington’s proposed carbon fee, Governor Jay Inslee said Interior Ryan Secretary Ryan Zinke “would sell his grandchildren for the oil industry.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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