U.S. Energy News

Oregon looks to California for cap-and-trade lessons

CARBON: Oregon looks to learn from California’s cap-and-trade program, which has been criticised for making it too cheap and easy to keep polluting. (NPR)

ALSO:
Oregon law could limit how proceeds from its proposed cap-and-trade policy are spent, according to a legislative legal counsel’s opinion. (Willamette Week)
Mid-Michigan climate activists plan to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to enact a national carbon tax. (Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun)

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PIPELINES:
New Jersey regulators follow New York in denying permits for an undersea pipeline that would run under New York Harbor. (Associated Press)
• Recent actions by a Minnesota court and Michigan’s attorney general are setbacks for Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 5 pipelines. (InsideClimate News)

OIL & GAS:
• West Virginia’s Supreme Court rules natural gas producers can no longer drill on one person’s property to reach gas reserves under adjoining areas. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
Federal land managers warm to a proposal to restrict drilling on public lands near a New Mexico site considered sacred by several tribes. (Associated Press)

GRID: As Colorado looks to dramatically increase clean energy, questions arise about how the grid will handle such a load change. (Colorado Public Radio)

TRANSMISSION: The Grain Belt Express transmission line is a step closer to construction as Missouri regulators approve the sale of the project to Invenergy. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

STORAGE:
A recent explosion at an Arizona battery facility highlights the need to balance safety and the rapid expansion of the industry. (Utility Dive)
California led the nation during the first quarter for residential and non-residential storage market growth. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Starbucks announces a deal to buy solar from three projects in Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. (Greentech Media)
• Auburn University and Tyson Foods open an off-grid solar-powered poultry house. (Solar Power World)

COAL:
Environmental groups take the first step in suing 15 coal companies and a chemical company in West Virginia and Pennsylvania over pollution. (WVPB)
• Business, labor and elected officials promote a plan to turn a coal-fired power plant site in western New York into a data center. (Niagara Gazette)

NUCLEAR:
An analysis by grid operator PJM concludes that a proposed Ohio nuclear bailout will cost ratepayers even more by discouraging cheaper gas generation from coming online. (Energy News Network)
A coalition of environmental groups appeal the federal government’s decision to build an interim nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. (Carlsbad Current Argus)

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CLIMATE: Environmentalists dispute New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assertion that it is too late in the legislative session to pass sweeping climate change initiatives. (Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
Oregon is poised to become a national climate policy leader by approving legislation putting a cap on carbon emissions, David Roberts writes. (Vox)
• An editorial says clean energy mandates have worked “consistently and predictably to decarbonize electricity” while also providing stable markets. (PV Magazine)

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