U.S. Energy News

Permit rejection is a big win for Black activists

PIPELINES: Noting that “environmental justice is not merely a box to be checked,” a federal court cancels the air pollution permit for an Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station slated to be built in the historic African American town of Union Hill, Virginia, and orders regulators to reconsider. (Virginia Mercury)

A U.S. oil and gas ad campaign attempting to rebrand the industry as part of the climate solution is immediately slammed as “laughable” by advocates. (The Hill)
The PR campaign comes amid growing fears in the industry that it will face a backlash if Democrats regain power in Washington next year. (The Guardian)
Meanwhile, an environmental group’s analysis says U.S. oil and gas sector emissions are projected to increase 30% over the next five years. (E&E News)

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OVERSIGHT: President Trump’s effort to curtail federal environmental reviews for infrastructure projects likely depends on his re-election. (E&E News)

POLICY: New Hampshire is an outlier in the Northeast on climate change as Gov. Chris Sununu is reluctant to promote clean energy or join regional efforts to reduce emissions from power plants and transportation. (Energy News Network)

EFFICIENCY: Virginia officials announce plans to replace 9,600 roadside lights with LEDs, reducing energy use and saving an expected $4.6 million by 2036, just as the Trump administration rolls back federal lighting efficiency standards. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York creates an offshore wind training center on Long Island to prepare up to 2,500 workers over five years for the fledgling industry. (Newsday)

SOLAR: A new net metering plan in New Hampshire sets up a clash over the issue for the third consecutive year. (NHPR)

An Illinois congressman introduces a bill to authorize $6 billion annually to support the wide-scale deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (E&E News, subscription)
A long-term forecast by grid operator PJM predicts that load from electric vehicles will rise from 200 MW in 2020 to 1,500 MW in 2035. (Utility Dive) 

BUILDINGS: Renovating homes to become net-zero and produce as much energy as they consume could help reduce countries’ carbon footprints. (Ensia)

CLIMATE: An Oregon environmental group says the state is lagging on climate action, noting that it does not have carbon-pricing policies in place. (Portland Business Journal)

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COAL: Coal miners ask New Mexico regulators to support a plan to install carbon capture technology at the San Juan Generating Station. (Farmington Daily Times)

COMMENTARY: Environmentalists form the Equitable and Just Climate Platform to address the vulnerability of disadvantaged communities on the front lines of climate change. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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