U.S. Energy News

Pipeline project faces criminal investigation

PIPELINES: Mountain Valley Pipeline developers disclose to investors that they are under federal criminal investigation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. (Roanoke Times)

ALSO:
On top of legal challenges and environmental criticism, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline now faces growing wariness from investors as Moody’s downgrades the project’s rating. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
• A federal judge keeps most preliminary construction work on hold for the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Dynamic pricing could help Illinois prepare for increased electric vehicle charging while benefiting all utility customers. (Energy News Network)
• As electric cars grow in popularity, the role for combustion vehicles during the transition is far from clear, industry analysts say. (NPR)
• Amazon will lead a $700 million investment in Michigan-based electric pickup truck startup Rivian. (Reuters)

WIND:
• North Carolina wind energy leaders say the state’s best potential for economic development is offshore wind, even though a moratorium on onshore projects just expired. (Energy News Network)
• Nearly three-quarters of the new generation coming online in grid operator MISO’s region is expected to come from wind. (Platts)
• Four bidders propose up to 1,200 MW of offshore wind in New York. (Newsday)

SOLAR:
• Atlanta is seeing a surge in solar energy as Georgia Power ramps up its investment in renewables. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Environmental groups fight a Georgetown University solar project that would raze 210 acres of trees in Maryland. (Washington Post)
• An Indiana bill to restore solar net metering is not expected to get a hearing. (Indianapolis Star)

EFFICIENCY:
• California regulators approve a legislative plan to spend $200 million over four years on low-carbon heating technologies, part of new statewide effort aimed at decarbonizing buildings. (Greentech Media)
• California contractors are encouraging homeowners to use loans meant for energy efficiency improvements for questionable projects. (Los Angeles Times)

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to take up the debate over whether nuclear energy should count as “clean” power. (Energy News Network)

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OIL & GAS: Violent crime jumped 23 percent in North Dakota and Montana counties where oil development took off from 2006 to 2012, a new study says. (Forum News Service)

ETHANOL: Support for ethanol was once considered a prerequisite for winning the Iowa caucuses. Then Ted Cruz opposed it and won. (The Guardian)

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